This event was inspired by the #StartupSouth3 Pre-Conference held in Enugu on September 16, 2017. Participants from that event took advantage of the opportunity presented by the pre-conference and decided to connect and collaborate for sustainable building of the ecosystem.
The attendance for the #StartupEnugu conference showed that the coal city was ready for this. The venue was packed out and still had people on the waiting list.
Opening the event, CEO Raadaa and Lead organiser, Ezugwu Chidozie, stressed that for a vibrant tech and startup ecosystem to happen in Enugu and the entire Eastern Nigeria, all stakeholders must come together to network, collaborate, face common challenges and succeed.
Ilo Calistius (Founder/CEO, Gradillo Technologies) spoke on “Building from Scratch as a Young Graduate”. Using his personal story as an illustration, he highlighted the importance of apprenticeship, perseverance and continued self development in building a startup.
No one was more qualified to speak on “How non-techies can build tech businesses” as Chukwuemeka Godswill, a graduate of English and Literary Studies as well as Founder/CEO of two tech startups- chuxemlink.com and Boldscholar.com. He said “for startups to make headways, partnerships have to be formed and non techies have to leverage on the skills of others to achieve their goals”.
In his session, Engr. Sam. Onyeidu (ICT Director, FCE & CEO Sylvester Tech LTD) talked on the “Eastern Tech Environment”. He identified the need for leadership, mentorship and collaboration within the tech and startup space.
In closing, Ezugwu Chidozie (lead organiser) announced that #StartupEnugu will now be a monthly meetup with the aim to speed up the growth of a robust tech ecosystem in Eastern Nigeria.