The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) through its Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE) has partnered with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) for the purpose of making available a grant of Twenty Five Thousand US Dollars for the benefit of members of the NYSC.
NITDA was established by the National Information Technology Development Agency Act of 2007 “to create a framework for the planning, research, development, standardization, application, coordination, monitoring, evaluation and regulation of Information Technology practices, activities and systems in Nigeria”. OIIE was set up as an office under NITDA with the responsibilities of continuing to nurture, cultivate and expand the ICT innovation and entrepreneurship within Nigeria in line with National ICT Policy and NITDA Act 2007.
The NITDA NYSC ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program is part of NITDA Multi-year ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programs that is targeted at NYSC corps members, amongst other youth groups.
The NYSC ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program is to stimulate, engage, develop and support Nigerian corps members that have unique innovative ICT solution or products or ICT-driven business ideas (addressing specific socio-economic challenges) that can be turned into viable ICT businesses within one to two years.
Through an online form, OIIE will receive pitches from interested corps members. The submitted ideas or ICT solutions will be adjudicated by an evaluation committee comprising of NITDA OIIE, NYSC, ICT incubation managers (iDEA Hub, Co-Creation Hub, SASWare), investors and industry associations (ISPON and NCS).
Successful applicants will be engaged after their service year for incubation or acceleration. NITDA OIIE will bankroll the business incubation cost, securing their placements in some of the successful ICT incubators and accelerators in the country.
How to participate
Click here to submit a pitch on your ICT idea or ICT solution or ICT-driven business
Corp members interested in submitting their idea for this program do not necessarily have to be a computer programmer or engineer. It is for any corp member with a unique or innovative or interesting business idea or product that can be driven by ICT.
For more information, visit OIIE Website
Application closes 31st March 2016. Hurry!