Highlight from the Month of March 2023 

Ecommerce and technology activities in the Kano ecosystem.

Show me an excellent month and I’d show you this month. Nigeria’s technology ecosystem is experiencing a remarkable transformation with a focus on innovation, inclusivity, and government support. From the launch of different government and Non government programs to initiatives promoting gender inclusion, Nigeria is positioning itself as a leading player in the global tech industry in Africa. The future is bright for the country’s tech scene, and we can expect more exciting developments to come. Here is a run down of the events that made this month so Fulfilling both  for  Kano’s tech ecosystem and Startup Kano Hub.

Blue Sapphire Hub Empowers Women Entrepreneurs with Graphic Design for Business Class in Partnership with ANWE4HER”

Breaking Barriers and Designing a Better Future One Pixel at a Time: Blue Sapphire Hub Supports Women Entrepreneurs with Graphic Design for Business Class”

We’re thrilled to hear about the amazing work being done by the Blue Sapphire Hub in promoting entrepreneurship, capacity building, and technology in Africa. Their recent class on graphic design for business, specifically tailored to the Women on Wednesday Sokoto (WOW) cohort 1.0, is a prime example of the organization’s dedication to empowering women entrepreneurs in Africa.

The WOW program, launched in partnership with the Association of Northern Women Entrepreneurs (ANWE4HER),  was held on the 22nd of March. It offers business development training and capacity building to women entrepreneurs, and we applaud Blue Sapphire Hub for their efforts in helping to bridge the gender gap in technology and entrepreneurship.            

By providing opportunities for women to enhance their skills in areas such as graphic design, Blue Sapphire Hub is helping to create a future where creativity knows no bounds, and women are breaking barriers to build successful businesses and design a better future, one pixel at a time. Kudos to Blue Sapphire Hub and all the shortlisted WOW beneficiaries for their commitment to innovation and empowerment in Africa.

Kano Chronicle Sparks Ecommerce Revolution: Guest Speaker Abdulkadir Nuhu Shares Insights on Warehousing and Logistics.

Startup Kano and Kano Chronicle , a Twitter based hub that pioneers promoting history, tourism, outsourcing, governance, development, and investment for better civic engagement in Kano, Joined hands to host their latest Twitter event Kano and the future of ecommerce. Featuring guest speaker Abdulkadir Nuhu, General Manager at Sanda Ruwa, the event offered a unique opportunity to discuss the challenges of warehousing and logistics in business and how to overcome them.

The insights shared by Nuhu were incredibly valuable, and we’re thrilled to see both Startup Kano and Kano Chronicle fostering a platform for critical conversations that will help shape Kano’s future. This event, held on March 31st, is part of a monthly series that promises to unlock new opportunities for Kano’s growth and development.

It’s a thing of Joy to note that both Startup Kano and Kano Chronicle are dedicated to driving innovation, investment, and development in Kano. With initiatives like this, Kano is sure to become a hub for ecommerce, economic growth, and job creation. We’re looking forward to future events and discussions on topics that are essential to Kano’s success.

Click here to see the latest Kano and the future of ecommerce event

Revolutionizing Digital Literacy: NITDA Graduates 200 Women from #Ginamataginnaalumma Program

In a world where digital skills are becoming increasingly important, NITDA and the World Bank are taking bold steps to empower women in Nigeria with the tools they need to succeed in the digital age. The #Ginamataginaalummahdigital literacy initiative is one such program that aims to equip women with digital content creation skills, and the recent closing ceremony of the program was nothing short of inspiring.

During the four-day program, participants had the opportunity to learn critical skills that are essential for thriving in the digital economy. From content creation to digital marketing, the program covered a range of topics that are in high demand in today’s tech-driven world 

The Director General of NITDA, Kashifa Inuwa CIEE, delivered a powerful closing remark, urging the participants to use their newfound knowledge to build a robust digital economy in Nigeria. We believe that initiatives like this are crucial for promoting gender equality in the tech industry and bridging the digital divide.

We congratulate the 200 women who graduated from #Ginnamataginnaalummah program and commend NITDA and World Bank for their commitment to digital literacy. As we move towards a more digitally-driven future, programs like this will be critical in ensuring that no one is left behind.

The Nigerian startup act takes center stage in Kano for the State Adoption of the Act. 

Startup Kano takes the lead in revolutionizing Nigeria’s Digital Landscape; The Nigerian startup act is an exciting and ambitious project that aims to position Nigeria as a leading digital tech hub in Africa. This act is the collective effort of stakeholders in Nigeria’s technical system and the presidency, who have analyzed the potential of our digital economy and recognized the need for a legal and institutional framework for the development of startups in Nigeria.

