We will work together to create laws that support the growth of the tech startup ecosystem.

About the Startup Bill

The Nigeria Startup Bill project is a joint initiative by Nigeria’s tech startup ecosystem and the Presidency to harness the potential of our digital economy through co-created regulations. The Bill will ensure that Nigeria's laws and regulations are friendly, clear, planned and work for the tech ecosystem. This, we believe, will contribute to the creation of an enabling environment for growth, attraction and protection of investment in tech startups.
Our young people are our most valuable natural resource, at home and abroad. Their ingenuity, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit is evident to all.

We will partner with the legislature to develop an enabling environment to turn their passions into ideas that can be supported, groomed and scaled.
Presidency
His Excellency

Muhammadu Buhari

President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Timeline

  • Produce First Draft

    June 2021

    Harmonise Existing Laws/regulation and Feed inputs to legal framework from key ecosystem leaders (MDAs, States, Networks).

  • Validate First Draft

    July 2021

    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.

  • Town Halls

    August 2021

    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

    September 2021

    Drafting teams take all the inputs and make revisions to feed into the final bill.

  • Bill Submitted

    October 2021

    Bill is submitted to the President who then submits Executive Bill to the National Assembly.


Dates for Focus Group Sessions


30th August

Entrepreneur Support Organisations

10AM


1st September

VCs and Other Investors

10AM


3rd September

Early Stage Startups

10AM


6th September

Growth and Late Stage Startups

10AM


8th September

Industry associations and Civil society

10AM


10th September

Youth Support Organisations and Leaders

1PM


13th September

Academia & Research Institutions

10AM


15th September

Corporate Organizations

10AM


17th September

Donors & International development Organisations

10AM


News and Updates

Got ideas to contribute?

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is leading this initiative?

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.

How do we ensure all tech sectors are covered?

By jointly reviewing the drafts of the bill and giving your inputs. You can participate by clicking on here

What is the scope of this project?

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.

Has this been successful anywhere else?

Yes. Other African countries like Senegal and Tunisia have passed their own startup bills.

How is this different from past attempts?

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.

Presidential Advisory Strategic Group Members

Kola Aina
Kola Aina

Founder / Ventures Platform

Iyin Aboyeji
Iyin Aboyeji

Founder / Future Africa

Titi Akinsanmi
Titi Akinsanmi

Policy Lead / Google West Africa

Adia Sowho
Adia Sowho

CMO / MTN

Emmanuel Adegboye
Emmanuel Adegboye

NESG

Tomiwa Aladekomo
Tomiwa Aladekomo

CEO / Big Cabal Media

Sanusi Ismaila
Sanusi Ismaila

Founder / CoLab

Musa Ali Baba
Musa Ali Baba

CEO / Teasy International

Mohammed I. Jega
Mohammed I. Jega

Founder / Startup Arewa

Victoria Manya
Victoria Manya

Executive Director & Lead Researcher / API

Oswald Osaretin Guobadia
Oswald Osaretin Guobadia

SSA to the President on Digital Transformation

Ife Adebayo
Ife Adebayo

SA to the Vice President on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Adaeze Sokan
Adaeze Sokan

Ag ED / Ventures Platform Foundation

Kasim Sodangi
Kasim Sodangi

Head of Compliance / Smile Identity
Director / API

Partners

Government Partners

Office Of the Presidency
Office Of the Presidency
FMCDE
NCC
Nigerian Economic Summit Group
National Information Technology Development Agency
SEC

Ecosystem Partners

Innovation for Policy (i4Policy) Foundation
Advocacy for Policy and Innovation
VP
TechCabal
MDS
AfriLabs
Google
Aelex
ISN
THELP
GFA
Vazi Legal
Tech Hive
Future Africa
Netherlands

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