Microsoft is thrilled to announce the#WINsiders4Good Nigeria Fellowship for Nigerian entrepreneurs. The #WINsiders4Good Fellows belong to the Windows Insiders, the greatest community of people in the world who use the Windows technology they love to eradicate the problems they hate.
Microsoft is looking for people like you, Nigerian entrepreneurs who can’t stop thinking of that idea you have that will solve a local problem as well as improve the lives of your fellow Nigerians.
Microsoft would like to build a fellowship of 20 Nigerian entrepreneurs to become its first ever, inaugural class of #WINsider4Good Fellows. If chosen, you will receive hardware and software along with 6 months of tailored technical and strategic mentorship from local and international leaders to help bring your unique idea to life.
Candidate eligible to participate in the #WINSiders4Good Nigeria Fellowship program must:
The #WINSiders4Good Nigeria Fellowship will select candidates based on the following criteria:
Citizens of Nigeria
Any Nigerian entrepreneur with any product or service, whether or not already in the market, but which can improve lives of communities
Type of product(s) and service(s) that qualify
The fellowship is open to just about any product or service that can effectively address an important social or economic issue in Nigerian communities such as: homelessness, public safety, sanitation, education, clean water, health, energy and much more.
Number of awards
Microsoft is awarding up to 20 Fellowships based on two rounds of online applications
To help develop a product or service, Fellows will receive Microsoft hardware and software, including Windows 10, Office 365 and Azure credits. Fellows will also receive technical and strategic mentorship from Microsoft staff, local and international experts. Microsoft wants to learn more about the specific needs of the Fellows and their solutions to tailor an engagement that will most benefit them.
This Fellowship will NOT help with financing, manufacturing or marketing your product. However, Microsoft mentors have extensive experience to provide guidance as you move through these efforts and bring your product or service to the market.
Method of Application
There will be two rounds of online applications. If you meet eligibility criteria, you can complete a Round 1 application online here.
It is important to read the FAQs, and also visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information before applying.
Round 1 application open 21st September, 2016 and closes 10th October, 2016. Round 2 applications opens 17th October, 2016 and closes 24th October, 2016.
Fellows will be announced on November 16, 2016.
The #WINsiders4Good Nigeria Fellowship is part of Microsoft’s global #WINsiders4Good program designed to help Windows Insiders tackle important issues in their local communities. With the #WINsiders4Good Nigeria Fellowship, Microsoft wants to build a fellowship of up to 20 Nigerian entrepreneurs to develop products and services that would help improve the lives of Nigerian people.
Application Deadline: 10 / 24 October 2016
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY Nigerians)