Jovago.com Partners With TEDxUnilag, Offers Internship Opportunities To Students

19 MARCH 2015, LAGOS, NIGERIA
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Lagos, Nigeria, 19th March 2015 – Jovago, www.jovago.com – Africa’s largest online hotel booking platform has partnered with the TEDxUnilag team to bring the renowned TED event to the University of Lagos while also offering internship opportunities to the students. This partnership is done in conjunction with other AIG ventures Carmudi and Kaymu.

Lagos, Nigeria, 19th March 2015 – Jovago, www.jovago.com– Africa’s largest online hotel booking platform has partnered with the TEDxUnilag team to bring the renowned TED event to the University of Lagos while also offering internship opportunities to the students. This partnership is done in conjunction with other AIG ventures Carmudi and Kaymu.

The TEDxUnilag event themed ‘Breaking Through the Box’ will have hundreds of Lagos’ and Unilag’s most impassioned TEDx enthusiasts come together on Friday, March 20 for a day of networking and dialogue. The event will take place at Julius Berger Hall and will feature an incredible line-up of speakers on topics ranging from innovations in education to health to technology and the arts. Attendees will also have an opportunity to network at an on-site lunch event.

“The combination of a diverse group of speakers that will form a mix that is sure to lead to exciting new ideas” said Oluwatosin Adeshokan TEDxUnilag founder and organizing committee member. “The event will offer the Unilag community an opportunity to share its passion and ideas with communities in Lagos and the world”.

This partnership with the TEDxUnilag event and the internship offer is part of Jovago’s efforts to contribute to making Yaba the next technological hub in Africa by building tight links to boost the entrepreneurship drive in the area and securing strategic partnerships to grow the ecosystem. Yaba, a popular area in the Lagos metropolis, has grown to become Nigeria’s e-commerce hub attracting a nest of technology and start-up companies, earning it the name, Nigeria’s Silicon Valley.

According to Marek Zmyslowski, Managing Director of Jovago.com, “At Jovago.com, we realize that our staff are the bedrock of the company. We want to create a well-balanced team of talented, truly dynamic and highly motivated leaders with a passion for emerging markets. This internship opportunity will offer a great opportunity to harness the talent Unilag is famous for while also letting these interns learn about what it takes to run a startup company.

The independently produced event, operated under a license from TED, was organized by community volunteers and is aimed at creating dialogue as well as giving people a forum to share their passions, ideas and experiences. The event is sponsored by Heritage Bank, Phillips Pharmaceuticals, Carmudi, Jovago, Kaymu. Partners include Young and Cerebral, College to Communities, ArtsandAfrica, and Stand to End Rape.


About Jovago

Jovago.com is an online hotel booking service headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria, founded by Africa Internet Group and has MTN as one of the investors. Jovago.com, Africa’s No.1 booking portal, facilitates the booking process for its users to provide them with the best hotel booking experience with fast, transparent and easy-to-use services. Jovago.com has over 6,000 hotels in Nigeria, over 20,000 local hotel listings across Africa and over 200,000 hotels around the world.

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About Africa Internet Group

Africa Internet Group, the leading internet platform in Africa, promotes sustainable online growth that benefits both businesses and consumers. AIG is the parent group of ten successful and fast-growing companies in more than 30 African countries. Firmly rooted in Africa’s startup ecosystem, the group provides easy-to-use services and smart solutions across the African internet sector. AIG is invested in furthering regional entrepreneurship and innovation through a passion for Africa, it's culture and it's people.


About TEDx

In the spirit of "ideas worth spreading," TED has created TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxUnilag, where x = independently organized TED event. At TEDxUnilag, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. 

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About Jumia

Jumia aims at creating a connected digital Africa to improve people’s lives on the continent, thanks to the Internet. Therefore, Jumia’s mission is to connect African consumers and entrepreneurs to do better business together. Founded in 2012, with a presence in 23 African countries, the group has MTN, Rocket Internet, Millicom, Orange & Axa as investors. Jumia has been creating a sustainable ecosystem of digital services and infrastructures through online and mobile marketplaces and classifieds to expand your horizons.