…Set to drive youth-led innovation
Innovation is a key driver of socio-economic development as it enables the creation of solutions and products that support economic growth.
Over the past few years, Lagos has gained recognition as one of the thriving innovation ecosystems in Africa through the efforts of startups providing digital solutions across various sectors.
However, a critical part of innovation culture is driving youth engagement in the creation of solutions to tackle real societal issues.
To address this gap, Innovation Support Network, Nigeria’s national network of over 140 technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship hubs across 25 states, has launched the Collabovate Lagos challenge in partnership with Lagos State Research and Innovation Council (LASRIC).
Collabovate Lagos is a multi-stakeholder initiative focused on stimulating innovation among secondary and tertiary students in Lagos state to drive a culture of innovation, as well as awareness and ownership of sustainable and innovative themes.
During this challenge, applications will be received from public and private secondary/tertiary students across Lagos State (individuals or teams) with innovative solutions in the following thematic areas: Traffic Management & Transportation, Health & Environment, Education & Technology, and Security & Governance.
Selected solutions will go on to receive mentorship from innovation hubs within the Innovation Support Network community and material support from corporate organisations to develop their innovative ideas. Winning students and teams will also receive cash prizes.
Overall, Collabovate Lagos will support the transition of Lagos state from a mega city to a smart city through the creation of linkages between academia, innovation hubs and the private sector as a catalyst for research, innovation and investment.