The act’s primary objective is to create an enabling environment for the establishment and operation of startups in Nigeria. This environment will foster the growth of technology-related talents, promote innovation, and encourage cutting-edge skills and capacity development. By doing so, the act will position the Nigerian startup ecosystem as a force to be reckoned with in the African tech space.

The benefits of the Nigerian Startup Act are endless. It will attract local and foreign investments, create employment opportunities, and contribute to the economic growth of Nigeria. By empowering startups to thrive, the act will unleash a wave of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship that will shape the future of Nigeria’s digital economy.

The Act was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari on the 19th of October, 2022. Over 30 leaders in Nigeria’s tech ecosystem contributed to its drafting between June and September 2021.

As Startup Kano takes on the role of the state adoption lead for Kano State, it’s an exciting time to be a part of Nigeria’s tech ecosystem. With the act’s implementation, we can look forward to a future where Nigeria’s startups are recognized globally as drivers of innovation and change.

Click here to take a sneak peek at what the Nigerian startup act entails.

Breaking News: 10 African MSMEs Selected for Tailored Technical Support to Launch Digital Solutions for Green Infrastructure and Intra-African Trade!

African MSMEs, did you miss the Call for MSME-led Digital Solutions for Green Infrastructure and Intra-African Trade that closed in September? 

 The African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in partnership Startup Kano announces the selected 10 African MSMEs to receive technical advisory services and capacity building as part of the AUDA NEPAD and GIZ Support Initiatives.

These MSMEs received tailored technical assistance in 2023 to help them develop sustainable businesses, including business development support, technology development support, and market access opportunities. The focus was on digital solutions that support green infrastructure and intra-African trade.

While AUDA-NEPAD didn’t offer direct financial support, the selected MSMEs received help in developing robust business plans, financial models, and pitch decks. They also learned how to access funding opportunities and achieve their business outcomes. Plus, they benefited from peer learning and networking opportunities with other MSMEs in the program.

The Nigerian startup ecosystem is a vibrant and dynamic landscape, and Start up Kano LTD has established itself as a key player in this exciting space. What’s particularly inspiring is that Startup Kano LTD hails from the northern parts of Nigeria, a region that’s traditionally been underrepresented in the startup scene. This makes their success all the more impressive, and it’s a testament to their hard work, ingenuity, and commitment to building something great.

What’s even more exciting is that Kano LTD is not alone in their success. Among the top ten participants in this ecosystem, there are a couple of startups who are Alumni from Startup Kano’s Startup Incubation programs.  Kudos to Brycoal and Floods early warning system (FLOEWS ) showcasing the diverse talent and entrepreneurial spirit of the area.

Digital technologies drive innovation, economic growth, and job creation across a multiplicity of economic sectors and foster increased African interconnectivity. We hope that these MSMEs continue to thrive and contribute to the growth of the African economy.

Find out more here

 Revitalize Your Faith with The Round Table Ummah: Join Us for #saynotovisualcocaine in April 2023!”

Are you looking to strengthen your faith and connect with a community of like-minded individuals? The round table ummah is the perfect platform for you! The  platform is dedicated to promoting a deeper understanding and adherence to the faith of Islam, and helping you on your spiritual journey. They have recently organized a couple of events during this holy month.

The first event was held on the 23rd of March with the title “Rekindle your iman” @ the afficentt Marquee Kano. Among the guests and speakers invited include honorable Speakers like Dr Bashir Umar, the chief Iman of Alfurqan Mosque Kano and Engineer Muhammad Y Gorki whom among others shined a light on the topic of discussion “ maintaining an Islamic identity in the 21st century”

The next event is the detoxify your soul program in collaboration with Startup Kano. Dr Amina Ikram & Eng Aliyu Ibrahim of The Round Table Ummah visited the hub for a meeting on the upcoming Workshop “Detoxify your soul”

you won’t want to miss this! Join us at the Startup Kano Hub this Ramadan #saynotovisualcocaine, where we’ll be exploring the dangers of visual content addiction and sharing strategies for breaking free from its grip. It’s the perfect opportunity to connect with other members of the community, learn from experts, and deepen your spiritual practice.

 The Round Table Ummah, is passionate about detoxifying your soul and helping you live your best life. Whether you’re looking for guidance, support, or simply a community to belong to.


Celebrate the Virtues of Ramadan with the Ramadan Virtues Challenge 2023 on Schoola Apps.

Are you ready to learn more about the virtues of Ramadan? Join the Ramadan Virtues Challenge 2023, hosted by Ritzysocial – the digital platform that specializes in promoting and  branding education!

Ritzysocial is a digital learning and branding company committed to promoting education and family values. Schoola is a fun learning platform for K12 schools. It’s an ideal platform for the Ramadan Virtues Challenge as it comes ready with features such as lessons, practice and tournaments with over 30,000 learners on the platform.

