ANDE First Ibadan Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Snapshot Review in Retrospect
The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE); a global network of organisations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets, last month held the entrepreneurial ecosystem feedback meeting in Ibadan. The Lagos version of this workshop was held in March 2017.
The workshop held at Kakanfo Inn in Ibadan was targeted at connecting with stakeholders in different business categories in Ibadan to provide useful insights about the business environment in Ibadan in a bid to discover places that needed support in the city, discover middlemen involved in the entrepreneurial network and support Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs) in Ibadan.
The workshop, funded and supported by DFID, was anchored by ANDE Regional West Africa Regional Chapter Consultant, Joshua Adedeji representing the ANDE West Africa Chapter Coordinator, Olatunji Ajani, started with the arrival and registration of the attendees. A brief introduction of stakeholders represented at the workshop was made afterwards. Key stakeholders present at the workshop include Chief Kolawole Akosile, representing the Oodua Chambers of Commerce and Mrs.I Sade Taiwo, representing the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER) Ibadan. Other organisations and corporations, such as Wennovation Hub, TinklingD, Ibadan Insider, Chapel Hill Denham, First Africa Infrastructure Company Ltd and, Grace Leadership Foundation, were also duly represented.
He also pointed organisations present to one another explaining their present collaboration points
There was an exercise where two individuals from different organisations were paired to express bottlenecks they were facing to the other and proffer solutions based on their expertise, network or resources.
Adedeji Joshua presented their current insight into the Ibadan Entrepreneurship Ecosystem based on the results from the feedback form sent out to entrepreneurs in Ibadan. While doing that, attendees were asked to vet the accuracy of the data gotten.
The data gotten was meant to map out a snapshot of the Ibadan entrepreneurial ecosystem. This is in a bid to provide entrepreneurs essential intelligence to understand their role within the entrepreneurial ecosystem, identify potential partners, and to serve as a reference for entrepreneurs to identify the types of investments available and where to access certain types of support.
Participants were also asked to share the contact details of some ANDE identified stakeholders in Ibadan in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in order to gain further knowledge about the Ibadan Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
Lastly, the workshop featured a group discussion where attendees were tasked to identify some problems facing entrepreneurs in Ibadan and Nigeria at large and proffer solutions/ recommendations to the same. At the end of the group discussions, a member of each group was asked to present the problems identified and the solutions/ recommendations proffered to each problem to the audience.