President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Produce First Draft
Harmonise Existing Laws/regulation and Feed inputs to legal framework from key ecosystem leaders (MDAs, States, Networks).
Validate First Draft
Ecosystem Leaders and representatives review the first draft as well as the Presidential Working Group composed of MDA decision makers critical to implementing components of the bill.
Presidential Announcement and Town Hall meetings take place for public consultation and validation of the second draft of the bill with ecosystem stakeholders at state level in all geopolitical zones. .
Final Draft Produced
Drafting teams take all the inputs and make revisions to feed into the final bill.
Bill is submitted to the President who then submits Executive Bill to the National Assembly.
Here you can have your say on the bill, indicating challenges yet to be addressed, propose additional policy solutions or propose amendments to specific articles.
The Nigeria Startup Bill project is a joint initiative by Nigeria’s tech ecosystem and the Presidency to harness the potential of our digital economy through co-created regulations. While this is our bill; it is being project managed by the Ventures Platform Foundation and supervised by the Presidential Strategic Advisory Group composed of stakeholder representatives from the tech-startup ecosystem in Nigeria.
By jointly reviewing the drafts of the bill and giving your inputs. You can participate by clicking on here
We plan that this bill is submitted to the NASS by October and passed by 2021. Visit the project timeline and subscribe to the newsletter to follow the journey.
Yes. Other African countries like Senegal and Tunisia have passed their own startup bills.
We are adopting a collaborative approach to drive this cause. We have tagged this collaborative framework the Big Tent approach, which in other words, means the bill is owned by the ecosystem. The process of engagement involves all relevant stakeholders in the startup ecosystem including the government (both at regional and federal levels, as well as across the legislative, executive and judiciary arms of government to develop and submit the bill to be signed into law. This is an initiative together with #i4Policy, and, is being supported by the Innovation for Policy Foundation, an organization working to increase public policy co-creation that has experience in facilitating the co-design of startup policy and legislative frameworks in more than a dozen African countries. We are also identifying existing laws/regulations and harmonising them into this bill. We are also using the bill as an opportunity to update existing but outdated laws.
Founder / Ventures Platform
Founder / Future Africa
Policy Lead / Google West Africa
CMO / MTN
CEO / Big Cabal Media
Founder / CoLab
CEO / Teasy International
Founder / Startup Arewa
Executive Director & Lead Researcher / API
SSA to the President on Digital Transformation
SA to the Vice President on Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Ag ED / Ventures Platform Foundation
Head of Compliance / Smile Identity
Director / API