Lyfecamp, the startup founded to help promising Nigerian student entrepreneurs from around the country build successful, sustainable ventures that would in the long run reduce youth unemployment, is set to launch with the Lifting Youth and Fostering Entrepreneurship (LYFECAMP) bootcamp, a 3-day long event being organized to help promising Nigerian entrepreneurs take their ventures to the next level and address a number of global challenges – high levels of youth unemployment, access to education, and poverty alleviation.
Lyfecamp‘s founders, Chinedu Okoro, Sola Lawal and Tope Isedowo, believe that by teaching unemployed youth entrepreneurship, these youth will themselves turn around, lift other youth out of unemployment, reduce Nigeria’s 37.7% youth unemployment rate taking advantage of the growth in Africa’s economy, and Nigeria’s rebased GDP and global recognition of its newfound status as an economic powerhouse.
According to Tope Isedowo, the pioneer class of the Lyfecamp bootcamp will expose 31 student entrepreneurs (Cadets) to practical business lessons handed down by seasoned mentors over the span of 3 days, from the 19th through the 22nd of June, 2014. The entrepreneurs will also have the opportunity to connect to angel investors, incubators, and VC firms.
The Lyfecamp bootcamp is supported by the Intel Corporation, RED Media, Aiki, Ashoka, Nigeria Leadership Initiative, Harambe Entrepreneurial Alliance, Wennovation Hub, iDEA Hub, Leadpath, Passion Incubator and many more.
Date: 19th – 22nd June, 2014
Venue: iDea Hub, 296 Herbert Macaulay Road, Sabo, Yaba.
The bootcamp’s mentor’s schedule is as follows:
Thursday June 19th
7pm: Opening Keynote by Chris Ategeka, Uganda
2014 United Nations Global Accelerator; Forbes 30 Under 30; Echoing Green fellow; Founder, Cabikes; Co-Founder, Privail
Friday June 20th
9am: Keynote by Josephine Nzerem
Executive Director, Human Angle; Ashoka Anglophone West Africa Representative
10am-11am: Pitch Workshop by Kayode Disu
11am-12pm: Room Sessions by Lyfecamp Founders: Chinedu Okoro, Sola Lawal and Temitope Isedowo
1pm-3pm: Legal and Finance Workshop by Lagos Angel Network, TC Coker and Dominic Agbo
3pm-5pm: Intel Workshop led by Babatunde Akinola
Corporate Affairs Group Manager, Intel Corporation
7pm: Keynote by Adebola Williams
Founding Partner, Red Media Africa/The Future Awards Africa
Saturday June 21st
9am: Keynote: Adeolu Akinyemi
MD/CEO at A2W Ltd, West Africa
10am-4pm: Expert Help Sessions:
10am-12pm: Jinmi Sonuga, Yemi Agogbua, Fawumi Kehinde, John Obidi, Silas Okwoche
12pm-2pm: Wole Odetayo, Tobi Koyejo, Tomi Ikotun, Ogunlana Olumide, Owolabi Olatunji
2pm-4pm: Francis Onwumere, Abiodun Odunuga, Judith Onugu, Dr. Shakira Tilghman
6pm-8pm: Pitch Competition
Busola Denton; Manager, Consulting at AO&A (Chartered Accountants)
Bankole Oluwafemi; Editor In Chief, TechCabal
Akinbobola Akinola; Project Coordinator, Mobile Monday Nigeria
Tope Ajao; LeadPath
Dami Lawal; 825 Consulting
Sunday 22nd June
10am–11am: Business Plan Presentation (Top 5 from Saturday pitch competition)
Olunfunbi Falayi; Passion Incubator
Lanre Iniyitan; CEO, W-Holistic Business Solutions
12 PM Final Awards – Led by Intel Corporation