In June 2016, Ventures Platform launched as an technology and innovation hub where tech aficionados, consultants, startup organizers, and experts in Nigeria could meet, organization, and co-make. The 1,200-square-meter center in Abuja additionally filled in as a private base for innovation business visionaries on the mainland chose to go through the VP accelerator program.
In the course of recent years, Ventures Platform has changed its speculation methodology from the accelerator model to become one of the main beginning early stage funds in Africa while it ceased the innovation hub business, presently overseen by its auxiliary Ventures Park.
With the new surge in raising support, tech action, and take-up of remote independent positions in Nigeria, Ventures Park has seen its local area of dynamic clients almost twofold from a little more than 100 in mid 2021 to right around 200. In light of the increment, the organization has dispatched a greater grounds, in Abuja, to offer more noteworthy help to its local area.
Remote Work is gaining popularity more than ever
Nigeria has the biggest number of new companies in Africa, as per discoveries by fDi Intelligence of Financial Times, as a team with Briter Bridges. As of August, findings by Disrupt Africa revealed that Nigerian new businesses represented the greatest portion of the $1.1 billion financing the mainland’s tech environment had drawn in this year.
It’s been just about a long time since the Covid-19 pandemic started, yet remote work gives no indications of disappearing. The social separating rules, public get-together limitations, and other lockdown estimates that were forced to check the spread of the infection constrained organizations across the world to take on remote work choices to keep their organizations running.
Venture Park comes as a viable alternative to help ease the pains of remote workers
That reality has additionally worked out in Nigeria. While the vast majority in the nation actually work from actual workplaces in the midst of the wellbeing emergency, a couple of organizations, like Andela, Paystack, and Buycoins, have completely accepted the work-from-home thought.
Yet, there are huge hindrances to the achievement or long haul reception of remote work, for example, Nigeria’s wasteful force framework and sporadic power supply just as helpless organization network and high web costs. Nigeria positions among nations with the most costly information on the planet.
Innovation hubs and collaborating spaces like the new Ventures Platform grounds in Abuja are outfitted with force and web conveniences that assist consultants with working and business visionaries fabricate better.
The Hub is not limited to the tech Community alone, all are welcome
The new 2,000-sq-meter center is situated in Wuse II, Abuja, and has the ability to oblige more than 200 individuals. It has offices like private and shared workplaces, committed work areas, cafés, and spaces intended to have occasions, meetings, fun exercises, and the sky’s the limit from there.
On the dividers of the new grounds are showcases of a few contemporary Nigerian craftsmanship, which assist with making an animating and calm workplace. “At Ventures Park, we believe fundamentally that the space people work in influences the kind of work they produce,” Kola Aina, organizer of Ventures Platform told TechCabal in a meeting.
Notwithstanding innovation fans and partners, spaces are available to non-administrative associations, worldwide offices like the United Nations, just as specialists and educators working in northern Nigeria.
“The majority of our users are in the startup ecosystem but we have a good mix of people that come, work, and interact with one another,” Ventures Park CEO, Nkechi Oguchi said. As per Aina, the ‘multidisciplinary’ idea of the local area is “really important to creating a vibrant ecosystem”
Prioritising the tech ecosystem must grow beyond Lagos in Nigeria
In any case, why Abuja, and not Lagos, which is the focal point of tech action in Nigeria and where Ventures Platform has a “extremely dynamic” local area? Oguchi clarifies that the organization accepts that ability is all over, yet the opportunity isn’t equitably appropriated.
“On the off chance that everybody kept on zeroing in on Lagos, we’d pass up abilities in different pieces of Nigeria,” she said. “We picked Abuja to oblige the local area and construct the biological system here and since we dispatched, we’ve seen genuine improvement in the tech movement.”
As per Aina, Ventures Platform, since its dispatch, has been intentional about needing to open doors in Abuja and the more extensive northern locale of the country. “Numerous years after the fact, the environment in Abuja and northern Nigeria has developed fundamentally and we’re glad to have been important for that cycle.”
There is a plan for everyone at Venutres Park
Venture Park offers distinctive free and paid enrollment plans for individuals hoping to utilize the grounds, including minimal expense alternatives from as low as N1,500 ($2.7).
“We see how significant it is for individuals to work with spending plans,” Oguchi said. “Organizations can book a space for a few hour meeting and we likewise have a few enrollment plans for people and new businesses.”
In the wake of dispatching its second innovation hub, Ventures Platform is thinking about associations that could see it extend across Africa, as per Oguchi.
“The work we do at Ventures Platform is pan-African, and the work that Ventures Park does as a part of that vision is really important,” she said. “We want to continue to support entrepreneurs with the physical spaces and programmes Ventures Park offers.”