This Saturday, 24th January 2014, the economic empowerment team of Carrington Youth Fellowship, an initiative of the Public Affairs Section of the United States Consulate General Lagos will be launching Asejere.com, a micro, small and medium scale enterprise resources app at iDEA Hub, Sabo Yaba.
Asejere.com is an online portal and mobile application designed to help MSMEs connect with each other and with resources that will help their business grow. It is also a platform where MSMEs can meet fund custodians and get access to funding opportunities that will be help them scale their businesses.
According to Small and Medium Scale Enterprise Agency of Nigeria, there are over 17million struggling small and medium scale enterprises in Nigeria. They struggle majorly because they lack necessary information, skills and resources needed to grow their businesses and there is no coordinated central point where they can easily and cheaply access these information, skill and resources when they need it. There are also no coordinated central platforms where they can meet with other SMEs, share ideas and get needed collaboration for their business success.
At the launch, stakeholders in Nigeria’s MSME scene will be discussing the theme of the launch which is centered on “The Role of Small and Medium Enterprises in Nation Building”. Confirmed speakers on this discuss will be delegates from the United States Consulate General Lagos, Johnson Abbaly of National Economic Summit Group and Wole Odetayo of Wennovation Hub, Nigeria’s foremost start up accelerator and other distinguished business thought leaders.
The founders of Asejere is a team of three business development experts who are passionate about building small businesses in Nigeria and who envision Asejere to be a one stop portal for all MSME resources. Abiodun Odunuga, one of the three CoFounders is presently completing a Masters in Developmental Practice in France after having had about 7 years in social entrepreneurship as a CoFounder at Business Management Consortium.
Olatunji Ajani will be completing his MBA in Entrepreneurship, Business Management and Strategy at Don Bosco University, India while also running a private consultancy firm having consulted for leading telecoms and oil & gas firms in the country. Paul Ajayi, the third CoFounder, is a Project Management Professional and also a Front Line Researcher for Dalberg Research.
The Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative, CYFI, is a dynamic youth-based initiative launched in 2011 by the U.S. Consulate General, Lagos. CYFI brings together Nigerian youth of exceptional vision, skills and experience to design and implement projects that have a positive impact on Nigerian society. Former Ambassador to Nigeria, Walter Carrington, was a champion of civil liberties, democracy and closer ties between the U.S. and Nigeria.
The Spread Media Business Blog Team will be live at the event and updates will be shared on The Business Blog.