Osinbajo to deliver keynote address at Coworking Conference

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Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo will deliver the keynote address at the 2018 edition of Coworking Conference, an annual gathering of innovators, entrepreneurs and investors.

The conference, organised by Venia Business Hub, will hold on July 26, at IMAX Filmhouse Lekki, Lagos.

Kola Oyeneyin, CEO Venia Business Hub, said Osibanjo will also interact with entrepreneurs “who are building and shaping Nigeria through their various ideas and platforms”.

Earlier in the year, the vice-president went on a tour of hubs, coworking spaces and entrepreneurs across Nigeria.

“One of the places he visited was our Featured Innovator of CWC 2018, Iyin Aboyeji’s Flutterwave which took off from Venia Hub, and has now gone on to become arguably the biggest success stories of Africa’s fintech industry,” Oyeneyin said.

“This is what this conference is all about, and we are glad that the vice-president whose mantra since taken office has been nation-building through innovation, will be collaborating with entrepreneurs in the true spirit of coworking.”

The conference, sponsored by Access Bank, will also have in attendance speakers like Omobola Johnson, former minister of communication technology; Iyin Aboyeji of Flutterwave; Kola Aina, chairman of Ventures Park, and Ola Brown of Flying Doctors Nigeria and Greentree Investments.

Oyeneyin explained that the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Nigeria has seen a fundamental shift since the emergence of coworking and tech hubs, with many successful entrepreneurs tracing their startup story and locations to coworking spaces across Nigeria.

“We are happy to see various stakeholders embracing coworking and leveraging on its possibilities to drive entrepreneurship,” he said.

“Lagos state’s LagosInnovates is one such example of the response to Coworking Conference and we expect to see much more exciting collaborations and initiatives by various ecosystem enablers.”

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