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The non-techie who pulled off Owerri’s biggest tech event of the year.

I believe you heard about the imo startups weekend 2018 (ISW2018) and how it went on to be the biggest tech event so far in Owerri. personnel like Uche Aniche, convener of startupsouth, Mundus Uwakwe CEO at Mundus digital and Ifeanyi Ndiomewese from Techpoint to mention a few, were lined up as keynote speakers for the event.

Before now, the imo startup weekend was an event targeted at young and aspiring entrepreneurs in Owerri to inspire each other and learn how to leverage on social interactions for business success. Running for the second time, the event has gone on to be host of over 500 business creatives and aspiring entrepreneurs annually in Owerri and has earned its self some recognitions from Oluaka Institue, startupsouth and the partnership initiatives in the Niger Delta foundation (PIND)

This year’s event took a different path with a focus on using technology and digital media as a tool for business enabling, while also debated on why we still have low participation of women in tech even with so many opportunities around. Master classes on future tech trends were cleared by lineups of innovative leader of different sections of technology.

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Pulling all this off is Chukwuma Anurunkem, a media practitioner who runs crystal Naija TV -a media company focused on movie production and online TV.

He’s a youth leadership/entrepreneurship advocate who happens to also be an Alumnus of Tony Elumelu entrepreneurship program, 2017 set. And yes not a techie.

If you run or own a business that doesn’t leverage on technology to execute business operations, you probably might fail within the next one year of operations or not scale to global stage to reach more customers.

“Lots of young entrepreneurs in Imo State are building relevant products that have potentials to compete in the global market. However, very few see’s the possibilities of going big. And this is because many of them do not understand the amazing possibilities that could be if Tech is incorporated into their business. So I saw the need for us to strongly push a tech campaign within the region” Chuks told 4kreport.

100+ businesses will be supported with mentorship, funds and partnerships within the next 12 months via the imo startups weekend. 5 startups pitched at the event for a N100,000 grant, emerging as the winner was strikingCV – a startup using technology to create CVs based on users information and connects qualified job seekers to employers.

I hope that we would build the tech consciousness of entrepreneurs in Imo State” – chuks added.

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