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Introducing iHatch Incubation Programme courtesy NITDA’s NCAIR and JICA

iHatch is a startup incubation programme aimed at increasing the number of innovation-driven enterprises by Nigerian youths.

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iHatch incubation by NITDA, NCAIR and JCIA
iHatch incubation by NITDA's subsidiary - NCAIR

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), through its subsidiary, the National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR), and in partnership with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), is set to launch iHatch.

iHatch is a startup incubation programme aimed at increasing the number of innovation-driven enterprises by Nigerian youths.

According to a statement signed by Mrs. Hadiza Umar, head, Corporate Affairs and External Relations at NITDA, the incubation program will provide an excellent opportunity for startups that have innovative business ideas along with a prototype of their products or services.

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. iHatch focuses on youth, innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology.

Participating startups will receive free offline and online interactive training from experienced coaches and mentors from over the world. Other benefits include free co-working space for the duration of the programme and investment opportunities.

“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, CCIE, the Director-General/CEO of NITDA.

Detail information about iHatch is available at NCAIR website

iHatch incubation by NCAIR and JCIA

iHatch incubation program partners

More about NCAIR

The National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR) is one of NITDA’s special purpose vehicles created to promote research and development on emerging technologies and their practical application in areas of Nigerian national interest.

NCAIR is also focused on creating a thriving ecosystem for innovation-driven entrepreneurship (IDE), job creation, and national development.

On the other hand, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) coordinates official development assistance for the Japanese government in developing countries and aims to promote international cooperation by supporting the socio-economic development, recovery, or economic stability of emerging economies.

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