Four Nigerian tech startups, Clearflow System Hub, Aelaus Engineering Teams/Hyech Electronics Solutions, Kalibotics, and CyberNorth Tech, have landed a ₦20 million grant planned to grow the local tech industry, the telecoms regulator says.
The four Nigerian tech startups emerged winners of the Virtual NCC Internet of Things (IoT) Code Camp and Hackathon 2021, and they received ₦5 million each on their innovative technology solutions aimed at making life better for Nigerians, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Public Affairs Director announced in a statement made available to Technology Times.
According to Adinde, NCC awarded the ₦20 million grant to the “four deserving Nigerian tech startups in furtherance of its commitment to encourage the development of new indigenous technologies and contents, that are oriented in cutting-edge research to stimulate sustainable economic growth.”
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While the first two startups, Clearflow System Hub; and Aelaus Engineering Teams/Hyech Electronics Solutions, emerged winners in the IoT category on kidnapping and banditry, Kalibotics and CyberNorth Tech, emerged winners on assistive robotics for effective e-waste management solutions.
The grant was for the novel digital solutions of four startups, Adinde says, noting that it is “aimed at finding innovative digital solutions in addressing the challenges of insecurity and to stem the growth in national e-waste rates while advancing the frontier of Internet of Things (IoT) in Nigeria.”
Speaking at the prize-giving ceremony held at the Commission’s headquarters, in Abuja, Prof. Umar Danbatta, NCC Executive Vice Chairman says the telecoms regulator as a frontline driver of innovation in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry, organized the second edition of the NCC Hackathon with a view to driving the creation of problem-solving tech innovations.
Danbatta, represented by Dr. Haru Alhassan, NCC Director, New Media, and Information Security, says that the initiative was in line with the objectives of the Nigerian Economic Sustainability Plan (NESP) 2020, NCC’s Strategic Vision Plan (SVP) 2021-2025, Executive Order 5 of 2017, and Section 1 (f) of the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA), 2003 which focuses on promotion of Nigerian content in contracts, science, engineering, and technology.
According to Danbatta, the occasion also symbolises the NCC’s commitment to delivering objectives of pillars 4, 7 and 8 of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) 2020-2030, and the aspirations of the Commission’s SVP 2021-2025 in promoting innovative services and maintaining effective partnership and collaborations with relevant stakeholders.
Earlier, Ubale Maska, NCC Executive Commissioner, Technical Services, who was represented by Kelechi Nwankwo, NCC Head, Research and Development, notes that the event demonstrated the critical role that the telecommunications sector plays in addressing Nigeria’s social and environmental problems with innovative solutions.
While underscoring the determination of NCC towards harnessing the potentials of Nigerian youth in addressing emerging challenges through ICT, Maska says that the event boldly demonstrates Commission’s resolve to champion the efforts of the government to leverage telecommunications-based solutions to address societal issues that need urgent attention.
Representatives of agencies in the security governance sector, telecommunications operators, National Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), and Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) that attended the event commended the telecoms regulator for the meaningful initiative.