Haaris D. Sa'ad

  • DISCOVERY HUB (A member of HDSG BusinessGROUP), Founder / CEO
  • Yola
  • Professional Training & Coaching
horticulture · gardening · a fan of new technologies · academic pursuits · Agribusiness · Getting to know new people · Adventure Travel · book reading · Gig Economy · books · Coffee Addict

About Me

Haaris D. Sa'ad is the Founder/CEO of an entrepreneurship hub called 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 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 PROVIDUS BANK SME Challenge - 2020, Development Bank of Nigeria Entrepreneurship Training Programme (DBN - ETP 2020 Cohort), a trainee for the 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 Specialist, a Digital Ecosystem Master (or 'DEM' Coach) and Content creator, but most importantly, an ENTREPRENEUR. Haaris says, his first business was started at age around seven, renting out his bicycle to his peers to ride over a fixed distance for less than a cent, way back in Maiduguri, 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. My first business lesson from her... "keep a part of what you earn; it's called 'saving' break that rule at your own peril boy"... That experience was the genesis of a perspective that would eventually change his life completely. I owe my successes in this endeavour to her. Haaris lives by three principles - Learn, Do, Teach...! That's why he's interested in Startup Grind. 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 2020 - 2030.