UK-Nigeria Tech Hub To Support 30 Female Nigerians On Tech Innovation
TECH DIGEST – The UK-Nigeria Tech Hub, an initiative of the UK Government Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has disclosed plans to support 30 female Nigerian green-tech entrepreneurs with 12 weeks of coaching sessions with industry experts.
The coaching session, which is part of its aim to support Nigeria’s Tech- ecosystem by promoting high-end digital skills and fostering partnerships between the UK and the Nigeria Tech-ecosystem, would seek to boost the capacity of the female entrepreneurs, as well as the likelihood of the enterprises to scale and become more sustainable businesses.
UK-Nigeria Tech Hub is collaborating with Future Females as the implementing partner and has taken this next step as part of its pledge to help drive clean, resilient and inclusive recoveries in Nigeria, shaping the low carbon economy of the future that will create new jobs, attract green investment and protect the environment for future generations.
“As the world looks to build back better from the COVID 19 Pandemic, which has affected millions of lives and adversely affected economies, it is important to remember that we are still tackling an even greater crisis, climate change,” said the British Deputy High Commissioner in Lagos, Ben Llewellyn-Jones.
He assured that the UK, as a bilateral partner, is committed to supporting Nigeria in delivering an accelerated and just transition, not only to meet the climate imperative but to ensure the country is at the forefront of shifts in the global economy.
The Deputy High Commissioner added that like the transition itself, this support is at all levels, from £200 million flowing into major clean technology programmes through International Climate Finance to entrepreneurs to designing and developing small and micro-enterprise sustainable companies of the future.
The programme targeted at Nigerian female entrepreneurs with early-stage businesses aimed at protecting the environment and conserving natural resources using alternative technologies that are less harmful to the environment will run virtually for three months and will cover 10 actionable modules that take entrepreneurs through the fundamental building blocks of starting and growing a GreenTech business.
Meanwhile, Future Females Co-Founder, Cerina Bezuidenhout has said, Future Females have always been passionate about supporting sustainable businesses, stressing that the body is excited to be focusing on GreenTech businesses in partnership with UK-Nigeria Tech Hub.
“The entrepreneurs who participate in our programmes are not just building businesses, they’re creating innovative solutions to real problems we’re facing in this ‘new world, and they are a source of hope for their communities and we can’t wait to meet them.”
The programme is set to commence on May 24th 2021 and applications to participate will close on Friday, 7th of May 2021, all interested Nigerian female green-tech entrepreneurs can apply here