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NSIA LAUNCHES THE SECOND EDITION OF THE NSIA PRIZE FOR INNOVATION

Abuja, Nigeria – February 2023.

The Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (“NSIA or “the Authority”) is excited to announce the launch of the second edition of the NSIA Prize for Innovation (NPI 2.0), with a combined prize value of US$220,000 and an all-expense paid, five-week training at Draper University, Silicon Valley, USA.

The maiden edition of the NPI Programme commenced with over 2,000 applications and a rigorous selection process, from which 25 start-ups proceeded to the accelerator phase. Following this, 10 finalists advanced to the demo day to pitch their refined solutions to a panel of seasoned entrepreneurs, innovators, and technology business leaders. The first three start-ups and seven runners-up top clinched a total combined prize value of US$255,000.

Deriving from the success recorded in the first edition of the NPI programme, the Authority has expanded the value proposition for NPI 2.0 to include an all-expense paid training programme at a top-rated university in Silicon Valley, USA, the opportunity to pitch to angel investors, secure additional investment and gain global exposure for the top 10 finalists.

Speaking on the second edition of the NPI programme, the Managing Director, Aminu Umar-Sadiq noted that ‘the NSIA Prize for Innovation is a clear demonstration of the Authority’s support for the Nigerian tech eco-system and the unique opportunity it presents to enable innovation and ultimately improve socio-economic indicators. With the second edition of the programme, the Authority is set to reposition home-grown talents for global relevance.”

The NPI programme is a multi-year commitment of the Authority to support entrepreneurship, empower innovators, create jobs, and enable the Nigerian tech ecosystem. It is designed to encourage and support ingenuity within the digital sector and to fund new solutions that could result in transformative and scalable positive impact.

It is a business enhancement initiative to support early-stage, growth-driven solutions through education, mentorship, and financing before positioning these startups for global relevance.

The program further validates the Authority’s focus on advancing early-stage homegrown solutions within key priority sectors including financial services, agriculture, power, healthcare, education, and manufacturing among others.

The NPI programme is a phased competition broken into 4 stages:

  •   Pre-selection stage: where innovators submit their applications through the application portal.
  •  Accelerator stage: where the top finalists participate in a virtual and in-person training boot camp.
  •  Demo day: where the top ten finalists pitch their solutions to a pane of tech experts and judges.
  •  Post demo day stage: where the top ten finalists participate in an all-expense paid training programme in Silicon Valley, USA.Applications are welcome from all eligible Nigerians. For more information and registration, please visit www.nsia-ip.com

ABOUT NSIA

The Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority is an investment institution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, established by the Nigeria Sovereign Wealth Act (2011), to manage and invest in a diversified portfolio of medium and long-term funds. Its mission is to play a leading role in driving sustained economic development for the benefit of all Nigerians through building a savings base for the Nigerian people, enhancing the development of Nigeria’s infrastructure, and providing stabilisation support in times of economic stress.

NSIA operates three distinct funds, the Stabilization Fund, the Future Generations Fund, and the Nigeria Infrastructure Fund. For more information, please visit www.nsia.com.ng

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NSIA LAUNCHES THE SECOND EDITION OF THE NSIA PRIZE FOR INNOVATION