Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, has described the Unicorn Group, as a true representation of the Nigerian spirit, for its effort in giving hope and helping to build a new Nigeria.
The Minister expressed delight that the company which is dedicated to the incubation of business ideas, is bringing youths, including those from disadvantaged communities into its ecosystem, adding that it provides education, training, mentorship, infrastructure and long-term capital to entrepreneurs and start-ups businesses through its ecosystem strategy.
”Unicorn is watering the seeds of innovation. Unicorn is showing that impossible is not Nigerian, that impossible is not African. Thank you for believing in Nigeria and for putting your money where your mouth is,” the Minister said in Lagos on Thursday, during a visit to the Yaba campus of Unicorn, a pan-African investment company targeting innovative ideas, start-ups and early stage companies in the technology and technology-enabled sectors across Africa.
”This is where dreams come true. This is where ideas are born and they become reality. Having the young ones, from primary to secondary to tertiary institutions, to see the best of Nigeria and the best of Africa is massive,” Alhaji Mohammed said, in reference to the many students he met at the Yaba campus”. The Minister said.
He said the decision to visit the Group was not just for show making, but to help tell the world what Unicorn is doing, ”This is why I have come with about 25 journalists from various media establishments to see and showcase Unicorn’s groundbreaking work to the world. He added.
The Minister was later taken on a guided tour during which he met with some of the companies that have been successfully incubated.
The companies include Bookings Africa.com, which helps professionals of all hues to monetize their skills; Film Anatomies, ‘6 Charge Bar’; the company that provides phone battery charge solutions, among others.
Alhaji Mohammed said another impressive solution provider he met during the guided tour was the world’s first Liquefied Natural Gas stove, which was invented by young Nigerians under Unicorn’s tutelage, and he formally unveiled.
Unicorn Group is a Pan-African innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, operating across the whole continent, providing investment capital, strategic advisory support, and direct start-up incubation and acceleration to help change Africa’s narrative around the development pathway.