Projects and Programmes (in view)

The EIR is an initiative of the NCIC with a vision to help startup businesses execute their daily enterprise-wide activities efficiently. For businesses to thrive they need to ascertain their full potentials by improving their day to day performance. Executive-in-residence offers to loan businesses proven and successful executives as stand-in CEO of ventures that NCIC would have invested in for a specific period.

The role of stand-in CEOs will be to oversee the investment and ensure investments are used to the speculations of the business models. Leading the development of the business short-term and long-term strategy thereby assessing risks to the business and ensuring they are monitored and minimized. The Executive-in-Residence will also be responsible for making managerial decisions alongside the input of the business directors within the company. Setting strategic goals and ensuring they are measurable and achieved timely amongst other assigned duties to ensure the objectives of the startups are met and investment keeps growing.

The economies of the world have, to date, over-exploited resources and severely undervalued ecological goods and services that form the basis of all economic activity. To this end, the Green Economy has emerged as a talking point for sustainable development in both developed and developing countries. It presents an enviable framework to deliver a more resource-efficient, lower carbon, environmentally friendly and more socially inclusive societies. The NCIC, through its Jobs of The Future Program, is empowering cleantech entrepreneurs one venture at a time to boost employment while simultaneously accelerating the fight against climate change, environmental degradation, and poverty.

Jobs of the future intends to achieve the following key objectives:

  • Create Green Jobs that are currently not available
  • Introduce Green Master Classes across the country
  • Virtual Mentorship
  • Experts in Residence (Qualified facilitators for Green related subjects)
  • Development of more Entrepreneur skills for the Green Economy
  • Mapping existing green jobs
  • Mapping location for new creations of green jobs

The Green Economy Fellowship project is primarily aimed at the capacity development of youths in Sub-Saharan Africa in readiness for the future of work and the attainment of Africa We Want: Agenda 2063.

The project also aimed at equipping Nigerian youths with design thinking tools and capacity to create sustainable and impactful start-ups using open innovation. Other objectives include:

  • Youth development
  • Youth empowerment
  • Psychological rehabilitation
  • Capacity development
  • Start-up development
  • Job creation
  • Food security
  • Climate protection
  • Employment.

Over the years, contamination and pollution of the oceans have become a growing problem. Materials that are non-biodegradable such as plastics, cause a wide range of problems. Plastic is, by far, the most common type of marine litter, estimated to comprise 60-80 % of the total waste encountered in the ocean (UNEP, 2014). Roughly 10% of the annual production of plastic ends up in oceans (Avio et al., 2016)

This program is targeted at the private sectors that operate businesses using plastic bags as a form of a package for sales of items to their clients/customers. The goal behind this program is to make them aware of the hazards and harmful effects of plastic to the environment and gradually introduce the use of paper bags to their businesses. This project is an NCIC service flag-off event for paper bag value chain improvement. An awareness workshop program on the need to embrace paper over plastics and gradually usher in the use and enforcement of paper bags in convenience stores, supermarket e.t.c.

A program for business owners, representatives, paper bag manufacturers, and distributors operating within and outside the packaging value chain. A platform to bring stakeholders to catalyzing and formulating methodologies on how to introduce and adapt the usage of the paper bag into the Nigeria packaging system and gradually accepting paper over plastic bags.