By the act establishing it, the primary role of the Nigerian Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE) is to “oversee the overall development of the ICT industry in Nigeria as well as promote the use and adoption of ICT in all sectors of the economy to create jobs, wealth and sustainable development.”
It in the view of this that the body launched the ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship for NYSC members to stimulate, engage, develop and support Nigerian corps members that have unique innovative ICT solution or products or ICT-driven business ideas that can be developed into viable ICT businesses within one to two years.
Serving corps members with ICT solutions or ideas are expected to submit such through an online form. The submitted ideas or ICT solutions will be evaluated by a committee comprising NITDA OIIE, NYSC, ICT incubation managers (iDEA Hub, Co-Creation Hub, Sasware), investors and industry associations (ISPON and NCS).
Corpers whose ideas or ICT solutions catch the eye of the evaluators will be engaged after their service year for incubation or acceleration. NITDA OIIE will bankroll the business incubation cost, securing their placements in some of the successful ICT incubators and accelerators in the country.
Serving corpers interested in this programme should apply as soon as they can. They do not necessarily have to be a computer programmer or engineer!
The ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship for NYSC members is part of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Multi-year ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programs.