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Nigeria to open Startup House in San Francisco Tech Hub

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The Nigerian government is making a bold move to establish a stronger presence in the global technology scene. The Federal Executive Council has approved plans to convert an existing government property in San Francisco into the “Nigerian Startup House” – a hub for the country’s digital technology and startup ecosystem.

The minister of communications, innovation and digital economy, Dr. Bosun Tijani, announced that the Startup House will play a critical role in promoting Nigeria’s economic interests, attracting foreign direct investment, and raising the visibility of the nation’s startups to attract funding and expertise from major tech players based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The San Francisco Bay Area and nearby Silicon Valley are globally recognized as a major source of startup funding, with a combined GDP of over $929 billion and home to over 200 of the world’s largest companies,” stated Tijani. He revealed that most of the $1.3 billion raised by Nigerian tech startups in 2023 alone came from venture capital funds in the Bay Area.

While the Startup House will remain under federal government ownership through Tijani’s ministry and the foreign affairs ministry, it will be managed by a consortium of Nigerian digital technology companies providing non-public funding for operations.

The establishment of the hub aligns with the objectives of the Nigeria Startup Act, a joint presidential initiative with the country’s tech ecosystem. The Act aims to create an enabling environment for startups through regulations, incubation hubs, and programs fostering collaboration, mentorship and investment.

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San Francisco has increasingly become a strategic base for Nigerian fintech startups like Flutterwave, Mines, and Chipper Cash as they tap into the area’s vibrant ecosystem of venture capital, talent and partnerships to scale their businesses across Africa and globally.

The Nigerian Startup House could further facilitate such expansion for the nation’s rising startups by hosting community events, investor partnerships, and providing a liaising presence in the world’s leading tech hub. As Nigeria works to position itself as a significant player in global technology, this innovative initiative marks an exciting step forward.

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