This is an initiative to ensure the inclusion of more women in the Nigerian Tech Ecosystem. A gender balanced ecosystem is more likely to thrive. As it has been highlighted above, there are numerous benefits from increased participation of women in economic activity. The competition will launch as part of the NDES2020 event, with a social media campaign to raise awareness, and ensure nation-wide participation. Applicants will be directed to complete an application form on the NDES website. A selection of industry experts will scrutinise all applications and highlight the top 5. The successful applicants will be coached on the best business pitch strategy.
These finalists will be put through a series of competitions to weigh their technical abilities, soft skills and more to determine the best amongst them in order of performance. The judges will rate the finalists according to how effective their business case is. The ‘Accelerator Program for Purpose-Driven Female Startup Founders’ will be launched on the Summit day by the Honorable Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment.