Training of Nigerian startups and incubators for the International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Last week, I had the opportunity to take selected startups, incubators and businesses within the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Nigeria on a 2-day training.

Under the auspices of the MATCH, an initiative funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) – UN.

The training hinged on principles, practices and partnerships to scale-up their businesses to Europe. I took the participants on topics such as Innovation, Market segmentation, Problem solving, Stakeholder Management, Result-Based Management, Public-Private Partnerships, Sustainability, pathways to international expansion.

I’m glad to see that strategic followup engagements are already being discussed to position these vibrant Nigerian ecosystem players within the European market especially MATCH focused countries.

Thanks to IOM for the opportunity to have contributed in supporting these startups and incubators at providing highly skilled talents to private sector companies whose needs for qualified staff cannot be satisfied by the offer available on the EU labour market as captured in MATCH’s mandate.

Abiodun Odunuga

International Development Management Consultant

Abiodun is an international business development consultant. Having acquired over 10 years of experience in the field of sustainability, entrepreneurship and international development, Abiodun has developed and worked on projects with organizations such as the World Bank, European Union, United Nations, Africa Development Bank, and The Commonwealth across Africa and Europe.

He holds a Masters in Development Practice degree from Sciences Po, Paris. He consulted for AfricaWorks – the leading Pan-African coworking company the Head of Partnerships and Programs. He is the Co-Founder and Vice President of Friends of Nigeria – a foremost diaspora organization headquartered in France that fosters socioeconomic relations between Europe and Nigeria.

Abiodun is also the project manager for the Nigeria France Tech Initiative (NFTI) launched by the Embassy of Nigeria, Paris amidst stakeholders such as the French Development Agency (AFD) and the Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) to support the tech ecosystem between France and Nigeria. He brings his wealth of experience in training, project management, fundraising and business development to consult for various international organizations focusing on Africa as it relates to investment opportunities, supporting startups, and empowering small and medium scale enterprises. He regularly consults for various government agencies and States in Nigeria as well as French agencies on economic initiatives in Agriculture, Digital Technology and Industry.

Abiodun is a lecturer and faculty member in Paris Graduate School in France as well as the American International University, West Africa in the Gambia. He is an ambassador for the MATCH – a 36‐month initiative funded by the European Union (EU) aimed at providing highly skilled talents from Africa (Nigeria) to private sector companies whose needs for qualified staff cannot be satisfied by the offer available on the EU labour market.

Abiodun is a frequent global conference speaker and sits on the board of many organizations. He is an ardent believer in the prowess of the diaspora in contributing to the sustainable development of Nigeria.

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