Nigeria: Lagos State Proposes Innovation Bill to Boost Tech Ecosystem

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Nigeria’s leading tech hub, Lagos State is developing the Lagos Innovation Bill. This legislation, modeled after the Nigeria Startup Act, is tailored to address the unique challenges and opportunities in the state’s burgeoning tech sector.

At a recent stakeholders’ engagement, Tubosun Alake, Lagos State’s Commissioner for Science, Innovation, and Technology, underscored the bill’s broad vision. “The Bill won’t only develop startups but also encourage large companies to drive innovation,” Alake stated. This initiative aims to foster a comprehensive ecosystem that supports innovation at every level.

Lagos State, already home to over 500 startups, draws more than half of Nigeria’s startup investments. The introduction of the Lagos Innovation Bill represents a strategic effort to expand the state’s digital economy. The bill’s provisions include:

  • Registration of Research and Innovation Institutions: Establishing a formal registry for institutions focused on research and innovation to ensure coordination and collaboration.
  • Research and Innovation Fund: Creating a dedicated fund to support groundbreaking projects and technological advancements.
  • Tax and Fiscal Incentives: Offering tax breaks and other financial incentives to startups and large companies investing in innovation.
  • Accelerators and Incubators: Providing resources and mentorship to nurture early-stage startups.
  • Capacity Building and Talent Development: Implementing programs to enhance the skills of the workforce and foster talent in the tech sector.

Once enacted, the Lagos Innovation Bill aims to create an end-to-end pipeline that engages all innovation stakeholders: government, large corporates, startups, universities and research institutions, venture capitalists, angel investors, and private equity investors. This comprehensive approach is expected to drive sustainable growth and position Lagos as a global tech leader.

The proposed legislation highlights Lagos State’s commitment to nurturing an inclusive and dynamic tech ecosystem. By aligning the bill with local realities, the state seeks to remove barriers to innovation and provide a robust framework for the development of new technologies and businesses.

As the Lagos Innovation Bill moves through the legislative process, stakeholders across the tech industry are optimistic about the potential for transformative impact.

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