Firm empowers tech start-ups with trip to Silicon Valley

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Pocket Presents, a Nigerian based platform focused on global knowledge transfer has collaborated with The African Network (TAN) and The African Technology Foundation (ATF) to allow 30 Nigerians visit silicon valley based companies like Google, Facebook, Airbnb, 500 Startups, Uber, Twitter, Paypal, Stripe, eBay, 4info, Oracle, SAP.

In a statement, the Group said the trip is aimed at inspiring young technology entrepreneurs to take advantage of the huge opportunities inherent in the Nigerian technology ecosystem.

The statement reads: “In 2013, the potential positioning of Nigeria as a hub for innovation and software development was boosted by the visit of the former Ministry of Communication Technology, Mrs Omobola Johnson to Silicon Valley with a carefully selected group of entrepreneurs and companies. 2016 is the year Africans will build products that the world will finally take notice of, and the Pocket Presents team have come up with TechInSV to help entrepreneurs and established businesses learn how to do it.

“In Nigeria today, over 200 blogs are opened daily, dream start-ups in technology, fashion, food, blogging, makeup, etc are opened and closed by passionate Nigerians who face problems of poor infrastructure, cost of marketing/finding right product, building products that can support high user adoption or what techies call scalability and high availability.

” According to Pocket Presents, the visit will help participants learn how they can build these products by interacting directly with product engineers, marketers and others in Silicon Valley.

The 7-day visit will focus on learning from leading technology teams but will also give a taste of what life is like in a growing start-up as well as an inhabitant of the San Francisco bay area.

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