Co-Creation, a Nigeria-based pre-incubation lab, has called for applications for a chance to feature in a tech incubation program targeting university students from Nigeria, Namibia and Kenya.
In partnership with the government of Germany the initiative, UNI:NNOVATORS Startups-in-Residence Programme seeks to accelerate participation of academic institutions in tech innovation.
Moreover, 30 student-led innovations, according to a statement by Co-Creator, will join the program and benefit from capacity building sessions designed to improve the students skills and abilities.
“The institutions are the University of Ibadan (Nigeria), University of Lagos (Nigeria, University of Namibia (Namibia), Namibia University of Science and Technology (Namibia), University of Nairobi (Kenya) and Riara University (Kenya),” the statement read in part.
What’s more, the program will focus on green tech and smart city solutions in the agriculture, energy, circular economy, water and healthcare sectors.
Upon entering the program, 18 programs among the selected participants will have opportunities to exchange ideas with established researchers in their respective fields and attend physical lessons on how to improve their prototypes in Germany.
To mark the conclusion of the program, startups will converge in Nairobi, Kenya to pitch their innovations to international investors and stakeholders in line with the goal of promoting the role academic institutions play in Africa’s tech ecosystem.
According to Co-Creation, students pursuing undergraduate, Masters or PhD programs in the named institutions will be eligible for selection.
In addition, candidates must be able to travel and in possession of the travel documents as well as have a feasible innovative idea. Deadline for applications is August 4, according to Co-Creator.
Further, by the end of the five-phase program, participants will have opportunities to earn funding and mentorship on how to enter the marketplace with their innovations.
“The selected startup teams will benefit from capacity building sessions to improve on their research-based innovations and build prototypes,” the statement read.