June Blog Post

This month at Startup Kano.
Join the Ultimate Design Extravaganza in Kano! The Figma Config. 

 Get ready for the most exhilarating event of the year! Kano is buzzing with excitement as we host the highly anticipated Figma Config 2023 watch party! It’s your chance to immerse yourself in the world of design, connect with local creative minds, and be part of something extraordinary.

 Ignite your passion for design as you indulge in a day filled with live sessions from the crème de la crème of design leaders. On  Thursday, 22 June 2023, 11:00–16:00 Witness their brilliance unfold before your eyes as they unveil groundbreaking insights, innovative techniques, and awe-inspiring creations. Prepare to be blown away by the sheer talent and expertise on display!

 But that’s not all! The event is brimming with networking opportunities that will elevate your professional journey. Rub shoulders with like-minded designers, exchange ideas, and forge valuable connections that could pave the way for exciting collaborations. The design community in Kano is vibrant and thriving, and this watch party is your chance to become an integral part of it!

 Indulge your taste buds with delectable, mouth-watering delights. We’ve got you covered with an array of complimentary food and drinks to keep you fueled throughout the day. Savor the flavors, recharge your creativity, and immerse yourself in the event in the most delightful way possible.

 As if that’s not enticing enough, there’s more! Prepare to be showered with exclusive Figma swag that will make you the envy of every designer. Show off your passion with pride as you rock stylish t-shirts, flaunt eye-catching stickers, and adorn your workspace with limited-edition merchandise. It’s time to celebrate your love for design in true style.

 Hurry and secure your spot now! Tickets are free but limited, so make sure you don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Head over to our registration page and reserve your place among the design elite in Kano.

 Brace yourself for an unforgettable experience at the Figma Config 2023 watch party. Kano is ready to ignite your passion, fuel your creativity, and connect you with the design community like never before. We can’t wait to see you there—let’s make this an event to remember! 

Introducing the stellar lineup of speakers for the highly anticipated talk show at the Glitz Fair! 

Get ready for an engaging and insightful experience moderated by the talented Ameena Ikram, whose charismatic presence will set the stage for an unforgettable event.

Leading the discussions will be industry experts who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience:

Dan Tanko: A captivating speaker known for his astute observations and remarkable journey in the industry. Dan Tanko’s insights will leave you inspired and craving for more.

Aysha Tofa: Prepare to be enthralled by Aysha Tofa’s expertise as she shares her wealth of experiences and unravels the secrets to her success. Her compelling stories will leave you captivated.

Oga Wamball: A true industry luminary, Oga Wamball’s presence alone commands attention. With a wealth of experience under his belt, he will undoubtedly deliver profound insights that will leave you enlightened.

Hashim Fatima Fouad: Prepare to be swept away by Hashim Fatima Fouad’s eloquence and unique perspective. Her vast experience and expertise promise to offer invaluable insights and fresh ideas.

The Northern Therapist: With a deep understanding of the human psyche, The Northern Therapist brings a fresh and transformative approach to the discussion. Their expertise in the field of mental health will open your mind to new possibilities.

Mubarak Kwankwaso: Mubarak Kwankwaso, a true visionary in the industry, will grace the stage with his wisdom and groundbreaking ideas. Prepare to have your perspectives challenged and expanded.

Mark your calendars for the 8th Edition of the Glitz Fair, taking place on the 24th and 25th of June at the Afficent Grand Marquee, Magajin Rumfa Kano. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to join the conversation, gain invaluable insights, and be part of an engaging event that will leave you inspired. Get ready to be captivated by the brilliance of these industry experts! Find out more here

Startup Kano is hiring!

Do you have a tech skill? Have you worked on projects? Are you ready to start working with advanced teams? If your answer is YES, then kindly click the link below to fill the form to share your experience for immediate Hire. 

PS: You must be based in Northern Nigeria. 

Eligible candidates will be contacted via email. 

Tech Power Graduates Soar to New Heights: Congratulations to the Digital Trailblazers of Blue Sapphire Hub.

We are thrilled to  celebrate the graduation of Blue  Sapphire hubs  exceptional participants from the highly acclaimed tech power program. On Saturday, May 27th, the culmination of months of dedication, hard work, and a profound exploration of graphic design, digital marketing, and mobile app design took center stage as these talented graduates emerged as true professionals in their respective fields. It is with great pleasure and admiration that we extend our appreciation and heartfelt congratulations to these accomplished individuals.

No celebration of achievement would be complete without recognizing the extraordinary instructors and mentors who have played an integral role in shaping these participants’ journeys. Their expertise, guidance, and relentless dedication have fostered an environment of growth, enabling these graduates to soar to new heights.

As these talented individuals embark on their professional endeavors, they carry with them the knowledge, skills, and passion that will undoubtedly propel them to thrive in the ever-evolving tech industry. This graduation marks not only an end but also a beginning—a commencement of a lifelong commitment to continuous learning and innovation.

Blue Sapphire Hub’s Co-Creation Spectacle Ignites another Digital Transformation Journey in Kano

Earlier this week, Kano state witnessed a remarkable two-day co-creation session, brimming with innovation and collaboration. In the heart of this transformative gathering, Blue Sapphire Hub’s Policy Innovation Center orchestrated an extraordinary event, captivating the minds of outstanding ecosystem players.

