The Nigerian government has launched its startup support and engagement portal.
The platform is designed to facilitate incentives, structures and support for tech-enabled startups in Nigeria.
The Minister of Communications Innovation and Digital Economy, Bosun Tijani announced the development on his Twitter account.
The minister tweeted, “The startup portal will drive the identification and aggregation of Nigerian startups, venture capital companies, hubs and innovation centres in order to facilitate engagement and support for ecosystem players.
“The launch of the portal will allow us initiate the process of setting up the startup consultative forums to select representatives to the National Council for Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship, in order to facilitate discourse and consensus among Nigerian ecosystem players.”
Tijani called on Nigerian startups venture capital companies, hubs and innovation centres to visit the portal and register.
How to apply for startup support on the Nigeria Startup Portal.
● Visit http://startup.gov.ng
● Scroll down to the section of the platform titled: Sign Up and Pave the Way for Innovation and Growth. Under this, you’ll see options for Startups, Angel Investors, Venture Capitalists or Accelerators, Innovation Hubs & Incubators.
● Click Startups and you’ll see the following:
Criteria to enroll
Be a limited liability company registered under the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA).
Be a company existing for less than 10 years from the date of incorporation.
Have objects that are focused on innovation, development, production, improvement, and commercialization of a digital technology innovative product or process.
Be a holder or repository of a product or process of digital technology or the owner or author of a registered software.
Have at least one-third of local shareholding held by one or more Nigerians as founder or co-founder of the startup.
Satisfy the conditions set out in the Act, in the case of a sole proprietorship or partnership.
Be a tech-enabled business that uses existing tools, platforms, libraries, and frameworks to make a company or a solution more efficient or effective.
4. Enter the following details:
RC Number (Unique CAC identification number)
Year of Incorporation
Founder’s Full Name
First Name + Last Name
Founder’s Email Address
Founder’s Phone Number
Founder’s means of Identification (BVN or NIN)