iStarter Hub is a social enterprise that is passionate about youth and women empowerment through training, peer-to-peer networking and mentor-ship especially in the areas of technology, creative designing and entrepreneurship. The Hub provides enabling environment for young people and women to work with access to resources that enable their creative expressions.
The programs at iStarter Hub include practical Information Technology workshops – Photography, Graphic Designing; Entrepreneurship/Financial Literacy inclusive workshops; and Social Advocacy – online and offline peer meets. All these interactive activities help the young women in their growth to running productive and sustainable businesses.
Straight Outta School Project is an initiative that seeks to introduce young girls who just graduated (or are about to graduate) secondary school to technological skills. It aims at empowering out-of-school girls between the ages of 15 – 19 years with relevant technological skills and resources that will give them a head start in pursuing their future careers.
The Her Business Incubation Hub Initiative is an Information Technology and Entrepreneurship program designed to help young women start up successful businesses using the power of information technology to understand the dynamics of the market and the digital space.
This initiative was launched to help young women harness their skillset and channel it into value producing systems with the aim of reducing the unemployment rate among youths in the country. This program fosters entrepreneurship and leadership skills in young women by providing them with a safe space to work with resources to set up their own businesses thereby building on personal effectiveness, time management, decision making and team management.
New Data from Nigeria’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) shows that between 2010 and 2015, of the 10 million applicants that sought entry into Nigerian tertiary institutions, only 26% gained admission. Today, we have so many out-of-school girls in our communities brought about by a systematic failure in the Nigerian educational system.
iStarter Hub is creating a stop-gap solution, Girls Creativity Hub Initiative, that sees more out-of-school girls acquiring relevant creative designing, entrepreneurial and leadership skills for their personal growth and development of our society. In the meantime, they retain focus by immersing themselves in the comprehensive skill acquisition program, making them productive while waiting to get admitted into tertiary institutions.
The initiative is an intensive Creative Designing, Entrepreneurship and Leadership skills acquisition program that sees out-of-school girls and unemployed young women between the ages of 16 -25 years engaged productively. Yearly, at least 100 young women learn to put their creative minds into creating jobs in the Graphics Designing and Printing Technology Space and go on to start their businesses using the skills they have acquired.
According to the World Bank (2012) and the recently released Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs (2017), Africa leads the world in female entrepreneurship. A woman multiplies the impact of an investment made in her future by extending benefits to the world around her, creating a better life for her family and building a strong community (USAID).
The EMPOWER HER Initiative is an Information Technology and Entrepreneurship program aimed at demonstrating the role of technology in supporting and facilitating enterprises, especially Women-led initiatives at the grassroots. This program is designed to help women with small businesses channel the power of information technology in growing their small enterprises. During this program, these women understand the use of information technology and its resources and how it affects their daily lives – family, career, business and finances.
In 2018, the EMPOWER HER initiative launched its pilot program on International Women’s Day, March 8, with support from Intel West Africa in Nigeria. The 2-fold training program held the same year in Festac Town, in the Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area, Lagos State.
Tech For Her is an advocacy program that creates awareness for more young women to leverage the power of information technology for everyday living, which translates to a more productive life.