In recent years, Akure has been in the middle of conversations around building a tech hub with the tripod support of the Government (Policymakers), the Academia (The Federal University of Technology) and a teeming population of innovators and private sector investors. There is even a current buzz to make Akure the go-to-place for innovative tech solutions in sub-Saharan Africa by 2024.
Hence, in line with this, a huge level of excitement has greeted the siting of the Premier Hub Innovation Centre in the city. The hub which prides itself as a South-West regional innovation centre is looking towards fast-tracking industrialization in the country by creating an enabling environment and empowering youths to leverage technology in building ideas into sustainable solutions. This would be achieved through training, incubation and acceleration programs.
The hub which is a privately run public-private partnership aims to impact the Nigerian Economy to become a knowledge-driven and smart economy capable of rapidly accelerating industrialization through training and serving talent acceleration points for young Nigerians who are interested in the technology-driven sectors of the economy–Digital and innovative solutions, professional services and Manufacturing & Agro-allied.
In a chat with the hub’s Communication Executive, Kome Brown, she explained that they offer a wide range of programs including Incubation and acceleration programs, mentorship and dedicated business advisory, Startup financing and several training programs that will benefit both tech enthusiasts and entrepreneurs as a whole with major focus on Manufacturing, Agriculture and Technology.
She added that Premier Hub also offers a very conducive, enabling and affordable co-working spaces, private offices, conference room and training room services with Uninterrupted power supply, high-speed Internet and a lot of other benefits. You would find their different price plans for different packages on their website, www.premierhub.com.ng.
With more collaborative efforts like this coming into the city; achieving the goal of building one of the most viable technology ecosystems in Nigeria in the next 6 years is possible, although this is premised on the fact that the solution-driven relationship among the Government, Private Sector and the Academia with the added benefit of keeping/leveraging the pool of talents in the state is strengthened and put to work.