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NSIA to unveil prize for innovation programme Dec 10

By Guardian Nigeria
08 December 2022   |   3:59 am
Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) will launch the maiden edition of the NSIA Prize for Innovation Programme (NPI) on Saturday, December 10.

Says initiative will support growth-driven ideas through education, mentorship, financing

Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) will launch the maiden edition of the NSIA Prize for Innovation Programme (NPI) on Saturday, December 10.

The NPI programme, which is to be launched at an event in Lagos, is structured as a business enhancement initiative to support early-stage, growth-driven ideas through education, mentorship, and financing.

The event will be attended by Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who will serve as special guest of honour.

Notable and respected digital ecosystem pundits will feature as guest speakers and panelists, including Ms. Odunayo Eweniyi, Co-Founder and COO, Piggy Vest; Mr. Ralph Oluwole, Co-Founder, Helium Health; Mrs. Abimbola Olufore Wycliffe, Head, Investment and Technology Promotion Office, UNIDO; Mrs. Amal Hassan, MD/CEO, Outsource Global; Mr. Kola Aina, Founding Partner, Ventures Platform; Mr. Obi Emetarom, MD/CEO, Appzone Group; Dr. Chibuzo Opara, MD/CEO, Drugstoc; Mrs. Serah Makka-Ugbabge, Executive Director, One.org; Mr. Abayomi Awobokun, Co- Founder/Partner – Orbit54; Mrs. Temi Awogboro, Co-Founder/Partner, New Lion Capital/Magic Fund and many more.

The board and management of the authority will share their strategy for the technology sector in Nigeria and also provide context to the vision behind the NSIA Prize for Innovation.

Key speakers from the NSIA team will include NSIA Non-Executive Director, Mr. Ikemefuna Isiekwena; NSIA Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Aminu Umar-Sadiq; NSIA Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer, Mr. Kola Owodunni and NSIA Executive Director, Operations and Corporate Service, Mrs. Olubisi Makoju.

The programme is a strategy-based initiative of the NSIA board, which will run for, at least, three years.

Through the NPI, the NSIA is poised to identify, build and channel the country’s latent potential in innovation and technology to catalyse economic growth, enhance the nation’s productive capacity, create jobs, and optimise resource sustainability.

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