Innovate Nigeria Programme

The Oxford Foundry and FMDQ Private Markets Programme – Innovate Nigeria Programme, is a two (2) week intensive accelerator programme designed to support innovation-driven start-ups in Nigeria in becoming scalable enterprises that have the potential to create transformative social and economic impact within the Nigerian economy.

Successful applicants will benefit from:

  • A bespoke curriculum focusing on core entrepreneurship and venture building skills
  • 1-to-1 coaching with Oxford Foundry network of resident experts
  • A tailored leadership training curriculum, directed towards building resilient entrepreneurs
  • Introductions to investors
  • Opportunities to pitch to these investors

We expect each venture and its founders to be present and engaged over the entire two-week period of the Programme. This form must be completed by the lead applicant, who is a co-founder or a high-level executive in the business.

If shortlisted, key founding members of the team must be available for:

Interviews: February 28 – March 11 2022 (held over two weeks)

Innovate Nigeria: March 28 – 08 April 2022 (two-week programme)

Pitching to investors: April 11–14 2022

All information provided will be held confidential and will not be shared with third parties beyond the Oxford Foundry and FMDQ teams.

Key dates:

  • Application Opens: December 1, 2021
  • Application Closes: January 31, 2022
  • Interviews: February 28 – March 11, 2022
  • Selection Announced: by March 18, 2022
  • Start-up Bootcamp Starts: March 28, 2022
  • Start-up Bootcamp Ends: April 8, 2022

For specific enquiries, please email us at

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