Silicon Valley-based Startup Accelerator Founder Institute Launches New Chapter in Lagos


The Founder Institute, an idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program has launched a new chapter in Lagos, Nigeria with targeting to work with 20 tech startups in the country annually.

Applications to the program are open now, and anyone interested in working with Lagos’s top startup mentors to launch a technology company is welcome to apply to the Lagos Founder Institute at

In order to celebrate the launch, the Lagos Founder Institute will host a series of free startup events for the general public, where attendees can learn how to build a company and learn more about the program. See the full list of events at

For aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs up to the challenge, the Founder Institute’s comprehensive step-by-step program provides the structure, mentor support, and global network of entrepreneurs needed to start an enduring company. The Founder Institute focuses on people versus ideas, accepts founders with day jobs, and shares equity with all participants. Founder Institute Graduate companies include Udemy, Realty Mogul, Travelcar, goplaceit, Appota, and many more.

In addition, the Lagos 2019 program will include the Founder Institute’s newest company-building curriculum suitable to address the needs of advanced founders (MVP stage) as well as aspiring new entrepreneurs at the idea-stage – a project just released this year in collaboration with hundreds of startup leaders across the globe.

The Lagos Chapter will once again be led by local startup leaders Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. “CFA”, Co-founder, & Presenter, Tech Trends on Channels TV; Oluwarotimi Fasuyi, CEO, VasDigiMobility; Wande Adalemo CEO, Wave3 Wireless and Ifedy Eze, Co-founder, Maisematrix Consulting.

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Mentors who have expressed interest in helping Lagos Founder Institute participants include but not limited to:

‘Deepankar Rustagi, Founder, VConnect

Adeoye Abodunrin, Director, Xpos Technologies

Atul Kshetry, CEO, IDM Services Plc
Ayo Animashaun, Founder/CEO, Smooth Promotions
Babafemi Lawal, MD/CEO, Synergon Infrastructure Limited
Biodun Ogunlabi, Founder/CEO, 3 Way Communcations Limited
Charles Emembolu, CEO, Crestsage Limited

Charles Anudu, CEO, Swift Networks
Clement Efanga, Founder/CEO, Clemas Garment Co. LTD
David Olaniyan, Founder/CEO, Startup Builder

Etop Ikpe, CEO, Cars45
George Agu: CEO, ActivEdge Technologies Limited
Ife Olatunji, CEO, Metamorp
Kingsley Eze, CEO, Tenece
Michael Simeon, CEO, VoguePay
Nnamdi Ezeigbo, Founder, SLOT Systems
Obi Asika, Chairman, Social Media Week Lagos
Obi Ozor, CEO, Kobo360

Simeon Ononobi, Co-founder, Thank U Cash
Tunji Abioye, Founder/CEO, Fuel Communication Limited
Tunji Adegbesan, Founder/CEO, Gidi Mobile

Anyone who applies by the Early Application Deadline (2019-04-28) is eligible for a variety of scholarships – including the Female Founder Fellowship, which is offered to the best overall female applicant.

The Founder Institute was founded in 2009 by Adeo Ressi and Jonathan Greechan. It is operated out of Palo Alto, California.