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Are you are Business Owner? Apply for a grant of N3 Million with Ninja StartUp Gateway



Are you are Business Owner? Apply for a grant of N3 Million with Ninja StartUp Gateway

Ninja StartUp Gateway: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in partnership with Aiivon Innovation Hub is proud to introduce to you the NINJA Startup Gateway in Abuja – a project designed to support startups by accelerating their business development, along with opportunities for potential investment and exposure.

The only official website to apply is


JICA has launched the Project NINJA (Next Innovation with Japan) – a global project to strengthen the Startup Ecosystem. NINJA in Africa is to be developed and implemented in pilot counties including Nigeria which mainly covers fostering innovative startups, business matching support, and policy advocacy.

One of the main objectives of Project NINJA is to encourage innovations and solving the prominent problems of society by utilizing emerging technologies.

the overall goal of the program is to 1.  Establish their companies legally incorporated by the Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria, 2. Produce the Minimum Viable Product of their innovative ideas, and 3. Establish connections between the startups and investors.

Application Closes by Midnight on 23rd July 2021

1. Individual/Groups who will establish a company that is legally incorporated by the Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria and start a business in Nigeria during this program.

2. Team leader must be at the age of between 18 and 35.

3. Proposals from the existing (already incorporated) organisations will not be considered.

4. Individual/Groups who can participate in all the trainings/events of the program.

5. Sector: all sectors are welcome
Businesses that have a feasible business plan that tackles social issues with an innovative product(s) or service(s) using emerging technology.

6. Individual/Groups that reside in Abuja or are able to get accommodation in Abuja for the duration of incubation program. (JICA does not provide accommodation etc. The applicants cover it by themselves).

Selection Criteria and Process for Ninja StartUp Gateway

1. The proposal should introduce some level of innovation in terms of a business model, a new product or service that can be more actively used, and/or profitability.

2. Proposals should be as commercially-oriented as possible.

3. Group with a very strong management team of at least 2 people are desirable.

4. JICA may establish an evaluation board with outside evaluators and experts under strict confidentiality to evaluate proposals.

5. JICA will have 2 step screening processes, the 1st is document screening and the 2nd is online interview screening. JICA will select approximately 20 finalists out of which up to 5 winners will be selected.

6. Winners are able to participate in NINJA Startups Gateway

Are you an entrepreneur?

Do you have an innovative business idea? JICA and NITDA in partnership with AIIVON Innovation Hub bring you NINJA Start-up Gateway in Abuja, designed to push your startup ahead by accelerating your business development, along with bringing you investment and exposure. Submit your application today

Selected Ninja StartUp Gateway will each receive:

  1. Up to $8,000 in contract funding
  2. 3 Months free Business incubation
  3. Access to strategic partnerships
  4. Free mentorship
  5. Free workspace
  6. Free support for legal business registrations
  7. Access to JICA’s meetings and international conferences
  8. Other benefits

For more information regarding this, kindly proceed to the official website to apply

Bernard Bassey is a graduate of Software Engineering from AfriHUB University, Abuja. He is an expert in field journalism, his interest in socio-politics activities is keen.

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