TETFund Alliance for Innovative Research



...translating ideas into innovation, solutions and enterprise

TETFAIR Showcase & Innovation Pitching Event

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“This is a practical demonstration of the can-do spirit of Nigerians that if you can give them the opportunity and the facilities to work with, they will use their God-given talents and intellect to create things that would benefit the larger society. ”
- Arc. Sonny Echono - OON, FNIA


TETFund Alliance for Innovative Research (TETFAIR) is an initiative of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund in collaboration with  Innov8 Hub. It is a year-long programme for Academics, Researchers, Technologists and Innovators from Government Tertiary Institutions across Nigeria, who have ideas/projects they want to translate into innovation, solution and enterprise. 

Participants can apply in Teams (1-3 persons per team). After rigorous evaluation by experts, Successful Teams would be selected based on the innovativeness, viability and tangibility of their ideas.

During the programme, participants will be taken through various courses that combine the intricacies, processes, and procedures of Innovation Development, Prototyping and Venture Creation.

The 12-month programme will run both in-person and virtually, designed and facilitated in collaboration with seasoned experts. Its content includes:

  • Access to Innov8 Hub, Abuja – an ultramodern innovation and prototype development hub.
  • Access to mentorship from innovation, prototype development, entrepreneurship, venture creation and industry experts.
  • Practical training, integration, creative thinking, business modeling, patenting, product branding and advanced design methodology.
  • Innovation pitching and showcasing to strategic partners, investors, financiers and stakeholders.
Benefits of


Areas of


Agriculture and Food Technology

Environment, Energy & Circular Economy

Health & Accessibility

Information Communication Technology


Transportation, Aviation & Shipping

Streamlining / Improving Production Process

Stages & Timeline

Call for Application

Call for application 


Evaluation, Selection & Interview

Initial Bootcamp

Opening Boot Camp: 10 days at Innov8 hub, Abuja

Venture Creation Journey:
Workshop, familiarisation with innov8 hub

Technology Development
journey: Intro to High level design.

Opening Event

Opening Event at Innov8 Technology Hub

Venture Creation

Venture Creation Journey (Problem definition, Market validation & research, Customer discovery, Ideation, Value proposition)

Product Development journey: High-level design

Product Development & Prototyping Boot Camp

Venture Creation Journey (Business models, financials, business development, pitching & presenting)

Technology Development Journey: Development of prototype/MVP's depending on the progress and stage (Online and Convergence)

Preparing for the Showcase

Intellectual Property Protection: Effective Communication: Writing, Design and Presentation. Testing POCs/Prototypes and documenting. Business Development

Final Showcase Event

An exhibition of POCs/Prototypes/MVPs presented to potential strategic partners for further development/pilots or investment. (Converge)

Technical Partner

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