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The Nigeria Innovation Summit is an annual event that has been taking place for eight years. It brings together stakeholders from different sectors of Nigeria’s economy to discuss technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship development in Nigeria. The summit has attracted over 8,000 delegates, 180 speakers and panelists, 100 tertiary institutions and research centers, 30 government ministries and agencies, delegates from 30 states of the federation, over 120 sponsors and partners, 35 countries in attendance, over 80 innovation awards recipients, and scores of media coverage and stories.

The Nigeria Innovation Summit aims to help Nigeria embrace innovation and move towards digital transformation through the use of emerging technologies and trends, R&D (Research and development), commercialization, entrepreneurship, and investments as the key drivers of an innovation ecosystem. This platform creates awareness of the need for Open Innovation in Nigeria and encourages Nigeria to leverage innovation to become more competitive in the global economy.

The Nigeria Innovation Summit is an initiative led by InnovationHub Africa & Resources Limited, Emerging Media Nigeria, and Emerging Media and Advertising Services, New York, in partnership with the world’s leading innovation providers from the academic community, government, and industry. This partnership aims to connect Nigerian businesses and innovators to global innovation ecosystems.

The key features of the Nigeria Innovation Summit include keynote presentations, panel discussions, startup presentations, NiX Talks (expert insights on emerging technologies), innovation showcases, and innovation tours. The Nigeria Innovation Awards is another feature of the Summit, which recognizes and promotes States, Ministries, Companies, Organisations, Institutions, Startups, and Innovators that have embraced innovation to move Nigeria forward.

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Innovating is fun. The best and brightest minds gather at NIS, come meet them all. Experience loads of programme activities you don’t want to miss out on. NIS isn’t your regular event. Come pumped.

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Don’t miss the chance to elevate. Your next employer or business partner may be sitting right next to you at NIS. We won’t be surprised

Investment Opportunities

You need an environment that eliminates barriers & bureaucracies when meeting new investors directly. Come prepared to raise. Let's be your plug.

C-Suites Connect

Network with key decision makers and stakeholders across reputable organisations.

Event Speakers

Oyinlola Israel

Founder/President, African AI Foundation

Oyinlola Israel is the founder and president of the African AI Foundation, a non-profit organization aiming to democratize access for Africans to learning artificial intelligence and future-proof their careers and businesses, and giving Africans the skills that make them relevant during the AI revolution. He technology executive and a co-founder at Baseone - a pan-African Banking as a Service infrastructure company. Having built and incubated several multi-million-dollar businesses as an entrepreneur in residence, many of which have been able to scale across multiple countries. Israel is passionate about the growth of African human capital and resources, passing on the knowledge acquired from over 15 years of active involvement in technology.

Dr. Funmi Adewara

Founder/CEO, Mobihealth International

Dr. Funmi Adewara is a British-Nigerian Physician and Cambridge trained Bioscience multi-award winning entrepreneur and a globally recognised telehealth expert, with a background in Medicine, Pharmaceutical and Business Development. Her career spans more than fifteen years working within the NHS UK and a stint in the Pharmaceutical industry as a Drug Safety Physician. Funmi is passionate about changing the poor narrative of healthcare lin underserved communities and has led a multi-disciplinary team to design comprehensive telehealth program that addresses multiple challenges such as shortage of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, long distance travel, and high treatment costs. Dr Adewara contributes to policy formulation on healthcare and particularly around telehealth programs for Africa at both local and regional levels serving as an external reviewer to the Africa Development Bank, contributor to United Nations, World Health Summit and the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, MDCN. Dr Adewara has earned herself and Mobihealth multiple awards globally. She was one of the seven Winners of the World Bank SDGs&Her 2020 Awards amongst 2400 entries globally; Sanofi Africa-Tech Challenge (Winner, Category 2) which held virtually in Paris on the 11th of June 2020 amongst 268 contestants across 34 countries. Under Funmi's visionary leadership, Mobihealth pioneered telehealth in the Nigerian Air Force in 2021, the 1st of it's kind on the continent. Funmi is an International Speaker featured on many platforms including the United Nations Committee on Science Technology and Innovation, 2019-2020 panel ''Harnessing Rapid Technological Change for Inclusive and Sustainable Development'', a contribution towards policy paper; The CSIS Africa Policy Accelerator, APA, a program committed to charting new directions for U.S. - Africa policy. Funmi is an External Peer Reviewer of the Global Community of Practice (G-COP) Policy Documents on Policies for Inclusive Health in Post COVID-19 Africa and a Speaker at the African Development Institute Policy Seminar on; Building Resilient Health Systems; Policies for Inclusive Health in Post-COVID-19 Africa sponsored by the African Development Bank, AfDB. As one of the winners of the African Female Tech Founders (FTF) Award sponsored by the UK government, Funmi, was invited by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson Africa-UK investment summit in January 2020. Funmi was named the Winner of the Forbes Woman African Technology and Innovation Awards 2023 in South Africa. She was selected top 50 Africa's Business Heroes by Jack Ma's Foundation and is in the NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Milestone Maker Summer cohort program. Funmi featured as a panelist on Forbes Africa Leading Women Summit 2023; Citadel of Power, The West African Renaissance, Forbes Africa and Philips’ Africa Future Health Summit by CNBC, United Nations Committee on Science Technology and Innovation, African Development Bank, African Investment Forum, Channels TV, BBC radio’s Focus Africa, Channel 5 TV in the UK, Financial Times London, Telegraph and Voice of Africa - Largest African diaspora news channel. Funmi is recognized as one of the Most Influential People of African descent. In October 2022, under her leadership, Mobihealth was awarded a $1m grant by the United States Trade and Development Agency to support the expansion of telehealth services to other African Countries.

Gbenga Sesan

Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative

‘Gbenga Sesan is the Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative, a pan-African social enterprise working on digital inclusion and digital rights through its offices in Senegal, Cameroon, Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. He is also a Non-Resident Fellow at the Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford University. Before starting Paradigm Initiative, ‘Gbenga led the Lagos Digital Village, a joint project of Junior Achievement of Nigeria, Microsoft, and the Lagos State Government. Originally trained as an Electronic & Electrical Engineer at Obafemi Awolowo University, he completed Executive Education programs at Lagos Business School, New York Group for Technology Transfer, Oxford University, Harvard University, Stanford University, Santa Clara University, the University of the Pacific, and INSEAD. ‘Gbenga’s consulting experience includes assignments completed for numerous institutions, including Microsoft, Harvard University, and United Nations agencies, among others, in over 30 countries. A Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year and former member of the United Nations Committee of eLeaders on Youth and ICT, he is a CyberStewards Fellow, Crans Montana Forum Fellow, Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow, Ashoka Fellow, Our Common Future Fellow, and Cordes Fellow. ‘Gbenga served as a member of the Presidential committees on Harmonization of Information Technology, Telecommunications, and Broadcasting Sectors (2006) and Roadmap for the Achievement of Accelerated Universal Broadband Infrastructure and Services Provision (2013) and was listed by CNN as one of the Top 10 African Tech Voices on Twitter and by Ventures Africa as one of 40 African Legends Under 40. He was appointed to the inaugural leadership panel of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) for a two-year term (2022-2023) by UN Secretary-General António Guterres. ‘Gbenga is married to Temilade Sesan, Ph.D., an Energy Poverty and Development expert.

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