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UK launches varsity entrepreneurship hub in Lagos

By Ngozi Egenuka
09 December 2021   |   3:30 am
The British Deputy High Commissioner in Lagos, Ben Llewellyn-Jones, has launched the London School of Economics (LSE) Generate Nigeria Entrepreneurship Hub in Lagos.

The British Deputy High Commissioner in Lagos, Ben Llewellyn-Jones, has launched the London School of Economics (LSE) Generate Nigeria Entrepreneurship Hub in Lagos.

The initiative will assist students and alumni to launch socially responsible businesses. LSE’s pool of mentors, sector experts and international innovation network will also help in providing support to students and alumni developing entrepreneurial ventures.

Director, LSE, Baroness Minouche Shafik, said: “Our focus is on supporting socially responsible business start-ups and exploring how social sciences can enhance innovation ecosystem.”

Shafik added that the hub will provide programmes of entrepreneurial initiatives, tailored to serve local needs through event series, business skills clinics, mentoring, female founder retreats, among others, to equip entrepreneurs with skills and knowledge to build impactful businesses.

British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing CB, while expressing delight over the launch of the hub in Lagos, said the hub will provide an LSE generate corporate entrepreneurship certification, a five-day residential intensive programme, which offers senior business leaders across Nigeria an opportunity to advance their skills in entrepreneurial thinking, innovation and business through the school’s world class network of global educators and practitioners.

It will also provide a business incubator programme for Godfrey Okoye University start-ups powered through a grant from the British Council.

The initiative, which will officially open in February 2022, will consist of a physical co-working and residential space.