As a means to fostering Entrepreneurship Ecosystem growth and development in Nigeria, FATE Foundation (FATE) is hosting its 2nd Annual Policy Dialogue Series on Entrepreneurship on Thursday, the 29th of September, 2016 at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos by 10.00am with the theme “Nurturing Public & Private Sector Collaboration for Entrepreneurship Growth and Development in Nigeria”. The key highlight of this programme is the presentation of Key Findings from Nigeria’s Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Mapping Research.

Since 2000, FATE Foundation has been at the forefront of providing business knowledge; mentoring and enterprise support for aspiring and emerging Nigerian entrepreneurs. In line with its mission of fostering wealth creation by promoting business and entrepreneurial activities in Nigeria, FATE last year expanded its focus to cover research, policy dialogue and policy advocacy around key issues in entrepreneurship in Nigeria.

FATE’s inaugural policy dialogue initiatives last year focused on distilling key Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) policy structures and frameworks required to see the MSME sector develop. This year, discussions will focus on highlighting and framing the key building blocks required to create synergies and collaboration between the public, private and development sectors in Nigeria in order to enhance the development of sustainable and impact-driven businesses in Nigeria. To provide context for the policy discussions, there will be a presentation of the key findings from the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem mapping research which was developed with the support of KPMG Nigeria and Ford Foundation.

The Panel discussants are: Rocio Fonseca, Executive Director, Startup ChileAisha Abubakar, Honourable Minister of State, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Nigeria; Akintunde Oyebode, Executive Secretary, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund; Bosun Tijani, Founder and CEO, CcHUB; and Bisi Lamikanra, Partner/Head, Management Consulting, KPMG Nigeria.

Key policy dialogue themes and recommendations from the dialogue will be incorporated into the Final Report on Nigeria’s Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Mapping research and will be launched in the last quarter, 2016. Expected at the programme are about 200 private and public stakeholders who play key roles in Nigeria’s Entrepreneurship Ecosystem such as Entrepreneurship Education, Business Support, Policy, Funding, Research and Innovation.