Top 6 Incubation Programs for Nigerian Startups and Entrepreneurs

Written by: Victor Odeyemi

Top 6 Incubation Programs for Nigerian Startups and Entrepreneurs
Top 6 Incubation Programs for Nigerian Startups and Entrepreneurs


According to Statista, the number of startups in Nigeria was estimated to have exceeded 3,360 in 2022, the highest number in Africa. Among the list of prominent startups are Flutterwave (valued at $3 billion), Moove (valued at $181.8 million), and ThriveAgric (valued at $56.4 million).

What is a Business Incubation Program?

A business incubation program provides early-stage enterprises with access to mentorship, investors, and other forms of support to aid in their establishment. Early-stage enterprises are helped by business incubators to develop beyond their ideation stage.

Why are Business Incubation Programs crucial for Startups?

Through incubator programs, you can gain access to management and mentoring, market resources, networking opportunities, and business skill development. For a smart business owner, you sure want to save hundreds of thousands of Naira in the build-up to your startup launch.

Suppose you are a budding startup owner, entrepreneur, or innovator, dreaming of owning a transformative startup. In that case, you should read this article as I will show you the top 6 incubation programs available for you in the pursuit of your imminent success.

(Note: As of the time of the compilation of this article, specific programs may have closed or suspended for future openings.)

Top 6 Incubation Programs for Nigerian Startups and Entrepreneurs

1. Lagos Innovates Idea Hub Program

Incubation Programs for Nigerian Startups and Entrepreneurs
Lagos Innovates Idea Hub Program

The Lagos Innovates Idea Hub Program is a 12-week incubation program created to assist very early-stage tech-enabled ventures with relevant skills, networking opportunities, and mentorship from seasoned industry experts to achieve a minimum viable product, with a focus on developing a competitive and sustainable brand.

It is a hybrid program. The masterclasses are physical and virtual, while sessions with your chosen mentors are primarily virtual.

Benefits for successful applicants:

  • Business incubation and coaching by Lagos Innovates experienced and seasoned mentors
  • Access to Lagos Innovates network, such as Government, Corporates, Startups, Investors, etc.
  • Access to administrative services such as legal, accounting, HR, etc.
  • An opportunity to pitch for Lagos Innovates Workspace Vouchers (valued between N75,000 – N1,800,000)
  • Founders will be ambassadors of the Idea Hub program and join Lagos Innovates network of startups

Visit the official website for more information

2. The Agro-Hack Challenge & Technology Summit

Incubation Programs for Nigerian Startups and Entrepreneurs
Agrohack Challenge

The Summit and Agro-Hack Challenge, an Agribusiness and AgriTech-focused challenge for 2022, seeks creative collaborative solutions to issues facing the agricultural ecosystem in Benue State and Nigeria.

Who can apply?

  • AgriTech startups
  • AgriBusiness Entrepreneurs
  • Engineers
  • Innovators and Solution enthusiasts across Nigeria
  • Agriculture-based research institutes
  • University students especially those studying Agric-related courses
  • Smallholder farmers and agricultural value chain players
  • Conflict-affected communities.

What are the benefits for successful applicants?

  • Equity-free funding of $USD30,000 and other investments
  • Access to resources you need to expand and scale your farm
  • Mentoring and coaching for entrepreneurs
  • Validation of startup ideas
  • Access to both domestic and foreign markets
  • Access to the infrastructure and digital technologies

Visit the official website for more information

3. WASH Innovation Challenge and Incubation Programme

Incubation Programs for Nigerian Startups and Entrepreneurs
W.A.S.H Innovation Programme

The WASH Innovation Fair is focused on discovering SMEs with innovative approaches in the WASH sector and assisting them with technical, business, and commercial advice to enable them to move their novel ideas from inception to market penetration.

According to Goal 6 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the event intends to support efforts by the Federal Government of Nigeria to eliminate open defecation by 2025 and make clean water and sanitation readily available to all Nigerians.

The WASH Innovation Fair 2023 edition is segmented into two sections:

  • Innovation Challenge
  • Incubation Programme

What is the benefit for successful applicants?

  • N3,500,000 funding

Visit the official website for more information

4. Orange Corners Nigeria Incubation Programme for Entrepreneurs

Incubation Programs for Nigerian Startups and Entrepreneurs
Orange Corners Incubation Programme

Orange Corners is an innovation of the Netherlands. It’s a 6-month incubation program curated for young entrepreneurs. Orange Corners serves as a nexus between innovative entrepreneurs and the private sector. The incubation program offers a great benefit to all participants.

Some of the mouthwatering benefits for participants are:

  • Enterprise Development knowledge and capacity building
  • Funding of up to €40,000
  • Access to local and international markets
  • Access to industry experts and peer learning opportunities
  • One-on-one coaching

Budding entrepreneurs will be selected based on the:

  • Innovativeness
  • Feasibility
  • Social Impact
  • Clarity of Market
  • Sustainability & Scalability of the business idea
  • Competence of the entrepreneur/team

Orange Corners is an initiative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in collaboration with a local service provider.

Visit the official website for more information

5. The Giddyup Incubation Programme

Incubation Programs for Nigerian Startups and Entrepreneurs
GiddyUp by Musterpoint

The Giddyup Incubation Programme is a 6-week hybrid program designed to support creatives & creators to solve prevailing problems in building sustainable and scalable businesses.

The program seeks to identify, train and support creatives whose activities power the digital economy, and especially address gaps in areas of business skills and structures for growth and scalability.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be willing to build a business.
  • Must be creative in powering the digital economy.
  • Must be available once a week through the incubation program.
  • Can demonstrate expertise in the area of work.
  • Between the ages of 20 and 35.

Benefits for successful participants include:

  • Access to business incorporation, business bank account, 3 months of virtual office support post-incubation, and more
  • Consultation with business experts on product-market fit, branding and marketing, revenue modeling & funding, intellectual property, and more
  • Access to a network of prospective partners, co-founders, and creative minds like you.

Visit the official website for more information

6. Co-creation Hub Incubation Programme

Incubation Programs for Nigerian Startups and Entrepreneurs
Co-Creation Hub logo

This 12-month program is aimed at assisting enterprises that have gained some traction and revenue to develop sustainable businesses that can operate globally.

Benefits for successful applicants

  • Startups will access up to $25,000 during the program
  • Direct access to follow-on funding of up to $250,000 from Growth Capital
  • Free office space for the team
  • Free credits for partner products
  • Business support
  • Access to a network of partners and more

To be eligible to apply, startups must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a revenue model and be generating revenue
  • Have a functional product that leverages technology
  • Have gained users/customers
  • Been in operations (since launch date) for at least 6 months
  • Have a management team consisting of up to 3 members which include a technical lead and founder(s) that are fully committed to the business
  • Have the potential to scale

Entrepreneurs that want to expand their businesses in Africa, especially Nigeria, should apply for this program. During the length of the program, startups must be based in the incubation facility in Lagos, Nigeria.

Visit the official website for more information


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What is a startup?

A startup is a company in its initial stages of business.

What is equity-free funding?

Equity-free funding refers to funding that is provided to startups or entrepreneurs without the expectation of receiving equity or ownership of the company in return.

What is a hybrid program?

A hybrid program refers to a program that requires students to attend classes both online and in-person to fulfill the program requirements.


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