The prestigious occasion attracted an illustrious lineup of esteemed participants. Dignitaries, such as the esteemed permanent secretaries from various MDAs, directors, visionary CEOs, accomplished executive directors, and technical experts from diverse civil society organizations and private companies, graced the event with their presence. Their collective wisdom and expertise created an inspiring atmosphere, pulsating with the energy of progress.

Blue Sapphire Hub Research, recognized as a leading force in research and pioneering endeavors, played a pivotal role in orchestrating this co-creation session. Their commitment to fostering sustainable and inclusive digital transformation in Kano state was evident throughout the event. With an unwavering dedication to policy development and innovative solutions, the organization ensured that the session unfolded as a true testament to their mission.

The primary objective of the session was to devise a comprehensive five-year digital economy strategy, capable of propelling Kano state into the forefront of the digital revolution. Through dynamic discussions, imaginative brainstorming sessions, and groundbreaking insights, participants coalesced their collective brilliance to forge a strategic roadmap that would facilitate the region’s digital transformation while fostering sustainability and inclusivity.

This remarkable gathering not only celebrated the convergence of influential stakeholders but also showcased the power of collaboration and co-creation. The exchange of ideas, perspectives, and innovative approaches set the stage for a future brimming with endless possibilities.

As the co-creation session drew to a close, a palpable sense of anticipation filled the air. The foundation had been laid for a vibrant digital ecosystem in Kano state, one that would empower its citizens, bolster economic growth, and solidify its position as a beacon of innovation and progress.

Indeed, the two-day co-creation session held under the banner of Blue Sapphire Hub’s Policy Innovation Center was an extraordinary event, igniting a flame of hope and determination in the hearts of all participants. It represented a resounding affirmation that through collective action and visionary thinking, the path to a sustainable and inclusive digital future is within our grasp.

Startup feature: 
An interview with Basmah Shehu  the founder of Boho world.

Interviewer: Good day, Basmah Shehu! Thank you for joining us today. I’d love to learn more about your business, Boho World. Could you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?

Basmah Shehu: Hello! Thank you for having me. I’m Basmah Shehu, a 22-year-old female entrepreneur based in Kano, Nigeria. I’m currently studying economics and development studies at FUD in Jigawa state. My passion lies in art, specifically digital and hand art with a unique bohemian twist.

Interviewer: That’s wonderful, Basmah. Could you provide a brief explanation of your business idea, the problem you’re addressing, and the solution you’re offering?

Basmah Shehu: Certainly! Boho World focuses on providing accessible art to individuals who appreciate my bohemian-style creations but may not be able to afford physical pieces. To address this problem, I offer printable art that can be enjoyed on portable items like phone cases, notebooks, and more. By leveraging technology, I also provide digital art prints and NFTs, expanding the reach of my art even further.

Interviewer: That’s a great way to make art more accessible to a wider audience. Could you share your startup mission and vision with us?

Basmah Shehu: Our mission at Boho World is to promote simplicity and elegance through art. We want to create a space where people can appreciate the beauty of bohemian-style artwork. Our vision is to establish a Bohemian Gallery, a physical location where individuals can immerse themselves in the unique atmosphere and aesthetics of our art.

Interviewer: That sounds like a wonderful vision, Basmah. Can you tell us about the traction your startup has gained since its launch? How many subscribers or customers have you acquired, and what is your current monthly revenue?

Basmah Shehu: Since we introduced Boho World in late 2022, we have been fortunate to gain 53 customers who appreciate our art and products. Currently, our estimated revenue stands at 50,000 NGN per month.

Interviewer: That’s impressive progress, Basmah. Now, let’s talk about your experience with the PitchStar Incubation Program. Have you noticed any changes in your startup since joining the program?

Basmah Shehu: Absolutely! Joining the PitchStar Incubation Program has been a game-changer for my business. It has helped me gain a clearer understanding of what my business is all about and how to effectively manage it. The program provided me with valuable guidance, insights, and resources to improve and grow Boho World.

Interviewer: That’s great to hear. It’s always beneficial to have support and guidance during the early stages of a startup. What would you say is your favorite thing about the PitchStar Incubation Program?

Basmah Shehu: There are several aspects that I truly appreciate about the program. First and foremost, the courses offered have been invaluable in enhancing my business knowledge and skills. Additionally, the networking opportunities provided have allowed me to connect with like-minded individuals and potential collaborators. The presence of mentors and facilitators has been incredibly helpful, and I’m grateful for their guidance. Lastly, the Demo Day gave me a platform to showcase my business and gain exposure.

Interviewer: It sounds like the program has been comprehensive and impactful for you. Lastly, could you share your business’s digital presence with us? Do you have a website or social media pages?

Basmah Shehu: Currently, our main digital presence is through WhatsApp. Interested individuals can reach out to us directly via this link: https://wa.me/message/3J7XUUEHE7WTA1

Dear 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.  And also Watch out on our social media pages for   Kano as it continues to disrupt the sector and shape the future of technology. 

This blog post is Written by Rahmat Muhammad for startup Kano.