2019 Innovention series
Unstoppable Africa: Leveraging Technology for Growth
The Innovention Series was inaugurated in March 2012 as part of Verdant Zeal's 5th anniversary celebration as a thought leadership platform and Corporate Social Responsibility event to examine the development options for Africa and to discuss the Nigerian project.
It is established on the following principles:
Strategic Thinking – Africa, in many regards, is accused of being reactive rather than proactive. The Innovention Series is designed to approach issues from a strategic perspective with a view to identifying issues and proffering sustainable solutions that will benefit generations to come.
Entrepreneurial Initiatives – Over 50% of Nigeria's GDP can be attributable to the MSME sector yet there is no structured development program for this sector. The Innovention Series is designed to inspire more entrepreneurs to throw their hats into the ring, thereby giving the entrepreneurship ecosystem more value. Even if governments won't pay attention, the quantum of entrepreneurs in the game will, by sheer ingenuity, provide the needed structure. Africa needs more startups.
Technological Inventions – Since Africa's claim to fame through the rise of the Egyptian civilization, not much has been heard of the continent. The moniker of Africa being “the last frontier” needs to be backed with breakthrough thinking powered by technology. Africa has the advantage of leapfrogging due to currency of social media and how many 'disadvantaged communities' are turning this lateness to the game into a winning edge.
Original Thinking – Above all, the Innovention Series intends to raise a generation of confident trendsetters who will not be comfortable to follow the wave of the moment, but will be the change they want to see in the world.
INNOVENTION ROUNDTABLE KADUNA
In 2016, at the 5th anniversary of the Innovention Series in Lagos, an undergraduate student from Covenant University, Ota, Ogun state, challenged us to break grounds and export the Innovention idea outside Lagos. Her reason was logical; Lagos, by nature, already attracted good participation but there were other far flung parts of Nigeria that needed to be immersed in the Innovention ideology, places like Kaduna.
What started as a suggestion was seriously considered and within 8 months, the Innovention Roundtable was launched. The inaugural edition of the Innovention Roundtable held in Kaduna on Thursday, October 19th, 2017 and was jointly sponsored in partnership with the Kaduna State Government and PAN Nigeria.
With the theme “How Innovention Drives Entrepreneurship, The Case for SMEs and Start-Ups”, the event happened at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Indoor Hall, Murtala Square, Kaduna.
Speaking as the convener at the Innovation Round Table, the Executive Vice Chairman, Verdant Zeal Group, Dr. Tunji Olugbodi said the essence of the summit is to promote development of innovative enterprises and economic growth in the country through which opportunities could be discovered for growth with focus on leveraging inherent strengths of the continent and its people.
The Innovention roundtable is focused on SMEs, entrepreneurship and startups for the simple fact that these represent the growth engine for today and the future, especially in Nigeria. If the concept of the ‘African Lion’ must succeed, we cannot ignore the imperative to ensure strong structures to inspire new ways of building and conducting businesses, generating inclusive growth and employment, empowering the youth for affirmative actions and pushing these with massive dose of organic innovation.
The Innovention Roundtable held in Kaduna on Thursday, October 19th, 2017. HE, Nasir El Rufai, Governor, Kaduna State was the special guest of Honour while the event was chaired by Chairman, Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company Plc, Alhaji Yusuf Hamisu Abubakar. The Keynote address was then delivered by the Managing Director, PAN Nigeria, Mr. Ibrahim Boyi.
The discussion panel was moderated by Isaac Bare, General Manager, Supreme 96.1FM, Kaduna and the distinguished panel of discussants included the Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG), Mr. Laoye Jaiyeola; Founder/CEO, Zamani Foundation, Philomena Zamani-Henry and Kabir Farida Mohammed, Chief Executive Officer, Online Training and Awareness Campaign (OTRAC).
INNOVENTION ROUNDTABLE COVENANT UNIVERSITY
Right on the heels of the successful Innovention Roundtable that took place in Kaduna, the Innovention Roundtable moved to the prestigious rendezvous of budding minds, future business magnates and world leaders at the Covenant University, marking the grand entry into Nigeria’s next big thing – the youth population.
The panelists included Tolu Samaiye, CEO, Melting Moments and Akah Nnani, Actor, TV Host & Content Creator while the session was moderated by Morenike Molehin, CEO, Oak & Teak, an interior design company.
The successful completion of these two events marks the institutionalization of the Innovention brand as the foremost champion of innovation, entrepreneurship and development in Africa.
Meet the Convener
Verdant Zeal Marketing Communications Group is a dynamic Business Solutions Consultancy with expertise in Branding, Consultancy, PR Management, Media Consulting, Digital Marketing & Engagement and Events Activation.
It operates from 5 business offices spread across Nigeria, Ghana and The Gambia.
The Innovention Series is a brainchild of Verdant Zeal, which was instituted as a platform to examine the question of Africa’s development, hone in on opportunities for growth while focusing on leveraging inherent strengths.
It attracts patrons from both the public and private sectors and has become a strong voice in stimulating pragmatic conversations that challenge the status quo.
Meet the Speakers
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