New accelerator launched for tech startups in Abuja


Applications have opened for the Abuja-based Civic Accelerator Programme (CAP), a three-month initiative that supports early-stage Nigerian enterprises with solutions to critical social issues.

The programme – an initiative of the recently launched Civic Innovation Lab – will enable entrepreneurs to launch innovative and scalable social ventures.

Applications are open until September 4, with the programme designed to be a tool for development, growth and support for early-stage startups. It will provide value through training, consultancy, and productivity management strategies.

“The Civic Accelerator Programme is for early-stage ventures who have groundbreaking solutions to social and civic problems. We are looking for creative teams with innovative technology solutions that addresses our common problems as a society,” the Civic Innovation Lab said.

Ventures must have business models built around providing solutions to social, cultural or environmental problems, and be innovative and scalable businesses whose solution utilises a digital or technological element.

The programme will also offer access to networks, office space, the chance for peer learning, access to the Civic Innovation Lab team, a number of workshops, and access to investors.

The three-month programme will culminate with a pitching session at a Demo Day, where finalists will be offered access to the Civic Innovation Lab’s networks, connecting them to potential investors, partners and mentors.


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