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Lagos is a great place to build a startup, but most of the early-stage entrepreneurs we speak to aren't aware of the local tech resources that are available to help them.

With applications for the Lagos Founder Institute now open, we're excited to release the Lagos Startup Resource Guide, which is currently in Draft v2 below! It was developed by Lagos Founder Institute and local leaders: Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr.Adeboye Idowu, Adeola Kayode and Chika Nwogu.

This is just a draft, and while we spent many hours on this research, more input is needed. Please leave your comments on this collaborative Google document to help us complete the list. There are definitely omissions on this current version. 

Are you looking to build a startup in Lagos? Then apply to the Lagos Founder Institute today!

Lagos Startup Resource List

Text version included below, for ease of searching:

Startup Stages


There is no one right way to build a technology company, but for the sake of simplicity we have outlined a basic, common, sequential framework.


1. IDEA-STAGE

This is where new entrepreneurs get inspired, learn best practices, develop skills, validate ideas, and begin to build their team and product.

  1. Startup Media: Centralized local information, listings, and news. (i.e. startup blogs/ publications/ lists/ FB groups/ newsletters, Startup Digest)
    1. CFAmedia.ng 

    2. Connectnigeria.com

    3. Disrupt Africa
    4. Entrepreneurs.ng
    5. EntrepreNEWS
    6. Innovation Village
    7. Lagos Innovates News
    8. Memeburn
    9. Newmedia.ng
    10. Nigeria Communications Week
    11. SME peaks
    12. Startup Africa
    13. Startup Digest Lagos
    14. StartupNG Blog
    15. Startup Plug
    16. Stearns Business
    17. Techativeng
    18. Techbuild Africa
    19. TechCabal
    20. TechCityNG
    21. Techcrunch
    22. TechCultureNG
    23. TechEconomy.ng 
    24. Technext.ng
    25. Technopreneur
    26. Techpoint.Africa
    27. Ventureburn
    28. WeeTracker
  1. Inspirational Events: Open, inclusive, beginner startup events (i.e. Startup Weekend, idea fairs, and inspirational meetups) 

    1. Africa Arena Event

    2. Art of Technology Lagos
    3. Blockchain Technology Initiative
    4. Cardano Lagos
    5. CFA’s Startups Hangout 
    6. EDC Annual SME Conference 
    7. Figma Africa
    8. Lagos Startup Week
    9. Meet up (Lagos Startup Founder 101)
    10. Nigeria Innovation Summit
    11. SMEPEAKS BBG
    12. Social Media Week Lagos
    13. Startup Weekend Lagos
    14. TechCabal TownHall 
    15. Techpoint Build
    16. Tribers Tech hub
    17. Women Who Code Lagos

Educate

      1. Best Practices: Beginner knowledge-sharing events. (i.e. beginner events that serve to educate more than inspire, like Startup Founder 101, etc).

        1. Daystar Business Academy (DBA)

        2. Digitalise Africa Lagos
        3. Entrepreneurs Collective Lagos
        4. Forbes Digital Startup Accelerator
        5. Hashnode IRL Lagos
        6. JAMStack Lagos
        7. Lagos Fintech week
        8. Lepsta Developers Lagos
        9. NetSquared Lagos
        10. Nigeria Fintech week
        11. Startup Founder 101 Lagos
        12. Startup Grind Lagos
        13. StartupLagos
        14. StartupNG
        15. SMEtoolkit
    1. Training & Feedback: Skill & Idea development. (Ex. bootcamps and comprehensive training programs, like Founder Institute, etc)

      1. NET Nigeria

      2. Agile Nigeria Meetup
      3. Agrilab bootcamp and incubation programme
      4. Ahyoxsoft
      5. Andela
      6. AngularJS2 & WebDev Nigeria Meetup
      7. Audax
      8. AWELE ACADEMY
      9. Cedar STEM & Enterprise Meetup
      10. Decagon 
      11. DigitalOcean Lagos
      12. Enterprise Development Center
      13. FATE Foundation 
      14. fofx Academy
      15. Founder Institute
      16. GDG Ikorodu
      17. GDG Lagos
      18. Golang Nigeria
      19. IBM Developer Nigeria
      20. Lagos Startup: Idea to IPO
      21. Lagos Startup Academy
      22. Lagos WordPress Community
      23. Lean Startup Lagos
      24. Lean Startup Machine Lagos
      25. Learn to Code
      26. MEST Training Program
      27. MOAT Academy
      28. NaijaSecForce
      29. NaijaStartups
      30. ODSC Data Science Lagos
      31. Product School Lagos
      32. ProductTank Lagos
      33. She Hacks Africa
      34. Startup Nigeria
      35. Startup Pitch Bootcamp: Learn from Lagos's Top Entrepreneurs
      36. Startup Sisters Africa
      37. Techpoint Startup School 
      38. TechQuest
      39. Tech Studio Academy
      40. VC4A Startup Academy
      41. WomenWIll Lagos 
  1. Validate

