Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital will on October 5 – 6, 2023 play host to Africa ‘s Innovation Community as well as top Corporate Leaders and Government functionaries – including Inuwa Abdulahi, Director General & Chief Executive Officer, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).
Now in it’s 8th Edition, #StartupSouth is the annual flagship Startup Conference and platform that facilitate connections, networking and opportunities for founders, early stage Investors, large corporates and African Government officials – especially at the subnational.
In a statement released to journalists, the organizers disclosed that speakers and guests confirmed at the conference include Kuppolakshmi Krishnamoorthy, Global Head, Zoho for Startups, Paul Onwuanibe, Group CEO, Landmark Group, Victor Asemota, Africa Startup Ecosystem Leader & investor, Obi Asika, Convener, Omniverse and Janet Sawari, CEO & Founder, TAIR Labs, Cape Town, South Africa. Others are Dr. Chimezie Amadi, Commissioner, Digital Economy & E-Governance, Imo State, Chinwe Okoli, Special Adviser to Anambra State Governor on Innovation & Incubation, Arinze Chilo-Offiah, Special Adviser to Enugu State Governor on SMEs & Startup, Mohamed Amine Khiari, Chairman & CEO, Africa Accelerator, Tunisia & Partner, Network VC Silicon Valley Fund, Geoffrey Weli-Wosu, Founder, Domineum Blockchain, Emeka MBA, CEO & Founder, Afia TV, Kehinde Ogundare, Country Manager, Zoho, Akintunde Oyebode, Commissioner for Finance, Ekiti State, Nkechi Obi, Chairman, National Female League and others.
The theme for this year’s Conference is Deep & Bold: 5IR, Emerging Realities, Regional Economic Imperatives & The Role of Innovation. Speaking about the theme, the Convener, Uche Aniche said the theme provides an opportunity for a reflection on Nigeria/Africa’s readiness for the impact of Artificial Intelligence and explores the right response especially at the subnational level to ensure that Africa doesn’t get the short end of the stick.
The Conference which will feature Breakout Sessions from over forty Corporate and Individual brands also has as a feature an Investors Meetup on Thursday October 5, 2023 in partnership with African Business Angel Network/VC4A as well as an Awards Night on Friday October 6, 2023.
The purpose of The Awards is to recognize and celebrate the achievements of Founders and Corporate organizations, regardless of their public or private status, who have made significant contributions to the Innovation ecosystem and embodied the core values of the #StartupSouth movement.
The Conference is Proudly sponsored by Zoho Technologies, Rapid Cabins, Breej, Cool FM Port Harcourt & Nigeria Info Port Harcourt, The King’s Assembly and others.
StartupSouth Enterprise Development (#StartupSouth) is a Startup (digital and creative economy) ecosystem development and advocacy organization and a community of founders building high scale ventures in Nigeria especially out of the South-South and South-East, Regions.
Some of the iconic Venture backed Startups out of Southern Nigeria are probably membés of our Community.