In the historical city of Ogbomoso, something is brewing. Not a rift nor a repeat of history, yet history is being written. The land is the home of the prestigious Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, a citadel of learning with a population of about 30,000 students. Situated also in Ogbomoso is Ennovate Lab, an innovation hub that seeks to promote innovative thinking as well as enterprise success in underserved university communities.
Since inception in November 2017, Ennovate Lab has been running with a bold vision. Being the pilot amongst the underserved university communities, the vision is to make Ogbomoso a centre of regional innovation.
Why? There is no stopping what a group of committed citizens can achieve once they come together to see to the development of their community. The team at Ennovate Lab led by CEO/Founding Partner, Mr. Jesudamilare Adesegun-David, sees the immense potentials of the land—especially the human capital—and works towards unlocking them. And so, Ennovate Lab serves as a go-to place for several reasons.
First, Ennovate Lab is an ecosystem builder in a land that is seemingly bleak. It brings together several actors like a jigsaw puzzle and has quickly become a reference in terms of bridging gaps. The effect is obvious—most obvious is the undeniable injection of hope into the once drab terrain and the heralding of new horizons only possible by such presence.
As an Ecosystem Builder
Ennovate Lab has embarked on relentless efforts to shape the entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem in Ogbomoso by leveraging on assets within the community, making opportunities and resources accessible, providing mentorship, incubation, and a subsidized co-working space.
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As an enabler, Ennovate Lab has hosted several events aimed at university students and young entrepreneurs. Events such as open houses that have welcomed outstanding personalities like Wale Akanbi of Aella Credit, Seun Onigbinde of BudgIt, and Oluyomi Ojo of Printivo. The open houses, think-tank, and fireside chat events have altogether recorded over 230 participants.
In the brief time of Ennovate Lab’s existence, there have been significant partnerships solidified into impact gatherings. Partnering with House of Bezalel, Eurekapreneurs, StartUp GrindX Ogbomoso, Ennovate Lab reached out to over 1000 students from LAUTECH. Also a partnership with Olabisi Kenku in sponsoring 16 ladies who had shown a passion for tech, social development and impact in an all-expense-paid trip to African Women in Tech (AWIT), a 2-day meet-up in Lagos.
Ennovate Lab as a resourceful platform provides several trainings and invites seasoned professionals to facilitate workshops. Foremost in the training is Cogneasy—a platform that offers top in-demand skills of the 21st century not readily taught in the classrooms. So far, Ennovate Lab has trained over 250 people in higher-order thinking (Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, and Complex Problem-Solving skills) with over 1500 persons taking part in the taster classes.
It is obvious that Ennovate Lab is blazing a trail; it is taking a path rarely trodden by others. The results and rewards, however, keep the team going forward. In the nearest future, Ennovate Lab would spread her reach to other underserved university communities—unleashing the possibilities of innovation and enterprise hedged within them.