When Y Combinator decided they wanted to visit Nigeria as part of their International tour in September 2016, they had a three key goals in mind.
- Increase the number of applications they were getting from Nigeria and West Africa at large
- Raise the profile of Y Combinator in the Nigerian Technology Ecosystem
- Meet with and develop relationships the local ecosystem players including Government.
After their trip, Y Combinator applications from Sub-Saharan Africa increased by 200%. Of the 20 companies for which we organized office hours, 5 were accepted, and 7 West African companies in total. YC is now connected with the Nigerian government, State Department, local startup community, and active angel investment network.
Ingressive also developed the itinerary with Y Combinator, organized complete logistics, including Pre-Vetted Event Guests Lists, Airport Pickup, Transportation, Meals and Security.
Ingressive hosted Y Combinator CEO and COO, Michael Seibel, Qasar Younis, Ross Chanin, and YC-alumni Tonjé Bakang in Nigeria between the 22nd to the 28th of September. During that period, over 10 major events were curated and hosted including the below highlights:
Angel Investors Dinner at Ikoyi Mansion
Ingressive + CcHub: Y Combinator Startup Luncheon
Fireside Chat at Cranium One
State Department Meet-and-Greet
Ilashe Beach Party & Startup Office Hours
Press Conference at Andela
Here are quotes from YC's Delegate to Nigeria
"Ingressive gave us access to the Nigerian tech scene, from media to top startups to government, local ecosystem and everything in between. There is no way I would come to West Africa without them, and no way I'd let anyone in tech go without them" - Michael Seibel, Y Combinator CEO
"If you're serious about building technology or investing in West Africa, Tour of Tech gets you deep into the ecosystem and quickly. Each day is like a week and that's exactly what you want." - Ross Chanin, 2X entrepreneur, CFO @ Euclid Analytics