TO BE CONNECTED NIGERIA
To-Be-Connected Nigeria is a project and business platform that aims to mobilize the talents, innovations, research and creativity of Nigerians for collaboration and commercialization with the local and global industry. The present day world relies on an economy that enjoys a symbiotic relationship between the town and the gown. In Nigeria, research development and talent promotion remain a mirage. The traditional convention of institutions to institutions linkages by silo structures within government agencies in the country led to a major gap that hinders research and innovations from thriving . To- Be-Connected Nigeria and it’s African partners will break these barriers comprehensively by connecting individuals to institutions and vice versa.
IDEAS & INNOVATION OUTSIDE ACADEMIC ENVIRONMENT
The general perception in Nigeria is that viable innovations only come from academic institutions and knowledge repositories. The world’s greatest technology founders; Micheal Dell, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Zuckerberg, etc dropped out of college to pursue the crystallization of their burning ideas. To-Be- Connected Nigeria will promote research assets from within and outside the academic sphere.
Apart from research and innovation, To-Be-Connected will provide physical and virtual platforms. These will facilitate linkages for athletes, creative artists, authors, breakthrough in medicine, software development, energy etc. This initiative will also trigger peer review of successful projects and enable cross exchange of competencies from within and outside the country for commercialization. Academic pursuits and other potentials will be designed to target the needs and requirements of industry(s), thus creating employment and economic opportunities for generally the younger generation.
To-Be-Connected Nigeria will establish links with Nigerian Copyrights Commission and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) based in Geneva to protect and patent Nigeria’s intellectual and innovation assets. To-Be-Connected project is created to be financially independent. Our revenue stream flows from royalties of successful connection contract closure(s) this with time, is expected to happen everyday and eventually every hour considering the enormous opportunities currently untapped in our country and continent. Percentage of our revenues will be channeled to supporting technology incubation as well as provide seed capital to kick start innovative ideas.
In a nutshell, our platform with treasure of professionals from multiple disciplines from within and outside the country will facilitate an ethical transaction of ideas for the mutual benefit of the industry that requires those ideas and the authentic owners of those ideas.
PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATIONS
To boost the realization of TBCN’s core development objectives, we have already created partnerships and collaborations with major global technology companies; prominent amongst them are Silicon Valley Forum and Plug and Play all based out of California, USA. These partnerships enable us to continue to project and accelerate Information Technology startups within our Ecosystem. The sector by sector connection drive remains the hallmark of our business vision.