Facebook and Co-Creation Hub (CcHUB) say they are partnering to connect start-ups to medium and large corporates.
The companies made this known during the Press Day of Innovation Showcase Week (ISW) 2019 in Lagos.
Speaking during the programme, Chief Executive Officer of CcHUB, Bosun Tijani, said that the firms had organised Innovation Showcase Week (ISW) 2019 for the start-ups.
Tijani said that ISW, which opened between February 27 to March 1, 2019, would unveil the latest transformative technologies that would redefine industries.
He said that the transformative technologies would solve some of the most pressing business and consumer challenges in Nigeria.
According to him, a first of its kind event with over 20 exhibiting technology startups, will showcase the latest technology innovations to some 400 business and industry representatives across two days.
”Innovation Showcase Week, tagged ”ISW 2019” is the first technology product showcase exhibition out of the startup support programmes by technology innovation centre – Co-Creation Hub (CcHUB) and global enterprise, Facebook.
”We recognise the urgent need to accelerate innovation support to medium and large corporates who are positioned to secure significant gains for the economy through smart application of technology.
”ISW will close the gap between corporates and startups by being an unprecedented platform where industry leaders can experience and adopt homegrown innovations and solutions first hand.
”Showcasing startups at ISW would unveil their ground-breaking innovations built in Facebook’s deep-technology startup programme – FBStart Accelerator and the CcHUB 2018 Incubation programme,” he said.
Tijani said that the products on display leveraged advanced technologies such as Data Science, Internet of Things, Visual Reality (VR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
He said that the products were across eight categories of Healthcare, Agriculture, Mobility, Energy, Education, Safety, Training and Security.
According to him, these solutions proffer break-through advances to business and consumer challenges in Nigeria.
On the ISW 2019 showfloor, exhibiting AI and Security-focused startups are Chiniki Guard, SayPeace, Identity Tech, E-Estates, DeepQuest AI and Insyt demonstrate AI’s promising power.
Other products on display for the Health and Agriculture sectors include Vetsark, Doctoora, Plantheus, TrepLabs, Gricd and Truppr.
Energy and Mobility dedicated areas have Upnepa, Smart Electricity, Hydrolite, Cycles and Lara products on display.
The Virtual reality and Safety Training section showcases immersive solutions from Quadron VR, Kanji Drive and Project Move.
Ms Kendra Nnachi, Facebook Startup and Developer Programmes Manager, said that ISW embodied the innovative spirit that defined the Nigerian startup ecosystem.
Nnachi said that the world was in the age where innovation matter, hence, the need to support and promote innovations.
She urged the start-ups to always develop innovation that stand the taste of time and sustain their livelihoods.
”The products and services launching here by the Facebook and CcHUB supported startups will empower individuals and enterprises to change our world for the better,” Nnachi said.