Co-Creation Hub (CcHUB) plans to dramatically increase social innovation in Nigeria with the launch of a $500,000 seed investment fund.
The fund just launched aims to support early stage start-ups over the next two years at the Co-Creation Hub Nigeria, which is a social innovation centre dedicated to accelerating the application of social capital and technology for economic prosperity.
The Nigerian start-ups will receive sums ranging from $10,000 – $25,000 to support business model experimentation and operations.
Aspiring tech entrepreneurs
The initial beneficiaries of the seed investment went through CcHUB’s Pre-Incubation program which identifies and supports aspiring technology entrepreneurs looking to address local market problems with relevant solutions.
Through the $90,000 Tony Elumelu Foundation/CcHUB pre-seed fund, beneficiaries started out with a grant award of $5,000 each to support their ideas, build working prototypes, carry out initial market testing & proof their concepts. These ideas grew steadily, earning revenues, increasing their user bases and building partnerships hence needing a different kind of support.
‘CcHUB incubation office launched in response to the need to provide business development, mentoring and funding support to start-ups that showed traction from our impactful Pre-incubation program. Our seed investment ensures startups have a sure footing post-Preincubation to concentrate on rapidly executing their plans and learning from the market’, Bosun Tijani, CEO & Co-founder of CcHUB tells Appsafrica.com
‘Discussions are already underway with investors to provide additional funding to two of our initial beneficiaries and we hope to break the news in the coming months’ remarked Tunji Eleso, Director of Incubation.
We welcome startups looking to transform the way Nigerians live, play and do business to apply to join CC HUB he added.
Initial CcHUB beneficiaries
Vacantboards led by Tunji is an online outdoor advertising marketplace which enables one-click booking of outdoor advert spaces & tracking of advert campaigns.
Truppr founded by Bosun Tijani is a social tool that connects people with physical activities and teammates in cities across the world.
Traclist run by Emotu Balogun is an online marketplace that helps fashion retailers expose their inventory and allows customers all over Nigeria to buy from an wide array of products.
500 shops led by Clive Ayonye offers small and medium sized businesses the opportunity to set up a complete online store and accept orders in minutes.
Genii games led by Adebayo Adegbembo delivers educative apps aimed at preserving and promoting African Culture and related subjects which include languages, etiquette and ethics.