Towards the end of last year, Nigeria welcomed a number of high-profile Silicon Valley investors. Of a sudden, what seemed to be a mere initial interest in Nigerian founders has climaxed to actual investments from these investors.
Early into the new year, Nigeria is already looking to welcoming more investors into its shores. Following in the footsteps of the likes of Mark Zuckerberg, 500 startups, and Y Combinator, is Techstars Atlanta.
Tyler Scriven, the Managing Director, will be travelling with the Ingressive's Tour of Tech between February 27th to March 4th, and interestingly, Lagos, Nigeria is his first stop.
On February 27th, Tyler will be among the Social Media Week panelists, where he will be speaking on the topic, "Investing in Digital Media." Also, one can sign up to meet with Tyler during his startup office hours.
The expected arrival of the Atlanta-based investor is an attestation to the rich history of talented and globally minded entrepreneurs in Nigeria. These facts are not lost on Tyler, as he will be visiting Lagos with the hope of identifying companies to participate in Techstars Atlanta's upcoming Accelerator program in July, where they would receive a $120,000 investment and be surrounded by world-class mentors.
Techstars Atlanta selects 10 to 12 companies per year to invest ($120,0000) in. The companies are invited to Atlanta in order to participate in an intense 3-month acceleration program.
Last year, the accelerator programme hosted high-profile founders such as John Collison (Founder of Stripe), Satya Nadella (CEO of Microsoft), Aaron Batallion (Founder of Living Social) among others.
The next batch will begin on July 15th and applications are already open.