In readiness towards the Startup Port Harcourt week scheduled to commence on the 20th of October, the Startup Port Harcourt Innovation tour commenced yesterday the 14th of October.

The Startup Port Harcourt Innovation tour is organized by the startup Port Harcourt team to celebrate spaces that add value to Port Harcourt’s digital and creative economy, three out of over Twenty hubs/incubation centers and startup friendly restaurants and coffee shops in Port Harcourt were visited.

RIV Tech Creek

The Tour commenced with a visit to the Rivers State ICT department popularly known as RIV Tech Creek, Founded and financed by the state government, and managed by Cinfores.

Startup Port Harcourt Week 2019 - Riv Tech Creek

On our arrival we were greeted by the team and ushered to a 170-capacity conference hall. There, Meibaka a member of the Tech Creek team did us the honor of giving a detailed presentation about the center. He highlighted the goals, services, success, and future plans of the center.  Most notable among their plans is to create replicas of the center in various local government areas in Rivers State. The center has helped over 2000 individuals gain Technical skills, and successfully incubated two startups (Digital Sprout and House Africa) since their inception in 2018.

Startup Port Harcourt Week 2019 - Riv Tech Creek

Startup Port Harcourt Week 2019 - Riv Tech Creek

After the chat, we took a tour around the facility, which has a conference room, 6 training halls, a co-working space, an open cafe, and, a cafeteria.

 

Startup Port Harcourt Week 2019- Riv Tech Creek

Startup Port Harcourt Week 2019 - Riv Tech Creek

Startup Port Harcourt Week 2019 - Riv Tech Creek

Startup Port Harcourt Week 2019 - Riv Tech Creek

Startup Port Harcourt Week 2019 - Riv Tech Creek

Fun fact the training halls are named after the Rivers in the state.

Renaissance Innovation Labs

At renaissance innovation labs, we were welcomed by the founder and CEO and Co-Founder Dumo Dede. We hadn’t fully settled in but could feel the energy and enthusiasm of this young founder.

Startup Port Harcourt Week 2019- Renaissance Innovation Labs

Startup Port Harcourt Week 2019 - Renaissance Innovation Labs

The lab is barely two months old but they are set to “Re-Imagine Africa” and conquer the future. He enlightened us on what drives the lab and what their goal is, he stated that their focus is on solving problems (that is they at the core, identify local problems within the education, construction and commerce industry, figure out how to solve them, and develop solutions to these problems).

He noted that they currently have foreign partnerships with two US firms, creating solutions around peer to peer insurance and a Geographical Information System. They also intend to commence their RIL fellowship which aims at bringing diverse individuals together to create solutions.

He introduced us to his amazing team.

Startup Port Harcourt Week 2019 - Renaissance Innovation Labs

Startup Port Harcourt Week 2019 - Renaissance Innovation Labs

Strategic Hub

This hub has helped incubate start-ups creating solutions in the recycling and  FMCG industry. They provide Training, business consulting, and digital strategy services and have a goal to provide assistance to startups across Africa.

Startup Port Harcourt Week 2019 - Strategic Hub

Adeosun Sheriff Temitope who is the founder and CEO, shed light on what they do at the hub, stating that they are focused on start-ups in any industry as long as they do good business and are ready to grow their startup. He also added that they are currently working towards expanding to Kaduna before the end of the year. He took us around their training halls and Coworking spaces.

Startup Port Harcourt Week 2019 - Strategic Hub

Startup Port Harcourt Week 2019 - Strategic Hub

Startup Port Harcourt Week 2019 - Strategic Hub

The startup ecosystem is alive, and these hubs are helping them breath. Over the next few days, as we meet with these enablers, we look forward to gathering insight on all available resources locally and globally that is providing, or could provide support to Startups in Port Harcourt.

Below are the contact details of these Hubs, if you seek to partner with them;

RIV Tech Creek
Port Harcourt-Aba Expressway opposite The Pleasure Park, Airforce Junction

Renaissance Innovation Labs, Institute of Technology
No 1 Kabbo Close, Suite M12, 3rd Floor Mattano Complex, G.U Ake New Airport Road, Eliozu, Port Harcourt

Strategic Hub,
Fonte House (Behind MRS Filling Station) First Artillery Junction, Aba Road Port Harcourt

Remember this year’s theme? “From Oil to Tech, Preparing for the Future” Port Harcourt is surely ready to diversify and empower more individuals for economic growth, sustenance, and innovation. Keeping the energy up for today’s tour. You can learn more about the events of Startup Port Harcourt Week here 

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