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Microsoft Mobile dangles N3.5m for Nigerian start ups



Microsoft Mobile Devices and Services, has announced its readiness to assist Nigerian startup with the award of N3.5m to 5 Nigerians with brilliant business ideas, reports ITRealms.

The scheme, ITRealms gathered would see the Microsoft Lumia 535 Dual SIM activation campaign tagged ‘From Passion to Empire’, running from February 16, 2015 to March 31, 2015.

General Manager, Microsoft Mobile Devices and Services for West Africa, Mr. Joseph Umunakwe, formed this development, saying that they are looking at discovering individuals with passion so as to transform same to empire.

“From Passion to Empire” initiative provides us the opportunity to help young entrepreneurs test the strength of their ideas, sharpen their skills and expand their frontiers as they go through a period of intensive business coaching with the aim to ultimately, establish their businesses,” he said.

Umunakwe stressed that running a start-up is challenging in any environment, so Microsoft Mobile seeks to empower entrepreneurs in Nigeria who have great business ideas. 

From Passion to Empire, he said, would not be about a cash grant only as the 5 winners will also be mentored by highly successful entrepreneurs like House of Tara’s Tara Fela Durotoye, Chocolate City’s Audu Maikori and Jobberman’s Opeyemi Awoyemi,” Umunakwe said.

Speaking on the initiative, Senior Marketing Manager, Microsoft Mobile Devices and Services, Mr. Olumide Balogun, said Lumia is for inspired doers who do not recognize boundaries when reaching for their goals.

“We know that such people abound in our country and we are happy to work with established entrepreneurs and the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) of the Pan Atlantic University to offer them the opportunity to soar,” he said.

ITRealms recollects that Lumia smartphones and tablets, including the Microsoft Lumia 535 Dual SIM, specifically, provide the business tools every entrepreneur needs to achieve the extra-ordinary. The Lumia 535 Dual SIM offers five great integrated Microsoft experiences, a wide-angle 5 megapixel front facing camera, and a spacious 5 inch display protected with Gorilla Glass 3 which makes it a perfect device for entrepreneurs who want to be able to do more on the go. 

Also on the other hand, ITRealms notes that ‘From Passion to Empire’ is a 5-week campaign where budding entrepreneurs go through various stages of business screening from submission of ideas to selection of the 5 eventual winners. 

To participate in ’From Passion to Empire’ ITRealms gathered that interested entrepreneurs need to visit www.microsoft.com/mobile to submit their entries.

+Remmy Nweke (ITRealms) +Microsoft Corporation +Microsoft mobile  

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