The theme of this year’s edition of Social Media Week is CLOSER. That is a very significant word especially among entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship is hard and as such, entrepreneurs must come closer to share ideas and support one another in order to boost the odds of success. As the excitement around SMWLagos 2018 keeps rising, we thought it wise to curate 7 key events every entrepreneur should plan to attend.


African Innovation: Disrupting From Within

This is a panel session aimed at providing in-depth look at how African innovation develops in context and consideration of our local dynamics. We will explore the mindsets, partnerships, models and interests that underpin this idea.

Date: 26th February, 2018

Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Venue: Experience stage

Host: AAAP

You can RSVP here


Valuation of Early stage companies: How much is your startup worth?

The session will cover the importance of portfolio strategies and the role of portfolio returns in the valuation process. Understanding a proper strategy will also help entrepreneurs to properly manage their expectations and gain insight as to why investors value deals the way they do

Date: 26th February, 2018

Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Venue: Floor 2


You can RSVP here


How Can We Leverage On The Diaspora To Create More Tech Jobs In Nigeria?

The session will explore:

  • How Nigerian tech startups can benefit from alternative funding.
  • Where and how to find a skilled task force

We will talk about the good, bad and ugly when it comes to finding funding and skilled labor. Participants will exchange tips on what matters to global investors and alternatives offered by the diaspora to finance your tech business

Date: 27th February, 2018

Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Venue: Floor 2


You can RSVP here


How to craft and sell your brand story

The purpose of this workshop is to present knowledge, tips, tricks on how to craft a brand story for fashion and creative entrepreneurs/enterprises, how to sell it to customers, potential investors and community and teach on the potential channels (digital) to communicate it and sell it to customers, potential investors and your community.

Date: 28th February, 2018

Time: 2:00pm – 3:15pm

Venue: Annex


You can RSVP here


Get Paid! Hustler to Pan African Mogul!

Listen to “built from scratch” brand leaders share tips & opportunities on building bankable pan-African companies offline after the social media buzz is over. Get inspired to succeed and learn how to get your business in front of the people that will pay for your products! The GET PAID! panel session is an initiative of ISOKO AFRICA

Date: 1st March, 2018

Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Venue: Experience stage


You can RSVP here


Training the next generation of creatives and digital specialists – Creating high skilled jobs

This panel session will discuss why and how we can best train our youth, jobseekers and entry level professionals in relevant 21st century skills including ICT Literacy, critical thinking, technical analytics, problem solving, business communications, relationship building and strategic thinking.

Date: 1st March, 2018

Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Venue: Floor 3


You can RSVP here


Choosing the right team

Starting and Building a business is hard and you can not do it alone. Part of creating a successful business is choosing the perfect team to make your visions a reality. Most people get it wrong, its more than the money…

Employing for a startup is different, they do not have time to train, you need to HELP, BUILD, GROW not just do a job and wait for a pay check, you must be competent as well as passionate. Choosing The Right Team is a session that will help both employers and employees know what to look out for, what attributes to decipher and how well to package themselves.

Date: 2nd March, 2018

Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Venue: CRANIUM-ONE 1 Towry close, off Idejo, off adeola odeku. Victoria island


You can RSVP here


You can find the full schedule if you are looking to have a feel of other events that might suit you.

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