The twentieth edition of NECCI Public Relations Roundtable scheduled to hold in Lagos this  month themed: ‘Raising the Venture Capital Funding Clarion – The Role of Public Relations in Growing the Enterprise Base through Venture Capital Funding ,  will focus on the role public relations plays in venture capital funding in growing enterprise.

 This year’s marks the 20th edition and due to the ongoing social distancing, the event will be held both physically and live-streamed across various digital platforms. The 3-hour event will kick off at 10.00am organisers have said.

According to the Convener Nkechi Ali-Balogun, Principal Consultant/CEO, the theme will expound the new frontier of enterprise development through venture capital funding, especially with a focus on the part of Nigeria’s demography that has the least access to funding from the capital market, namely women and youth.

Pix from left Dr Maria Onyia, Human development Expert; Hajia Lami Tumaka, Director, Corporate Communication, NIMASA; Toro Oladapo, representing Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy; Professor PLO Lumumba, Chief Executive Officer, Kenya School of Law and Guest Speaker; Nkechi Ali-Balogun, Convener during the 16th edition of NECCIPR Roundtable held in Lagos. Photo Lamidi Bamidele

“It will define applicable means for venture capital funding targeted at upstarts, idea-driven innovative ventures and small businesses within the Nigerian economy. More importantly, it will highlight the role of public relations in driving funding for business upstarts as the most viable means to building and sustaining an enterprise base for Nigeria” she said.

Mrs. Balogun believed that this will be a wakeup call that will tremendously boost the acceleration of the creation of this fund for sustainable economic growth and job creation. In alignment with the roundtable’s advocacy for youth inclusion, she further stated that emerging entrepreneurs and students in tertiary institutions would be supported with the provision of data to attend the conference.

Confirmed to speak at the roundtable are , Prof. Joseph Nnanna, Chief Economist, Development Bank of Nigeria, Dr. Biodun Adedipe, Chief Consultant, B. Adedipe Associates Limited (BAA Consult), His Excellency, Peter Obi, former Governor of Anambra State and a host of others.