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Empowering women to pursue innovation

A conference designed to encourage female student entrepreneurs has been held in Lagos, DANIEL ESSIET reports.

Founder, AWP Network, Mary Olushoga, is a United States-based start-up coach working for the advancement of women.

She prepares undergraduates aspiring to found or join a startup firm to gain deep understanding of the central challenges and choices innovators face in developing their ventures.

She does this through workshops and fora, where students and aspiring entrepreneurs learn how to use best practices to design and implement ventures for impact and scale, and learn about leadership and the financial resources needed for a new enterprise.

Today, she supports a community of talented, ambitious women who could share vital information with one another to accelerate their progress in business.

She was in Lagos to share her thoughts on the importance of innovation-driven entrepreneurship and the women who have made it.

She listed the women to include Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, Tomi Otudeko, Saudat Salami, Odunayo Eweniyi, Adia Sowho and Tomi Otudeko.

For more women to succeed, she observed that the government must create entrepreneurial sufficient entrepreneurial ecosystem that will encourage more women to go into innovative entrepreneurship.

She was also the moderator at the just-concluded African Women in Technology (AWIT) conference in Lagos.

The event hosted women innovators from various fields aimed at encouraging student entrepreneurs.

A common theme at the event was the importance of doing more than just thinking about technological disruption and how to use technologies to infiltrate and yield the outcomes from the society that Nigerians want. The conference highlighted the key role technology-based innovation could play in fostering growth and to help identify evidence-based solutions.

Learning Design & EdTech expert, Simi Lawoyin noted that innovation and artificial intelligence provide more robust environments for turning new ideas into sustainable businesses.

A software expert, Blessing Malumi,  said innovating in any sector requires a keen understanding of artificial intelligence technology.

She stressed the need for youths to explore transformational technologies and pursue business opportunities.

AWIT is a network of women who are redefining the technology space in Africa.

Founded by Anie Akpe, it has become a platform for technological advancement in Africa and beyond.

The AWITconference has held in Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique and the United States in 2016 and has touched the lives of over 1000  women.

Since its inception, the conference has received been sponsored by Google, Flutterwave, Renmoney, Ibom LLC, Innov8tiv, ABAN Angels, among others.

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