Civic Innovation Lab
Who can benefit from this study?
Civic Tech initiatives
Organisation responsible for case study:
Name: Civic Innovation Lab
Org. type: Non-Profit
Launchpad for Social Innovators
Post Status: Complete
Main Project Location: Abuja
Project country/countries: Nigeria
Project dates: 2017 –
Last updated: 31 October 2023
Brief overview of the Case Study
Innovation is the blood that drives our very existence as a community. We see possibilities in every impossibility, solution in every challenge and success in every failure. Civic Innovation Lab is a cluster of multi-talented and diversified personalities with the passion, skill and roadmap to solving most of the numerous social challenges plaguing our nation. In a community where every breathing being – even animals if I may exaggerate- is consumed with a passion for problem solving and the required level of creativity to do this, Civic Innovation Lab is proudly one of the solution centres to the challenges we face as a nation. Innovation is what we breathe, what we do and who we are.
With programs that actively engage over 1000 active developers, designers and tech enthusiasts in our community, Civic Innovation Lab is one of the most resourceful human capital banks for any tech-related solution.
We empower entrepreneurs to do more good by creating successful enterprises. Our system puts in place a number of trainings and programs where innovators and entrepreneurs within/ outside of our community get access to our mentorship and engagements programs.
Our role as an impact driven hub is to act as an intermediary, initiating conversation between the government and the start-up/tech ecosystem. The aim of this interaction is to enable government crowd source indigenous solutions among Nigerian start-ups. There exists a huge gulf between the start-up space and the affairs of government in Nigeria. We know that government support for start-ups and tech innovations is the fastest, easiest and most economical route to solving the challenges peculiar to our nation.We empower entrepreneurs to do more good by creating successful enterprises. Our system puts in place a number of trainings and programs where innovators and entrepreneurs within/ outside of our community get access to our mentorship and engagements programs.
The challenge or problem
In Nigeria, a disconnect between civil society and technology was overt and openly observable. This was negatively affecting not only the community, but the economy as well. By serving as an incubator for start-ups, Civic Innovation Lab assisted in developing the sector greatly.
The solution that was implemented
At Civic Innovation Lab, we are at the frontline of supporting indigenous start-ups through seed funding, business support and provision of premium work spaces.
With over 150 start-ups funded with combined seed capital of over $4 million. We give Businesses the guidance needed for them in pushing up their innovations.
What results were achieved?
With programs that actively engage over 1000 active developers, designers and tech enthusiasts in our community, and supporting local start-ups, Civic Innovation Lab is one of the most resourceful human capital banks for any tech-related solution.
Lessons and recommendations
Working with local and foreign development organisations, we create and sponsor innovative solutions and programs that foster socioeconomic development and inclusion, especially for underserved communities.
We are committed to Founders success from start to finish. Since inception in 2017, we have funded and supported over 150 indigenous start-ups since.
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