Honeywell Group partners with Lagos Innovate to develop young entrepreneurs

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Honeywell Group (HGL), an investment holding company, has partnered with the Lagos State Government to support the growth of one of Africa’s most exciting tech ecosystems.

Lagos Innovates is the technology arm of the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF).

In a statement on Wednesday, HGL said the partnership will be executed through a talent development program under “Lagos Innovates” – a training project designed to facilitate the process of creating a thriving tech start-up in the state.

The initiative aims to provide tools for young techpreneurs to build successful start-ups within the state and has received support from HGL for over three consecutive years. One of the main objectives of the program is to help young people in Lagos State who are qualified to learn the skills needed to compete in today’s global marketplace.

Commenting on the partnership, Tomi Otudeko, Head of Corporate Services, Honeywell Group, said, “Creating long-term value for Nigeria and its people has always been at the core of the Honeywell Group mission.

“We are invested in impacting our communities, and the Lagos tech ecosystem is teeming with ideas that can revolutionize the way we think and operate as a society. We also understand that these young minds need support to access the tools and people needed to develop their ideas. It is our duty to support them in every way possible.

“We are thrilled to meet these new faces in technology and to partner with Lagos State and Lagos Innovates to facilitate the path to success.”

Also commenting on the program, Teju Abisoye, Executive Secretary of LSETF, said: “We are delighted to partner with the Honeywell Group to develop a talent pool of technology entrepreneurs who can compete favorably with their peers around the world and improve the results in the technology ecosystem. .

“LSETF and Honeywell Group are committed to ensuring young people are equipped to drive the growing tech ecosystem in Lagos and Nigeria as a whole, in addition to positioning themselves for the gig economy. Through this partnership, we hope to cement Lagos’ position as the premier destination for start-ups in Africa. We look forward to seeing the impact of training on job creation.

The company added that the talent development program would help increase investment attraction and ultimately the survival rates of Lagos-based start-ups.

“In partnership with HGL, Lagos Innovates is supporting capacity development in Lagos State by facilitating access to an integrated development environment (IDE) or technology-driven entrepreneurship content and programming,” did he declare.

“The training, which will be spread over 24 weeks, will include courses on full-stack development with JavaScript (React JS, NodeJs, Express and MongoDB + API Development); full-stack development for mobile applications (React Native, API Development); Python programming for the web and data science (PYTHON OOP, DJANGO & Data Science); frontend design and engineering: (UI/UX, HTML, CSS, ES6 & React JS); full-stack web development, and others.

TERMS

  • Applicants must be residents of Lagos State (with LASRRA) between the ages of 22 and 45
  • NYSC completed at time of application.

After successful completion of two training sessions under the program, the third is scheduled to start in July 2022 and applications are open to all Lagos-based individuals.

Interested candidates can apply and select courses and training partners at www.lagosinnovates.ng.

The program’s training partners include Skill Paddy, The Nest, DesignU, GOMYCODE, Seed Builders Innovation Hub, Slate Cube, Softwork Freelance Network, Unnivelcity, Dataleum and Torilo Academy.

HGL said successful applicants will be announced in July after a two-week screening and selection process by the program’s steering committee.

In line with one of its core goals to help develop the next generation of pioneering African businesses, Honeywell Group said it has been investing in the initiative for more than three years and has a long-standing partnership with LSETF.

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