The average person goes through school where he is taught how to be a good employee. But entrepreneurship? That's hardly on the table! School rarely provides practical teaching about how to take risks, raise funds, rise above competition or run a business.

The result of this lack of entrepreneurship training in our educational culture is one of the strong reasons why unemployment has persisted. The many people who attempt to start businesses are often forced out when they wake up to the realities of knowing very little about just what to do or how to proceed. A staggering number of businesses therefore do not last up to two years.

The Twim Academy Annual Conference is one of the initiatives through which we provide entrepreneurship education. The conference, which debuted in 2016, is completely free of charge to all participants.

TAAC 2017 will set a new milestone in the business landscape of Oyo State and South-West Nigeria. We will bring together 1500 entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, students and policy makers to teach, learn and hold meaningful conversations around the theme: Build that Business!

This year, the conference will have 2 main sessions:

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SESSION 1: BUILD THAT BUSINESS

What does it take to start a business? What does it take to keep it running? How can you start when you have no money? How can your business gain global recognition? How do you attract international grants? In this session, seasoned young Nigerian entrepreneurs will share their entrepreneurial stories and show how you can be like them. This session will last from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

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SESSION 2: SPOTLIGHT: THE BUSINESS OF AGRICULTURE

With dwindling oil revenues, Nigeria is now forced to go back to Agriculture which no doubt, has the ability to employ millions and bring in huge income. What factors are already in place to help you launch into the business of agriculture? In this session, we will have a panel discussion with agricultural policymakers and representatives of funding agencies. This session will last from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM and will be co-hosted with the Centre for Sustainable Development, University of Ibadan.
 

Our Speakers (Session 1)


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Oluseun Onigbinde

Described by Microsoft Founder Bill Gates as "an example of what one person can do to make a difference", Oluseun Onigbinde is the Co-founder / Lead Partner of BudgIT- a venture he founded after giving up a career in one of Nigeria's biggest banks. BudgIT is known to have raised over 3 million USD in funding. From Chatham House London to "The Platform" in Nigeria, Oluseun's ideas and contributions are globally sought-after. He is also a winner of multiple awards including the Future Awards, Harambe Fellowship and Ashoka Fellowship and is indisputably one of Nigeria's most influential young people.

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Samson Abioye

Samson is the CEO of Pass.ng, an educational startup which he started as an undergraduate. Today, Pass.ng has over 250,000 users. Samson won the MTN Entrepreneurs Challenge in 2016, as well as Airtel Nigeria's Catapult a Startup.

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Victoria Ibiwoye

Victoria is the Founder of the One African Child Foundation and is a United States Institute of Peace - Generation Change Fellow. Victoria is also the Regional Focal Point of the United Nations Major Group on Children and Youth -Western and Central Africa where she works to ensure that the voice of youth in Africa are included in the UN decision making processes and procedures.

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Olumide Adeleye

Olumide is the Founder & CEO of Twim Academy- a venture which was listed as one of Africa's "50 Most Innovative Startups" by New York Forum Africa, and host of the Twim Academy Annual Conference. He is a recipient of various international awards, and finalist for the Ford Foundation Prize for Youth Employment. He was also a fellow at the DO School in Berlin, Germany, in 2015.

Our Panellists (Session 2)

  • Dr Adeyinka Onabolu is the Senior Advisor on food security to the Honorable Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development. She holds a PhD in International Health, a Masters’ degree in Food Technology, and a B Sc in Human Nutrition. She also has wide management and consulting experience in the private sector, and extensive knowledge of agriculture both as a policy maker and a practising farmer.
  • Cynthia Mosunmola Umoru serves as Technical Adviser (Youth & Gender) at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Cynthia was awarded the Future Awards "Business Owner of the Year Award" and became an Ashoka fellow in 2011.
  • Pacqueens Irabor serves as State Officer at the Bank of Industry. As a development finance expert and business development strategist, he has worked at the Bank of Industry for over 10 years.
  • Olanrewaju Olaniyan is the Director, Centre for Sustainable Development, University of Ibadan. A Professor of Economics, Olanrewaju graduated with First Class Honours in Educational Management before obtaining his M.Sc. and PhD in Economics. He led the team that prepared the Social Protection Policy note for Nigeria in 2005 and was also part of the team that prepared the National Health Accounts of Nigeria 2003-2005. He has at various times been visiting fellow at Cornell Food and Nutrition Policy Programme, Cornell University and Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford, UK.
 

Registration

Please complete the form below to register. Registration is FREE but COMPULSORY.


Do you have a question? Or would you like to get involved as a sponsor, volunteer or in any other capacity? Send an email to info@twimacademy.com. You can also call us on 09033279205.