Two teams with the most innovative ideas emerged the winners at the end of the Dutch-Nigeria student exchange programme held in Lagos on October 27, 2017.
FrieslandCampina team and Mosquitoes team won the Presentation and Business categories, respectively.
The Dutch-Nigeria exchange programme was organised by Passion Incubator, an early stage technology incubator that works with early stage start-ups to develop their business ideas into successful companies.
Passion Incubator partnered the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Nigeria and the Lagos State government.
During their presentation, the FrieslandCampina disclosed they went into a community in the South West of Nigeria to understudy the Fulani cattle herders and the challenges they face with accessing the dairy market.
The Mosquitoes team on the other hand explored potential solutions using technology to address malaria in Nigeria. “Nigeria accounts for 29 percent of all malaria cases in the world. 34.3 percent of Nigerians get malaria each year,” the leader of the team noted.
Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, commissioner for wealth creation, Lagos State, commended the efforts of the teams that participated in the student exchange programme. He also highlighted the alignment of the solutions to the sustainable development goals (SDGs) of the United States.
“This is where the state is going. We have engaged a lot of incubators; backward integration is the way to go. We are looking at how we can take this to the primary schools and have private sector work more with the students,” Durosinmi-Etti said.