Connect Nigeria SME-eBusiness Fair 2018: The Countdown Has Begun


On the 3rd of February 2018, Connect Nigeria will again be hosting its SME-eBusiness fair. This annual event, which is the largest gathering of micro, small and medium scale enterprises on the African continent, will take place at Eko Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The SME-eBusiness fair presents entrepreneurs with a unique opportunity to learn the skills they need to grow their businesses in today’s tech-driven world. Since its inception in 2011, the event has empowered thousands of business owners, start-ups founders, and aspiring entrepreneurs, enabling them to fast-track the growth of their businesses by leveraging the power of technology. In 2018, over 10,000 SMEs will also learn winning business strategies that this edition of the SME-eBusiness fair will provide, and discover the enterprise-transforming tools they need to strengthen and expand into new frontiers of entrepreneurial success.

The SME-eBusiness fair is a two-part event, featuring panel discussions and exhibitions. At the discussion sessions, top business executives, renowned start-up founders and pioneering techpreneurs will share their favourite success strategies and tips from the cutting edge of business and technology. Panellists at past events include Lola Masha, Country Manager, OLX; Angel Fadahunsi, Deputy Director, FIRS; Mark Essien, CEO, Hotels.ng; Nikki Summers, Director of SageOne, East and West Africa; Mai Atafo, Founder, Mai Atafo Inspired (MAI); Paul Ayim, Executive, Phillips Consulting; Godwin Benson, Co-founder and CEO, Tuteria; and so many others.

Businesses will also have the chance to showcase their products and services to thousands of participants at the other segment of the fair which is the exhibition. The event offers those in attendance the opportunity to connect with professionals and leading stakeholders from Nigeria’s major industries, and expand their business networks with high calibre partners and first rate leads.

Sponsors from previous events include Union Bank, Samsung, Microsoft, Google, Rack Centre, Microsoft, GT Bank, MainOne, Stanbic IBTC Bank and many others. These brands, as well as all others that have taken part in past editions of the SME-eBusiness fair, are positive about the event’s effectiveness in yielding immense benefits for participants, exhibitors, and sponsors.

“It’s fantastic,” Akinmade Olufunwa, Head of Retail Liabities at Union Bank, said of a previous fair. “This is one of the best fairs we have had in recent times. Everything had been fantastic. Everywhere is full, and people are really engaged. I think it’s a very good one.”

Similarly, Microsoft’s Olufemi George said, “The quality of execution… the insightful panel discussions and the elaborate showcase of SME oriented products by many exhibitors….showed a high level of efficiency and professionalism. This is the best event I have attended.”

Sponsorship placements and bookings for exhibition booths are now available; attendance is free for participants.

To sponsor, exhibit or register, visit www.connectnigeria.com/bizfair, or call 0700 800 5000.


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