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The First SDGs Hackathon in Nigeria

Several collaborative efforts have been made by different organization in an attempt to achieve the delivery of the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (“SDGs”). The SDGs cut across different sectors and areas. Nigeria has recently seen an increase in Financial Technology (“Fintech”) firms’ success over the years and with the emergence of more Fintech firms, creating linkages between Fintech and SDGs will be the next market expanding opportunity. Nigeria has a large population of smart, vibrant youths that can champion these unique linkages when given the appropriate platform and mentoring. The SDGs were adopted with the solid global commitment to leave no one behind. In our attempt to drive the green economy in Nigeria and in aiding the delivery of the SDGs, the Nigeria Climate Innovation Center (“NCIC”) and the Financial Center for Sustainability, Lagos (“FC4S Lagos”) with the support of the Office of the Vice President, will be hosting a Fintech SDGs Hackathon to explore these linkages by creating Youth SDG Laboratories that will enable the budding Fintech talents to flourish.

Fintech SDGs Hackathon aims to facilitate the development of Fintech solutions that have direct impact on the realisation of the SDGs. The challenge will provide an opportunity for institutional support of these solutions to scale to become Fintech success stories in Nigeria. The challenge is open to all youth founded Fintech solutions based in Nigeria within the age range of 18 – 35 years. The challenge will be for a period of approx. seven (7) weeks and will be 100% virtual events.

  1. International Exposure: Access to event partners networks and platforms in the domestic and international spaces.
  2. Competition Prize: Top three (3) winners of the challenge will be awarded ₦500,000.00cash prize for the top three SMEs
  3. Mentoring and Networking Support: Top winners will be mentored from the partnering organisations.
  4. Integration to Related Organisations: Top winners will be recommended to relevant existing/participating firms for integration.