NITDA, JICA Introduce iHatch Incubation Programme for Startups
TECHDIGEST – The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), through its subsidiary, the National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, and in partnership with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), is set to launch iHatch startup incubation programme.
The Agency’s Head of Corporate Affairs and External Relations, Mrs. Hadiza Umar said in a statement on Thursday, that the startup incubation programme is aimed at increasing the number of Innovation-Driven Enterprises (IDEs) by Nigerian youths.
iHatch is a 5-month free intensive incubation program designed to help Nigerian entrepreneurs perfect their business ideas through a series of coaching, lectures, and boot camps, to generate viable and scalable business models.
The statement said that the iHatch incubation programme with focus on youth, innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology will provide an excellent opportunity for startups that have innovative business ideas along with a prototype of their products or services.
Participating startups will receive free offline and online interactive training from experienced coaches and mentors from over the world, investment opportunities and free co-working space for the duration of the programme.
“iHatch seeks to establish a programme that will accelerate the process of taking ideas to impact, hence providing the much-needed jobs for our teeming youths, and also nurturing that entrepreneurial spirit in them, which will catalyses the Nigerian digital economy to the next level,” said Malam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, the Director-General/CEO of NITDA.
The statement added that detail information about iHatch is available at NCAIR websitehttps://www.ncair.nitda.gov.ng