Inspire Africa for Global Impacts Initiative with the support of the United States Embassy Nigeria, has launched IGNITE Innovation Lab to promote young people’s participation in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, unlocking their potential to create innovations, transform their communities, and create jobs. Cash and In-kind prizes with Mentoring support will be provided to winning teams. Ignite Summit is an annual event by Inspire Africa which brings together business leaders, entrepreneurs, coaches and young citizens from across the world to Nigeria for the purpose of igniting each other’s vision. Inspire Africa is a not-for-profit organization focused on entrepreneurship education, leadership growth, and business development.
The goal of this IGNITE Innovation Lab is to empower young entrepreneurs to successfully co-create innovative and sustainable business ideas that address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals so as to transform their communities, create jobs, and promote economic prosperity of the nation. We will start by hosting IGNITE Summit 2018 in two Nigerian states – Benue state (6th October), and Kaduna state (14th October 2018) respectively to train 300 people on entrepreneurship and business development. Following these program will be Ignite Innovation Lab which is scheduled to take place 3rd week of January 2019 at Abuja.
20 high-potential women participants from the two (2) Summit workshop will be further shortlisted to participate in an intensive innovation lab at FCT, Abuja. These participants will work with a team of 3 – 4, and taken through a facilitated process of Design-Thinking to develop their innovative business solutions that simultaneously addresses the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At the end of the rapid-fire innovation process, participants will present their team business project ideas to a panel of jury.
The best teams will receive both cash and in-kind support. They will also have the opportunity to pitch before a panel of investors for seed/equity funding. Special prizes will also be awarded to best team members to attend the 2019 Global Engagement Summit in Chicago, USA. IGNITE Summit is FREE for all interested participants (Male or Female).
IGNITE Lab Timeline:
Application Opens – June 25, 2018
Submission Deadline – August 5, 2018
Short-listed Candidates Announced – September 10, 2018
IGNITE Summit in Benue & Kaduna – October 6 & 13, 2018. Respectively.
IGNITE Lab – 3rd week, January 2019.
For inquiry, contact – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ignite Innovation Lab Application form- https://form.myjotform.com/81427207210546
IGNITE Summit 2018 registration link – https://www.f6s.com/ignitesummit2018
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