JICA and NITDA Partner With Ventures Park, To Launch The 2nd NINJA Accelerator Program In Nigeria


The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the National Information and Technology Development Agency (NITDA) have partnered themselves with Ventures Park to announce the 2nd launch of NINJA Accelerator Program in Nigeria.

The program is not only open to startups within Nigeria, but also in other countries and regions who wish to expand themselves into the Nigerian market. Other regions include other African countries, Asia, Europe, and the United States. The applications are targeted towards the these three areas: AgriTech, HealthTech, and CleanTech.

Nigeria’s startup ecosystem has begun to experience an unprecedented growth and development. The brilliance of startups and its founders within the ecosystem has created an opportunity for development partners to contribute their quota to enhancing innovation in the country.

In 2021, JICA led the development of an ecosystem mapping report of Nigeria’s startup and entrepreneurial ecosystem. The ecosystem mapping report highlighted noticeable gaps in the following subsectors within the Agritech innovation space; logistics, cold chain monitoring and insurance. In the HealthTech sector, gaps were discovered in the nutrition, mobile health/fitness app, and healthcare marketing.

As a result, JICA and NITDA are launching its second cohort of NINJA Accelerator program in Nigeria. Their goal is to strengthen the underperforming and necessary sub-sectors in sectors such as Agritech, Healthtech, and Cleantech in Nigeria.

The second launch of the NINJA Accelerator Program in Nigeria is jointly run by the National Information and Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Office for Nigerian Digital Innovation (ONDI), and National Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR).

The program will be accepting applications starting from April 18th, 2022. Qualified applicants must be startups that are already operating in the business with a considerable amount of market size and experience. Interested applicants can find more detail and apply below. The deadline is the 13th of May 2022.

Apply Here