18 academics and researchers from polytechnics across Nigeria commenced the second batch of the Research for Impact (R4i) capacity-building initiative of TETFUND, in collaboration with Innov8 Hub, on the 14th of November, 2022.
At the opening session, the General Manager of Innov8 Hub gave a brief welcome address, urging participants to be involved in every stage of their innovation, research, and development journey.
Subsequently, the Head of Product Design shared insights on the Hub’s activities with the new participants. He motivated the participants to break limits and explore their innovative minds by sharing some success stories of Innov8 Associates from previous programs of the Hub. He described how Innov8 Hub promotes the Nigerian innovation ecosystem through prototypes developed, the people and mentors who have gone through Innov8 Hub initiatives, resulting in the development and commercialization of their prototypes. The R4i participants were also introduced to Innov8 Hub experts who would engage with them throughout the workshop.
The Head of programs at Innov8 Hub later introduced participants to the core components of the workshop. He spoke about the importance of transforming ideas into solutions; informing participants on the process that would lead to the development of their prototypes.