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  The Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) is sponsoring the NSIA Prize for Innovation, a program designed to recognize, support, and reward homegrown entrepreneurial talent in the country’s digital ecosystem. Through this initiative, the NSIA will fund early-stage, growth-driven solutions that can positively transform the Nigerian economy, increase its productive capacity, and create jobs.
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Founders and startups selected as part of this program will receive the tools they need to scale and achieve product-market fit. They will also get to access partnership opportunities and stand a good chance of receiving additional funding from investors.
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This program offers the following benefits to startups:
  • 10 finalists will receive various prizes
  • The top 3 will receive funds in a mix 75:25 mix of equity and cash in exchange for a stake in their company
  • The top 10 finalists will take part in an all-expenses-paid trip to a 5-week training at a top university in Silicon Valley, where they will also get a chance to pitch to angel investors and achieve global exposure
  • Be mentored and equipped with the tools they need to scale
  • Connected to a community of forward-thinking founders and innovative startups

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The NSIA Prize for Innovation is open to startups that meet these criteria:
  • At least one of the founders must be a Nigerian citizen
  • Applicants should be at least 18 years old
  • They should be running innovative tech-enabled or tech-focused startups
  • Must have been in operation for not less than 6 months, and have a presence in Nigeria
  • Should be looking to raise seed fund
  • Must have developed a Minimum Viable Product (MVP)
Applications will remain open until March 3, 2024. If you would like to apply for this opportunity, you can do so HERE.
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This article was first published on 14th February 2024


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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