Nigeria, Israeli Embassy Partner to Identify Innovative Researchers

By Tony Obiechina, Abuja

The Embassy of the State of Israel in Nigeria, in collaboration with the Office of the Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and in partnership with Skill-G Nigeria Ltd., Gregory University Uturu and DeNovo-Israel Ltd, is organising an Innovation Fellowship for Aspiring Inventors and Researchers in Nigeria.

Tagged, (i-FAIR 2020/21), with the theme: “Transforming Ideas into Inventions” the training program according to a statement from the Embassy on Friday, “has been created to raise a generation of innovators, inventors, and researchers in Nigeria by offering a platform to transform their ideas into innovative solutions”.

The statement explained that “Nigerian citizens over the age of 21, with an educational qualification from a tertiary institution or higher, and with innovative ideas in the fields of: Agriculture and Food Security; Food Technology; Renewable Energy; Environmental Management; Medical Devices/Simulation; and Social Responsibility,  are encouraged to apply”.

“Selected candidates will proceed to participate in a 3-day mentoring event at the Innovation Center, Abuja. The candidates will take part in a certificate course titled: “Introduction to Entrepreneurship”, and enjoy membership and free access to a modern innovation center in which they can work and develop their ideas”, it stated.

The statement also said that in the subsequent months, participants will be mentored by a team of experts from Israel and Nigeria while between March 2nd-4th, 2021, the Innovation Center in Abuja will host the grand finale in which participants will present their prototypes to potential investors. 

The statement further stated that the participants will also be granted the opportunity to compete in the “MassChallenge Israel 2021”.

“This leading-edge project is the first of its kind and is held in commemoration of 60 years of diplomatic relations and friendship between the State of Israel and the Federal Republic of Nigeria”, the statement added.

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