Foundation

At Ventures Platform Foundation we are Creating Inclusive and Sustainable wealth in Africa, by building the capacity of African Entrepreneurs and Innovators leveraging technology to create sustainable solutions to the most urgent problems on the continent.

What we do

  • Entrepreneurship development

    We believe that wide-scale job creation is key to unlocking economic prosperity in Africa. To create the jobs that Africa needs, we have decided to back innovative entrepreneurs building scalable businesses that solve problems and create value for the world.nabled startup.

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  • Learning

    We believe that entrepreneurs and innovators will build the future of Africa. VP Academy is positioned to equip these entrepreneurs and innovators with the skills they need to get the job done.

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  • Policy Advocacy

    VP Foundation encourages the creation and implementation of policies that support the growth of tech entrepreneurship through its Ecosystem Dialogue Series (EDS) program.

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  • Entrepreneurship development

    Entrepreneurship Programs

    How to Start a Startup Series (HS3)

    How To Start A Startup Series (HS3), is a one-week immersive practical ideation training for University Students on the fundamentals of building a successful technology-enabled startup.

    Startup Nigeria

    Startup Nigeria is an Incubation Program designed to support innovative idea- and early- stage companies across Nigeria with funding, mentorship, and training.

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    Office Hours

    Office Hours is a thematic business advisory and mentorship clinic designed for young and budding entrepreneurs to meet with mentors, share their experiences, challenges and get advice for building their businesses.

    Click-On Kaduna

    Click On Kaduna Digital Entrepreneurship Program. Is a 6-month program funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, organized by the Kaduna State Government and World Bank and implemented by Ventures Platform. The program provides free digital skills training courses, tools, and in-person coaching to equip entrepreneurs and innovators in Kaduna State and its environs with the skills to start and grow their digital business.

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    Learning

    Ventures Platform Academy

    Overview

    We believe that entrepreneurs and innovators will build the future of Africa. VP Academy is positioned to equip these entrepreneurs and innovators with the skills they need to get the job done. The Academy offers four learning tracks to cater to a wide range of skills necessary to optimize a digital economy:


    1. The Talent Accelerator for digital technology and startup ecosystem intrapreneurship skills
    2. The Innovation track
    3. The Entrepreneurship track for social and commercial entrepreneurship

    The Talent Accelerator

    The Talent Accelerator is for young people looking to grow their skills in digital technology or acquire intrapreneurship skills relevant to the startup ecosystem.

    The Innovation Track

    The Innovation Track is for individuals who want to hone their skills for innovation such that they can analyse and improve or overhaul systems, processes, products, etc in a variety of settings whether in their own business, or within organisation in the public or private sector

    The Entrepreneurship Track

    This Track has 2 Segments:
    The Commercial Entrepreneurship Segment. This is for persons who want to set up or grow businesses that are tech-driven and profitable. The Social Entrepreneurship Segment which is for people who want to set up or grow a social enterprise leveraging tech to solve problems for the bottom of the pyramid

    Digital Explorers

    This is a career advancement program

    Customised Learning & Curriculum Design

    The Customised Learning program offering is designed to provide customised learning programs and curriculum design for clients who desire to achieve certain outcomes or target specific demographics, groups or geography.

    Clients we have worked with to design customised learning programs for include the World Bank and Sterling Bank.

    Policy Advocacy

    Overview

    VP Foundation encourages the creation and implementation of policies that support the growth of tech entrepreneurship through its Ecosystem Dialogue Series (EDS) program.

    Ecosystem Dialogue Series (EDS)

    Ecosystem Dialogue Series is a set of regular thematic discussions between the tech startup Entrepreneurship Ecosystem and Government agencies. Principal objectives of the program are:

    - To increase tech-startup participation in the policy-making process.
    - To foster collaboration between Government and Startups.
    - To highlight policy challenges and propose policy recommendations.

    This program also highlights the imperative for creating policies that are favorable to the emergence of high impact tech Startups.

    Our Policy Focal Areas

    • Public Procurement The Public Procurement Policy initiative seeks to advocate for the establishment of separate and inclusive procurement guidelines for Startups. This policy will enhance:

    - Promotion of economic growth through public procurement services.
    - Creation of more jobs
    - Development of Nigeria’s economy.

    • Tax Incentives The Tax Incentive Policy Initiative seeks to advocate for an affordable tax rate and to also fast-track the process for obtaining pioneer status by Startups. Inclusive Pioneer Status guidelines for Startups will:

    - Improved business operations of startups.
    - Additional funds for startups to improve cash flow.
    - Relieve the operational burden and reserve cash for business development

    • Access to Finance The Access to Finance Policy Initiative desires to proffer solutions to the limitations that Startups in Nigeria faces with regard to access to finance by promoting adoption of a “Public fund of Fund Approach” which will improve:

    - Access to early funding to pursue business ideas.
    - Increase in investment versability.

    • ICT (Hub)Infrastructure The Hub Infrastructure Policy Initiative advocates for the need to alleviate infrastructural constraints(slow internet-connectivity, high electricity generation) faced by Startups. The Hub Infrastructure Policy Initiative will relieve Startups from such constraints that stifle their operations as well as their growth. This would invariably lead to the economic growth of the Country.

    • Digital Literacy The Digital Literacy Policy Initiative seeks to promote digital literacy by proposing vocational programs on computer and technical skills to meet increasing market demands. This initiative would enhance technical skill development amongst Nigeria’s growing population which would invariably promote entrepreneurship in the country.

    • University-Industry Collaboration The University-Industry Collaboration Policy Initiative seeks to strengthen innovation and research commercialization capabilities of leading Universities by providing research-based funding. This initiative allows for the creation of incubators at Universities which would inspire student entrepreneurship as well as promote Nigeria’s economy.

    EDS Reports

    The Tech Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Nigeria report looks into the components of the tech entrepreneurship ecosystem and identifies policy recommendations to improve the ecosystem.