By Oluwaseyi Ajadi

In a world increasingly driven by technological innovations, Nigeria stands poised on the cusp of significant advancement. This week, the nation’s tech ecosystem thrives as major stakeholders from government and the private sector converge in Abuja, Lagos, and Kaduna for the highly anticipated GITEX Startup Roadshow and Stakeholders Briefing, organized by the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

The roadshow, themed around collaboration is being anhored by senior  officials of DWTC as per of buildup for GITEX Africa Morocco and GITEX Global Dubai. It  promises to be a nexus of innovation and networking. GITEX, renowned as the largest and best tech show, reaffirms its stature with GITEX AFRICA now placing a spotlight on Nigeria’s vibrant startup landscape will be sponsoring the participation of some startups at GITEX Morocco.

The event across three Nigerian major cities aims to bring together key players, founders, investors, and startup ecosystems from Nigeria under one roof. Additionally, it provides a platform for Nigerian top decision makers and tech startups to explore opportunities for global exposure.


Event Overview:

The roadshow comprises a series of sessions and activities designed to engage participants and promote dialogue around key themes in the tech industry. The event agenda includes:

  1. Registration
  2. Welcome Remarks
  3. Market Landscape & Industry Trends Insight
  4. GITEX as a Platform to Access the Global Tech and Startup Ecosystem
  5. Pitch Competition
  6. Guest Speaker Session
  7. Pitch Competition Winner Announcement & Networking.

The Pitch Competition, a central component of the event, provides an opportunity for startups to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges and compete for valuable prizes of $100,000, including a return flight to Marrakech for GITEX Africa 2024, accommodation, a fully built and branded startup pod, and entry into the Supernova Challenge 2024 Semi-Finals.


Distinguished speakers, including Mr. Kachifu Inuwa Abdullahi, Director General of NITDA; Mr  Khalil Halil, EVC/CEO, NASENI; and Mr. Charles Odili, Director General of SMEDAN, are expected to grace the business networking sessions in Lagos and Abuja, offering invaluable insights and perspectives.

Key Outcomes:

  • Enhanced Collaboration: The event facilitates meaningful engagement and collaboration between Nigerian stakeholders and officials from GITEX Africa Morocco and GITEX Global Dubai.
  • Platform for Startups: Nigerian tech startups have the opportunity to showcase their innovations and gain exposure on a global stage.
  • Knowledge Sharing: Insights shared during sessions and presentations contribute to a deeper understanding of market trends and industry dynamics.
  • Networking Opportunities: Participants benefit from extensive networking opportunities, fostering connections and partnerships within the tech ecosystem.

The GITEX Startup Roadshow and Stakeholders Briefing serve as a platform for driving collaboration, showcasing innovation, and fostering dialogue within Nigeria’s tech ecosystem. By bringing together key stakeholders and providing a forum for knowledge exchange and networking, the event contributes to advancing Nigeria’s position as a hub for tech innovation in Africa.


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