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Workshop Seeks To Promote Entrepreneurial Women in Nigeria

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Posted: May 25, 2016 at 1:07 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Nkasiobi Oluikpe


Lagos – The U.S. Department of State’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative, in collaboration with the U.S. Consulate in Lagos, kicked off a networking workshop for 25 science and technology entrepreneurs to promote women’s access to entrepreneurship resources.

This workshop in Lagos (GIST Women’s Village Workshops), organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), is one in a series of workshops to be held throughout Africa in 2016.

The two-day workshop witnessed the presence of science and technology entrepreneurs, who learnt how to network, build successful entrepreneurship ecosystems, and leveraging on resources to benefit women entrepreneurs. Each entrepreneur was challenged to increase awareness and provide access for about 60 of their fellow women entrepreneurs by teaching them what they have learnt within 6 months of completing the workshop. They are expected to expand the reach.

In her opening remark, Public Affairs Officer, Dehab Ghebreab said: “The entrepreneurship ecosystem in Lagos is developing and we see a great deal of interest from women who are eager to enhance their capacity.  In partnership with various organizations, we have recently supported workshops for women in computer coding, business acumen, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.  We are delighted to support the GIST Women’s Village Workshop in Lagos.”

The GIST Women’s Village Workshop is an important forum for the entrepreneurship community in Nigeria to empower its science and technology innovators through networking and skills building, and showing support to those who have the confidence to take the risks necessary to turn their ideas to reality.

Launched in 2011, GIST is led by the U.S. Department of State.  GIST focuses on empowering young science and technology innovators through capacity building, mentoring, and networking.

This series of GIST Women’s Village Workshops is implemented by AAAS, the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals.  GIST launched the GIST Network to expand its reach and improve access to financing, mentorship, and provide a strong peer community to the most connected generation of entrepreneurs in history. Go to to sign up and become part of GIST Network.