Earlier this year, precisely in the month of May, Bridge to MassChallenge (B2MC) — A global network of zero-equity startup accelerators signed a partnership with National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) to support a national community of startups in Nigeria.
The partnership signed by the duo of NITDA and MassChallenge using the B2MC platform is focused on promoting or stimulating economic viability and job creation in Nigeria by supporting entrepreneurs and laying foundations to harness the entrepreneurial activities of Nigerians as they develop and work on ideas that will cause the desired change in discoveries and digital technologies.
After due stakeholders engagements with key players in the ecosystem, processes to apply for the Bridge to MassChallege (B2MC) began.
Major players in this ecosystem include Academia, Government, Entrepreneurs, corporate institutions, Media, Influencers, Angel investors, and Venture capitalists.
This application is open to entrepreneurs with the vision of expanding or taking their businesses to the next level.
Those who own businesses in the early-stage and growth-stage are highly encouraged to apply.
Applicants who are successful will then participate in a 4-month intensive program that would come in form of online and in-person engagements.
This will aid the participants to develop and work on customized projects that will foster their entrepreneurial journey.
While on the training, they will also have access to:
- Mentoring and coaching by NITDA, Mentors of the MassChallenge network, other local and global mentors
- Learning curriculum based on specific needs of the startups
- Investment opportunities
- Joining the MassChallenge global network
While speaking at the official launch of the application process, the DG of NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, stated in his comments that an ecosystem that encourages new businesses and growth is critical to the future of Nigeria as our numerous challenges will be addressed through the solutions that entrepreneurs solve.
Also, he said that any given country can be lifted out of extreme poverty by promoting creatives and innovation.
He went further to note that the partnership between NITDA and MassChallenge will cause and foster the growth of new economies and the success of the country’s startup sector in line with the vision of the National Digital Economy.
How you can apply?
Those who wish to learn more about the program and ultimately get on board should visit the B2MC Nigeria website.
The deadline for applications to the B2MC Nigeria program ends on Friday, September 24, 2021.