Co-creation Hub (CcHUB), the leading social innovation centre in Nigeria, has launched the ‘’, an international project that will engage entrepreneurs, innovators and scientists from African communities in the UK and source scalable business solutions to social challenges in Africa.
The launch, held at Facebook’s offices in central London on Saturday 6 May 2017 saw over 300 people meet to hear keynote addresses from CcHub’s Co-founder and CEO, ‘Bosun Tijani and Dr. Nelson Ogunshakin. Also in attendance was Emeka Afigbo, Platform Partnerships, Head of Middle East & Africa, representing Facebook, who supported the event.
The launch kicks off a UK-wide search for early stage ventures that are focused on one of three Thematic Areas; Financial Technology, Energy or Education. A panel of esteemed judges made up of academics, industry experts and investors will select two ventures from each Thematic Area who will go on to receive nine months’ incubation from CcHUB and investment of $15,000 from CcHub. Ventures which are able to demonstrate sustainability and innovation are then each able to access a further $250,000 seed investment from Growth Capital.
‘Bosun Tijani, CcHub Co-founder and CEO said, “We have long wanted to build stronger tech community connections between the UK and Africa in order to increase Diaspora community involvement. CcHub is a social innovation hub – we innovate and build to address social problems, and we want to facilitate development-focused dialogues and attract the best talent to help us in our mission. The CcHub Diaspora Challenge is the starting pistol to engaging, mentoring, incubating and investing in Africans in the UK who can help ‘build Africa’ alongside us.”
With over 300,000 highly qualified Africans in the Diaspora, and about 10% of which have PhDs, the brain drain occurrence has long been a conundrum and the emigration of African professionals to the West is one of the greatest obstacles to African development. CcHub aims to alleviate the consequences of brain drain by purposefully engaging the Diaspora community, harnessing their intellect and leveraging their network.
CcHub is a vibrant community of over 15,200 technologists, entrepreneurs and other forward thinking Nigerians and in its five years, has incubated and provided support to a portfolio of over 55 early stage ventures providing solutions to social problems with technology. In August 2016, the hub was Facebook Founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg’s first port of call when he visited Lagos on his tour of Africa.
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