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SpeedUPAfrica bootcamp returns to Nigeria for more startup empowerment

SpeedUPAfrica bootcamp returns to Nigeria for more startup empowerment

Following success from last year’s edition, SpeedUPAfrica Bootcamp is returning to Nigeria with an ambition to produce more success stories from a fresh wave of African start-ups.

Silicon Valley venture capitalist (VC) firm Draper Dark Flow (DDF), which is putting together the bootcamp is expected to provide practical solutions to issues that start-ups on the continent face on a daily basis such as securing funding, attracting new clients, product differentiation and expanding their businesses.

DDF explained in a statement that BusinessDay received, that what separates SpeedUPAfrica from other startup events in Africa is the provision of hands-on practical help from international experts including financiers, strategists and brand builders – as well as entrepreneurs who have built successful businesses on the continent and around the world.

The event is sponsored by Tim Draper a partner at DDF, who has investments in over 1000 companies including Hotmail, Skype, and most recently Ghana’s Swiftly and Rwanda’s VugaPay.

“Our focus is on mentors, workshops, and investments as well as networking and socialising with like-minded entrepreneurs. We will ensure that the SpeedUPAfrica week is a defining moment in the life of the start-ups who attend,” said Toro Orero, managing partner at DDF.

The 2017 bootcamp will provide the platform for local start-ups owners to interface with top representatives from tech companies like Google, Singularity, Draper Universities and some 60 potential investors from the around the world.

Some selected participants stand the chance of securing $1 million worth of benefits provided by F6S, a London online firm that offer entrepreneurs access to start-ups programs and investment funds among other services.

“SpeedUPAfrica transformed my business and had a great impact on my life. As well as helping me to secure investment, I learnt so much and have implemented the words of wisdom and advice, tips and hacks that I received. It was great meeting the awesome Silicon Valley folks and all the super African start-ups. I would recommend it to any startup which is looking to take the next steps on the route to domestic and international success,” said Edem Dotse, CEO and found of Swiftly whose company secured funding from the bootcamp in 2016.

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