Call for Applications: The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) ICT Innovation Competition 2023

Call for Applications: The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) ICT Innovation Competition 2023

Call for Applications: The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) ICT Innovation Competition 2023

In keeping with its strategic intent as encapsulated in the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS 2020-2030) pillar 8 “Indigenous Content Development and Adoption,” the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is committed to promoting innovation for the sustainability and continuous development of the Nigerian Communications Industry.

As a result, the Commission invites Startups, Tech Hubs, Investors, and the ICT ecosystem to participate in the third Annual Innovation Competition, with the topic “Utilizing Indigenous Digital Solutions to Bridge the Digital Divide.”

The ICT Innovation Competition will serve as a platform for highlighting skills and breakthroughs in the ICT ecosystem. This is intended to motivate and encourage Nigerian youths to participate in new innovations for the telecoms industry, hence improving the country’s ability to compete in the global economy.

Furthermore, the Competition is intended to promote indigenous solutions to the digital divide. The goal is to bring together Tech Hubs and Techpreneurs with solutions related to the theme in order to demonstrate their innovations and solutions.


Prospective Technology Hubs and Startups entering the competition are required to submit proposals that meet the following criteria for consideration:

  • The project should be relevant to the ICT/Telecommunication industry.
  • Interested parties should be duly registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria (CAC).
  • Proof of concept (feasibility of idea with diagram, algorithm, etc.).
  • Novelty of the project.
  • The pitch idea should demonstrate clear commercial sustainability and profitability framework.
  • Team diversity and indigenous capacity to develop and support the solution.

Application Guidelines

All applications should be ONLINE.

There is no cost to enter the competition and you will retain full control and ownership of your technologies.

Each team will register and submit the following documentations:

  1. 4-Page Executive Summary of the project concept
  2. A 5-7 minutes video of the pilot project
  3. Names, contact details, passport photographs and profiles of all team members.
  4. Website

Interested and qualified Startups should submit the above documents in a zip folder to: The subject of the mail should read “Submission from <business name>” and the zipped file named after the business.


9th-15th Jan 2023Applications open online
23rd Jan 2023Shortlisted Tech Hubs bs and Startups announced
6th Feb 2023Shortlisted Tech Hubs and Startups arrive DBI, Oshodi, Lagos Campus for a 2-day pitch
7th-8th Feb 2023A 2-day pitch/ exhibition and grading of contestants by Panel of Judges at Digital Bridge Institute in Lagos
9th Feb 2023Award of prizes/ Closing ceremony

Application Deadline: 15th January 2023.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the NCC ICT Innovation Competition 2023


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