November 30, 2019 / 06.25PM /
By Olubayo Adekanmbi / Header Image Credit: BA
Paul Graham, the Co-founder of Y Combinator asserts that “there cannot be solid technology ecosystem without research-driven
universities” (emphasis mine).
MTN NG raised the bar in driving for high quality research
in Nigerian universities with its PhD-oriented Academic Research and
Development Innovation (ARDIC).
Six (6) winners emerged and they will be supported to
translate their academic research into business ideas and social propositions
working with the global incubation form, Seedstar/Seedspace.
All the beneficiaries will enjoy access to MTN’s vast
platforms, data, APIs and awesome intellectual capacity through hands-on
mentorship by MTN staff in various expert domains.
With this, MTN leads in the delivery of the bold new
digital world by catalysing local content development and enabling a new wave
of research-based entrepreneurship, as we remain committed to driving digital
prosperity of our nation via job creation, exportable innovations, leapfrog
solutions, disruptive access to financial services and social inclusion
The event was graced with the presence of the leadership of
the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) , House Committee on
Telecommunication, Nigeria Universities Commission (NUC) and Nigeria
Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA)