Hunting for Silver Linings w/ Haaris D. Sa'ad of Startup Grind Yola, North-East Nigeria

Friday, March 5, 2021, 10:00 – 11:00 PM UTC

As pioneer Chapter Director of Startup Grind - Yola, Haaris has the enormous challenge of promoting entrepreneurship in a core Public Servant - based society in Northeast Nigeria. Join him, and host Corey Hart of SG Grand Rapids, US in the event series - Hunting for Silver Linings, as they explore ecosystem builders, investors, and business leaders from around the world.

About this event


Through our Startup Grind event series Hunting for Silver Linings, we check in with ecosystem builders, investors, and business leaders from around the world.

We dig for deeper context around challenges and opportunities found in markets around the world, as well as mine for insight that can better inform biases about regions, their talent, and potential for investment.

Then, we connect the dots.


Corey Hart | LinkedIn

Chapter Director, Startup Grind

Co-founder & CMO, Telebehavioral.Health.US

Yorgo (George) Katsanos

Managing Director, Beneventure Partners


Friday, March 5th, we are pleased to host Haaris D. Sa'ad of Startup Grind Yola, North-East Nigeria. Haaris will give us some insight on how the epidemic is affecting the startup and entrepreneurial ecosystem in his region, as well as provide advice to entrepreneurs.

Haaris D. Sa'ad is the Founder/CEO of an entrepreneurship hub called HDSG Discovery HUB (part of a nine-member business support structure called HDSG BusinessGROUP, with HQ in Abuja, but operations in the North-east of Nigeria.

He serves on the board of several non-profits, including being a founding board member of an NGO in Yola, North-east Nigeria called the Community Initiative for Socio-Economic Empowerment - CISEE).

He is the pioneer Chapter Director for Startup Grind in Yola.

A Logistician by training, he is an alumnus of the Development Bank of Nigeria Entrepreneurship Training Programme (DBN - ETP 2020 Cohort), Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Training Programme (TEEP - TEF/UNDP SAHEL 2019 Cohort), a trained 'COVID-19 Ambassador' for the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) 'Let's Stop the Spread of COVID-19 Initiative'- UAE, MSME consultant, a Digital Ecosystem Master (or 'DEM' Coach) and Content creator, but most importantly, an ENTREPRENEUR.

At age six, he started his first business by renting out his bicycle to his peers to ride over a fixed distance for less than a cent, way back in North-East Nigeria where he lived with his single mum and grandma. He'll make about a dollar in total by the end of the day, rush back home to his grandma, all excited, who was his first business coach. That experience was the genesis of a perspective that would eventually change his life completely.

Haaris lives by three principles - Learn, Do, Teach...!

He's on a mission to disrupt the 'Status Quo' in the North East of Nigeria from a civil servant based society to a vibrant community of start-up entrepreneurs, with a goal to nurture 1000 start-ups over the next 10 years, from 2021 - 2030.


We spend our time checking in with investors, entrepreneurs, founders, and Startup Grind Chapter Directors from around the globe to get accounts of what's happening in their areas and learn of what their challenges and opportunities are.

  • We learn about our guest, their story
  • We dig into their area & industry of expertise, and their ecosystem
  • We identify specific challenges & opportunities they are close to
  • We ask what their outlook is for the next 6, 12 months
  • Finally, we ask how our network of global Directors, entrepreneurs, and investors can help them.

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Friday, March 5, 2021
10:00 PM – 11:00 PM UTC


10:00 PMCheck-in
10:00 PMPodcast Interview