The NINJA Accelerator Program in Nigeria – 2nd cohort has been launched by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the National Information and Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in collaboration with Ventures Park.
Nigeria’s startup environment is growing and developing at an unparalleled rate. The creativity of the ecosystem’s startups and founders has provided a chance for a development partner to contribute their fair share to boosting innovation in the country.
The program is accessible to startups not only from Nigeria but also from other nations and regions interested in entering the Nigerian market.
Other African countries, Asia, Europe, and the United States are among the regions. AgriTech, HealthTech, and CleanTech are the three areas where applications are sought.
In 2021, JICA headed the preparation of a report on Nigeria’s startup and business ecosystem analysis. The ecosystem mapping analysis identified significant shortages in the logistics, cold chain tracking, and insurance subsectors of the Agritech innovation arena.
Nutrition, mobile health/fitness apps, and healthcare marketing were determined to have deficiencies in the HealthTech business.
As a result, JICA and NITDA are launching the NINJA Accelerator program’s second cohort in Nigeria. In Nigeria, the mission is to promote failing and necessary sub-sectors in agritech, health-tech, and cleantech.
The National Information and Technology Development Agency (NITDA), the Office for Nigerian Digital Innovation (ONDI), and the National Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics are collaborating to launch the second cohort of the NINJA Accelerator Program in Nigeria (NCAIR).
Criteria for Eligibility:
- Your business must be lawfully established in your nation.
- Agritech, health tech, or cleantech (including finance and logistics in those sectors, for example) are required sectors.
- If you are a foreign firm, you must be lawfully incorporated with the Nigerian Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) before beginning the course.
- Startups that apply should be technologically advanced and inventive.
- The phase of funding should be pre-Seed, Seed, or pre-Series A.
Benefits and Value of the Program:
- At Japan’s largest African-focused startup event, you’ll have the chance to pitch to Japanese investors and corporations.
- Support for Business Growth that is Tailored
- Foreign startups have the opportunity to enter the Nigerian market.
- Assistance in the legal establishment of foreign startups in Nigeria.
Application deadline: The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 13, 2022.
Starting April 18th, 2022, applications will be accepted for the program. Qualified applicants must be startups that have already established themselves in the market and have a significant degree of market size and experience. Interested candidates can learn more about the position and apply on the website.
Click here to apply.
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