On 20th July 2017 LBAcademy attended the PEI #ScienceAfrica UnConference – ‘Big Ideas for Africa: Celebrating the Continent’s Science and Technology Pioneers’. It was the great Launch of the PEI exChange at Planet Earth Institute’s annual #ScienceAfrica UnConference. PEI exChange, brings people together across roles, sectors and global locations to make their big ideas for Africa a reality.
Gboyega was a workshop leader for the LBAcademy, afternoon slot, which was a thought-provoking discussion about how the UK based Business Growth Hub would support UK tech biz & diaspora startups to expand to Africa. Gboyega emphasised, that the Hub was in it’s infancy and had a 3 year business plan to firstly consolidate in the UK and then expand to provide (digital) Technical services, with Lagos as the first market entry. To quote the Chinese proverb, “The journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step.”
It was an energising and engaging day, full of inspiring people ready to take action. While the issues covered were fairly broad – from investment in research and development to harnessing new technologies – there was a specific focus on fostering innovation on the continent.
It was also an interactive day of panel discussions, workshop sessions and debates on galvanising support for the continent’s science and technology pioneers. Workshops were facilitated by Alison Coward and thanks go to Rt Hon Lord Paul Boateng, PEI Chairman and the organising committee.