Our annual scaleup entrepreneurship forum – Catalysing Conversations 2019 was a success, thanks to our sponsors, media partners, speakers and guests. We look forward to making Catalysing Conversations 2020 bigger and better! The event featured dynamic TED-style talks and intimate fireside chats on innovation and high-impact entrepreneurship, hosted by Atedo N.A. Peterside (CON) and other members of the Board of Endeavor Nigeria.
Once a year, Catalysing Conversations will bring together Nigeria’s most exciting high-impact entrepreneurs, influential business leaders and forward-thinking policy-makers for inspiration, learning and networking to explore themes of high-impact entrepreneurship, innovation, high-growth companies and entrepreneur-led economic development.
This year, Catalysing Conversations featured Efosa Ojomo as Guest Speaker. Efosa is an author and international speaker, and the Global Prosperity Lead at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation. Along with Professor Clayton Christensen (Harvard Business School’s Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration and author of 12 best-selling books, including New York Times Bestseller, ‘How Will You Measure Your Life?’), Efosa recently co-authored his ground-breaking and best-selling book, ‘The Prosperity Paradox: How Innovation Can Lift Nations Out of Poverty’.
Drawing from business theories and insights explored in the book, Mr. Ojomo illustrated the transformative power of market-creating innovations (distinct from other kinds of innovation in entrepreneurship). Citing successful and pioneering examples from countries as diverse as the USA, Japan, South Korea, Nigeria, Rwanda, Kenya, India, Argentina and Mexico, and using a compelling mix of business history, development economics and storytelling, chart an entrepreneurship-led path to Nigeria’s economic development and prosperity.
Catalysing Conversations also featured four inspiring Endeavor Entrepreneurs – bold founders that are leading some of the most exciting high-growth scaleup companies in Nigeria and building our country’s future large companies. Drawn from Endeavor’s diligently-selected, global network of over 1,900 high-impact founders, Bukky George (HealthPlus), Etop Ikpe (Cars45), GB Agboola (Flutterwave) and Kene Okwuosa (FilmHouse) shared compelling and candid journey stories of the triumphs and challenges of navigating scaleup company growth in Nigeria, as well as their visions, to not only Go Big, but to Pay-It-Forward for the next generation of high-impact entrepreneurs.
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