APPLICATION IS NOW OPEN
Startup North-East Virtual Incubation Program.
Startup North-East Virtual Incubation Program is an entrepreneurship program spanning across 4 months designed to aid startups in solving prevailing problems that affect data management and aid distribution in the North-East
About Startup North-east
It is searching for innovative and technology-focused startups to support their activities aimed towards creating solutions to the problems in north east Nigeria, and importantly close gaps in areas of data management and aid distribution.
Successful participants will be helped in deploying their applications to make solutions available to support community, government and donor initiatives in rebuilding the northeast.
•Grant- Funding up to $3,000 each for 6 startups, business equity-free
Business Advisory- Access to a group of business experts and mentors
•Partnerships- Access to a pool of potential partners
Applications should focus on the following key areas of interest for your solution:
•Poor Data Management: This blindsides the aid organisations from knowing the actual gaps in the north east, which mitigates the efforts of aid distribution and hampers accountability in the region.
•Misappropriation of relief materials and funds: Local leaders sometimes divert and sell these relief materials, are nepotistic and bring only their family members to benefit from the aid provided by development organizations.
•Lack of insight: Non-consultation with local communities to determine actual need
•Insecurity: Fewer organizations are willing to move outside the capital cities of the Northeastern states, to deliver aid to other areas. This poses a challenge for many organizations to find implementing partners and delivering programs outside of the city
•Unqualified personnel: The lack of trained personnel in handling aid distribution
•Extortion: Sex for cash, food items and non-food items with vulnerable women and girls in the IDP camps
Poor coordination and lack of good •communication: There is poor coordination and lack of good communication among disaster management stakeholders
•Poor data collection: Poor identification of households that require these relief services
Mishandling of equipment: Physical cards provided to IDPs for identification, sometimes get missing or is reprinted so many times to enable them collect the relief materials multiple times
So as to be eligible for this funding, the following criteria must be met:
• Operations must be in Nigeria
• Startup is in idea-stage or early-stage
• Solution must have the potential for future time
• The solution must focus on a key area of interest
• Startups should have a competent, standby team i.e. those who know what to build, how to build it, and how to make money from it
• Founders should have an eye for detail tenacity, high conscientiousness, and a bias towards execution
• Solution should be technology-wise
Call For Application: 2nd Nov – 2nd Dec 2020 (ONLINE APPLICATION)
Build Phase: 11th Jan – 19th Jan 2021 (VIRTUAL PROGRAM)
Virtual Incubation: 25th Jan 2021 – 25th May 2021 (VIRTUAL PROGRAM)
Demo Day: 27th May 2021 (ONLINE EVENT)
More Details And Application Here