Silicon Valley Links (SV – Links) and Silicon Valley Nigeria Economic Development (SV – NED) in collaboration with the Nigerian Embassy in Washington D.C. are going to be hosting the first week-long immersion program in Silicon Valley with Nigerian executives.
The programme will bring over 30 top Nigerian executives to participate in an immersion program on the 24th – 30th of September 2017. Participants will be exposed to different activities including visits to local startups as well as bigger companies such as HP, attending lectures by entrepreneurs and investors such as Sand Hill Angels, and overall exposure to the Valley’s environment.
The idea of the program is to expose more traditional industry thinking executives to the innovative and disruptive world of the Valley, in order to create a stronger presence of the Nigerian professional world in both Nigeria and the Bay Area.
According to a statement by the SV – NED, “we want to promote and influence activities such as Nigerian investment in local startups in the Valley, incentivize the involvement of executives in accelerators and startups in Nigeria and have an exponential impact in the awareness between the relationship of Nigeria and the Silicon Valley. This program is designed to motivate more Nigerian executives and investors to invest in information technology that would increase the potential of technology partnerships in Nigeria”.
Dr. Ola Hassan, a Board Member of SV-NED Inc, who was one the pioneers of Silicon Valley said, “this will be a great eye opener and open doors for the Nigerian Young Entrepreneurs in Information Technology, Agriculture and Banking.”
Expressing their readiness for the programme, the organisers noted, “we are very excited to host this group and see how the program will impact this relationship between the two areas. It is our first group from Nigeria, and it will certainly not be our last”.
SV-NED Inc. facilitates the creation of business opportunities designed for Silicon Valley technology companies to bring their businesses into Nigeria. Their programs are designed to reduce dependency on oil explorations and increase profitability in the technology sector and increase the feasibility of employing recent college graduates.
This initiative was developed by Chief Amina Temitope Ajayi a.k.a. Mama Diaspora, a US-based Nigerian business consultant who is an accountant by training, a social entrepreneur and an ardent community activist.