Anambra-based startup Foris Labs is pioneering revolutionary virtual laboratory solution for students

Addressing the Laboratory Deficiency in Africa

Nigeria and Africa at large face a significant scarcity of science laboratories, constituting less than nine percent of the global market share in the laboratory business, as highlighted by Prof Olugbenga Ogunmoyela, the President of the Society of Testing Laboratory Analysts of Nigeria.

This shortage poses a challenge to a continent striving to enhance production capacity, deepen STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education, and foster overall growth.

However, an innovative startup based in Anambra, Foris Labs, is endeavoring to mitigate this shortfall by introducing a virtual laboratory solution designed for students.

Foris Labs: Revolutionizing Science Education Through Technology

Founded by John Onuigbo, Foris Labs offers students a groundbreaking tool that transforms any space into a science laboratory.

The startup presents a gamified 3D virtual science laboratory, providing a realistic simulation of hands-on science experiments across various disciplines such as Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.

By leveraging their smartphones, individuals can carry a fully functional laboratory in their pockets.

Foris Labs aims to revolutionize science education through technology, enhancing accessibility and engagement for students in Africa.

The technology simulates a real-life science laboratory environment, allowing students to conduct experiments individually or collaboratively via mobile devices or desktops.

Beta Testing in Anambra Schools

Foris Labs is currently in the process of deploying its solutions in schools across Anambra State for the beta testing phase.

The startup conducted successful close user group testing with secondary school students, ensuring that the virtual laboratory meets educational requirements and aligns with the learning needs of students.

Governor Soludo’s Support and Sponsorship

Recognizing the potential impact of Foris Labs, the startup was selected as one of the participants in the 2023 TechCrunch Startup Battlefield 200.

Governor Charles Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State pledged sponsorship for Foris Labs to participate in the global pitch event held in Silicon Valley, California, USA.

Governor Soludo emphasized his commitment to supporting startups and creating an enabling environment for innovation to thrive in the state.

This sponsorship aligns with the governor’s vision of establishing the Solution Innovation District, aspiring to become the Silicon Valley of Africa.

Founder’s Appreciation and Commitment to Anambra’s Tech Ecosystem

Expressing gratitude for the governor’s support, John Onuigbo, the founder of Foris Labs, commended Governor Soludo’s dedication to fostering innovation and nurturing Anambra’s growing tech ecosystem.

Onuigbo sees the sponsorship as an opportunity to contribute to the collective success of Anambra State by advancing technology and innovation.

Promoting Science Education and Innovation Ecosystem

Chinwe Okoli, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Innovation and Business Incubation, highlighted the governor’s sponsorship as a testament to his commitment to fostering technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Okoli emphasized the broader goal of inspiring new ideas, incubating startups, and creating a comprehensive innovation ecosystem in Anambra State.

Through the support provided to Foris Labs, Governor Soludo aims to contribute to the advancement of science education not only in Nigeria but also beyond its borders.

Recognition and Achievement at Zenith Tech Fair

In addition to its participation in the TechCrunch Startup Battlefield, Foris Labs achieved recognition as the first runner-up at the Second Edition of the Zenith Tech Fair.

The startup received a prize of N15 million and secured a mentorship program with Seedstars, underscoring its commendable efforts in the tech and innovation landscape.

In conclusion, Foris Labs exemplifies the potential of technology to address critical educational gaps and contribute to the growth of innovation ecosystems in regions like Anambra State, Nigeria.

The startup’s virtual laboratory solution represents a step forward in making science education more accessible and engaging for students across Africa.

Governor Soludo’s sponsorship reflects a strategic commitment to nurturing local talent and positioning Anambra as a hub for technological innovation and entrepreneurship.

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