July Blog – Startup Kano Unleashing Northern Nigeria’s Digital Rebirth

 At Startup Kano , we believe in a future where technology propels businesses in Northern Nigeria to new heights. Our game plan is designed to transform this vision into reality, empowering individuals, organizations, and innovative entrepreneurs to thrive in the digital era.

Our secret lies in our strategic positioning, allowing us to cater to the diverse needs of the ecosystem with precision and finesse. We understand that success requires both short-term support and long-term planning, which is why we conduct monthly reviews and quarterly overviews to ensure we stay ahead of the game.

Picture this: every month, our team dives deep into the pulse of the entrepreneurial landscape, analyzing our progress and fine-tuning our strategies. This iterative process fuels our growth, enabling us to adapt swiftly and effectively. Then, with each passing quarter, we zoom out to take a broader view, crafting a meticulous plan for the next phase of our journey.

But we’re not just about numbers and charts. Startup Kano is fueled by passion and a burning desire to make a difference. We exist to be the wind beneath the wings of digital pioneers, providing them with the resources, guidance, and unwavering support they need to soar to unprecedented heights.

Imagine partnering with us. Together, we’ll unlock your potential and supercharge your growth. Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur with a game-changing idea or an established organization seeking digital transformation, we have tailored solutions to meet your unique needs.

Our commitment to the Northern region runs deep. We believe in its untapped potential and are dedicated to unleashing it through technology-driven innovation. By working hand-in-hand with Startup Kano, you’ll gain access to a thriving ecosystem, a network of like-minded visionaries, and cutting-edge tools that will propel you towards success.

Join us on this thrilling journey towards a better future. Let’s redefine what’s possible, break boundaries, and create a thriving digital economy in Northern Nigeria. Together, we’ll turn dreams into reality and make an indelible mark on the world. Welcome to Startup Kano, where technology meets limitless opportunities.

Recognizing Excellence: Celebrating BIP Graduates’ Certificates of Achievement.

Your journey through the program was no small feat. You engaged in a series of meticulously designed modules that challenged your intellect and honed your skills. The rigorous study and assessment process pushed the boundaries of your understanding, enabling you to grasp the intricacies of blockchain technology and its myriad applications.

Congratulations on completing the Blockchain Innovation Program and achieving a remarkable milestone in your professional journey! We are thrilled to present you with a prestigious Certificate of Achievement, a testament to your dedication, hard work, and expertise in the captivating world of blockchain technology.

This certificate holds immense value, representing your qualification as a distinguished blockchain professional. It is not merely a certificate of participation, but a symbol of your outstanding achievements and the comprehensive knowledge you have gained throughout the program.

This groundbreaking initiative is a collaborative endeavor between the esteemed National Innovation and Technology Development Agency of Nigeria and the trailblazing BSV Blockchain Association. By being part of this program, you have joined a select group of individuals who have been empowered with cutting-edge insights and practical expertise in blockchain technology.

By holding this certificate, you possess tangible evidence of your expertise in blockchain, solidifying your position as a leader in this rapidly evolving field. Its significance extends far beyond a mere token; it serves as a gateway to exciting opportunities, recognition, and professional advancement in diverse industries that rely on the power of blockchain.

As you embark on this new chapter as a certified blockchain professional, your skills and knowledge will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on the industry. Embrace the immense potential of blockchain technology, and let your expertise shape the future, as you unlock innovative solutions, revolutionize processes, and contribute to the global digital transformation.

Once again, congratulations on your exceptional achievement! Your dedication and perseverance have propelled you to the forefront of blockchain innovation. We eagerly anticipate the remarkable contributions you will make as a certified blockchain professional. May your journey be filled with continued success, growth, and endless possibilities!

GEC Africa presents Regional Pitching Competition.

Hello Nigerian startups,

I wanted to bring your attention to an exciting opportunity available to you in the form of the GEC+Africa Regional Pitching Competition Programme. If you are involved in agritech, edutech, cleantech, healthtech, or fintech, this could be your chance to shine.

