Wednesday, March 05, 2014

OAU to host EduNet 2014 on Fostering Tech enterpreneurship


The 4th Edition of Education Network Conference (EduNet 2014) would be hosted by the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Centre of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) and the Institute for Entrepreneurship Development Studies of the same institute in Partnership with Tel Aviv University Entrepreneurship Centre (StarTAU), Israel, reports ITRealms.

Managing Director, Emerging Media, the organizers of EduNet, Mr. Kenneth Omeruo, told correspondent that 2014 edition will be on under the theme: Fostering Technology Entrepreneurship in Nigerian Universities and has been planned to hold between May 20 and 22.

He also said that the three-day event will examine issues around building Technology Entrepreneurship Ecosystem within the Nigerian University Community with key examples from the Israel Technology and Innovation Ecosystem.

“We are happy to host this year’s EduNet Conference at the ICT Centre of the University,the idea of fostering Technology Entrepreneurship in Nigeria is key to economic development of the country.That is why our centre will be playing key roles in the conference” Prof Adeshola Aderounmu, Director ICT centre of Obafemi Awolowo University.

Oren Simanian, Founder of Tel Aviv University Entrepreneurship Centre and his team from Israel will lead discussions on How Nigeria can create Technology Entrepreneurship Ecosystem with lessons from Israel (Start-up Nation).

“Our Entrepreneurship development centre in Tel Aviv University has contributed greatly to the development of the entrepreneurship and the Startup ecosystem in TelAviv, Israel and so we are happy to partner with Nigerian Institutions to help share ideas and develop the ecosystem in Nigeria bearing in mind the triangle of innovation around the world is held together by the cooperative endeavor of the government, the academic community, and the Technology Industry. We see EduNet 2014 as a great platform to start off such discussions”Oren Simanian,Founder Tel Aviv University Entrepreneurship Centre(StarTAU),Israel.

This year, having seen the need for Nigerian universities to lead in the development of technology entrepreneurship in Nigeria, the 4th edition ofEduNet conference now has a new task hence the focus this year is on building Technology Entrepreneurship/incubation centres to foster entrepreneurship in Nigeria” Kenneth Omeruo, Coordinator EduNet 2014.

For Omeruo, in order to start off discussions around the building of these tech centres in Nigerian Universities, EduNet 2014 hosted by the ICT centre and the Institute for Entrepreneurship Development studies of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, will provide the platform for discussions with the Government, ICT directors of Nigerian Universities, Regulatory authorities of the Nigerian Universities, Funding/partnering organizations and the Technology industry in Nigeria in collaboration with Tel Aviv University Entrepreneurship Centre (StarTAU)Israel and the Israel Startup Network.

Presentations and Panel discussions will be focused on “Accessing the state of Technology Entrepreneurship in Nigerian universities with a view of proffering strategies and solutions for Technnovation in Nigeria; Building Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: The Israeli ''Start Up Nation'' story; The role of government in fostering Technology Entrepreneurship in Nigerian Universities,” among others.

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