This exciting challenge invites you to share your thoughts, reflections, and experiences related to Ramadan. This Ramadan, Ritzy social worked with amazing content creators and designers to publish the Ramadan Virtues collection – a series with three books emphasizing the importance of the great month of Ramadan. The aim of this challenge is providing high-quality Islamic education. 

With a panel of renowned Islamic scholars, artists, and influencers as judges, you’ll have the opportunity to win gifts from 3 different tournaments. The winners will also receive exciting prizes and be featured on Ritzysocial’s digital platform.

So, what are you waiting for? Join the Ramadan Virtues Challenge 2023 here and celebrate the spirit of Ramadan with us.

Aisha Tofa Shares Her Vision for a More Inclusive Tech Industry in Nigeria – Insights from the Feature Award-DigitALL Winner”

Aisha Tofa is a true trailblazer in the Nigerian technology and entrepreneurship space, and her work has not gone unnoticed. As the founder of Startup Kano, a cutting-edge technology incubation hub and co-working space, she has played a critical role in fostering a culture of innovation and collaboration among aspiring entrepreneurs. But that’s not all. Aisha Tofa is also the visionary behind the largest Women in Tech and Entrepreneurship conference in Nigeria, bringing together some of the brightest minds and most passionate advocates for gender equality in the tech industry. It’s no wonder that the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Nigeria recently awarded Aisha the Feature Award–DigitALL in recognition of her groundbreaking work. This award is a testament to her tireless efforts to bridge the gender gap in technology and entrepreneurship and promote a more inclusive and equitable future for all.

In a video interview to commemorate the occasion, Aisha talked about her passion for tech and gender inclusivity.

Tech is not an industry that belongs to any specific gender. Women are equally capable of contributing their intelligence and skill to this field. It is incumbent upon us to establish an environment that is safe, supportive, & inclusive for everyone” @Aishatu Tofa.

Click here to watch the full video interview. 

Breaking Boundaries: Women Techmakers  Nasarawa Dare to Be Different on International Women’s Day event”

Are you ready to join the movement and celebrate International Women’s Day with Women Techmakers Lafia? This year’s theme, “Dare To Be,” is all about breaking boundaries, defying norms, and taking risks. It’s an opportunity for women in tech Nasarawa to come together, celebrate their achievements, and inspire others to pursue their dreams.

By daring to be different, women in tech can help bridge the gender digital divide and pave the way for future generations. Whether you’re a seasoned tech professional or just starting out, there’s never been a better time to get involved and make your mark in the industry.

So what are you waiting for? Join the conversation and share your story using the hashtag #WTMDareToBe. Let’s show the world what women in tech are capable of and inspire the next generation of tech leaders!

“Calling all Female Entrepreneurs with Creative Ideas: Join the Pitchstar Women Founders Cohort 1.0 Pre-Incubation Program and Ignite Your Success!”

Are you a driven and passionate female entrepreneur with a unique and creative business idea? Are you ready to turn your idea into a thriving business venture? Then look no further, because the Pitchstar Women Founders Cohort 1.0 Pre-Incubation Program is just for you!

Startup kano’s Pitchstar women program is designed specifically for female entrepreneurs like you, who have the talent and drive to succeed. We provide a supportive and collaborative environment where you will receive expert guidance and resources to turn your idea into a reality. Not only will you have access to valuable mentorship and networking opportunities, but you’ll also receive the skills and knowledge necessary to take your business to the next level.

So don’t wait any longer, register here https://bit.ly/pitchstarwfc1.for the Pitchstar Women Founders Cohort 1.0 Pre-Incubation Program today. 

Take note that the application deadline is April 21, 2023, this is your chance to kick start your entrepreneurial journey and achieve your dreams. Join Startup Kano and become part of a community of strong and successful female entrepreneurs! Nigeria’s tech ecosystem, particularly in the Kano tech scene, had an eventful March 2023, with initiatives aimed at promoting gender inclusion, entrepreneurship, innovation, and digital literacy. The developments signal a promising future for Nigeria’s tech industry, positioning the country as a leading player in the global tech space, and stakeholders are encouraged to invest and participate in the industry’s growth. At Kano Startup, we are passionate about helping businesses navigate the complex world of e-commerce technology and providing them with the tools and resources they need to succeed. Our monthly reports on the tech ecosystem in Kano and its environment are a must-read for anyone looking to stay on top of the latest trends and developments in this dynamic industry. Whether you’re just starting out or looking to take your e-commerce business to the next level, we have the expertise and knowledge to help you overcome the challenges and make the most of the opportunities. So stay with us as we bring you the latest insights, trends, and best practices from the world of e-commerce tech in Kano and its environment.



Written by Rahmat Muhammed for Startup Kano.