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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 v1 below! It was developed by Stanbic IBTC Bank, along with the Lagos Founder Institute and local leaders Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. (Co-founder, GoDo Hub), Fasuyi Oluwarotimi (MR, VAS Digimobility Limited), Ifedy Eze (Lead Strategist, Maisematrix Consulting), and Wande Adalemo (Founder/CEO, Wave5Wireless (Atmosphere)).

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. Entrepreneurs.ng

    4. Lagos Innovates News

    5. Nigeria Communications Week

    6. SME peaks

    7. Startup Africa

    8. Startup Digest Lagos

    9. StartupNG Blog

    10. TechCabal

    11. TechCultureNG

    12. TechEconomy.ng 

    13. Technext.ng

    14. Techpoint.Africa

    15. WeeTracker

  1. Inspirational Events: Open, inclusive, beginner startup events (i.e. Startup Weekend, idea fairs, and inspirational meetups) 

    1. Art of Technology Lagos

    2. Blockchain Technology Initiative

    3. Cardano Lagos

    4. CFA’s Startups Hangout 

    5. Figma Africa

    6. Lagos Startup Week

    7. Nigeria Innovation Summit

    8. SMEPEAKS BBG

    9. Social Media Week Lagos

    10. Startup Weekend Lagos

    11. TechCabal TownHall 

    12. Techpoint Build

    13. Women Who Code Lagos

  1. 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. Digitalise Africa Lagos

      2. Entrepreneurs Collective Lagos

      3. Hashnode IRL Lagos

      4. JAMStack Lagos

      5. Lepsta Developers Lagos

      6. NetSquared Lagos

      7. Startup Founder 101 Lagos

      8. Startup Grind Lagos

      9. StartupLagos

      10. StartupNG

    1. Training & Feedback: Skill & Idea development. (Ex. bootcamps and comprehensive training programs, like Founder Institute, etc)

      1. .NET Nigeria

      2. Agile Nigeria Meetup

      3. Ahyoxsoft

      4. Ausso Leadership Academy

      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 Pitch Bootcamp: Learn from Lagos's Top Entrepreneurs

      35. Startup Sisters Africa

      36. Techpoint Startup School 

      37. TechQuest

      38. Tech Studio Academy

      39. VC4A Startup Academy

  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. Founder2be

      3. FounderDating

      4. Global Entrepreneurship Network Nigeria

      5. Lagos Ethereum & Bitcoin Crypto Currency Meetup

      6. Lagos Professional SME Business Network

      7. Lagos Tech Entrepreneur's Meetup

      8. Nigeria Cyber Security Professionals

      9. Nigeria Youth Entrepreneurship Network

      10. 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. Climathon

      5. CodeLagos Hackathon

      6. Discover X

      7. iX consult

      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. Aliant Law

      4. Aluko & Oyebode

      5. Balogun Harold

      6. Black and Grey Attorneys

      7. Bloomfield Law

      8. Citi

      9. Duale, Ovia & Alex-Adedipe

      10. FCMB 

      11. Fidelity Bank

      12. First Bank of Nigeria

      13. GTBank

      14. Kuda Bank 

      15. Heritage Bank

      16. Infusion Lawyers

      17. Jackson, Etti and Edu

      18. Keystone Bank

      19. Nobilis Solicitors

      20. PAC Solicitors 

      21. Polaris Bank

      22. Stanbic IBTC Bank

      23. Standard Chartered

      24. Stillwaters Law Firm

      25. The Longe Practice

      26. Union Bank of Nigeria

      27. Unity Bank

      28. Vazi Legal

      29. Wema Bank

      30. Zenith Bank

  1. Workspace: Co-working and flexible workspaces (note: “official” office space goes in 3.1.a. Infrastructure) 

    1. 989 Workspaces

    2. Ally Hub Space

    3. Avalanche Spaces

    4. Battens Hub

    5. CapitalSquare

    6. Cranium One

    7. CubeHub

    8. eeSPACE

    9. Enterprise Hubs

    10. Exponential Hub

    11. GCL Hub

    12. GoDo Hub 

    13. Hub Aspire

    14. Hub30 Coworking Space

    15. Impact Hub Lagos

    16. Lagos CoWork

    17. Leadspace

    18. Musterpoint

    19. Seedspace

    20. Smart X Business Hub

    21. Stage 5 Creative Space

    22. TVC Labs 

    23. The Village

    24. V8 Valley Workspace

    25. Workstation

  1. Develop

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

      1. Accountinghub

      2. Acumen Digital

      3. AFMRecruit

      4. Aitechma

      5. Alabian Solutions

      6. Cyhermes

      7. DIIMTECH

      8. Dominion Consulting

      9. eRecruiter Nigeria

      10. Firstlincoln Technologies

      11. FOURANS

      12. FSC Professionals

      13. HR Leverage Africa

      14. Muyideen Rufai & Partners

      15. Optisoft

      16. Oscar Temple

      17. Palment

      18. Pillarcraft

      19. Touchcore

      20. Truvia Media

    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. MEST Incubator

      6. Orange Corners

      7. Passion Incubator

      8. SPARK

      9. Startup Southwest

      10. Vatebra Tech Hub Incubation Program

      11. Wennovation Hub

  1. Launch

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

      1. CcHUB

      2. FbStart Accelerator

      3. Founder Institute Startup Accelerator

      4. Itanna

      5. Labs by ARM 

      6. Leadpath

      7. Startupbootcamp Afritech

      8. Wennovation Hub

    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. Founder Hotseat: Pitch Your Startup to Lagos Startup Experts

