Nigeria Mission 2019

Discover Africa's fastest growing tech start-up ecosystem in Lagos, Nigeria

As part of the D4D-Be platform and the successful mission to Kenya in 2018, and Close the Gap join forces again to organize an exciting economic mission to Lagos in Nigeria, Africa’s most prominent tech hub, with the most vibrant startup scene that attracts developers and investors from all over the world.


Click here to watch Minister De Croo inviting you to join our mission!


We’re honored that Minister De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services, will be joining too, accompanied by a large press delegation.

During this three-day mission, this is – amongst other things – on the program: we’ll explore Yaba, the heart of Nigeria’s Tech scene in Lagos, have an extensive session at Facebook’s new AI Hub (First hub space in Africa to train 50,000 Nigerian youths); co-create at Cc-HUB (Nigeria’s first open living lab and pre-incubation space) and organize a session together with The Tony Elumelu Foundation (Tony Elumelu is the most important African tech investor. We will be joined by a large delegation of Nigerian and African entrepreneurs, investors and businesses).

The objective of the Silicon Lagoon mission is to create potential partnerships and raise awareness about Digital for Development opportunities.  The focus is on startups and scale-ups in AI, fintech, agritech, cleantech, health tech. But, actors from cooperation development, non-profit associations, acadamics, and corporates are also welcome.   In the coming weeks and months, we’ll disclose more details about the exciting program!

This mission is the second one in context of our Digital for Development project. The first mission went to Kenya's Silicon Savannah. More information about this mission can be found here.


The US has Silicon Valley, Germany has Silicon Allee,  Kenya has Silicon Savannah and Nigeria …. Silicon Lagoon.

Join us to:

  • Get to know one of the most thriving tech ecosystems in the world
  • Mingle with fellow entrepreneurs from Nigeria and get to know the needs of the locals
  • Learn about the opportunities that arise in Nigeria and in Africa, how to do business there and validate your idea with local entrepreneurs and investors in an interactive setting.
  • Meet some of the key players in the tech industry and start-up community
  • Find local partners…


March 20 – 23, 2019


The price is 1.590 euro per person (without VAT) for startups, non-profit and academics, and 3.000 euro per person (without VAT) for corporates and investors. Prices exclude flights. Subsidies and funding available.


Sign up here (by Feb 1, 2019)  Any doubts or not sure if it’s the right event for you?  Contact Frederik Tibau, Content Director at +32 497 25 56 01 or


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Startups and scale-ups can get a subsidy of Flanders Investment & TradeBrussels Invest and Export or Awex (depending on where your startup/scale-up is based) for this mission that covers about 50 percent of the costs. It’s important that you send them your dossier at the latest two weeks before departure.


The City of AntwerpAntwerp-based startups can be eligible for a voucher covering up to 75% of the Go Global mission (excluding VAT).

About is the one stop shop for Belgian tech entrepreneurs. We partner with startups to reach their global ambition, we facilitate joint innovation with business partners worldwide, and we’re the reference center of expertise in the Belgian startup ecosystem. 


D4D Platform

First of its kind, the Belgian Digital for Development platform will be launched in November 2017.  Coordinated by Close the Gap and Agoria.  Its focus is co-creation, creating a knowledge sharing eco system in Belgium on digital for development projects and opportunities, stimulating private sector engagement in the development sector.