by ‘Nubi Kayode
The Co-Creation Hub (CCHub) is a really cool place—at least for the techies and business development men and women that call it their mecca. Even though it’s been around for less than one year, it has turned out to be the go-to place when it comes to innovation, product development, techified fun, and amazing finger food at events. Why? Here are 5 reasons to love the CCHub:
1. It’s the first of its kind
Before the Co-Creation Hub, there was no real convergence place for IT inclined brains, business people, entrepreneurs, and tech companies. If people in the IT industry wanted to meet prior to CCHub, it would have most likely occured at an event, or at most a retreat or virtual meeting (all of which occured sporadically), but the CC Hub is gone a step further to actually having a place that is open at any time, which gives it a chance to make a measurable impact.
2. The Founders
These are not your typical entrepreneurs. First they are AIESEC alumni, the world’s largest student-led organisation and one that I am proud to be associated with because of the exposure it offers and the way it challenges one’s thinking and approach. They are also scholars; Femi Longe (Project Director) finished from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, while Bosun Tijani (CEO) is armed with an MBA from Warwick Business School.
3. The Funding
These guys have got a lot of cash to back up their ideas. Omidyar Foundation and Indigo Trust Fund gave a total of USD$245,000 (about N38 million), some of which went into creating the Hub, and covering operational costs. They also receive additional funding from other sponsors, partners and membership subscriptions.
4. The Significance
There was the need for home-grown technology to solve societal issues and the CC Hub stepped up to begin a trend that did just that. Before their adevent, many were limited to just talking via forums, conference, events, blogs and social media but CCHub made it a reality. Initiatives such as their ‘Tech-In series: Governance and Education’ is one such example, and you may want to check out BudgitNG from Tech-In-Governance, and Efiko from Tech-In-Edu.
5. The Facility
One has to admit that the interior décor of the CC Hub surpasses what one would naturally expect for a room situated on the 6th floor of a building in Sabo. It is simply beautiful. The furniture, the seating arrangement, gadgets, the underground parking space, internet, power, and amazing roof top.
Not enough reasons? Well, next time I’ll pick 5 more reasons, including location, delivery, corporate recognition, people, and the future as being part of what makes the CC Hub stand out.
Till then, plan a visit to the Co-Creation Hub, and check out what a community of techies looks like—and don’t forget to get a picture of the Sabo-Yaba skyline from the rooftop.