a Port Harcourt-based business and technology innovation hub in the Niger-Delta region of Nigeria has announced it is accepting applications for its incubation program.
The incubation program is aimed at helping entrepreneurs in the Niger-Delta region to launch and scale their businesses through collaborative ideation, marketing, sales, fundraising and so on.
Focus Hub will provide entrepreneurs with mentorship & coaching, office space & resources, networking & introduction to venture capital firms, access to funding, among other things.
The program is open to both early or growth stage startups, though interested startups and/or entrepreneurs must meet certain criteria to be considered for the program, chief of which is that they must be based in one of the nine Niger-Delta states – Delta, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Rivers, Abia, Cross River, Edo, Imo, and Ondo.
Other criteria include startups’ idea should solve a social problem in the Niger-Delta region and must be innovative and technologically viable, have a working prototype or minimum viable product (MVP), have a realistic funding strategy and others.
After the application deadline, shortlisted applicants will participate in a pitching contest for a chance to be accepted into the incubation program which will run for a period of 6 months, though this could be renewed subject to conditions.
Entrepreneurs and Startups, including those led by women should apply for the program on or before October 20, 2015.
Focub Hub was founded by University of Leeds-schooled Godson Ohuruogu and Ikechukwu Uche, who’s currently completing his MSc at Imperial College, London, with the mission of fostering technology innovation and entrepreneurship across the Niger Delta region.