The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has forged partnership with MassChallenge to provide support towards the creation of more jobs and wealth for the nation.
Speaking during a virtual meeting with the MassChallenge global partnership manager, Kevin Reilly, the director-general of NITDA, Mallam Kashifu Abdullahi, explained that the partnership was part of the agency’s efforts to promote indigenous content, a strategic pillar of the NITDA Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan (SRAP) 2021-2024, adding the MassChallenge Nigeria will help create and further promote a vibrant start-up ecosystem which can create lasting solutions to some of the economic challenges being faced currently.
Represented by the acting national coordinator, Office for Nigerian Digital Innovations, Yakubu Musa, Abdullahi maintained that innovation remained a prominent way of creating prosperity for all and lifting countries out of poverty.
Also, he disclosed that the MassChallenge Nigeria competition would identify and accelerate top startups in Nigeria while exposing them to NITDA’s facilities and connecting them to the global network.
“Startups participating in the programme will have access to facilities such as our National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics for their prototyping,” he said.
Earlier in his presentation, Reilly said MassChallenge looked forward to working with NITDA to continue to support and grow the Nigerian innovation ecosystem.
He stated that all startups participating in the 2021 edition of the MassChallenge Nigeria would have access to tailored mentorship and coaching from the partnering organisations.