Selected Applicants will be contacted for the next stage, ONLY ONE APPLICATION PER PERSON OR TEAM.

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“Rebuilding South-South for a sustainable future”

The South-South Innovation Hub Startups Pitching Event tagged MAKEATHON’19 is an intensive programme to crowd, source and support innovative ideas to develop effective, scalable, technologically driven and innovative solutions to KEY challenges identified for sustainable development and well-being of the South-South region of Nigeria.

The goal of the Makeathon is to promote innovative ideas and solutions targeted at any of our challenge areas (Security, ICT, Environment, Education, Tourism, oil and gas) as a driving force that will help in the sustainable development of the South-South region.

Selected applicants will have 5 minutes to pitch to the judges, officials from the Office of the Vice President and other potential investors.

After the pitch presentation, the selected startups will go through an incubation process for a period of 6months during which they will be funded, given access to free legal & accounting services, business support/development services, business training, and free co-working space (with access to high-speed internet and electricity)

The event will be strictly by invitation and shall be open to only team members of selected startups within the south-south region of Nigeria.

Startups in the South-South region of Nigeria with innovative ideas will be the direct beneficiaries of this event.


Many start-ups struggle to get the funds they need to grow their business and also require mentorship, professional advisory services, etc. Innovators and entrepreneurs from the South-South region would have an opportunity to pitch their ideas and solutions and it will also serve as a platform for such businesses to collaborate and interact with other businesses, individuals and organizations interested in promoting entrepreneurship.

Marydel Innovation Hub is a South-South Regional Hub empowered by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the N-Power project. Our aim is to help innovative individuals develop, incubate and fund their innovative ideas targeted at our identified challenge areas in the south south region.

We are dedicated to increasing innovative and entrepreneurial activity in the South-South Region of Nigeria by creating a collaborative ecosystem and pipelines that will mobilise resources and programmes necessary to develop talents. We are your innovation Think-Tank that will make your ideas happen.

As an innovation catalyst,  we accelerate innovation by bringing together worldwide experienced players (Innovation Ecosystem) to develop and mentor talents. A new society of science, technology and innovation is developing in the South-South and we are your innovation warehouse.

Don’t think outside the box, think like there is no box. New mindset equals new result.

The South-South Innovation Hub is located within the Edo Innovates building at ICE Road, off Wire Road, Benin City.


Applications are open to innovative and TECHNOLOGICALLY DRIVEN SOLUTIONS in these sectors of the economy within the South South region of Nigeria ONLY:

  • Education
  • ICT
  • Environment
  • Security
  • Oil and gas
  • Tourism