The British Council in Nigeria held a Business Acceleration Bootcamp for entrepreneurs in June 2017. The Business Acceleration Bootcamp was for entrepreneurs in Nigeria with early stage businesses (0-2years) looking to scale and/or to attract potential investment and support. 

The bootcamp included interactive workshops and mentor led sessions delivered by Oxygen Startup, UK.

Oxygen Startups works with entrepreneurs across the globe at every stage of their startup journey – be that an individual with a great idea, to a fully formed high growth company poised to receive investment. They provide curriculum of expertise and support to enable individuals and companies to refine their ideas into successful high growth businesses.

Some outcomes for bootcamp participants were:

  • Learn and be mentored by UK and Nigerian entrepreneurs 
  • Increased capacity to build  more sustainable and scalable enterprises
  • Better understanding of approaches to funding opportunities and investor requirements.

You can read more on the facilitators of the bootcamp below. You can also stay up to date on any new projects we may have on our Enterprise Projects page.

Learn About our Facilitators


Anthony read and received a BSc in Management & Strategy & MSc in Entrepreneurs & International Business from Aston Business School where he was a scholar student. With experience in both the corporate and SME business worlds across Europe having consulted to NATO with Belgium consultancy Eurocity and worked for KPMG. He supported the launch of several startups including M-24 and Tripster. He was later appointed Oxygen Managing Director, after eighteen months of joining the team


Michael is a founding partner of Turn Partners, a start-up studio focused on the creation of online businesses. He has experience working with academic, corporate and start-up accelerator programs to support training entrepreneurs in sales and scaling businesses. He is a graduate from Aston Business School where he also received an Honorary Doctorate for his contribution to Entrepreneurship and Enterprise at Aston and in Birmingham, making him the youngest honorary doctorate in the UK.


Mursal is an Economics graduate currently investigating and developing innovative solutions to social problems. A social change fellow at ‘Year Here’ for recognition of her work. She has extensive practical experience in research, interviewing experts, gathering first-hand insight, and presenting insightful analysis.

Mursal is now the Founder of ‘Chatterbox’ a social enterprise creating pathways to professional careers for refugees using their existing language skills.


Martin is the Creative Director and founding member of ‘Pollen8’, one of the fastest growing and successful innovation companies in London. Pollen8 help large corporate and government organisations to create, develop and deliver breakthrough innovation ideas and transform these into sustainable new ventures, empowering their people by educating them on how to think, act and operate like entrepreneurs and emphasise user centric design and user experience. 


Paris Petgrave is the Founder and CEO of ‘We Love Work’, a disruptive hiring app that assesses organisational culture and predicts job applicants that are the best fit. Paris is also the founding partner of ‘Rare Seed Capital’, an angel led investment fund that invests in high growth tech start-ups with diverse teams. 

Paris has worked with a number of large multinational organisations including Barclays, PWC, Virgin, Deloitte, Walmart and the NHS.