Young Innovative Builders Initiative Programme

Deadline: 6th of December, 2023

The Young Innovative Builders Initiative programme will showcase and reward innovative projects built by young Nigerians that align with the Ministry’s objectives to grow the digital economy. The top 48 projects in each state and the FCT will receive laptops while the next best 40 will receive tablets.


  • You must be a student in a Nigerian Tertiary Institution enrolled in your first degree
  • You should have designed, developed, built or deployed an innovative or tech-enabled project/product that leverages digital technology
  • You must still be a student 3 months after the competition’s end date (December 22nd, 2023)
  • Applicants must have gone through an Industrial training programme
  • The project should address real-world problems in society

Selection Criteria:

  • Applications will be reviewed by a diverse selection committee. The selection criteria will include:
  • Novelty and Originality: How innovative and unique is the project relative to existing alternatives
  • Impact and Relevance: Does the project address real-world problems in the local communities or country
  • Feasibility and scalability: What is the practicality of the project and the potential for it to be deployed at scale
  • Quality of presentation and documentation: What is the quality of the presentation in describing the process of creating the solution and the aesthetics of the final product


  • Applications opens on November 22, 2023
  • Applications close on December 6, 2023
  • Applications must be submitted through the designated application form on this website
  • Applications will be reviewed by a diverse selection committee with representation from academia, industry experts, the Ministry and other stakeholders, using a standard grading system
  • The final list of successful applications will be published via official channels on/before December 22, 2023

Click here to apply 

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