NINJA Accelerator
Program in Nigeria

2nd Cohort

Deadline: May 13th 2022


The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), in 2021, commissioned an ecosystem mapping report of Nigeria’s startup and entrepreneurial ecosystem with emphasis on the agritech, health tech or cleantech sectors. The ecosystem mapping report highlighted noticeable gaps in the following subsectors within the Agritech innovation space; logistics, cold chain monitoring and insurance. In the HealthTech sector, gaps were discovered in the nutrition, mobile health/fitness apps, healthcare marketing and many more subsectors. Unlike the Agric and healthtech sectors, the cleantech sector in Nigeria is in its growth stage, and with the global shift towards environmental sustainability and responsibility, there is a need to support innovation in this sector.

Next Innovation with Japan (NINJA) Accelerator in Nigeria – 2nd Cohort is designed to enhance the Nigerian startup ecosystem by strengthening underperforming and necessary sub-sectors in sectors (such as agriculture, health and cleantech) in Nigeria. It is expected to have collaboration among participants in the supply chain, contribute significantly to economic growth and promote promising youths with innovative businesses.

The 2nd cohort of the Ninja Accelerator will be conducted entirely online.

Eligibility Criteria

What We are Looking For

  • Foreign startups which have not yet been incorporated/operated in Nigeria and are looking into the Nigerian market. (startups in other African countries, Asia, Europe and other regions are welcome to apply)
  • Nigerian startups which are already incorporated and have business operation in Nigeria
Tailored Support for Business Growth


Opportunity for foreign startups to expand into the Nigerian market


Opportunity to pitch to Japanese investors and corporates at the largest African-focused startup event in Japan

Legal Support

Support with legal incorporation of selected foreign startups in Nigeria



Selection Process

1st screening by documents, 2nd screening by online interview – Mid-May – June 2022

Apply for an opportunity to enhance Africa’s startup ecosystem.

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About JICA

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) coordinates official development assistance for the Japanese government in developing countries and aims to promote international cooperation by supporting the socio-economic development, recovery, or economic stability of emerging economies.

Next INnovation with JApan (NINJA) is a startup support initiative by JICA launched in January 2020 to promote entrepreneurship, innovation and the creation of new businesses in emerging countries.

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The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) was set up to create a framework for the planning, research, development, standardization, application, coordination, monitoring, evaluation and regulation of Information Technology practices, activities and systems in Nigeria. Its role is to develop, regulate and advise on Information technology in the country through regulatory standards, guidelines and policies.

Through the Office for Nigerian Digital Innovation (ONDI) is a special purpose vehicle (SPV) of NITDA created to streamline the coordination and support of activities on policy implementation, enforcement of regulatory guidelines and interventions targeted at the development and growth of the Nigerian technology ecosystem for greater impact on job creation and economic growth.

About Ventures Park

Ventures Park is a full innovative entrepreneurship hub, Equipped with high-speed internet, state-of-the-art furniture, artsy finishes with an uninterrupted power supply provides the required coworking infrastructure (physical and virtual) for businesses to thrive. Beyond infrastructure, the Park provides support through capacity-building programs/events and venture support services, including access to mentorship, funding, and markets.

To know more about Ventures Park, visit this link



Implementing Partner


Next INnovation with JApan (NINJA) is a startup support initiative by JICA launched in January 2020 to promote entrepreneurship, innovation and the creation of new businesses in emerging countries.

5 Kwaji Close, Wuse 2, Abuja, Nigeria

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