The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has supported some technology small and medium enterprises (SMEs) otherwise called techprenuers with cash prizes ranging from N50, 000 and N300, 000 at the launch of the Startup Friday programme in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State capital, South-South Nigeria.
According to a statement, 10 indigenous startups, who are producing IT solutions to problems peculiar to Nigerian society, pitched various IT applications they had developed over time, at the programme held in recently.
The programme is an initiative of NITDA executed by its subsidiary office, the Office for ICT Innovation and Entreprenuership (OIIE), whose mandate it is to identify and develop indigenous talent in the Nigerian IT sector.
Damilola Omoyiwole, who carried the day, went home with a seed fund of N300,000 while the second and third positions, won by unicorn.ng and touchable pictures received seed funds of N100,000 each.
Others went home with cash prizes of N50,000:00) respectively. Aside the seed funds, they also stand to benefit from strategic partnerships, invitation to Agency’s events, introduction to investors and a three months mentor ship among others.
Speaking at the event, Director- General of NITDA, Dr. Isa Pantami, disclosed that the agency was mandated to develop, implement and regulate the IT industry in the country and that in discharging its functions, NITDA was determined to ensure that all Nigerians, especially the youths are carried along in its empowerment agenda.
He stated that the OIIE was established by the agency to drive programmes and policies that support ICT development, develop, establish and support ICT innovation hubs, IT parks and community enterprise hubs across Nigeria while collaborating with the private and public sectors at both federal and state levels on programs that support entrepreneurship and commercialisation.
Also addressing the gathering at the event, the Governor of the state, Mr. Emmanuel Udom, who was represented by the commissioner of Science and Technology, Prof. Nse Essien, expressed delight over the choice of the state as the beneficiary of a developmental event of its magnitude.
He said the choice of Akwa Ibom state by NITDA for such an important project is an attestation that NITDA, and indeed the present administration, exists to serve all Nigerians regardless of geographical locations or any challenges.
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