Celebrating Entrepreneurship and Innovation: A Recap of i-FAIR’s 3rd Cohort Closing Event

On the 4th of April, 2024, the auditorium of Innov8 Hub buzzed, as it played host to the closing event of the 3rd Cohort of i-FAIR. i-FAIR, an initiative spearheaded by the Embassy of the State of Israel in Nigeria and Innov8 Hub, aims to empower Nigerian entrepreneurs and venture owners by providing comprehensive support to elevate their ventures. Through i-FAIR, participants receive assistance in refining their business models and advancing their technological capabilities. This support network includes collaboration with seasoned mentors and experts from Israel and Nigeria, ensuring a holistic approach to nurturing entrepreneurial endeavors.

The Opening of the Closing Event

DCM and Consul of Israel in Nigeria, Inbar Lipman Garden, extended a heartfelt welcome to the attendees, setting the tone for a momentous occasion. This was followed up by a captivating speech by the Ambassador of the State of Israel in Nigeria, His Excellency, Michael Freeman. Goodwill messages were followed by representatives from top government organizations. 

Reflections and Success Stories

Amidst the ambiance, the journey of i-FAIR was relayed through a captivating recap documentary, encapsulating the transformative impact of i-FAIR. Success stories of i-FAIR fellows illuminated the stage, illustrating the power of mentorship and technological empowerment in propelling Nigerian entrepreneurs and innovators towards excellence.

Visionary Dialogue

A highlight of the event was the dialogue on “Nigeria’s Vision for Digital Entrepreneurship and Innovation,” featuring Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, founder of Future Africa, in conversation with the Honorable Minister of Communication, Innovation, and Digital Economy, Dr. Bosun Tijani. Their exchange shed light on Nigeria’s aspirations for digital transformation and the pivotal role of entrepreneurship in driving socioeconomic progress.

Celebrating Achievements

The stage came alive as participants shared their i-FAIR journeys, each receiving well-deserved accolades and certificates for their dedication and accomplishments. From agricultural innovation to technological breakthroughs, the diversity of ventures showcased the breadth of entrepreneurial talent nurtured by i-FAIR.

Inspiring Showcase Exhibition

Following the formal proceedings, the arena at Innov8 Hub, transformed into a showcase, where prototypes and projects from the 3rd i-FAIR cohort captivated attendees. From sustainable solutions to disruptive innovations, the exhibition embodied the spirit of creativity and ingenuity fostered by i-FAIR.

Pitching for the Future

The event concluded with a dynamic pitching session, where participants pitched their visions with passion and conviction as they unveiled their ideas, seeking validation and support from the appraising audience.

Looking Ahead

As the curtains closes on the 3rd cohort of i-FAIR, the echoes of inspiration and collaboration lingered in the air. Participants departed with a renewed sense of purpose, poised to chart new frontiers in entrepreneurship and innovation. As we reflect on this momentous occasion, let us carry forth the spirit of i-FAIR, forging pathways to a future brimming with promise and prosperity.


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