Nokia & Co-creation Hub open applications for Growth Academy


Lagos, Nigeria, September 24, 2012

Leading phone manufacturing company, Nokia in partnership with foremost social innovation centre in Nigeria, Co-creation Hub (CcHUB) has embarked on an academy program called ‘Nokia/CcHUB Growth Academy’ aimed at accelerating top Nigerian mobile software companies in growing their companies on regional and international levels.

Having successfully completed a pilot, we invite applications for this first of its kind business accelerator program in Africa dedicated to providing intensive continuous hands-on support to help early stage mobile technology start-ups grow into high growth businesses and build world class mobile applications for the Nokia platform regionally and globally.

The three (3) month intensive program runs in three parts i.e. Capacity building, Product development and Launch. Each start-up undergoes hands-on prototype development and structured training with modules such as business model development, project implementation plan and lean product development. Tailored technical training and support will be provided by Futurice, a global training organization with expertise in mobile application development and user driven design.

During product development each start-up is complemented with the best of resources i.e. one-on-one mentorship from experienced tech entrepreneurs with a strong understanding of the African market, project implementation plan; and market research support to ensure that solutions meet specific market needs.

The last phase of the program is dedicated to product testing, pilot launch and value redesign based on initial customer feedback. Each start-up will also pitch at an open Pitchfest to the wider community and investors as part of the final product launch.

To apply, visit www.growthacademy.org; applications close by 6pm on October 12th 2012. Ten (10) start-ups will be recruited into program which culminates in a formal launch of the mobile apps on the Nokia store.

Who are we looking for?

  • Start-ups with brilliant ideas to address market needs in finance, education, healthcare, agriculture, small business development, environment, inclusive technology, entertainment.
  • Have developed a working prototype in Java ME (J2ME)
  • Have at least 2 core members, including a lead developer
  • Be willing to commit 3 full months to developing their idea on the program

For more information, email info@growthacademy.org or call 234.1.2950555.