As part of our commitment to education and capacity development in Nigeria, the team at Platform Capital played host to the Vice-Chancellors of two of Nigeria’s foremost tertiary institutions, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) and Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe of University of Lagos (UNILAG) on Sunday July 19th 2020 at the Platform Capital offices in Victoria Island, Lagos.
The meeting was held to discuss the areas of synergy between academia and industry, focusing on technology, business education and entrepreneurship. During the conversations, Dr. Akintoye Akindele, Chairman, Platform Capital Group reaffirmed the firm’s commitment to promoting education as a catalyst for economic and national development. This commitment has informed our partnership with the University of Lagos. Phase one of the infrastructure development work we began there has been completed I.e. the refurbishment of lecture halls and installation of state-of-the-art technology including fibre data link, interactive white boards, sound systems and furniture needed for digital learning. It is the first of its type and will be replicated in other universities across the country. The second phase of the work is currently ongoing and will be completed by September.
Dr. Akindele further expanded on the need for businesses and industries to spring out from the university ecosystem; a model that has worked successfully in other university communities in other parts of the world, such as Stanford University, Harvard University and others. Platform Capital and Unicorn Group are keen to invest in the transformative ideas that emanate from the students and lecturers, by providing mentoring, exposure, partnerships, handholding and access to funding. This will create an ecosystem of companies that can go on to boost the economic position and strength of the universities and further change the African narrative.
Our partnership with OAU will replicate what we have done in the University of Lagos, and see us do the following:
1) The refurbishment of lecture halls and installation of ultra-modern audio-visual equipment
2) Collaboration with international education partners e.g. Silicon Valley Business School
3) Unlock the university’s entrepreneurship centre and initiatives
4) Introduction of robotics.
5) Bring 30 talented African founders to Ife through the Unicorn Incubation Programme
By achieving the above, we will not only support the vision of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede but create a bridge between the 2 universities to facilitate collaborations and partnerships on ideas and programmes, towards changing the educational landscape in Nigeria.
To further enhance the quality of education delivered at the two institutions, with real-world experience and world-class learning, Dr. Akindele also announced the provision of internship opportunities to students of both universities at some of Platform Capital’s portfolio companies in Nigeria and internationally such as Duport, NIBRA and Koniku.
In attendance at the event were Abiodun Olanrewaju, Public Relations Officer, OAU; Gbolahan Ogunajo, Alumni Relations Officer, OAU; Gbogboade Akindele, Director, Platform Capital; Tosin Odusanya, Director, Platform Capital; Dr. Ponmile Osibo, Partner, Platform Capital; and Sharon Adaigbe, PR Manager, Platform Capital.