Microsoft and Co-Creation Hub (CcHUB) have announced a new partnership in entrepreneurial mentorship and support through technology with the launch of Windows Insiders for Good (#WINsiders4Good) Fellowship at the CcHUB office in Yaba, Lagos, last week.
The announcement marks the first step by the programme to deepen its relationship with Africa, starting with Nigeria. The partnership with Co-Creation Hub is meant to open opportunities to Nigerian entrepreneurs, who have brilliant ideas that they want to use to change their world. As such, the Winsiders4Good fellowship will support twenty Nigerian entrepreneurs seeking to improve the lives of Nigerians.
According to the Director of Software Engineering, Microsoft Corp, Mr Bambo Sofola, WINsiders4Good focuses on how to use technology to solve complex problems.
“We have thousands of Windows Insiders in Nigeria, and tens of thousands across Africa. We want to collaborate more closely with them and other Windows users to make this a truly international product. One in seven Africans is Nigerian, computer usage is soaring, and tech centers like Yaba represent a manifestation of that growth. We think it is a great time and place to learn from like-minded techies and entrepreneurs who are solving complex problems and creating opportunities in Lagos and greater Nigeria,” Sofola stated.
Entrepreneurs, who qualify for the Fellowship programme, will receive Microsoft hardware, software and six months of tailored technical mentorship to help bring their innovative ideas to life, while also allowing them to collaborate with the world’s largest community of people who use simple technology to solve problems.
Confirming this, Sofola stated that “Microsoft and CcHUB will connect entrepreneurs to a global community of people like them, prioritize and fix the technical issues that can hinder them from reaching their goal, provide mentors for technical and strategic questions for six months, and provide hardware and software to bring their ideas to life.”
Speaking alongside Sofola, Co-Founder, Co-Creation Hub (CcHUB), Mr Femi Longe, noted that the future of young Nigerians is in technology and there is every need to create platforms that will help them access and conquer their future needs and challenges.