The Lagos State government is taking a survey to get information from and about the tech ecosystem in the state. The notice was put out through the official Twitter handle of the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund(LSETF).
If you are involved in the Lagos tech ecosystem, we need your input to guide our plans to support tech entrepreneurs https://t.co/U2PNp4PNYi
— Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (@LSETF) June 27, 2017
The Employment Trust Fund was officially launched in November 2016, to give equity free loans at 5% interest rate to entrepreneurs.
Even though the LSETF is not only targeted at tech entrepreneurs, Governor Ambode visited Yaba and promised grants –from the ETF — to tech startups. The LSETF was questioned and compared to other comatose empowerment efforts of governments in Nigeria. But apparently, the scheme wants to differentiate itself from the pack with this information gathering effort.
The 5 — 10 minutes long survey is targeted at founders, employees, investors and partners of the tech ecosystem in Lagos State. The survey is an indicator that the state government is listening and reaching out constructively.
The survey circular published on the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund website began with “LSETF Needs Your Help” and that is indeed an exemplary first. Admittance to needing help is not a common language or plea for government parastatals, agencies and initiatives in Nigeria. But it is a good thing the Lagos State government wants to realistically stay in touch with technology and entrepreneurship by finding out what is obtainable.
If you a tech entrepreneur, or investor in Lagos and fit any of the categories outlined, take the survey and hopefully assist the government in helping you.
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