The Nigerian tech industry is experiencing a surge of startups across various sectors. Yet, despite the promise shown by many of these startups, a significant number of them have failed due to a lack of planning and risk management strategies. Recently, industry leaders gathered at the African TechEnt1:0 conference in Lagos to address these issues and offer solutions to tech entrepreneurs.
The conference was organized by the People Capacity Management Business Academy and attracted industry leaders from the Nigerian tech ecosystem. Its aim was to explore ways to mitigate risks for long-term business investments in tech startups across Nigeria and Africa. One of the keynote speakers, Victor Adebayo, founder of Diversity Talent Management Limited, spoke on the importance of shamelessly copying successful policies and implementing them to achieve business goals. In fact, Adebayo highlighted the Nigerian Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) as an example of a policy that can be applied to business protection.
However, Adebayo also cautioned against adopting new technologies without considering the working environment, market, and time. He emphasized the importance of proper documentation to ensure accountability and avoid ambiguities. Furthermore, he stressed that businesses must align their values with the laws of the land to avoid legal issues.
The conference also discussed the importance of collaboration and partnership between startups and established businesses. In his keynote address, Olugbenga Agboola, CEO of Flutterwave, emphasized the importance of startups partnering with established businesses to scale up their operations. Startups have the agility and innovation to disrupt the market, while established businesses have the resources and expertise to support startups in the scaling process.
Agboola also stressed the importance of startups focusing on solving real problems that are relevant to the market. Many startups fail because they do not meet the needs of their target customers. To succeed, startups must identify real problems and develop innovative solutions.
The African TechEnt1:0 conference provided valuable insights into the ways Nigerian and African tech startups can mitigate risks in long-term business investment. By copying successful policies, applying data protection regulations, and considering the working environment, market, and time before adopting new technologies, startups can succeed in the long-term. Proper documentation and aligning business values with the laws of the land are also important for accountability and legality.
With effective risk management strategies and collaboration with established businesses, Nigerian and African tech startups can thrive and contribute to the growth of the tech ecosystem in the region. The conference served as a reminder of the importance of collaboration, innovation, and risk management in building successful businesses. The future looks bright for tech startups in Nigeria and Africa, and with the right strategies in place, they can make a significant impact in the tech industry.