Young Nigerian entrepreneurs were the participants at a 4-week long innovation Bootcamp held by ‘4 Youth by Youth (4YBY)’ organisation.
The Bootcamp which was done in partnership with the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, Saint Louis University, New York University and the University of North Carolina was organised for young people to delve into the world of entrepreneurship and innovation management skills while applying basic research principles that will help encourage HIV self-testing in Nigeria.
Participants were trained on several modules, including creating strategic planning techniques, orchestrating an innovation ecosystem, developing a minimum viable product, cost models and budget plans, managing ethical issues around HIV and research, engaging with key community stakeholders and so much more.
The selected top teams were then tasked to present a 10-minute pitch deck at the event, after which they were judged based on feasibility, desirability and potential impact of their proposed innovation plan.
The Principal investigator for I-TEST, Dr Juliet Iwelunmor who spoke at the end of the event said “Our ultimate goal is the young people in Nigeria, the youths, who will be the leaders and partners of the HIV self-testing in Nigeria.”
Representative of the winning team, Tosin Ikuyiminu said “ We look forward to applying lessons learned in the Bootcamp, and hopefully making an impact in society.”