TechQuest Partners With ICEALEX To Boost Nigeria-Egypt Digital Innovation Leveraging AfCFTA

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  • The Founder of TechQuest STEM Academy, Charles Emembolu disclosed that both organisations will also be collaborating on the Digital Innovation Hub (DIH) concepts. The DIH model is a robustly designed one stop shop that offers innovation and digitalisation support services to MSMEs and Startups especially in the Smart Cities specialization with a focus on Sustains Agriculture, Smart Mobility and Healthcare. He said there are many of these digital innovation hubs in the world today, of which ICEALEX secured a slot for Africa.

This partnership takes advantage of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) for the collaboration between TechQuest STEM Academy, a non-profit organisation that provides education technology content, tools and resources for talent development and ICEALEX, an Egypt-based innovation hub.

“The partnership will focus on supporting startups and tech talent across both countries in the areas of market readiness, market access, corporate innovation models under a twinning concept.

This collaboration will see proven innovation and technology concepts adapted for West and North Africa with multi country beneficiaries.”, said Dr. Itoro Emembolu, a Director at TechQuest.

“The essence of the partnership between TechQuest and ICEALEX is to support our innovation processes for startups and MSMEs from the ideation stage, building a bridge across Africa, bringing excellence to our respective countries and to the people that we serve in the area of innovation,” she said after the signing of the partnership in Lagos.

Speaking about the collaboration, the Founder of ICEALEX, Ahmed Bastawy, ICEALEX, noted that he is happy to close out the partnership discussion that commenced during the AfriLabs annual gathering earlier this year at Lusaka, Zambia.

He believes the partnership will help develop a lot of talents to build business and technology capacity for Nigerians and Egyptians.


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