Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship & Dutch Centers for Entrepreneurship join forces to empower future entrepreneurs in Nigeria

8 May 2019

The Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship and the Dutch Center for Entrepreneurship are organising #CoCreateMyCity  Lagos which will take place in June. This initiative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands falls under the Orange Corners programme in cooperation with the Dutch Embassy and aims to support the enabling environment for entrepreneurs & support active citizenship.

The Project: #Cocreatemycity Lagos
CoCreateMyCity is an initiative of the Kingdom of te Netherlands in the framework of supporting the Nigerian youth. Despite the challenges Nigeria faces in multiple areas such as access to education, health care and unemployment, the country is also full of opportunities. Nigeria is the biggest economy in Africa and with 190 million inhabitants it has a large workforce. The state government of Lagos strives to turn Nigeria’s capital into a Smart City, where business is booming and entrepreneurship thrives. Together with the Dutch Centers for Entrepreneurship, our aim is to stimulate an entrepreneurial society. In our opinion, this starts with empowering the next generation of young entrepreneurs.

Besides the opportunity to become familiar with a different culture due to the multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, the project is about discovering innovative and feasible solutions for challenges the city of Lagos faces and maximizing the entrepreneurial potential of the participants.

The programme
The programme in Lagos will take place from 17-28 June 2019. Last month we selected master students from Universities in Nigeria and the Netherlands to participate in this programme. They will form teams and solve cases provided by the Nigerian government and companies. To prepare for this, we have compiled a series of webinars about addressing societal challenges through entrepreneurship. Last week Thijs Geradts, lecturer at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam, kicked off the first webinar about social entrepreneurship. A great start of the programme!

During the two-week study trip to Lagos, there will be visits to multiple Nigerian companies and governmental organisations who are currently developing solutions for challenges similar to the ones the participants will be working on. Participants will also get to see the challenges and opportunities for Lagos in real life. Besides the work visits, multiple workshops will be organised where the participants will learn about different aspects of entrepreneurship. The best part is that they will get the chance to apply their knowledge and newly obtained skills into practice right away. During the challenge, the students will be accompanied by experts from the government, knowledge institutions and the private sector. During the final event, all teams will present their solution and an expert jury will choose a winner.

Stimulating entrepreneurship in and outside the Netherlands
In our quest to encourage entrepreneurship not only at home but across the globe, we are excited to share our knowledge and expertise in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation with Nigerian and Dutch students. Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship and DutchCE have been working together as partners with local governments, knowledge centers and the private sector to establish this exciting project. We are looking forward to see how we can link complex challenges in a city as Lagos to entrepreneurship!

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