iHatch Startup Incubation Programme Begins 2nd Cohort Selection 

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The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), through its subsidiary, the Office for Nigerian Digital Innovation (ONDI) in partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), has announced that it is receiving applications for the second cohort of the iHatch Startup Incubation programme.

This is in further consolidation of NITDA’s commitment to sustaining the promotion and growth of digital innovation and entrepreneurship in line with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) for a digital Nigeria.

The iHatch programme is aimed at increasing the number of innovation-driven enterprises by Nigerian youths and serving as one of the driving forces to place Nigeria as a leading entrepreneurial country in Africa.

A statement by the agency’s head, corporate affairs and external relations, Mrs. Hadiza Umar, said the first cohort of the incubation programme, which is ongoing at the National Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR) Abuja, Nigeria, is expected to end in July 2022. The iHatch, is a five-month, free, intensive incubation programme designed to help Nigerian entrepreneurs refine their business ideas through a series of coaching, lectures and bootcamps to generate scalable company models in the country.

It said startups will receive free online/offline interactive lectures with experienced mentors, free workspace, mentorship meetings with tech professionals, pitch deck enhancement and networking opportunities during this programme.

“Therefore, ONDI is calling for applications from eligible individuals/groups with innovative business plans, products or prototypes that would help solve national problems across all sectors as well as prosperity for the country. Interested applicants are to fill out the form at: Application deadline is 16th July 2022,” It added.

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