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UK-Nigeria Tech Hub launches COVID-19 startup accelerator programme

The UK-Nigeria Tech Hub in collaboration with Ventures Platform and Startupbootcamp AfriTech has launched the iNOVO accelerator.

This accelerator seeks innovative agri-tech, ed-tech, and e-health startups with groundbreaking solutions to challenges arising from the Coronavirus pandemic pandemic.

The programme will influence Startupbootcamp’s methodology through a two-pronged approach of accelerating 10 early-stage startups in Nigeria that are solving challenges resulting from the pandemic.

They will also grant 100 startups life-time learning access to its digital Accelerator Squared platform.

During these three-month, 10 selected startups will receive capacity building, lean startup training, mentorship, and support to rapidly scale their products and business models.

Startupbootcamp will provide a rich learning and collaboration toolset enabling founders to engage directly with the Startupbootcamp AfriTech and Ventures Platform teams, dedicated Entrepreneurs in Residence, mentors, investors, and industry experts.

All of this will be done through the Accelerator Squared platform.

These teams will validate their solutions with pilots and proof of concept engagements, and use the learnings to rapidly pivot and scale. The programme will also provide an opportunity for founders to perfect their pitching skills by exposing them to a broad audience of investors, corporate and government partners at the online demo day.

Country Director of the UK-Nigeria Tech Hub Honey Ogundeyi stated in an interview that: “With the impact of COVID-19 on the economy, there’s a need to support promising early-stage startups who are driving innovative solutions to address problems caused by COVID-19 on some of the hub’s core areas – health, agriculture and education”.

“Through the iNOVO programme, entrepreneurs will gain digital and entrepreneurship skills needed to scale their businesses,” he added.

Mohamed Felata, director of programmes at Ventures Platform Foundation, expressed his oufit’s excitement to work with UK Nigeria Tech Hub and Startupbootcamp AfriTech in a bid to support the ecosystem and help talented founders build solutions for the current world.

Philip Kiracofe, chief executive officer (CEO) of Startupbootcamp AfriTech, was also pleased to announce the new partnership.

Register here as applications for the programme are opened until February 24.

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