The Stanbic IBTC Founder Institute, Lagos Cohort II commenced with orientation for the Founders, on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, at the premises of GoDo Hub, 53, Oladipo Bateye Street, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos.
Following the VIP mixer party that was organized last Sunday, to officially, introduce the Founders to some of the mentors, the Stanbic IBTC Founder Institute Lagos, organized an orientation, for the Founders, to show them what the program is, all about and what they should expect, for the entire cohort, duration that will last for 14 weeks.
The event was anchored, by Ayowande Adalemo, CEO Atmosphere and Lead Director, Stanbic IBTC Founder Institute, Lagos, who, after a brief introduction of the other Directors, asked each of the Founders to introduce themselves and why they are in the Institute.
Ayowande, thereafter, explained to the Founders, what the program is all about, through a program overview that, encapsulates how Founder Institute is the world’s largest start-up accelerator, creating over 1000 companies, per year, globally.
“Founder Institute is, in over 180 cities, across the world; has over 4,200 portfolio companies and over 14,000 mentors, spread across the world”, stressed Ayowande.
Ayowande further stated that “problems abound, all across the world and it is left to us, entrepreneurs, to solve the greatest problems, facing humanity and FI, has empowered Founders, from all over the world, to build large, global companies, to make a positive impact”.
Ayowande went further to explain FI’s core program track that will help entrepreneurs scale and how the Founders, can join the Founder Lab, (FI’s Advanced Post Graduate Programs and Support).
The next to speak, was Seun Abimbola, Co-founder, Rentit and FI Lagos, cohort 1 graduate.
He explained, why Cohort II Founders, need to always take their assignments, very serious and they should, also, learn how to maximize the time they have, for office hours.
“Founders need to understand that, building up your start-up, in a challenging environment like Lagos state is, not easy and that is, why it is, highly, imperative that, you should get very serious with FI”.
Then came another FI Lagos, Cohort 1 graduate, Olalekan Akinyele, CEO/ Founder, Xaine Ingenius.
Olalekan explained in detail, why Founders, should not create false assignments and submit them.
“You need to work and give your all, to your start-up and that is what FI will inspire you to do”.
Finally, the closing remark was given, by Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. “CFA”, Founder Institute Regional Director, Channels TV Presenter, The Punch Columnist and GoDo Hub Co-founder.
Chukwuemeka explained to the Founders that, the 14 weeks will be very tough, but by the time they are through, the Founders will be more refined and ready to make an impact, in the tech ecosystem.
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