VConnect, Nigeria’s largest business search and review website, has announced plans for its maiden conference for small and medium enterprises dubbed ‘SME Conference 1.0’.
Organized in partnership with Facebook, the SME Conference 1.0 is an invite-only one-day event aimed at exposing over 200 small businesses to innovative ways they can power business growth through strategies that startups already take for granted.
According to Meher Melwani, VConnect head of communications, the conference will also expose businesses to the current trends around small business financing.
“Our hypothesis is that more than 70% of small businesses in Nigeria lack access to funding,” said Meher Melwani. “Conversations at SME Conference 1.0 will deep-dive into how small businesses can find innovative ways to get growth funding and the best ways to deploy these funds.”
According to information available to Nigeria CommunicationsWeek, more than a dozen industry masterminds will speak at the event which will feature keynote addresses, panel discussions and masterclasses.
Speaking on the Conference, Jennifer Fong, Strategic Product Partnership manager at Facebook said, the platform will give SMEs instructive ideas for real growth in 2017.
“We are excited about this gathering. Internet tools have made entrepreneurship far easier than it was a few years ago,” said Jennifer. “This conference will bring these SMEs up to speed on the resources and technologies available to them, and we are excited about this kind of empowerment.”
SME Conference 1.0 is organized by VConnect and Facebook. The event date is January 19, 2017. Entry is free, but you have to register, while registration closes on January 17, 2017.