5 things to expect at Startup Weekend Lagos 2015

Startup Weekend Lagos
November 20th, 2015

– This a repost: original article was first written and published by Francis Onwumere on Medium –

This year’s edition of Startup Weekend will take place on November 20th –22nd 2015 at the iDEA Hub Lagos, as always it’s a great place to place to start, meet co-founders, and get inspired.

54 hours can pass quickly at Startup Weekend so let’s get started.


Startup to Company

Even though startups are early stage companies they still have the aura of temporariness about them — so let’s talk about how to return your startup to permanence.

Successful entrepreneur Collins Onuegbu of Signal Alliance and Sasware investment company will give a keynote address with the theme: “Startup to Company”.


Top Coaches with Trench Experience

There’s nothing more valuable than candid and actionable feedback for a startup founder. You’ll be getting early feedback to set you on way from over 25 company founders who are still in the trenches.


Tech Track

This is the one you’ll love the most. This is new but very important — if you are developer, perhaps you’ve done some cool stuff or you’re starting out on you career as a developer and aspire to be CTO or CDO someday this is for you.

We’ll be having a Tech Track that runs right through the event, 3 things to note:

  1. You’ll get a chance to participate in an invite only CTO Track programme by one of the fastest growing tech companies in Nigeria, Venture Garden Group.
  2. We’ll have a hands-on session on integrating Paga’s business payment gateway in mobile and web applications.
  3. Kehers will be talking about his new book: “Consuming REST APIs”.


Participate in the Next Web Conference Europe and win over $150,000 as part of the Global Startup Battle

Startup Weekend Lagos winners will automatically compete in the Global Startup battle for an opportunity to win cash prizes, a trip to The Next Web Conference and 1–2 hour weekly mentors programme from selected successful entrepreneurs from across the world.


Meet people, find collaborators

50% of Startup Weekend participants come from a technical background and the other half from a business background and there will be a good sample size to find people with the necessary domain knowledge you need for a stellar team

Five! Register to participate if you haven’t already.

Startup Weekend Lagos is part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2015 and it is brought to you by Enterprise Development Centre (EDC), Venture Garden Group (VGG), Paga, Gigalayer, and TechVoize Africa.


Startup Weekend Kicks off for the First Time in Owerri, Nigeria


Startup Weekend Owerri, Imo State
February 26th, 2016

Welcome to the first Startup Weekend in the eastern part of Nigeria

Some people have great ideas but they need others to make it happen. You need to stand on the shoulder of giants. Come and share your idea and also get ideas. Build a minimum viable product or services in 54 hours and validate if someone needs it.

This event will help identify potentials and ideas that could be pitched to investors as well as help to form startups to reduce unemployment. You could see the need and then take the lead. It will engender collaboration among skills, talents, industries and institutions.

Apart from the prizes for the winners, the attendees will learn how to use Lean’s Canvas to develop a business idea and validate it with real potential customers. Some could learn new coding techniques, design techniques, marketing strategies, project management as well as the ability to work in a team. Certificate of participation awaits any attendee.

The mentors for this event will be named soon.

Also, the judges will be communicated as soon as they become available.