SIDE Project

Social Innovation Driven Entrepreneurship (SIDE)

Digital Access Program’s SIDE Initiative

To Catalyze Innovation and Impact in Nigeria


Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel, Lagos, V.I.
1a Ozumba Mbadiwe Ave, Victoria Island, Lagos 101241, Lagos


JUNE, 2024
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Project Objective

The Social Innovation Driven Entrepreneurship (SIDE) Project complemented the Digital Access Program (DAP) of the UK-Nigeria Tech Hub. The SIDE project was a four-month acceleration program targeted at entrepreneurs, startups, and SMEs creating sustainable, relevant, and scalable solutions to address local challenges through digital innovation, focusing on several economic indicators to mitigate poverty.

Through a strategic partnership with the UK-Nigeria Tech Hub and the Network of Incubators and Innovators (NINE), the project engaged entrepreneurs across the six geopolitical regions of Nigeria in selected innovation hubs. This was done to support sustainable solutions addressing gaps in economic data, risk capital, infrastructure, and advisory services in key sectors, using innovative digital solutions to reduce poverty and solve SME challenges for identified markets and sector gaps affecting underserved populations. The goals of this project were to:

The goals of this project were to:
Over the past few months, the project achieved the following:



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