GEN Nigeria, an organisation dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship and cultivating the future generation of visionary leaders in Nigeria, has said it will empower 150 entrepreneurs from Nigeria, at the 2024 Global Entrepreneurship Congress Africa in Cape Town, South Africa.

A statement said the disclosure was made during a recent GEC+Africa Lead Up event organised by GEN Nigeria and themed ‘Connecting Africa: Strides in the Nigeria entrepreneurship ecosystem’, in Lagos.

The Keynote Speaker at the event was the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Bank of Industry, Olukayode Pitan, represented by Mr Obaru Osah.

The event was attended by Providus Bank officials, Bank of Industry officials, top officials of GEC+Africa and some Nigerian entrepreneurs.

Apart from the 150 Nigerian delegates billed to attend the event in March 2024, 15 entrepreneurs from various African countries’ delegations would be pitching for a seed fund of $100,000.

The Managing Director, GEN Nigeria, Dr Olawale Anifowose, said, “The GEC+Africa Lead Up Event serves as a dynamic platform that showcases the finest elements of successful entrepreneurial ecosystems on the continent.

“It aims to foster collaboration, knowledge sharing, and networking opportunities, propelling African entrepreneurs to new heights of success.”

Anifowose said as a strategic partner for GEC+Africa 2024, GEN Nigeria was actively contributing to the facilitation of global opportunities for 150 Nigerian entrepreneurs.

“This lead-up event in Nigeria marks the beginning of a remarkable journey towards empowering and enriching the entrepreneurial landscape in the country,” he noted.

Also speaking, the Project Lead of GEC+Africa, Mrs Carmen Rossouw, said, “There is a need for Africa to build platforms that promote a stronger and better entrepreneurial ecosystem where entrepreneurs in Africa can share ideas, discuss common issues, and give access for networking.

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