A research grant of N9 million will be awarded to three Nigerian startups that submitted the winning proposals for adaptable digital solutions that can contain the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) made the announcement recently and the winners have been invited virtually to the grant/prize award ceremony. It holds in the conference room of the Commission on September 1, 2020.
According to a signed statement by the Director of Public Affairs of the Commission, the selection of the winners followed was a careful evaluation of 282 entries in the NCC COVID-19 hackathon.
The statement added that the Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Danbatta has invited operators and other industry stakeholders to the ceremony.
Participated firms ranged from digital innovation startups and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and they were evaluated by a committee set up by the Commission.
The health and economic crisis triggered by the novel COVID-19 pandemic had challenged the global ICT community to search for digital solutions to address and contain the spread of the virus.
Such solutions would allow citizens and businesses to rein in the virus and continue their activities with limited disruptions.
As a response, NCC instituted a programme to award research grants to support startups and digital SME’s with adaptable innovative digital solutions that could address present and future impacts of pandemic and epidemic-prone diseases in Nigeria.
Under the programme, the Commission will award N9 million research grants to three Nigerian startups with the most innovative digital solutions for containing pandemics and epidemics in the country in the thematic areas of health, community, productivity, economy and transportation.
Highlights of the ceremony include pitching/demonstration of the top three solutions by the startups, the announcement of the winners and presentation of research prizes.
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami will deliver the keynote and present prizes to the three startups with the most promising solutions.
He will be supported by the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the NCC, Professor Adeolu Akande and the EVC and CEO, Prof Danbatta with other members of the board of commissioners.