A digital training centre, WiFi Combat Academy, on Saturday, launched a digital entrepreneurship program designed to produce the next generation of Nigerian tech business owners.
The Wificombat Tech Teen Mentorship Program is conceived against the background of the growing need for Information Technology professionals across all spectrum of the global economy.
Speaking at the event which was held at the Lagos Digital Village, Alausa, Lagos, the founder of the academy, Mrs Dele Tejuoso, said the goal of the programme is to build an interactive learning platform to train young aspiring tech entrepreneurs in entrepreneurship, business management and technical skills.
“We are launching the Teen Tech Entrepreneurship Program to empower our next generation to launch creative tech business ventures.
It is our belief that in the face of the currently dwindling national economic fortune, the concept will help the youngsters to acquire knowledge that will launch them into the realm of economic independence and self-reliance”. She stated.
The event which had a good number of tech savvy youngsters and their parents in attendance, also have some distinguished guests who were the guest speakers.
These include, Joseph Agunbiade, Co-Founder, BudgIT, Bayo Adekanbi, CMO, MTN, Fola Akinmolayan, CEO, NEO 2, Abiodun Stephanie Afolabi CEO, Emerging Africans Leaders Academy and Ahmed Bola Tijani, who represented the President of Computer Association of Nigeria, Lagos State chapter.
Meanwhile, presenting the inaugural set of students admitted for the program, Tejuoso declared that after the program, successful students don’t need to wait for jobs; they can resourcefully and profitably work for themselves from the moment.
“It is going to be tough but highly enticing. The students will be equipped with the necessary tools to nurture ideas into business ventures.
There are a lot of opportunities therein. At the end of the program successful students will pitch their ideas to financial institutions and highly regarded organisations.
They will also have opportunity for internship in different reputable organisations.”
“We believe education should be fun and not stressful, very soon there is going to be a paradigm shift in business globally.
“We don’t want Nigeria to be caught unaware; we have to start doing what will change the way Nigeria and Nigerians are being perceived by the international communities.” She said
The mentorship program which is for students who have attended the academy’s coding classes and have completed projects in coding, have 12 inaugural students which include, Excel Ojeimen, Tejiri Efevughor, Wonderful Adimeuan, Ayomide Tejuoso, Timilehin Orifa, Bajela Fikunayomi, Angela Osaigboro, Nnamdi Vincent Otione, Fortune Ezema, Jimoh Abdul, Gadi Yasun and Omodadegbo Samuel.
Wificombat Tech Teen Mentorship Program is a free, 6-month intensive program, designed for youngsters from ages of 12 to 18 years.
Participants will go through certain modules which will include tech training, mentorship programme, team building, business tools and skill to develop products. All participants ought to have grounded in programming.