Youth Entrepreneurship Summit & Expo Nigeria will convene heads of government ministries, agencies and parastatals, leaders of financial institutions and entrepreneurs to discuss key issues facing SMMEs in Nigeria on July 12, 2016 at Eko Convention Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Palm3 Strategy, in partnership with Zenera Consulting and Africa’s largest television network, the Nigerian Television Authority, Saturday, June 18, 2016 announced that the Youth Entrepreneurship Summit and Expo would be broadcast LIVE on the NTA as part the network’s commitment to the economic advancement of Nigeria.
Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, vice president of Nigeria, is expected to give the keynote address at the opening plenary. The summit is a social investment to empower entrepreneurs, create sustainable jobs and boost economic opportunities by providing access to finance, skills, knowledge and other critical resources. A Proudly Nigerian Expo would run beside the conference and attract more than 5,000 youth nationwide.
Registration is now open for the summit, which will be held at the prestigious Eko Hotel and Suites Convention Centre, Victoria Island Lagos, on Tuesday July 12th, 2016.
The meeting’s theme is “Towards a diversified economy: harnessing the power of Africa’s largest consumer market, agro-allied resources and technology for innovation through entrepreneurship.”
Other speakers and panelists include Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos State; Mr. Waheed Olagunju, acting managing director, Bank of Industry; Mr. Kyari Bukar, chairman, Nigeria Economic Summit Group; Dr. Abdu Mukhtar, chief strategy officer of the Dangote Group; the executive secretary, Lagos State Technical Vocational Education Board, Engineer Olawunmi Gasper; CEO, Wecyclers, Mrs. Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola; Mr. Bunmi Otegbade, CEO, Generation Enterprise, amongst others.
The speakers will share on the current economic climate and what opportunities exist for entrepreneurs, how to get past challenges in accessing finance and investment, and also disseminate in-depth knowledge via master classes from entrepreneurs who have made it and succeeded in Nigeria despite the challenges.
There will also be a business matchmaking session where delegates will be able to network and get one-on-one advice from business leaders and the speakers on the day. In addition, a Proudly Nigeria expo will run concurrently, showcasing the rich diversity of Nigeria’s entrepreneurs. Budding startups can obtain free legal and financial advice and business consulting services on the day. The expo is free to attend but registration information can be found at www.yesnigeria.com.ng
“We are very excited about the level of enthusiasm we have received from speakers, sponsors and attendees for this unique conference,” said Mr. Ndiana Matthew, managing director of YES Nigeria on behalf of the organisers. “We look forward to the growth and enhancement of the MSME sector in Nigeria and to our youth being job creators, and not just job seekers.”
According to Mr. Meka Olowola, the chairman of Youth Entrepreneurship Summit, “Nigerians can look forward to a well-facilitated conference that meets the public and private sector’s aspirations of stimulating the Nigerian economy away from current recessionary trends. We have put our several years of research on the Youth and SMME sector at Zenera Consulting behind this legacy summit, and we are confident that this summit will not be a mere talk-fest, but a truly national initiative that accounts directly for a revolution in sustainable wealth creation across the bottom half of the socio-economic value chain.”
Delegate fees are discounted at N30,000 and N5,000 for students. For more information, and to register for the conference, please visit www.yesnigeria.com.ng.
YES Nigeria is a collaboration between Palm3 Strategy, a Pan African event and strategic communications consultancy, and Zenera Consulting, a reputation management and investor relations firm in Nigeria. Both companies have over 35 years of strategic business, investor relations and event management experience between them.
Youth Entrepreneurship Summit and Expo 2016 is endorsed by the following MDAs; Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Nigeria Export Promotion Council, Small And Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria, Government of Lagos State (LASTVEB).