Vision Talks & Key Note Speeches :
Day 1 kicked off in style with a welcome address from Tayo Bamiduro – Co-Founder Max. Ng and former MIT Alum. Alongside this, there were a series of standout sessions with the likes of Bilikiss Abiola (Wecyclers), Chinedu Azodoh (MAX Ng) and Bayo Adesanya (Head, E-Commerce & Digital Transformation AXA Mansard who gave the closing remark that left the audience pumped and ready to pursue their entrepreneurial journeys
Panels & Fireside Chats :
The panel and fireside sessions allowed us to focus more intently on some key areas such as ‘’How to scale a startup”. Panelist were selected from vast fields and included the likes of Akin Oyebode (Executive Secretary, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund), Folasade Ogunsola ( Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos) , Victor Okigbo (Program Director, Africa Fintech Foundry), Mayowa Owolabi ( Mobile Monday), Obinna Ukwuani (Makers) and many other key ecosystem leaders.
There was a choice of two workshops led by the MIT Legatum team and alumni. These workshops offered attendees an opportunity to increase learnings on a range of subjects including ‘Entrepreneurship Communication’ and “Story Telling,” but the topic that really set the room alight and had audience members ring off more questions was ‘The Customer identification” session with Georgina Campbell and Tunde Alawode. Attendees of the workshops found them not only informative but felt they left with real, actionable takeaways to help improve their businesses moving forward.
Mentorship Sessions :
Open Mic Africa played host to a network of experienced advisors/entrepreneurs who offered their services as mentors at the event. Anyone who needed guidance on particular issues booked 10-minute slots with members of our mentoring network and left the event with a potential new advisor they could turn to periodically in the future.
Pitch Competition :
The Open Mic Africa Tour gave an opportunity for 27 speakers to actively promote their organization and demonstrate the work they are doing, pitch for investment and create an air of excitement around them and their product. Three winners were selected by judges and audience votes and won a total of $2,500 in cash awards. The pitch sessions left the audience excited and lead to various constructive /collaborative follow up conversations
Our networking reception facilitated high-speed introductions, meaningful conversations and the beginning of potential business collaborations among participants, sponsors, and speakers. There were many facilitated networking opportunities throughout the event, all enhanced by the use of our speed networking games. Other show highlights included a thoroughly enjoyable cocktail party and industry celebration