Non-profit Lagos-based incubator iDEA has partnered MicroMentor in a bid to create a diaspora-focused community of volunteer mentors to assist its entrepreneurs and startups.
The Information Technology Developers Entrepreneurship Accelerator (iDEA) was launched in April 2013 in order to assist Nigerian entrepreneurs and accelerate the development of the tech industry in Nigeria, while MicroMentor looks to connect entrepreneurs with mentorship from across the world.
As part of the partnership, iDEA will create an “e-mentoring group”, which it said would offer a platform for diaspora engagement through volunteering.
“iDEA enables diaspora members to connect to each other and to opportunities to foster development in their countries of heritage,” the incubator said.
“Now you can use iDEA’s network to mobilise your business potential, or to use your business expertise to give back to a budding entrepreneur.”
Those interested in participating in the scheme either as a mentor or as an entrepreneur seeking mentorship in order to build their skills and businesses can sign up online for free.