Alliance of 75 hubs to boost innovation,entrepreneurship

Seventy-five hubs across Nigeria have formed an alliance known as “Innovation Support Network (ISN)’’, aimed at boosting innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Marketing Director, ISN, Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr, said that the growth of the innovation sector in Nigeria over the last decade had been steady.

Agbata said that this was evident in the quality of start-ups, mentors, angel investors, innovation hubs and other stakeholders that were participating in the fast-growing early stage entrepreneurial ecosystem.

“We are pleased to announce the creation of Innovation Support Network (ISN) Hubs, an organisation of 75 Hubs from across Nigeria.

“The organisation has begun its process of registration as a legal entity which welcomes all members of the growing community of Nigerian Hubs; with the goal of promoting collaboration among hubs, supporting entrepreneurship and innovation in Nigeria.

“The mission of ISN Hubs is to foster collaboration, inspire and support Nigerian Hubs in building a diversified economy that promotes the development of technology, innovation and the early stage entrepreneurship ecosystem in Nigeria.

The Directors are; Abdulganiyu Yakub, Digital Development Hub, Kano; Fayo Williams, Exponential Hub, Ikeja; Solape and Agagu-Hammond, Impact Hub, Ikoyi.

Others are: Hanson Johnson, Start Innovation Hub, Uyo; Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata, Hub, Ikeja; while Christie Eze, Kedge Anchor Hub, Port Harcourt is the Company Secretary.

The ISN Hubs would be governed by a constitution written collectively by members and approved by the Executive Committee.

ISN Hubs believe that with the right kind of collaboration and partnerships, innovation will become deeper entrenched in our entrepreneurs and add tremendous value to the growth of the Nigerian economy.