VCONNECT and Facebook say they have concluded arrangement to host 200 SMEs on January 19, 2017 in Lagos.

In a statement, Meher Melwani (nee Priya Amarnani), VConnect head of communications, said the conference will expose small businesses to innovative ways they can grow their as well as current trends around small business financing.

Meher Melwani

“Our hypothesis is that more than 70 percent of small businesses in Nigeria lack access to funding. Conversations at SMEs Conference 1.0 will deep-dive into how small businesses can find innovative ways to get growth funding and the best ways to deploy these funds,” said Melwani.

Vanguard learned that more than a dozen industry experts will speak at the event which will feature keynote addresses, panel discussions and master classes.

Jennifer Fong, Strategic Product Partnership manager at Facebook says the conference will give SMEs instructive ideas for real growth in 2017.

“We are excited about this gathering. Internet tools have made entrepreneurship far easier than it was a few years ago, says Jennifer. This conference will bring these SMEs up to speed on the resources and technologies available to them, and we are excited about this kind of empowerment,” said Fong.

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