By Myke Uzendu, Abuja
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) office has received about 407 sponsorships applications for GITEX 2018 and Future Superstars (GFS) holding as part of the sideline events from October 14 -18, 2019 in Durban South Africa.
The GITEX Technology Week is a five day Africa’s biggest and fastest growing startup event showcasing the latest technology trends. The event draws participation from over 140 countries every year and attracts more than 90 countries Pavilions and trade visitors in excess of 150, 000.
According to a statement on Thursday in Abuja, signed by Hadiza Umar MNIPR, Head of Corporate Affairs and External Relations Unit, NITDA, the applications were received by the Office for ICT Innovation & Entrepreneurship (OIIE), an arm of NITDA.
NITDA noted that details of applications were harvested after the application portal closed last week for startups vying to be sponsored to the GITEX event.
According to the OIIE, NITDA plans to promote 10 startups to join their over 600 peers from over 45 countries at the Global Startups Movement in GITEX. This year’s themes focus on startups creating solutions addressing any of these problems: Smart Cities, Energy, Smart Construction, Healthcare, Education, Retail, Transport and Logistics.
The statement stressed that the country’s tech-ambassadors are being carefully selected by a team that include officials of OIIE, innovation hubs and angel investors among others as part of the pre-selection processes and planning for Nigeria’s overall participation in GITEX 2018.
Startups are a major feature of Nigeria’s participation to underscore NITDA’s agenda to expose the country’s budding tech startups ecosystem to global investors, mentors and venture capitalists.
The Director-General/CEO of NITDA, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami while recently inaugurating the GITEX LOC as well as the LOC for eNigeria disclosed the value the will accrue to Nigeria from the event.