FMDQ and Oxford Foundry Global Partnership

FMDQ and Oxford Foundry Global Partnership

The Oxford Foundry, University of Oxford and FMDQ Private Markets Limited (“FMDQ Private Markets”), a subsidiary of FMDQ Group, Africa’s first vertically integrated financial market infrastructure group, have launched a Global Partnership to accelerate the growth of Nigeria’s start-up ecosystem and nurture a future generation of young Nigerian leaders in entrepreneurship, through knowledge exchange and collaboration. The partnership will support Nigeria’s future business leaders and high-growth start-ups to access the networks and skills they need to grow and sustain their businesses, create jobs and inclusive socio-economic growth, and facilitate the growth of Nigeria’s venture ecosystem.

Nigeria has one of the largest numbers of technology start-ups in Africa and has been identified as one of the eleven ‘3G’ countries by Citigroup – countries of large growth potential and profitable investment opportunities.

There are an increasing number of programmes to support Nigerian start-ups, with corresponding high demand, implying that there is huge potential and opportunity to create new partnerships to support high-growth potential businesses, and an increased need to access capital. Currently, over 80% of venture funding comes from an entrepreneur’s personal or family savings.

Through this Partnership between the Oxford Foundry and FMDQ Private Markets, bespoke Programmes have been co-created, leveraging the University of Oxford’s global, multidisciplinary networks and Nigeria’s entrepreneurship ecosystem, to support Nigeria’s future business leaders and high-growth start-ups to access the networks, skills, and investment pathways they need to grow their businesses.

The Programme is focused on three (3) key areas:

    Upskill – Facilitation of the training of twenty (20) young Nigerian aspiring entrepreneurs and future leaders through the OXFO-FMDQ Young Entrepreneurs Leadership Programme
     Grow – Promotion of knowledge exchange and shared best practices across Oxford’s and Nigeria’s angel investment communities, through roundtables and relationship-building initiatives
    Accelerate – Acceleration of five (5) high-potential Nigerian start-ups through a tailor-made OXFO-FMDQ Start-up Bootcamp – Innovate Nigeria Programme, to scale up transformative social and economic impact in Nigeria. The Programme leverages the Oxford Foundry’s unparalleled assets, including networks, partnerships and a venture building and leadership curriculum delivered by some of the world’s leading experts

Applications are currently open for the Young Entrepreneurs Leadership Programme and the Innovate Nigeria Programme which will commence in April 2022. Interested candidates can apply via the below links:

For further information on the FMDQ Private Markets and Oxford Foundry Partnership please click here.