Bridge to MassChallenge Nigeria is a national startup competition in partnership with the National Information Technology Development Agency that identifies and accelerates the top startups in Nigeria while connecting them to the MassChallenge global network. The program is focused on supporting early-stage startups across all industries that are based in Nigeria and interested in growing their business in the Nigerian market.
Who We Are
Bridge to MassChallenge Nigeria will identify and accelerate top startups that are based in Nigeria and interested in growing their business in the Nigerian market. Startups selected for the program will participate in a week-long MassChallenge-led startup bootcamp followed by a pitch competition that will determine the top Bridge to MassChallenge Nigeria startups. The top startups will participate in a second week-long bootcamp where they’ll have access to the MassChallenge Boston or Israeli ecosystem. Applications for eligible startups are now open and will close on October 15, 2021.
This program targets innovative startups operating across all industries. Startups looking to apply must be operating and based in Nigeria. The program also aims to create a robust ecosystem to promote accountability and continuous quality improvement.
Who Can Participate?
We look for entrepreneurs who want to take their businesses to the next level.
We accept applications from early-stage and growth-stage startups from all over Nigeria from any industry. We’re looking for Nigerian startups who want to grow locally while having global access to the MassChallenge network.
What’s in it for startups?
Top startups will be selected to participate in an intensive, 4-month program that encompasses both online and in-person portions where startups develop and implement bespoke project plans to further their localization journeys.
Startups will also receive:
Below is the complete list of startups selected to participate in the B2MC Nigeria boot camp:
About Bridge to MassChallenge
Bridge to MassChallenge strengthens innovation ecosystems and drives the creation of high-quality jobs by supporting entrepreneurs and connecting them to MassChallenge’s global network. The program collaborates with local entities to understand the potential and strategic value of their unique ecosystem, empowers them to build their own innovation communities, and connects them to global markets.
MassChallenge is a global network of zero-equity startup accelerators. Headquartered in the United States with locations in Boston, Israel, Mexico, Rhode Island, Switzerland and Texas, MassChallenge is committed to strengthening the global innovation ecosystem by supporting high-potential startups across all industries, from anywhere in the world. To date, more than 2,300 MassChallenge alumni have raised more than $5 billion in funding, generated more than $2.7 billion in revenue and created more than 136,000 total jobs. Learn more about MassChallenge at masschallenge.org.
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) was established in 2001 to regulate the IT sector through regulatory standards, policies and guidelines. NITDA, under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy is committed to implementing policies that will achieve a digital Nigeria. ICT is the fastest growing sector in the Nigerian economy, making substantial contribution to the GDP of the country. To learn more about NITDA, please visit https://nitda.gov.ng/.