Diamond Bank has thrown its weight behind the federal governments entrepreneurship development programme aimed at empowering the youth.
The programme tagged the Aso Villa Demo Day is intended to encourage economic diversification, celebrate creativity and innovation by young Nigerians.
In a release by the Bank, the vice president Prof Yemi Osinbajo said the federal government was discussing the possibility of a partnership with Facebook in a bid to improve the Information Communication Technology connectivity in Africa and expressed the Government’s resolve to anchor the Country’s development around energy, innovation and creativity of its young people.
Three of the 30 start-up businesses earlier shortlisted in Lagos, Port-Harcourt and Abuja were eventually selected and given a cash prize of N3 million each.
Addressing the select start-ups, the Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg said it was inspiring to see what Nigerian youths have been able to do with technology.
He said “This has really blown me away by the talent of the entrepreneurs and young developers in this country, particularly by the focus to build something that’s going to make a difference and bring change. This is not going to be better for Nigeria and Africa alone, but the whole world. I am blown away by what you are doing. I believe in you. I’m looking forward to seeing what you do.”
The Presidency created the platform of the “Aso Villa Demo Day” in order to boost technology and encourage innovative ideas and had previously selected the top 30 Nigerians among the hundreds that pitched at three different events in Lagos, Abuja and Port-Harcourt in June.
The events were held in Lagos on June 23rd, Abuja on June 25, and Port-Harcourt on June 29, 2016.
The 30 selected Nigerians were finally hosted at the Presidency and participating Nigerian youths presented their ideas and solutions for technology, agriculture, communications, power, fashion and entertainment which revealed their talents, skills and critical thinking.