We embark on programs that not only support innovation, business incubation and business community synergy but also contribute to global discuss and efforts such as achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Thus our programs and operations align with 8 of the 17 SDGs namely; No poverty (1); Zero hunger (2); Clean water and sanitation (6); Affordable and clean energy (7); Decent work and economic growth (8); Industry, innovation and infrastructure (9); Sustainable cities and communities (11); Responsible consumption and production (12). We have 3 core programs at BOH that are implemented year round;
Project Based Internship Placements (ProBIT) in partnership with Development Organizations we facilitate the creation of unique project packages by members of our ecosystem, with duration of 3 – 6 months, for implementation by interns. Recruitment of interns to implement these projects is from a pool of interns that have participated in capacity building for employability and entrepreneurial skills implemented by Development Partners. Though this offers opportunity for the interns to be retained and eventually employed, our goal is give young people a platform to put skills they have, learned and inherent, to use, so as to build their confidence and experience. We see this as a way to contribute to the talent pool of the Nigerian economy and improve on job creation and productivity. Interns that have graduated from the program are enlisted to a prestigious network of fellows who enjoy ongoing support to ensure they secure employment and even after. We aim to make fellows of the Project Based Internship program highly sought after talents.
Coworking and the Economy Series (COATES): This is an annual reporting series where contributions to the economy, from the coworking sector, which has now come of age in Nigeria, are summarized using relevant and relatable indices and shared with relevant stakeholders and the general public. To build a culture of doing the right things that will lead to growth, it is important to consistently show how right and deliberate actions are connected to the growth being recorded progressively, however little. Thus, through the “Coworking and the Economy” research series, we measure economic indices such as job creation, flows of finance, revenue generation, among others, as contributions from the coworking sector to the local economy. This is done through primary data collection, focus group discussions, key informant interviews and supported by secondary research. The program series will indulge the participation of stakeholder from relevant sectors of the economy such as researchers from academia, government agencies involved in policy development and implementation, development partners and real market actors themselves. The reports are published and circulated widely and then quarterly “Policy Chats” are hosted to discuss the reports to draw out economic wide lessons to for implementation.
Innovative Business Acceleration Program (iBAP): this is the bouquet of support businesses within the BOH ecosystem enjoy as support towards business growth. These include; a yearlong blended learning engagement; participation in inspiring and networking events and admittance to the freelancing platform, which all culminates in access to finance for growth for successful Innovative Businesses. Participation in the aforementioned activities and achievement of the minimum criteria set for successful innovative businesses is what makes a business eligible for funding.