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Gitex 2014: Sasware pledges supports for Nigeria technology start-ups

As the 2014 Global Technology Exhibition (GITEX) ended recently in Dubai, the United Arab Emirate (UAE), Sasware, the only Nigeria technology investment company at GITEX Technology Week pledged its support for technology start-ups in Nigeria reports ITRealms.

Founder of Sasware, Mr. Collins Onuegbu, made this pledge during the visit of the federal government delegation led by Dr. Tunji Olaopa, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Communications Technology to the company’s exhibition stand during the event.

“Our primary interest to see Nigeria grow by supporting technology and technology-enabled business initiatives in Nigeria. These we do through incubation, entrepreneurship, mentoring and venture capital investment,” he said.

Dr. Olaopa, who represented the Minister, Dr (Mrs) Omobola Johnson commended Sasware’s mission and activities and urged them to continue with their good works.
He also promised to explore avenues which the ministry will work with Sasware to further deepen support to technology start-ups in Nigeria.

The federal government delegation led by Olaopa included; Dr. Akin Omotosho, Nigeria Consul-General to Dubai Emirate; Dr. Tosin Ajayi, Chairman, Board of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and Peter Jack, Director General, NITDA.

Speaking further Onuegbu informed the delegation that Sasware will need all the support and partnerships it could get from the government to expand this initiative in order to boost the economy and create more job opportunities for Nigerian youths.

Peter Jack said NITDA is continuously exploring ways to transform Nigeria through technology and what Sasware is doing falls within the strategy.

Sasware is a technology venture subsidiary of Signal Alliance a leading Nigerian systems integrator with over 18 years’ experience in the development of IT infrastructure for major organizations in Nigeria. Sasware was set up to tap into opportunities created  by the fast evolution of technology and adoption in Nigeria as the country rebuilds its infrastructure to match its ambition as the biggest economy in Africa and one of the top 20 in the world.

Sasware invests in early startup technology companies in Nigeria   from a startup fund that was set up by Signal Alliance. The company also does specific incubation programmes for Signal Alliance as a diversification strategy for the group. Other areas of business include Incubation-On-Demand, Corporate Venture Capital and Asset Development cum Management. The company's initial focus is on technology and technology-enabled businesses.

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Pix (l-r) Dr. Tunji Olaopa, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Communication Technology; Collins Onuegbu, Founder Sasware; Dr. Tosin Ajayi, Chairman, Board of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA); Dr. Akin Omotosho, Nigeria
Consul-General to Dubai Emirate and Peter Jack, Director General NITDA.

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