The Star Network Conference is an exposure conference series on innovation and entrepreneurship specially designed for the Nigerian tertiary institution startup ecosystem, in a bid to urge students to be problem solvers (job creators not job seekers), enlighten them about best practices in business management, and support their businesses in ways possible.
There would be 10 editions of the Star Network Conference for this year (S.N.C 2.0- 2.9), at ten different higher institutions.
The conferences would feature entrepreneurs, business executives, industry leaders as speakers in the schools they graduated from. The audience are students of the host tertiary institution, as well as visiting students from other institutions. The S.N.C is aimed at training over 15, 000 students annually through Idea conceptualization and validation, fund raising, business best practices, administration, and resources management.
In one year through the S.N.C, about two hundred youth owned businesses would be taken through a comprehensive incubator/accelerator program by the Intellect9ja and her partners. More than this number have learnt one thing or the other to improve or create their sustainable businesses. Our Sponsors/Partners include private and public organizations, who would be able to trade their quality business enhancement tools/products/services to thousands of existing/upcoming youth-owned businesses through their presence at the various editions of the conference.
The S.N.C is aimed at training over 10, 000 students annually through Idea conceptualization and validation, fund raising, business best practices, administration, and resources management.
Opening Session: The Opening Session shall feature a keynote in the presence of invited guests, as well as a product unveil from the edition sponsor, and special acknowledgement of sponsors, and partners.
Conference: There shall be three panel sessions, each one lasting for one hour. A minimum of three speakers would pick up on each session. The Pitch theatre would be sandwiched between the talk sessions, and there would also be a brief lunch break.
Exhibition: The conferences would feature an exhibition session, where corporate organizations (with quality business tools to support upcoming businesses), as well as student entrepreneurs (to also be given major consideration), would be able to present their products for better outreach and more sales to an overwhelming population student entrepreneurs and business owners from different industries.
Consult Palace: Each conference would have an advisory floor which has two segments, one for startups to seek advice and support for their business from business consultants for free, and another for individuals seeking guidance on the best skill set (tech related) to equip themselves with, and the opportunities that lie abound to make use of the skills they already have.
Pitch theatre: About 20 student entrepreneurs would be picked to pitch their businesses in front of potential investors, Business Consultants, Venture Capitalists etc. The best presentations would be enrolled directly to Intellect9ja’s Enterprise Development Program (EDP), and would also receive support for their businesses in different ways as announced by our sponsors and partners.
YouthHack: A 24 hours design contest would be organized for students of tertiary institution to develop their problem solving skill, and also encourage tech skill acquisition, problem solving innovations amidst students. The hackaton would only be staged at the mega edition.
Youth Award of Excellence: Award Presentation based on merit would be done at the mega edition to reward youths who have been contributed positively to their communities, through their businesses, products, and skills.
Preconference / International Youth Day Commemoration (11th, August, 2017, LASU):
Tagged “9jaYouthInnovationFair”, the event themed “Peace building through innovations in technology communications, and entrepreneurship” would feature a youth plenary (where youths from across the country would discuss the theme, identifying challenges, and charting a progressive way forward), product/skill fair where students and youths from across Nigeria can come around to display their businesses, products, skills, etc. that are instrumental to peace building.
- Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Volunteer / Speak / Participate (Attend/Sponsor/Exhibit)
- Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Volunteer / Speak / Participate (Attend/Sponsor/Exhibit)
- University of Ibadan (U.I) Volunteer / Speak / Participate (Attend/Sponsor/Exhibit)
- University of Ilorin (Unilorin) Volunteer / Speak / Participate (Attend/Sponsor/Exhibit)
- Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) Volunteer / Speak / Participate (Attend/Sponsor/Exhibit)
- Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB) Volunteer / Speak / Participate (Attend/Sponsor/Exhibit)
- Universisity of Lagos (UniLag)- Mega Edition Volunteer / Speak / Participate (Attend/Sponsor/Exhibit)