HOTELS.NG is an online hotel booking start-up based in Lagos, Nigeria, that helps customers book good, clean and safe hotels across Nigeria and beyond. Founded in 2013, HOTELS.NG combines classic hotel booking services with a unique impact entrepreneurship component.
Impact Entrepreneurship – HOTELS.NG’s Remote Internship Program
Acknowledging the dependence of the fledgling Nigerian start-up eco system on the availability of top local tech talent, Mark (the founder of hotels.ng) set up HOTELS.NG ground-breaking “Remote Internship”-program in 2016.
The program trains young people with a keen interest in product design and software development to acquire the necessary skills and experience for tech jobs. As part of the program its participants solve real-life problems using their burgeoning programming and design skills.
Being able to take part no matter where they live, the first edition started with 1000 participants from all across Nigeria – logging into their sessions on whatever devices they could find. At the end of the pilot edition, 30 participants made it to the final stage and within one month of completion of the internship they were all placed in jobs at various tech companies and startups.
After the initial success Hotels.NG decided to make the internship a permanent bi-annual program with its interns having built some amazing products since 2016.
In 2018, the program went Pan-African with participants from all over the African continent.
So far the program has trained over 5000 young participants and equipped them with skills and real industry experience they otherwise would have never gained.
The internship has a 100% job placement rate for participants making the final stage – with some working for employers outside Nigeria including U.S. Silicon Valley and Fortune 500 companies.
Most importantly, the program has become an invaluable, integral part of the Lagos start-up eco system by investing in and training young tech talent urgently needed among local start-ups.