      5. ICTEL Startup Pitch 2019

      6. Itanna Demo Day

      7. NaijaHacks Hackathon Demo Day

      8. NESG Startup Pitch Competition

      9. Seedstars Lagos

      10. 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. Endeavor Nigeria

      3. Lagos Angel Network

      4. Nigeria Investment Network

      5. PEVCA

      6. Rising Tide Africa

  1. Major Media: Mainstream local business press. (i.e. major local or regional publications that frequently champion local businesses)

    1. African Business Central

    2. Business Day

    3. Business Times Africa

    4. Channels Television 

    5. CNBC Africa

    6. Newswire NGR

    7. New Telegraph

    8. The Africa Report

    9. The Guardian

    10. The Nation

    11. The Punch

    12. This Day

    13. Vanguard

  1. Funding

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

      1. Ayoola Daramola

      2. Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu

      3. Collins Onuegbu 

      4. Diran Otegbade

      5. Femi Kuti

      6. Idris Ayodeji Bello

      7. Jason Njoku

      8. Kola Aina

      9. Kolapo Olabintan

      10. Lamide Adeosun

      11. Olutosin Oni

      12. Rasheed Olaoluwa

      13. Tomi Davies 

      14. Yemi Keri

    1. Venture Capitalists: Series A and beyond

      1. AfricInvest

      2. EchoVC Partners

      3. GreenHouse Capital

      4. GreenTec Capital Partners

      5. Greentree Investment Company

      6. Growth Capital

      7. ingressivecapital.com

      8. Microtraction

      9. Singularity Investments

      10. TLcom Capital

      11. Unique Venture Capital

      12. Venture Garden Group

      13. Ventures Platform

  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. ARK Insurance

      2. AVID HR Consulting

      3. Flatfy

      4. Instant Offices

      5. Insurance Brokers of Nigeria

      6. Lead ESC

      7. Libra Insurance Brokers

      8. Lington & Bernie Consulting

      9. Private Property

      10. Property24

      11. Regus

      12. Trovit

      13. Union Commercial Insurance Brokers

      14. Workforce Group

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

      1. Verraki 

      2. Aon

      3. Ashford & McGuire Consulting

      4. Bain & Company

      5. Boston Consulting Group

      6. Burrowes Enterprises

      7. Deloitte

      8. Ernst & Young

      9. Grant Thornton

      10. KPMG

      11. Matog Consulting

      12. McKinsey & Company

      13. Novatia Consulting

      14. Phillips Consulting

      15. PwC

      16. TNS Global

4. SUCCESS STORIES

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

  1. Andela

  2. Carbon

  3. Cars45 

  4. Farmcrowdy

  5. Flutterwave

  6. Hotels.ng

  7. Interswitch

  8. Jobberman

  9. Jumia

  10. Kobo360

  11. Konga

  12. Livestock Feeds

  13. MDaaS Global

  14. Migo 

  15. OPay

  16. PalmPay

  17. Paga 

  18. Paystack

  19. Piggyvest

  20. Printivo

  21. PropertyPro

  22. Systemspecs 

  23. TeamApt

  24. TopCheck

  25. 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. Adewale Yusuf 

  2. Banke Alawaye 

  3. Bankole Oloruntoba 

  4. Bankole Oluwafemi

  5. Blessing Abeng

  6. Bosun Tijani 

  7. Charles Emembolu

  8. Chika Nwobi

  9. Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr.

  10. Deepankar Rustagi

  11. Dotun Olowoporoku

  12. Emilia Asim-Ita 

  13. Emmanuel Adegboye

  14. Eze Ifedy

  15. Fasuyi Oluwarotimi

  16. Fayo Williams 

  17. Felix Rwang-Dung

  18. Femi Longe

  19. Henrietta Onwuegbuzie

  20. Iyin Aboyeji

  21. Jason Njoku 

  22. Jay Alabraba

  23. Joshua Osunbor

  24. Kingsley Eze

  25. Kola Aina

  26. Maya Horgan Famodu

  27. Micheal Essien 

  28. Mohammed Ibrahim Jega

  29. Nkem Begho 

  30. Nkiru Balonwu

  31. Obi Asika

  32. Obi Ozor

  33. Olumide Olayinka

  34. Ommo Clark

  35. Onyeka Akumah 

  36. Oo Nwoye 

  37. Osarumen Osamuyi

  38. Simeon Ononobi

  39. Tomiwa Aladekomo

  40. Tosin Faniro-Dada

  41. Tunji Eleso

  42. Uwem Uwemakpan

  43. Victor Asemota 

  44. Wande Adalemo


2. GOVERNMENT

Public organizations that facilitate local economic development

  1. CodeLagos

  2. ICC Nigeria

  3. Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry

  4. Lagos Global

  5. Lagos Innovates

  6. Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce

  7. Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce

  8.  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. Jumia

    14. Konga

    15. Microsoft

    16. Nokia

    17. Oracle

    18. MTN Business

    19. Samsung

 

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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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