    1. Team Formation: Resources for teaming up. (i.e. events or other resources that facilitate early-stage recruitment and cofounder matching”)

      1. CoFoundersLab

      2. DropQue
      3. Founder2be
      4. FounderDating
      5. Global Entrepreneurship Network Nigeria
      6. Goodtalent
      7. Jobberman
      8. Lagos Ethereum & Bitcoin Crypto Currency Meetup
      9. Lagos Professional SME Business Network
      10. Lagos Tech Entrepreneur's Meetup
      11. Nigeria Cyber Security Professionals
      12. Nigeria Youth Entrepreneurship Network
      13. Seamless HR
      14. Slatecube
      15. TalentQL
      16. Tribers Tech Hub
    1. Build First Product: Hackathons & resources to build. (i.e. hackathons and other builder-focused events and resources)

      1. Android Nigeria Community

      2. Bincom Dev Center Hackathon
      3. CcHUB American Corner
      4. Ceedcap
      5. Climathon
      6. CodeLagos Hackathon
      7. Discover X
      8. Lagos Unreal Engine Meetup
      9. NaijaHacks
      10. Techpoint Build

2. LAUNCH-STAGE

In this stage, entrepreneurs establish and formalize the company, develop the product, get feedback from customers, and prepare for the next step.

  1. Start

    1. Establish: Law firms & banks for startups  

      1. ABO Law

      2. Access Bank
      3. AELEX
      4. Aliant Law
      5. Aluko & Oyebode
      6. Balogun Harold
      7. Benchmac & Ince
      8. Black and Grey Attorneys
      9. Bloomfield Law
      10. Citi
      11. Duale, Ovia & Alex-Adedipe
      12. FCMB 
      13. Fidelity Bank
      14. First Bank of Nigeria
      15. GTBank
      16. Heritage Bank
      17. Infusion Lawyers
      18. Jackson, Etti and Edu
      19. Keystone Bank
      20. Kuda Bank 
      21. Nobilis Solicitors
      22. OlaniwunAjayi
      23. PAC Solicitors 
      24. Polaris Bank
      25. Providus Bank
      26. Stanbic IBTC Bank
      27. Standard Chartered
      28. Sterling Bank
      29. Stillwaters Law Firm
      30. The Longe Practice
      31. The New Practice (TNP)
      32. Udo Udoma
      33. Union Bank of Nigeria
      34. Unity Bank
      35. Vazi Legal
      36. Wema Bank
      37. Zenith Bank
  1. Workspace: Co-working and flexible workspaces (note: “official” office space goes in 3.1.a. Infrastructure) 

    1. 360 Creative Innovation Hub

    2. 8thGear Space
    3. 989 Workspaces
    4. Ally Hub Space
    5. Avalanche Spaces
    6. Battens Hub
    7. Brainiacs Innovation Hub
    8. Bulk Africa
    9. CapitalSquare
    10. Cranium One
    11. CubeHub
    12. eeSPACE
    13. Enterprise Hubs
    14. Exponential Hub
    15. GCL Hub
    16. GoDo Hub 
    17. Hub Aspire
    18. Hub30 Coworking Space
    19. Impact Hub Lagos
    20. Itanna Enterprise Factory
    21. Lagos CoWork
    22. Leadspace
    23. Musterpoint
    24. Naija Startups
    25. Plus Innovation Hub
    26. Red Dahlia Workspaces
    27. Seedspace
    28. Smart X Business Hub
    29. Stage 5 Creative Space
    30. The Bunker Lekki
    31. The Village
    32. TVC Labs 
    33. V8 Valley Workspace
    34. Vatebra Tech Hub
    35. Venia Business Hub
    36. Workcity Africa
    37. Workstation
  1. Develop

