The program seeks to provide selected Nigerian entrepreneurs the necessary tools to bring their world-changing ideas to life and impact the lives of others.
From the applications received, only 20 entrepreneurs will be selected to take part in the program.
These entrepreneurs will receive Microsoft hardware, software and six months of tailored technical mentorship to help bring their innovative ideas to life.
Also, the program will open up opportunities for them to collaborate with the world’s largest community of people who use simple technology to solve problems.
Interested entrepreneurs should apply by October 10, 2016. Selected fellows will be announced on November 16, 2016 with the Fellowship Bootcamp running from November 16 – 22, 2016 and Mentorship Program from January 4 – June 30, 2017.
The program is organized in partnership with software giant, Microsoft. Through this program, Microsoft hopes to deepen its relationship with Nigeria and Africa.
“We have thousands of Windows Insiders in Nigeria, and tens of thousands across Africa. We want to collaborate more closely with them and other Windows users to make this a truly international product,” said Bambo Sofola, Director of Software Engineering, Microsoft Corporation.
He added, “One in seven Africans is Nigerian, computer usage is soaring, and tech centers like Yaba represent a manifestation of that growth. We think it is a great time and place to learn from like-minded techies and entrepreneurs who are solving complex problems and creating opportunities in Lagos and greater Nigeria.”