Tunbosun Alake, Special Adviser on Innovation & Technology to Governor Babajide Sanwoolu
The Lagos State Government has said it will domesticate Nigeria Startup Bill in the state to fast-track the growth of the startup ecosystem in the country.
The Special Adviser on Innovation & Technology to Governor Babajide Sanwoolu, Tunbosun Alake, who disclosed this said that domesticating the law at the state level will help the country in its implementation.
According to him, Lagos State is already addressing funding challenges for startups in the state by providing seed funding to leapfrog their ideas. He adds that through the Lagos State Science, Research and Innovation Council (LASRIC), the state government has funded about 60 startups with cash ranging from $9000 to $12,000.
Speaking at the Co-Create 2022 tech expo in Lagos, Alake said: “LASRIC, which started operation in February 2020 to drive innovation in Lagos and Nigeria, has supported about 60 startups with funding ranging from $9,000 to 12,000 and no strings attached money.
“We are doing this because we realized that many startups need that initial seed funding to give them that initial runway. Some venture capitals may not be willing to fund their ideas at that stage, but the government being an enabler, is able to look at your idea and give you that initial funding for you to prepare your business for a major funder to come in. We have been doing that in the last two years, and some of our startups have been able to raise much larger funds from private investors.”
“Currently, we are also trying to domesticate the Nigeria startup bill for Lagos state because going by the federal system we operate in Nigeria; each state is jurisdiction on its own. And for state actors to be able to implement some of the provisions of the law, they themselves have to domesticate,” he added.
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