    1. Formalize: Accounting, development and HR for early-stage startups. 

      1. Accounteer

      2. Accountinghub
      3. Acumen Digital
      4. AFMRecruit
      5. Aitechma
      6. Alabian Solutions
      7. BDO
      8. Cyhermes
      9. Deloitte
      10. DIIMTECH
      11. Dominion Consulting
      12. eRecruiter Nigeria
      13. Ernst & Young
      14. Firstlincoln Technologies
      15. FOURANS
      16. FSC Professionals
      17. HR Leverage Africa
      18. KPMG
      19. Learning Solutions Nigeria Ltd
      20. Marcforte Business Consulting 
      21. Muyideen Rufai & Partners
      22. My Placement Africa 
      23. Optisoft
      24. Oscar Temple
      25. Palment
      26. Pedabo
      27. Pillarcraft
      28. PKF
      29. PWC
      30. SIAO
      31. Stresert Integrated Limited 
      32. Touchcore
      33. Truvia Media
      34. Verraki
    1. Prepare for Seed: Incubators and advanced mentorship. (i.e. advanced knowledge sharing, later stage events and resources for startup TEAMS)

      1. Accelerate Labs

      2. CcHUB
      3. Fastlaunch Africa
      4. Future Hub
      5. Google Launchpad Accelerator
      6. Meetup
      7. MEST Incubator
      8. Orange Corners
      9. Passion Incubator
      10. SPARK
      11. Startup Southwest
      12. Startpreneurs 
      13. Startup Grind
      14. The Bulb Africa
      15. Vatebra Tech Hub Incubation Program
      16. Village Capital Accelerator
      17. Wennovation Hub
  1. Launch

    1. Seed Accelerators: Seed funding mentor programs (Techstars-style programs that provide funding)

      1. 500 Startups

      2. CcHUB
      3. FbStart Accelerator
      4. FI Funding Lab
      5. Founder Institute Startup Accelerator
      6. Founders Factory Africa
      7. Itanna
      8. Labs by ARM 
      9. Leadpath
      10. Seedstars
      11. Startupbootcamp Afritech
      12. Techstars
      13. Unconventional Capital
      14. Ventures Platform
      15. Wennovation Hub
      16. Y combinator 
    1. Pitch & Demo: Show local startups for investment (i.e. demo days for companies seeking seed investment)

      1. AfricArena Tour

      2. AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup
      3. CapitalSquare Demo Day
      4. Connect Nigeria Business Fair
      5. DAAYTA
      6. Founder Hotseat: Pitch Your Startup to Lagos Startup Experts
      7. ICTEL Startup Pitch 2019
      8. Itanna Demo Day
      9. Lagos Angel Network
      10. Lagos Startup Week
      11. NaijaHacks Hackathon Demo Day
      12. NESG Startup Pitch Competition
      13. Seedstars Lagos
      14. Startup Bootcamp
      15. Velocity by Founder Institute Lagos: See Great Startups Pitch

3. GROWTH-STAGE

Here, a startup proves their utility, receives recognition, and scales up. This usually requires funding, angels, VCs, and ways to connect them to startups.

  1. Recognition 

    1. Investor Networking Connect professional investors with founders. (i.e. events or groups that facilitate connections with professional investors)

      1. African Business Angel Network

      2. Emerging Africa
      3. Endeavor Nigeria
      4. Lagos Angel Network
      5. Lagos Innovates
      6. Nigeria Investment Network
      7. PEVCA
      8. Rising Tide Africa
      9. SPARK
      10. Tony Elumelu entrepreneurship program(TEEP)
  1. Major Media: Mainstream local business press. (i.e. major local or regional publications that frequently champion local businesses)

    1. Afridigest

    2. Benjamin Dada 
    3. Business Day
    4. Business Times Africa
    5. Channels Television 
    6. CNBC Africa
    7. Nairametrics
    8. Newswire NGR
    9. New Telegraph
    10. Startup Lagos 
    11. The Africa Report
    12. The Guardian
    13. The Nation
    14. The Punch
    15. This Day
    16. Vanguard
    17. YNaija 
  1. Funding

    1. Angels / Micro-VCs: Seed-stage investors (search AngelList, Gust, Crunchbase)

      1. African Angels Network

      2. Ayoola Daramola
      3. Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu
      4. Chinook Capital
      5. Collins Onuegbu 
      6. Diran Otegbade
      7. eVentures Africa Fund
      8. Femi Kuti
      9. Idris Ayodeji Bello
      10. Jason Njoku
      11. Kairos Angels
      12. Kola Aina
      13. Kolapo Olabintan
      14. Lamide Adeosun
      15. Olutosin Oni
      16. Pacer VC 
      17. Rasheed Olaoluwa
      18. Tomi Davies 
      19. Trium 
      20. Yemi Keri
    1. Venture Capitalists: Series A and beyond

