Matt Smith, GEN’s Director of Policy and Research spoke last week at the FATE Foundation’s 7th Policy Dialogue Series on Entrepreneurship. This annual event organized by Nigeria’s leading entrepreneurship foundation brings together high-level policy stakeholders within the country’s ecosystem to discuss a range of issues affecting entrepreneurs. This year’s event was on the topic of ‘building an inclusive, cohesive, and sustainable ecosystem’.
Smith delivered a keynote speech that provided a global perspective on how governments are enabling entrepreneur-led post-pandemic recoveries. In his talk, Smith highlighted initiatives from around the world that are increasing direct support for entrepreneurs, strengthening entrepreneurial ecosystems, and improving government policy in support of entrepreneurship. Smith also celebrated the announcement from earlier in the week that Nigeria is represented among the 25 global finalists for the Entrepreneurship World Cup thanks to entrepreneur Adeola Alli, founder of OneHealth Nigeria.
The event also launched the ‘State of Entrepreneurship in Nigeria’ report. This inaugural annual report examines evolving demographic trends and wider indicators to identify where entrepreneurship stands in Nigeria today and where it is headed in the medium term. Key themes examining in this report include women and youth-led entrepreneurship, and the impact of technology on micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.