This week, 25 Nigerian entrepreneurs who were honoured in the Insiders4Good programme launched in 2016 by Microsoft in partnership with Co-Creation Hub. The entrepreneurs were recognized at a ceremony held at the InterContinental Hotel in Lagos. At the ceremony, the entrepreneurs also pitched their business ideas to Microsoft executives and potential local partners and investors.
About The Insiders4Good Programme
The programme was initiated by Microsoft to address the gap between modern digital technology and the people who need them but are unable to address them because of poverty, lack of education and inaccessibility.
Recognizing exceptional entrepreneurs who are using technology to foster positive change in their communities is a key strategy of the Insiders4Good programme, making Nigeria a natural choice.
The 25 Nigerian #Insiders4Good Fellows were selected in September 2016 from among 5,000 applicants. Subsequently, they attended an intensive “bootcamp”, a series of group workshops led by Microsoft staff during which they identified needs, set goals, and created road maps for taking their businesses to the next level. Each participant also received a suite of Microsoft hardware and software and six months of tailored technical and strategic mentorship from local and international leaders.
The programme culminated with today’s graduation event, during which each Fellow was recognized on stage with a plaque of distinction.