      1. Adlevo Capital

      2. AfricInvest
      3. Capital Eye Investments
      4. Convergence Partners
      5. EchoVC Partners
      6. GreenHouse Capital
      7. GreenTec Capital Partners
      8. Greentree Investment Company
      9. Growth Capital
      10. IDF Capital
      11. Ingressivecapital.com
      12. Itanna Direct Investments
      13. Kalon Venture Partners
      14. Mbo Capital Management 
      15. Mest
      16. Microtraction
      17. Ripple VC
      18. Singularity Investments
      19. Secha Capital
      20. TLcom Capital
      21. Unique Venture Capital
      22. Vantage Capital
      23. Venture Garden Group
      24. Ventures Platform
      25. V8 Capital Partners
  1. Growth

    1. Infrastructure: Office space, HR, local business insurance. (i.e. office space/ HR/ insurance providers for capital-rich companies to grow and scale) 

      1. Aiico Insurance 

      2. ARK Insurance
      3. AVID HR Consulting
      4. AxaMansard
      5. Coworker
      6. Flatfy
      7. Hub One
      8. Instant Offices
      9. Insurance Brokers of Nigeria
      10. Lead ESC
      11. Leadspace
      12. Libra Insurance Brokers
      13. Lington & Bernie Consulting
      14. Office freedom
      15. Private Property
      16. Property24
      17. Regus
      18. Salve Consulting
      19. Spark
      20. Startup nigeria
      21. Trovit
      22. Union Commercial Insurance Brokers
      23. Wennovation 
      24. Workforce Group

  1. Expansion: Growth accelerators/consultants. (i.e. programs and business consultants for capital-rich companies to grow and scale)
        1. Accelerate Labs

        2. Aon
        3. ArchVision Workgroup
        4. Ashford & McGuire Consulting
        5. Bain & Company
        6. Boston Consulting Group
        7. Burrowes Enterprises
        8. Ceed Cap
        9. Chrysalis Capital
        10. Deloitte
        11. Ernst & Young
        12. Excellence insights
        13. Google LanchPad Accelerator
        14. Grant Thornton
        15. KPMG
        16. Matog Consulting
        17. McKinsey & Company
        18. Novatia Consulting
        19. Pangea 
        20. Phillips Consulting
        21. PwC
        22. Rocket Internet
        23. Seedstars
        24. She Leads Africa
        25. TNS Global
        26. Verraki 
        27. Wennovation hub

4. SUCCESS STORIES

Successful homegrown companies that have raised significant institutional funding, employ a large workforce, or have achieved liquidity.

    1. 54gene
    2. Andela
    3. BudgIT
    4. Carbon
    5. Cars45 
    6. Cowrywise
    7. Farmcrowdy
    8. Flutterwave
    9. Helium Health
    10. Hotels.ng
    11. Interswitch
    12. IrokoTV
    13. Jobberman
    14. Jumia
    15. Kobo360
    16. Konga
    17. Kuda Bank
    18. Life Bank
    19. Livestock Feeds
    20. MDaaS Global
    21. Migo 
    22. Okra Inc
    23. OPay
    24. Paga 
    25. PalmPay
    26. Paystack
    27. Piggyvest
    28. PlentyWaka
    29. Printivo
    30. PropertyPro
    31. Systemspecs 
    32. TeamApt
    33. Thrive Agric
    34. Tizeti
    35. TopCheck
    36. Ulesson
    37. VoguePay
    38. Wakanow


Supporters


To facilitate the steps, every ecosystem needs strong supporters.

