In a bid to bolster cloud computing in Nigeria, Microsoft is collaborating with Fate Foundation and Mara Mentor on a Cloudpreneur Project that will train 100 Nigerian start-ups.
Of the 100 start-ups, 20 will later be provided with mentorship to manage and sustain their own Cloud-based businesses.
The Project will be open to 1 000 applicants who have been in business for one to three years.From these applications, 100 successful participants will be chosen. These participants will receive a four-week long training on business management, including training on: sales, technology, entrepreneurship, marketing, communication and start-ups management. Following this, 30 of these 100 participants will be provided with startup models and, finally, the top 20 performers will be mentored on how tobuild their own Cloud-based business.
Speaking on the project, Kabelo Makwane, Managing Director of Microsoft Nigeria, said; “Microsoft is committed to improving youth skills for both entrepreneurship and employability across Africa. Our efforts in Nigeria started with the launch of the Employability Portal in 2013, which provides a platform for youth to learn leadership skills and network with other leaders. Now through the Cloudpreneur Project, we hope to enable and empower young business owners, so that they can contribute to the social and economic growth of Nigeria.”
According to him, “Cloud technology has the potential to transform competitiveness amongst startups and SMEs, which is why we’re encouraging adoption of the Cloud through this Project,”
Also speaking, Habiba Balogun an Executive Director at Fate Foundation said “Fate Foundation is delighted to partner and support Microsoft in its Cloudpreneur initiative which aims to empower entrepreneurs in the Tech-related business.
We commend Microsoft for being part of enabling wealth creation in Nigeria.” She said.