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Digital Economy: Stakeholders applaud Tijani for fine-tuning plans to make ‘Nigeria Startup House’ fully operational in US

Photo Collage of Dr. ’Bosun Tijani, Minister for Communications, Innovations and Digital Economy, and Nigeria Startup House, in San Francisco, United States, During a Recent Visit to the Facility Credit: Dr'BosunTijani

*Dr. ’Bosun Tijani, Minister for Communications, Innovations and Digital Economy, discloses the Nigeria Startup House, in San Francisco, United States, will enable the country’s startup ecosystem to have a stronger presence in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley, while engaging with potential partners and investors to accelerate business growth

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

Stakeholders in the Nigerian digital ecosystem have hailed the Federal Government for fine-tuning the plans to make the ‘Nigeria Startup House’, located in San Francisco, United States (US), to become fully operational.

ConsumerConnect reports Dr. ’Bosun Tijani, Minister for Communications, Innovations and Digital Economy, disclosed this development via his verified social media account at the weekend, following his recent visit to the facility in the American country.

Tijani noted the Nigeria Startup House, fondly called a true “Palace for the People”, located in the affluent Presidio Heights of San Francisco, would offer Nigerian startups a chance to accelerate the growth of their businesses.

According to the Minister, the facility would also allow the West African country’s tech startups to do a residency in the Bay Area to be able to engage with potential partners and investors in the United States.

He stated: “A few weeks ago, we announced the conversion of an existing Federal Government property in San Francisco, USA, to a Nigeria Startup House, to allow the Nigerian startup ecosystem have a stronger presence in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley, which have been a significant contributor to the total Venture Capital funds that have been sourced by our tech ecosystem.”

The Minister also wrote: “The Nigeria Startup House – a true ‘Palace for the People’, located in the affluent Presidio Heights of San Francisco, will offer Nigerian startups a chance to accelerate the growth of their businesses by allowing them do a residency in the Bay Area to engage with potential partners and investors.”

Tijani added: “As we firm up the plans to make the Startup House fully operational, I would like to know what other types of opportunities that startup founders are looking to take advantage of with this.”

Industry stakeholders commend Minister’s push for growth, visibility in global digital ecosystem

In their several reactions to the Minister Tijani’s current update on the Nigeria Startup House, industry stakeholders have commended the country’s continued push for growth and visibility in the global digital space.

Blessing Ogechi Nwojiji, Community Management and Python Instructor, remarked “when we have the right persons with the people’s progress at heart, then we thrive. Thank you, Dr. ’Bosun Tijani, for pushing for our growth and visibility.

“Tech is here to stay, to change the narrative and when Nigerians are given the right environment, we will stand tall like the Giants of Africa that we are.”

Dr. Omoniyi Ibietan, Head of Media Relations Management at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and Secretary-General of African Public Relations Association (APRA), simply commented the Minister’s move is “fantastic!”.

In his reaction to the latest development also, Michael Awoleye, a Senior Research Fellow at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, in Osun State, said: “Honourable Dr. ‘Bosun Tijani, I am so happy that you started your tenure of office by hitting the ground running.

“With that said, it gladdens my heart that this step aligns with the recommendations I presented in my Ph.D. thesis in 2015, which relates to the indigenisation of ICT products in Nigeria.”

Awoleye wrote: “This involves leveraging the vast human resources available in our knowledge institutions and major ICT clusters in Nigeria.

“I gathered data from the Otigba Computer Village in Lagos, the Ogbunabali Computer Market, in Port Harcourt, and the GSM Village, in Abuja.”

The scholar further stated: “Tapping knowledge from Silicon Valley and ‘repatriating’ it through this hub will indeed foster the quick diffusion of relevant knowledge, helping achieve the goal of producing these ICT products rather than merely using them.

“This has the potential to accelerate economic development through job creation, cost-cutting on imports of these products, and other associated benefits.”

In his remarks on the development, Mohammed Mansur Abubakar, Opulence techie and STEM educator, who says he is currently building tech projects, including Vora Robotics Limited and Hikima Software Lab Limited, declared “I’m excited about the Nigeria Startup House in San Francisco.

“It will facilitate meeting investors, partners, and mentors out West. It will help us secure funding and collaborate with experts to refine our products.

“It’s a chance to expand, gain valuable insights, and bring advanced solutions back to Nigeria, boosting our tech ecosystem and R&D and Innovation efforts.”

Olusola Amusan, Co-Founder at Vesti and Curators Interactive, also noted in his remarks: “There is an outstanding opportunity here, and it just further cements the access to the global market we have been clamouring for.

“We should work together on getting O-1 Founder Visa and EB1A for Nigerians.”

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