The city of Owerri has become the latest location that will be hospital a startup weekend event following the announcement of the first edition of the Imo Startup Weekend scheduled to hold on December 10, 2016.

In a statement made available to TechCity by the organisers, the theme of the event is “Getting Started and Growing in Business”.

“The event will create a collaborative environment for startups to Network, Share Ideas, Discuss and be inspired. Upcoming and Growing innovative business ideas will be showcased in the Imo start up weekend. It will be a weekend of powerful networking of captain of industries and entrepreneurs to inspire, educate and empower each other,” organizers stated.

Organizers want the event to inspire entrepreneurs and create a platform for the successful launch of new business ideas. A total of 500 entrepreneurs are expected at the event that is expected to resonate across the southeast region of the country and would attract attention to the city’s emerging startup ecosystem.

Imo Startup Weekend will feature pitching of ideas by selected startups; Exposition of various innovative businesses; Plenary session; Talks by various keynote speakers; and breakout/networking sessions

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Paul ADEPOJU is a Nigerian freelance journalist, managing editor, blogger and published writer (3 books already). He has vast experience working with various media organizations in Africa, Asia, Europe and America. He covers stories on various genres and for various audiences. He is the managing editor of HealthNewsNG.com which is Africa's leading health news website; he also manages IBPulse.com, a city blog that focuses on happenings in his home town of Ibadan, southwest Nigeria. He has won several awards including Nigeria's Vanguard Newspaper's Young Nigerian Making The Difference award; a certificate of recognition from UNESCO and Goi Peace Institute in Japan; a finalist at the International Press Institute's Young Nigerian Journalist of the Year award; and was the only African finalist in the NetImpact/FedEx Global Access Essay Competition.