Clintonel Innovation Centre (CIC) Aba has announced a strategic partnership with ChipLab to set up a ChipLab Academy in CIC which will be training Nigerians on Microchips Design.
Microchips are small electronic devices made of semiconducting material that are used to store and process information in electronic devices.
These are the electronic components powering mobile phones, computers, robots, automobiles, electronics, airplanes, rockets, and most technology products in the world today.
The global microchips industry is valued at 592 billion USD in 2022 and is expected to grow to 2 trillion USD in 2032.
Targeting just 10% of this market will generate 200 billion USD for Nigeria, creating over 50,000 new jobs and boosting our GDP by up to 50%.
European Union has launched a €43 billion strategy to boost its semiconductor sector and double its global market share by 2030.
Last year, President Biden signed into law the CHIPS and Science Act (CHIPS), which makes a nearly $53 billion investment in U.S. semiconductor manufacturing, research and development, and workforce.
China is working on a $143 billion support package for its semiconductor industry, reported by Reuters, in a major step towards self-sufficiency in chips and to counter U.S. moves aimed at slowing its technological advances.
These investments across the globe, coupled with continuous integration of technology in every facet of life, are instigating an exponential growth in the semiconductor industry resulting in a gross shortage of workers, especially chip designers, in the microchip industry.
With an estimated more than two million direct employees worldwide in 2021, Deloitte predicts that more than one million additional skilled workers will be needed by 2030, equating to more than 100,000 annually.
The Chiplab Academy is providing a solution to this global skills shortage. Graduates of the academy will work with top microchips and semiconductor industries in the world.
Through this Microchips academy, our goal is to build capacity for the eventual local production of Microchips and semiconductors in Nigeria.
The vision of Clintonel Innovation Centre (CIC) is to transform Nigeria into a technology developer and manufacturer.
This partnership is one of the steps in achieving that vision. We work towards a future where Microchips will be “Proudly Made in Nigeria”.
About Clintonel Innovation Centre (CIC)
Clintonel Innovation Centre (CIC) is a solar-powered STEM Centre, Nigeria’s first Makerspace (Hardware Tech Hub) and Hardware Startup Incubator.
Clintonel provides training, mentoring and equipment for young people to create engineering innovations, build indigenous products and startup technology businesses. With a vision to transform Nigeria into a technology producer, Clintonel has trained over 800 young people in Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Renewable (Solar) Energy and Entrepreneurship.
They’ve also trained Over 1,500 secondary school students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) using indigenous STEM kits developed by Clintonel.
Hardware Startups incubated by Clintonel is now producing different indigenous products, employing several young persons, and helping to reduce poverty in Nigeria.
Through Engineering for Industry (E4I), a national program designed to bridge the engineering skills gap in Nigeria, Clintonel is partnering with tertiary institutions nationwide to deliver industry-based capacity building for engineering lecturers, students, and fresh graduates.
Over 570 engineering lecturers and Students have been trained under E4I. Clintonel started Hardware Nigeria Community (HNC), a national network of Nigerian inventors, engineers, makers, investors, and hardware entrepreneurs working to build hardware products and businesses in Nigeria.
To deliver on the mandate of building engineering capacity, generating employment, and reducing poverty in Nigeria, Clintonel has worked with different partners, including the PIND Foundation, ACT Foundation, Royal Academy of Engineering, Ford Foundation, Autodesk, ATOM, GEMINI, UKaid, UCL, etc. Clintonel is a licensed Autodesk Learning Partner (ALP) and Authorized Testing Center (ATC) for different international certifications in technical and engineering skills.
In a world increasingly shaped by AI and IoT, Chiplab emerged from a critical need to bridge the talent gap in the semiconductor industry and unlock Africa’s youthful potential.
With a mission to cultivate and harness African talent to create cutting-edge intelligent systems, thereby empowering African nations to become indispensable contributors to global technology needs.
Through strategic alliances, ChipLap collaborates with governments, Tech Hubs and universities across Africa, fostering a fertile environment for technological growth.
ChipLab accelerates their client impact by providing them with expertly trained talent, ready to drive advancements in their respective fields.
Through these efforts, chipLab seeks not just to be a part of the global semiconductor industry, but to redefine it by bringing African talent to the forefront.
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