StartupLagos : In search for 10 Innovative Student-led research projects

Universities are critical to the future growth of any economy and are to be at the forefront of research and discovery.


Businesses across all industries depend on cutting-edge research that will allow them to compete and deliver the products and services their customers demand. Nigerian Higher institutions have a wide range of talented inventors in science and technology, however, there are only a few business support frameworks for students with innovative research ideas. This year’s Lagos Startup Week promises to further establish Africa and particularly Lagos, in its rightful place in the world of technology, entrepreneurship and innovation. With this year’s theme tagged “Be Inspired”, this weeklong event will leave entrepreneurs fully fired up and inspired to take on new challenges and initiatives even in a difficult economy.


As part of the events for this year, StartupLagos, the organisers of Lagos Startup Week, have organised a session tagged “From University Research to Real World Innovation” which aims to provide student and researchers of Nigerian Tertiary institutions with an opportunity to pitch their innovative research projects in the midst of potential international and local investors and it’s proudly supported by Fastforward Student Innovation Fund


Do you have and innovative research project you hope to commercialize? Applications are now open  and the deadline for submission of applications is 20th September 2016. The 10 best research projects will be invited to pitch in front of a panel and compete. Shortlisted winners would be contacted.

“This would be an engaging experience for students during Lagos Startupweek. Collaboration and knowledge sharing is vital to increasing our ability to tackle some of the major challenges in society today “ says Olumide Olayinka,-Member Organising Team Lagos StartupWeek .

This is a unique opportunity for student innovators who are driven by the problems they face in their day to day lives to show the world the solutions they have developed. Hopefully, we will have major stakeholders like hubs, corporate, government and investors on hand to offer support like partnerships and investment to these new generation of innovators in order to make their solutions commercially viable- Fastforward

Applications are already ongoing  HERE  . You could also register  to attend the session for free


How It Works

  1.      Submit an application to pitch your research idea latest by 20th September
  2.      All applications will be reviewed and 10 of the best innovative ideas will be invited to pitch.
  3.      Receive an Invite to Pitch
  4.      Pitch at Lagos Startup Week on the 27th of September, 2016


Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a Nigerian Citizen
  • Must be enrolled as an undergraduate or postgraduate student at a Nigerian university or recognized foreign university
  • Recently-Completed Graduates to be considered .


  • Winners would be given the opportunity to pitch their ideas to potential investors
  • Access to tools and resources that would  make the project become a success.
  • Access to a Network of mentors and Investors
  • Free access to a  co-working space powered  by Leadspace
  • Free access to a Fab Laboratory /Innovation Lab (*depending on project)
  • Other Freebies  which would include access to collaboration tools and Cloud-hosting services