The program offers you the chance to represent Nigeria in South Africa and compete for a remarkable prize of $100,000. Whether you are a pre-seed or seed-stage tech startup with a Minimum Viable Product (MVP), or a post-revenue non-tech startup or SME, you are eligible to apply.

This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your innovation, skills, and potential. It could be the stepping stone that takes your venture to new heights. Don’t let this chance slip away.

Please note that the application deadline is July 14, 2023. To apply, visit www.gecafrica.co/lead-up-activities and submit your application as soon as possible.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity. It’s time to make your mark and seize the opportunity that awaits you.

Best of luck with your application and future endeavors!

Watch out for the Creative Business Cup Nigeria 2023

Calling all creative entrepreneurs! Are you ready to take your business idea to new heights? The Creative Business Cup Nigeria 2023 is here to ignite your passion and propel your success! 

Join us for an exhilarating journey that goes beyond a mere competition. The Creative Business Cup is a global initiative that empowers creative minds like yours, offering year-round support to help you grow your business, connect with investors and global markets, and supercharge your innovative capabilities. 

Why focus on the creative industries, you ask? Because they are the powerhouse of economic growth and employment worldwide! By fostering cross-sector innovation, these industries bring fresh perspectives to traditional challenges, creating a dynamic and competitive society. At CBC Nigeria, we aim to empower not just participating startups, but the entire creative startup community throughout the nation. Together, we can reshape the future! 

So, which sector do you belong to? Are you a master of design, a maestro of leisure activities, a wordsmith in the publishing world, a fashion trailblazer, or perhaps a visionary in film, video, and photography? Maybe you’re an expert in software, computer games, or electronic publishing for the 

creative industries. From toys and games to 3D printing, crafts and artisan endeavors to the symphony of music, gastronomy that tantalizes taste buds to architectural marvels, and experience technologies that transport us to new realms – we embrace them all! 

Are you between the ages of 18 and 35? Are you an entrepreneur who thrives on creativity and innovation? Do you have an idea bursting with business potential? If you answered yes, then you’re eligible to be a part of this extraordinary journey! 

But that’s not all! By participating in the Creative Business Cup Nigeria, you stand a chance to win an incredible 1 million naira!  That’s not all – we offer an accelerator program, a game-changing 5-day enterprise bootcamp, invaluable mentoring from a pool of international mentors, and top-notch business support services. We’ve got your back every step of the way!

Ready to transform your vision into reality? Time is of the essence! The application period opens on Monday, July 3rd, 2023, and closes on Monday, September 4th, 2023. Don’t miss this golden opportunity to secure your spot and make waves in the creative industry!

Visit reg.smetoolkit.ng/cbcnigeria2023 today to take the first step towards your entrepreneurial dreams. Unleash your creativity, ignite innovation, and be part of something extraordinary at the Creative Business Cup Nigeria 2023! 

Unlock Your Fashion Dreams with Ebonique Fashion Academy! 

Are you passionate about fashion and dream of making a mark in the industry? Look no further, because we have a thrilling opportunity for you! Startup Kano and Ebonique Fashion Academy are joining forces to bring you an exclusive call for applications to our esteemed fashion academy.

Immerse Yourself in the World of Fashion 

Imagine learning from industry experts, honing your design skills, and discovering your unique style. Our fashion academy is designed to empower aspiring fashionistas like you to reach new heights of creativity and success. Whether you’re an aspiring designer, stylist, or fashion entrepreneur, this is your chance to turn your passion into a thriving career.

Registration Link: Https://bit.ly/43TSgnl

 Application Deadline: 20th July

 Time is of the Essence! Don’t Delay! 

Hurry and secure your spot before the deadline! Our application process is straightforward, and with just a few clicks, you can embark on a transformational journey toward becoming a fashion industry icon. Don’t let this opportunity slip through your fingers.

Why Choose Our Fashion Academy? 

Cutting-Edge Curriculum: Experience a comprehensive curriculum curated by industry experts, covering everything from design principles to fashion marketing strategies. You’ll gain the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in today’s dynamic fashion landscape.

