The event started in Lagos with Mr. Tope Ajao stating that one’s business can’t grow more than them as they need to keep learning and learning. He stressed on the need for partnerships as this would help to push one’s business/product/service out there.
Chidi Nwaogu of Publiseer talked about validated problems requiring solutions and how businesses must develop viable products to solve these problems. He also stated that one doesn’t have to sleep on her dreams just because she can’t pay a software developer but she can rather have a tech co-founder (this doesn’t mean it’s for free). Vanessa Morris of Konverge media for Google talked about so much opportunities one can harness via digital marketing.
Miss Uffa Modey of Digital grassroots a humble tech woman talked on the importance of ensuring that businesses protect their passwords with regards to whatever online platform they’re leveraging on to scale their business. She also asked five questions that took everyone back to the drawing board. One of which was “what areas of the business can be made better with technology?”
Mrs Oluwakemi Adedoyin of WFO Roedl and Partners spoke on “Taxation for Techpreneurs: Understanding Nigerian Taxes. She talked on the various types of taxes to pay and the need to always be on the good side of the law hence not evading taxes etc.
In Calabar, the program started with the national anthem by 11.00am with Blessing as the anchor person for the event who welcomed everyone for coming and had a meet and great session where people got to know each other, then introduction of panellists and mentors to the audience, followed by an opening remark by Patricia Effiong, the programs person for WELTI who in her speech thanked everyone for making out time to attend, thanked our partners I-KAPTURE, SHE-PRENURER NATION, START UP NG and BOLT, she did a brief introduction on what Women Economic and leadership transformation initiative is all about, its focus, mission and reason for being here and how WELTI is set to break barriers affecting business women.Patricia encouraged participants to follow WELTI on all social media handles and also trend the hashtags #BmtCalabar #Bmt2019. She ended her speech with an appreciation to the participants for making out time to at the event.
Blessing Ekpe from Google Digital Skills gave a lecture on how to use the internet to promote, market and start up a business with little or no cost. Grace Ihejiamaizu of I-KAPTURE and writer of the book Go Global gave a brief remark on her foundation and what it does for young people and encouraged every woman to take active participation in the event.
The panel discussion was made up of Grace Henry the founder of SHE-PRENURER NATION, Patrick ET’ATABANG OF START UP NG, Paul of BOLT and Grace as the moderator, they talked about the disruptive innovation in technology, if there is going to be a 5th industrial resolution and Grace Henry answered saying that we are gradually getting to that phase where you don’t have to go to the shop to refill your milk as technology will make it possible through the use of a drone or something else but definitely Technology will keep evolving, and how the logistics company can help with the delivering of services and encouraged young persons to step out of their comfort zone, start that business and take advantage of every opportunity especially this festive Carnival season in Calabar.
Participants broke into three groups and had the opportunity to meet with mentors in the room, learn from them and ask questions, they shared their experiences and also networked with other persons by advertising their businesses and also how to move forward using technology.
The participants thanked WELTI for such opportunity to learn at no cost and to every speaker who came to share from their wealth of knowledge. The participants took a decision to apply all they have learnt to make their businesses thrive as during the Monitoring and Evaluation stage within a couple of months, WELTI would know what the level of progression is.