BY SAMUEL OJO
The University of Lagos is not relenting in encouraging entrepreneurship amongst its students and as such, the institution is taking steps, to expose them to opportunities that abound for entrepreneurs internationally.
To equip students and members of its community to key into such opportunities, the University of Lagos has partnered Carleton University, Canada, a move which has given birth to the Transnational Ventures Acceleration Programme, TVAP.
It is a programme set up to give Business startups and SMES, the needed enablement to thrive in the 21 st century.
As a follow up to the just concluded Nigeria-Canada investment summit which took place in Abuja, the University of Lagos set up the Nigeria-Canada Transnational
Ventures Acceleration Programme, TVAP. It is an idea that was birthed during a visit to Carleton University, Canada way back in June, 2018.
The TVAP kicked off with a 3-day workshop where a scholar of International repute, Professor Tony Bailetti of Carleton University, shared with the first set of participants, skills and tips needed for Business startups and SMES to flourish.
Bailetti said, “The main purpose of the 3-day workshop, is to take Nigerian businesses and have them invest in trade in Canada and to take Canadian businesses to have them invest in trade in Nigeria”.
“I am not interested in Canadians knowing more about Nigerians or Nigerians knowing more about Canadians, rather, what I want is resource and the resource will be what I call a bridge between the two countries”, Bailetti added.
While speaking at the opening ceremony of the event, the Nigeria High commissioner and ambassador to Canada, Mr. Adeyinka Asekun said “the TVAP is phenomenal and pivotal because it will grant many entrepreneurs access to markets in other countries”.
The Canadian Deputy High commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Ryan Ward said “with Nigeria’s decision to sign the African continental free trade agreement in July, I believe that there’s much potential for Nigerian and Canadian entrepreneurs, to leverage on”.
In his address, the Vice chancellor of University of Lagos, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, reiterated the commitment of his administration to driving entrepreneurship and innovation among its students.
Ogundipe said, “University of Lagos is strong on entrepreneurship and innovation and we are committed to deliver this as compliment to national economic development”.
Apart from the TVAP, the partnership between University of Lagos and Carleton University, Canada, will also see Unilag, serving as the entrepreneurship HUB for Nigeria in a cluster programme that cuts across Canada, China and India.