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The business Eco-system in Nigeria is growing in a very forward and vital way, with major players in the sphere bringing up schemes to help Startups gain better traction and scale widely. One of such schemes is the Union Bank Startup Connect, an acceleration programme designed to bring technology-enabled startups/enterprises in Nigeria into a vital partnership with the Union Bank brand. The programme is sponsored by Union Bank in partnership with Co-Creation Hub Nigeria. For the period of partnership, participating businesses will have access to the bank’s 350 sales/service centres & over 3.7 million customers across Nigeria to scale their solutions. Who can apply? Tech-driven startups and enterprises with workable solutions to challenging social and business challenges in Nigeria. The Startup/enterprise must have grown considerably in either the number of its customers/users, turnover, geographical spread and so on. Program Description The program runs in three stages; Select: Shortlisted startups will be invited to a pitch event. Develop/Accelerate: Over a 13-week period, selected startups will work with CcHUB and the bank’s staff, apply design thinking to create a usable proof-of-concept prototype that serves a chosen segment of the bank’s customers or clients. Deploy/Invest: At the end of the 13-week period, the results will be presented to the appropriate business units of the bank for deployment. Both parties will decide to either share revenue or explore equity investment. How to Apply? Click here to apply. Entries close on the 1st of September, 2017. Click here for more info

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This article was first published on 21st August 2017


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