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Uche Nwosu flags off the Ugwumba Startups Program powered by InnoPower USA.

Today, history was made as we witnessed another epoch making event in our determination to empower Nigerian youths become self employed as successful entrepreneurs. The Ugwumba Startups Development Program powered by Innopower USA was formally flagged off with global leaders and business development professionals in attendance.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu, Founder and President of the Ugwumba Center for Leadership Development in Africa said…

“According to my DG, Remy Chukwunyere, we have a mandate to raise young entrepreneurs for the African continent. Unfortunately, we cannot achieve that alone, that is why we do not joke with our partners.

So, I want to use this opportunity, once again, to appreciate my good friend, Emil Ekiyor and his team at InnoPower, especially Prof. Joe Albano, Prof. Stephanie Fernhaher and Jason Williams for joining us in this struggle to reduce unemployment among youths in Nigeria and Africa at large.

My Dear Professors and Facilitators, we are excited about your participation in this huge project without demanding any penny from us. Giving Nigerian youths a training of this magnitude worth $250,000, which is about N112m is not a joke. We are not taking it for granted and that is why we decided to give it massive publicity by inviting journalists from the best media houses, here in Nigeria.”

He thanked members of the Ugwumba International Advisory Board, Mr. Rajan Nazran and Prof Remi Duyile, who were present at the ceremony for always standing behind the Center.

He advised all the participating Ugwumba Fellows not to play with this opportunity as according to him, this training is capable of making them the next Dangotes and Alakijas of Nigeria. He thereafter declared the 2021 Ugwumba Startups Program open to the glory of God!

Earlier in his opening remarks, the Executive Director of the Center, Remy Chukwunyere informed that through its Enterprise Development Programs, the Ugwumba Leadership Center has supported over 5,000 young entrepreneurs in Nigeria since inception in 2018. He said that the partnership with InnoPower began last year during the 2020 Ugwumba Enterprise Challenge and thanked the team at InnoPower for contributing to the huge successes recorded at the last pitching competition.

Also speaking on behalf of Emil Ekiyor, CEO of InnoPower, Jason Williams, the MD of The Society of Innovators, Purdue University expressed their excitement about the amazing innovations coming from Nigeria youths. He said that the Startups Development Program will offer them more opportunities to build their startups and position for global investments.

In her speech, Prof. Stephanie Ferhanber of Butler University said that, as one of the judges last year, she saw interesting business ideas pitched by youths from Nigeria in the last Ugwumba Enterprise Challenge and wished such startups could be replicated in the US. She shared her students’ experiences while reviewing Bilkisu Garba’s startup model.

In their separate remarks, Mr. Rajan Nazran and Prof Remi Duyile, who are members of our International Advisory Council thanked InnoPower, Butler University and other such institutions, who have identified with the impact making programs of the Ugwumba Leadership Center.

Speaking on behalf of the other participants, Bilkisu Garba and Adeleye Olufemi thanked Mr. Uche Nwosu and his team for taking delight in empowering and equipping young entrepreneurs with the skills they need to grow their businesses. They equally promised to utilize the enormous learning opportunities offered to them through this program as they did during the previous pitching competitions.



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Ugwumba Center for Leadership Development in Africa, 2022