Innovation Support Network Establishes Hubs to Support Entrepreneurial Activities in Nigeria

218 Innovation Support Network (ISN) Hubs, a group of non-profit hubs from across Nigeria have come together to offer their support to growing entrepreneurs by establishing an organisation with the goal of promoting collaboration amongst hubs supporting entrepreneurship and innovation in Nigeria.

ISN Hubs comprises of 75 hubs whose mission is to foster collaboration, inspire and support Nigerian Hubs in building a diversified economy that promotes the development of technology, innovation and the early stage entrepreneurship ecosystem in Nigeria.

To ensure that ISN Hubs is an organisation that operates with world-class corporate governance, member hubs have elected 5 directors to run its affairs and report to an Executive Committee comprising each of the founding Hubs. The Directors each run five directorates of the organisation namely Corporate, Finance, Partnerships, Ecosystem and Marketing.

The aims and objectives of the ISN Hubs include: providing capacity development programs that enable hub operators enhance their entrepreneurship support services; facilitating the identification, exchange and use of commercial best practices for workspaces, incubators and accelerators; providing access to funding and partnerships by presenting local and international development agencies with a unified aggregation of Nigerian Hubs; and engaging with local, national and international policymakers on the role of Hubs in the support of job creating social and commercial ventures in the Nigerian economy.

Digital Development’s (DD) Hub Corporate Director, Abdulganiyu Yakub said ISN Hubs will be governed by a constitution written collectively by members and approved by the Executive Committee.

Fayo Williams, Partnerships Director, believes that “the diversity already shown in the board formation will guide future engagements that will ensure innovative women entrepreneurs will be given equal opportunities to succeed.”

The organisation believes that with the right kind of collaboration and partnerships, innovations will deepen in entrepreneurs as well as add tremendous value to the growth of the Nigerian economy.

The diverse nature of the organisation’s members is reflected in the board’s gender balance with two female board members and a female company secretary.

The Directors are; Abdulganiyu Yakub, Digital Development Hub, Kano; Fayo Williams, Exponential Hub, Ikeja; Solape Agagu-Hammond, Impact Hub, Ikoyi; Hanson Johnson, Start Innovation Hub, Uyo; Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata, Hub, Ikeja; and Christie Eze, Kedge Anchor Hub, Port Harcourt, who is the Company Secretary.

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