 Hands-On Training: Our academy offers hands-on training opportunities, allowing you to work with state-of-the-art equipment, experiment with different fabrics, and bring your unique designs to life. Get ready to unleash your creativity!

Expert Mentors: Benefit from the guidance of seasoned professionals who have made a name for themselves in the fashion industry. They’ll provide valuable insights, mentorship, and support throughout your journey.

 Networking Galore: Connect with fellow fashion enthusiasts, collaborate on exciting projects, and build your professional network. Our academy provides a vibrant community of like-minded individuals who share your passion.

 Your Fashion Journey Starts Here! 

Don’t let this opportunity pass you by. Register now using the following link: Https://bit.ly/43TSgnl. Take the first step toward turning your fashion dreams into a reality. The deadline for registration is on the 20th of July, so act swiftly!

Startup Feature

An interview with Sumayya Umar Tofa, one of Startup kano’s Pitchstar alumni.

Interviewer: Can you tell me a bit more about yourself? What inspired you to start your creative digital agency?

Sumayya Umar Tofa: Certainly! I am Sumayya Umar Tofa, the founder of the creative digital agency based in Kano, Nigeria. I have a background in creative arts and design, and I am a certified business developer. The idea behind starting the agency came from my passion for combining creativity with technology to bring ideas, brands, and businesses to life in the digital world. I saw a need for innovative solutions in the local market, and I wanted to make a difference by leveraging digital technologies and my creative expertise.

Interviewer: How does your agency leverage technology to provide solutions for your clients?

Sumayya Umar Tofa: Our agency leverages technology in various ways to provide cutting-edge solutions for our clients. We utilize digital technologies such as graphic design software, web development tools, and digital marketing platforms to create and enhance screen-based products and services. By combining our creative arts and design skills with technical development, we are able to offer a range of services that help our clients enhance their digital presence and achieve their goals.

Interviewer: That sounds fascinating! Can you share your mission and vision for the agency?

Sumayya Umar Tofa: Absolutely! Our mission is to utilize the latest digital technologies, creative arts, and design expertise to help our clients bring their ideas, brands, and businesses to life in the digital world. We are committed to providing efficient and effective solutions tailored to the specific needs of our clients, ultimately enhancing their digital presence and impact.

Our vision is to be a leading creative digital agency in Nigeria, recognized for our innovative solutions and expertise in utilizing digital technologies to enhance the digital world for our clients. We aim to continuously expand our services and offerings while maintaining our commitment to providing tailored solutions that help our clients better understand their strategies and processes, and ultimately achieve their digital goals.

Interviewer: It sounds like you have a clear mission and vision for your agency. Can you tell me about the traction you’ve gained since launching your business?

Sumayya Umar Tofa: Since the inception of our agency, we have worked with 53 clients, providing them with our creative digital solutions. This traction has allowed us to gain valuable experience and insights, helping us refine our services and deliver better results for our clients. As for our revenue, it currently stands at [Please provide the current revenue per month if available]

Interviewer: That’s impressive! Have you experienced any changes or benefits since joining the PitchStar Incubation Program?

Sumayya Umar Tofa: Yes, joining the PitchStar Incubation Program has provided me with the opportunity to put my work out there and connect with other entrepreneurs and industry experts. The program has helped me refine my business strategies, gain valuable feedback, and expand my network. It has been a great platform for learning and growth.

Interviewer: That’s wonderful to hear! Lastly, where can people find more information about your agency and its digital presence?

Sumayya Umar Tofa: People can find more information about our agency and explore our digital presence on our social media pages under the handle @themeraki_ng.

Interviewer: Thank you, Sumayya Umar Tofa, for sharing your journey with us.

Hello valued community members,

 Keep an eye for this page every two weeks as we bring you news of events and  changes in the Kano technology and e-commerce world.  Watch out for   Kano as it continues to disrupt the sector and shape the future of technology. This  piece is Written by Rahmat Muhammad for startup Kano.