Wole Odetayo

Co-founder and executive director of Wennovation Hub, Nigeria

Co-founder and executive director of Wennovation Hub, Nigeria

Wole Odetayo

Biography

Wole Odetayo is passionate about developing and supporting innovative solutions to socioeconomic and environmental challenges. He believes that good businesses can always be made out of social innovations for the common good. He is the co-founder and executive director of Wennovation Hub, a pioneer innovation accelerator in Nigeria, which focuses on social impact and job creation in the education, agriculture, healthcare and infrastructure sectors.

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Since business incubation/acceleration initiatives, especially in agriculture, are new to Africa, the adoption and the consistent recording and analysis of their impact is still work in progress. Prompted by youth employment or under-unemployment, incubator/accelerators chiefly support youth entrepreneurship development - from the ideation/innovation phase to assisting more seasoned enterprises seeking support for faster expansion.

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Africa is a continent that is so rich and yet so poor. For too long, this has been blamed on bad leadership, corruption and political instability. Yet, history suggests that African countries have had bright pasts, notably in Nigeria where revenue generated from agriculture has single-handedly funded the construction of the foremost tertiary institutions and industries. Agriculture’s contribution to the past, the present, and the future of the African economy can never be overemphasised.

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