Intellectual Property (IP) Labs Incubation and Acceleration Program for Nigerian Startups

The IP Labs is a WIPO programme that aims to assist Nigerian idea-stage businesses in developing their ideas, building them into scalable products, and leveraging IP for wealth.

IP Labs will enhance IP awareness for startups in Nigeria on leveraging IP for business, assist startups to create minimum viable products (MVPs), develop pitch decks and secure relevant IP rights for their inventions, as well as connect startups with mentors, investors, and other stakeholders in the innovation ecosystem.

Stages of the Program

Through WIPO’s IP Management Clinics, beneficiaries will learn to use IP as a business development and financing strategy. The project will be implemented in two stages.

  1. Stage one is a general mentoring program on startup development, design-thinking, pitching, introduction to intellectual property for entry-stage startups.
  2. Stage two is for incubation, acceleration and IP Management Clinics (IPMC).IP Labs will help startups leverage IP protection to grow their businesses, create jobs, and contribute to the economic growth of Nigeria.

Eligibility Criteria

IP Labs Project welcomes all individuals or teams with innovative ideas for technology driven solutions-products that address real world challenges in their communities and globally, ranging from finance, job-creation, climate change, agriculture etc.

To qualify, these ideas must have some form of intellectual property component to them

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Intellectual Property Labs Incubation: Program Benefits

  1. One-on-one mentorship with renowned IP expert(s) selected by WIPO on how to better use IP for growth. A mix of IP-related expertise is on the panel, e.g. IP strategy, IP management, branding, valuation, licensing and franchising
  2. Training opportunities and access to practical tools and services
  3. Networking opportunities amongst peers

How To Apply

Deadline for application is September 4 2023

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