A startup community building event in Nigeria
organized by Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE)

About StartUP Friday

Biggest startup community building event in Nigeria

We launched the first edition of StartUP Friday in February, 2016 with 73 startup co-founders in attendance. As at July 2016 when we had the fourth edition of the event, the number had grown to 974 co-founders with 74 investors, resulting in a total of 25 startups being given seed funding, mentorship, grinding sessions, accelerator programs and access to national and global platforms for scale.

StartUP Friday is the biggest ever startup community building event in Nigeria, that is helping startups to connect to investors, mentors, celebrity entrepreneurs, buyers, partners, consultants, developers and policy makers.


  • Enrich the development process of the startups
  • Facilitate the creation of an interactive community for exchange of ideas and information
  • Create a comfortable environment for startup owners and potential investors to interact
  • Bridge the seed funding gap
  • Establish a network of entrepreneurs committed to growing and scaling their businesses
  • Provide essential support to ensure that the startups thrive and cater to the socio-economic climate by creating jobs and problem solving


  • Early Stage Funding Support
    • Start-up Grant (matching fund for entrepreneur starting an ICT business with minimum viable products) – up to N1.5m
    • Commercialisation Fund (for start-ups with proprietary and high-growth technology) – up to N5m
    • Acceleration Support Fund (to accelerate technology commercialization and catalyze go-to-market activities) – on need basis
  • Government-backed Venture Fund (co-investment equity financing scheme) – yet to launch
  • Mentorship
  • Business advisory support through our Innovation Advisory Faculty
  • Peer learning network through our StartUP Friday Program

Join the Revolution

We are committed to creating a positive impact on our ecosystem.

Every startup, mentor, investor, industry specialist, business consultant, hub operator stands to gain from the connect – it's a value adding chain; and the opportunities to add value to the local and global economy are numerous with a vibrant community of backers. YOU!

  We are creating a globally competitive Nigerian Startup Community built around innovation, creativity and creative schemes.


The fifth edition of the StartUP Friday goes to Lagos. It is going to be different and new. It is the FutureHACK!


The event will take place as follows:
Venue: Landmark Event Center, Plot 2&3 water corporation road, Victoria Island Lagos
Click here for direction to the venue: https://goo.gl/maps/6XsSL4WhvqQ2
Date: Friday, September 23, 2016
Time: 3:30pm prompt


4 Startup Friday Events Equal:

Entries for pitching

Pitches delivered

Participants in attendance

Startup cofounders


Hub operators

Government officials