1. EVANGELISTS

Successful local founders who lead the ecosystem & frequently mentor newbies.  (i.e. Local leaders who have taken a leadership position, speak at a lot of startup events, mentor all the programs, etc)

    1. Abisola Longe
    2. Abolore Salami
    3. Adaora Ikwuemes
    4. Adeboye Idowu
    5. Adeleye Timothy
    6. Adenike Adeyemi
    7. Adeola Kayode
    8. Adeyemi Ajayi
    9. Adewale Yusuf 
    10. Adeyinka Aderombi
    11. Albert Afolabi
    12. Arinze Anyaeche
    13. Atul Kshetry
    14. Ayo Adegboye
    15. Banke Alawaye 
    16. Bankole Oloruntoba 
    17. Bankole Oluwafemi
    18. Biodun Ogunlabi
    19. Biyi Oladipo
    20. Blessing Abeng
    21. Bolanle Afuye
    22. Bosun Tijani 
    23. Bunmi Teru
    24. Charles Emembolu
    25. Chika Nwobi
    26. Chika Nwogu
    27. Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr.
    28. Collins Onuegbu
    29. Damola Solanke
    30. David Adebayo
    31. Davidson Oturu
    32. Deepankar Rustagi
    33. Desiree Craig
    34. Dotun Olowoporoku
    35. Dr. Omobola Johnson
    36. Edward Esene
    37. Ehia Erhaboh
    38. Emilia Asim-Ita 
    39. Emmanuel Adegboye
    40. Eze Ifedy
    41. Fasuyi Oluwarotimi
    42. Fayo Williams 
    43. Felix Rwang-Dung
    44. Femi Longe
    45. Geoffrey Weli Wosu
    46. Gordy Oshoko
    47. Helen Anaogu
    48. Henrietta Onwuegbuzie
    49. Honey Ogundeyi
    50. Ibrahim Salau
    51. Idowu Akinde
    52. Ife Olatunji
    53. Iyin Aboyeji
    54. Jane Egerton Idehen
    55. Jason Njoku 
    56. Jay Alabraba
    57. Jean Marc Ricca
    58. John Obaro
    59. Juliet Ehimuan
    60. Joshua Osunbor
    61. Kayode Aladesuyi
    62. Kelechi Nwosu
    63. Kingsley Eze
    64. Kola Aina
    65. Lola Esan
    66. Maya Horgan Famodu
    67. Micheal Essien
    68. Mohammed Aliyu
    69. Mohammed Ibrahim Jega
    70. Nkem Begho 
    71. Nkiru Balonwu
    72. Obi Anusiem
    73. Obi Asika
    74. Obi Ozor
    75. Olamide Afolabi
    76. Olumide Olayinka
    77. Oluyomi Ojo
    78. Onyeka Akumah 
    79. Oo Nwoye 
    80. Osarumen Osamuyi
    81. Ommo Clark
    82. Ovie Adasen
    83. Pius Okigbo
    84. Rebecca Enonchong
    85. Saidu Abdullahi
    86. Sandra Oyewole
    87. Simeon Ononobi
    88. Solabomi Adedeji
    89. Tomi Davies
    90. Tunji Abioye
    91. Tomiwa Aladekomo
    92. Tosin Faniro-Dada
    93. Tunji Eleso
    94. Uwem Uwemakpan
    95. Victor Adewusi
    96. Victor Asemota 
    97. Wande Adalemo
    98. Weyinmi Egbe
    99. Yemi Keri

2. GOVERNMENT

Public organizations that facilitate local economic development

  1. AOT Lagos

  2. Bank of industry
  3. Digital Skills Initiative Lagos
  4. ICC Nigeria
  5. Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  6. Lagos Global
  7. Lagos Innovates
  8. Lagos State Employment Trust Fund
  9. Lagos state Research and Innovation fund 
  10. Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce
  11. Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce
  12. Office for ICT Innovation & Entrepreneurship

3. TALENT

Major local business or tech universities and employers that attract and retain local talent.

  1. Local Universities (universities with prominent technical or business programs)

    1. Anchor University

    2. Caleb University

    3. Lagos Business School

    4. Lagos State University

    5. Pan-Atlantic University

    6. University of Lagos

    7. Yaba College of Technology

  1. Local Employers (Major technical employers, like Microsoft or Google or large local companies, with large local offices) 

    1. 9mobile

    2. Airtel
    3. Andela
    4. Cisco
    5. Ericsson
    6. Etisalat
    7. GE
    8. Globacom 
    9. Google
    10. HP
    11. Huawei
    12. IBM
    13. Interswitch
    14. Jumia
    15. Konga
    16. Microsoft
    17. MTN Business
    18. Nokia
    19. Oracle
    20. Paystack
    21. Samsung
    22. Softcom
    23. Tek Experts Nigeria
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Learn more about the Startup Ecosystem Canvas here, and leave us your thoughts on the Lagos Canvas on this collaborative Google document (This is just a draft, and more input is needed!)

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