National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) IHatch Startup Incubation Programme 3RD COHORT

iHatch is a free, intensive business incubation program that lasts for five months and is designed to help Nigerian business owners refine their ideas through coaching sessions, lectures, and boot camps.

The goal is to develop business models that are both viable and scalable, with a focus on youth, creativity, entrepreneurship, and technology. The program offers participants a unique opportunity to learn and grow their businesses in a supportive environment.

This Cohort is happening in the following locations:

  1. FCT Abuja
  2. Kano State
  3. Lagos State
  4. Gombe State
  5. Rivers State

NITDA iHatch Startup Incubation Programme Objectives

  • Support entrepreneurs that use creative commercial services and products to address social challenges.
  • Create a model incubation program and expand it to other states in Nigeria.
  • Strengthen the technological ecosystem by centering support on selected IT sectors.
  • Establish connections between the startups and investors/corporations.
  • Boost the number of successful businesses to improve employment rates.

Who Can Apply for NITDA iHatch Startup Incubation Programme

  • Individuals/groups with an innovative business plan with a product or prototype that would aid in developing the Nigerian economy
  • Individuals/groups willing to establish a legal company and begin business operations in Nigeria
  • Participants must be at least 18 years old
    • Education Technology (EdTech)
    • Agricultural Technology (AgriTech)
    • Health Technology (HealthTech)
    • Financial Technology (FinTech)
    • Logistics
    • Security
    • Government Technology (GovTech)

NITDA iHatch Startup Incubation Programme Benefits

  • Free offline/online interactive trainings
  • Free coworking space at NCAIR, Abuja
  • Mentorship sessions with tech specialists
  • Networking opportunities
  • Funding opportunities

How to Apply for NITDA iHatch Startup Incubation Programme

Interested candidates who meet the criteria listed above should apply by clicking on the “Apply” button below:


  • Applications: 7th Dec 2022 – 7th Jan 2023 
  • Assessment and selection: 9th Jan – 31st Jan 2023
  • Notification to startups: 1st Feb – 20th Feb. 2023
  • Training Starts: March 2023

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