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TETFund Alliance for Innovative Research

Do you have an Innovative Idea?
Turn your idea into Prototype
Transform your research into Solution

…translating ideas into Innovation, Solutions & Enterprise



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 researchers and academics in Government Universities across Nigeria, who have ideas they want to translate into innovation, solutions and enterprise.

Participants applied in Teams (2-4 persons per team) and after rigorous evaluation by international experts, 19 Teams were 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 international experts. Its contents include:

  • Access to Innov8 Hub, Abuja- an ultramodern innovation and fabrication hub.
  • Access to mentorship from innovation, prototype development, entrepreneurship, start-up incubation and industry experts.
  • Practical training, integration, creative thinking, business model development, patenting 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

Criteria for Selection

  • A Team of 2 to 4 staff academics/researchers, from a Nigerian university (TETFund beneficiary institution), with an idea for innovation/invention, that falls within at least one of TETFAIR Focus Areas.
  • An approval from the Vice Chancellor (through the Endorsement Form) of the Team’s university.
  • Teams should comprise of individuals with multidisciplinary complementary skill sets needed to translate their idea into innovation and prototype.

Ideally, a Team typically includes:

  • A member who has an idea for an innovative solution and has relevant knowledge and skills.
  • A member who has additional complementary relevant skills (technical, scientific, mechanical, medical or engineering depends on your area of focus).
  • A member with financial, business, entrepreneurial skills or orientation.
  • The idea should be at the early stages of ideation and development, translatable into an innovation that includes a hardware/physical element (not only digital elements).

Stages & Timeline

October 4th - October 31st
Call for Application

Call for application (open till October 31st 2022)

October 24th - November 15th

Selection, Interviews of shortlisted candidates

December 5th-December 13th
Boot Camp

Opening Boot Camp: 10 days at Innov8 hub, Abuja

Venture Creation Journey:
Workshop, familiarization with innov8 hub

Technology development
journey: Intro to High
level design.

December 14th
Opening Event

Opening Event at Innov8 Technology Hub

December 22 - April 23
Venture Creation

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

Product development journey: High-level design

April 22nd - August 23rd
Venture Creation

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

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

August 2023 - October 2023
Preparing for the Showcase

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

October 2023
Final Showcase Event

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

Technical Partner

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