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Pathway to Triple Helix Synergy
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Day 1 (Opening Ceremony)

The Research and Development Capacity Building program of Tertiary Education Trust Fund in partnership with Innov8 Hub is designed to encourage the attainment of Triple Helix Synergy among the Government, Academia and Industry.
In his opening remark Prof. Suleiman Elias Bogoro, represented by Dr. Bako Chiroma, highlighted the importance of Research & Development in nation building, and the critical role TETFund is playing in facilitating solution driven researches and innovations.
After lunch break, participants took a familiarization tour of the hub. They were later divided into four teams. In which they will work on research and innovation concepts, and produce prototypes of their projects at the end of the program.
At the close activities,  some participants expressed their opinions  of the facilities, equipment and professionals at Innov8 Hub. Dr. Nasir Fagge of  Bayero University Kano said that he was pleasantly surprised with the facilities, equipment and human capacity on ground at the Innov8 Hub, and he would be looking forward to an impactful time.

Day 2

Activities resumed with an intensive brainstorming session on problem identification, ideation and methodology for innovative research and prototyping. After the ideation sessions, the participants were divided into 4 teams:

  • Team Nutrition
  • Team Crop Plants
  • Team Environment
  • Team Sustainable Cities
The teams will produce projects in line with their fields of focus and develop prototypes of their innovations/inventions.
At the rounding-off session, Chukwuma C. Mgboji from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka observed while consulting with his fellow participants that there were differences in approaches and methodologies of proffering solutions to problems and prototyping. He said it was a pleasant realization from which he is learning significantly.

Day 3-4

The pursuit of invention and prototyping resumes with participants and experts brainstorming on solutions to identified challenges. The participants are focused on project formation, realization and practical procedures to transform their solutions into prototypes.Their concepts and ideas are starting to take shape. We are at the juncture of long-term solution development.
Linus-Chibuezeh of the University of Agriculture, Umudike expressed satisfaction with the trajectory and progress of sustainable prototype development. He expressed confidence that his prototype will address a major challenge in Nigerian society.

Day 5-6

We are approaching a critical stage of the program when the fabrication of prototypes is nearing completion; the process of establishing a brand and developing a successful market communication strategy has begun. Participants are collaborating with experts and mentors to develop product branding, brand design, and packaging. Steadily, ideas are moving away from the drawing board into innovation and prototypes for proof of concept.

Engr. Oluwasanmi Adewuyi of the University of Ilorin unequivocally stated that the program through Innov8 Hub’s facilities and experts has been an eye-opener in terms of research application and potentials for Research and Development, innovation and invention in Nigeria.

Day 7-9

We’re nearing the apex of the program goal. Participants are putting their finishing touches on the prototypes. Each team’s concepts are being fine-tuned and finalized. The participants are holding meetings on effective market tactics, branding, and patenting of their prototypes. It’s a significant stage in promoting indigenous innovation, inventions and prototype development in Nigeria.

As we are approaching the finale of the program, Mrs. Alabere Awengi from the Federal University of Otuoke expressed confidence in her team’s prototype for the final day presentation. She said it had been an amazing journey, and she has learned a good deal about research implementation, ideation and prototyping.

Day 10 (Closing Ceremony)

At the closing event held in Innov8 Hub auditorium on 22nd October 2021, the participants pitched their innovations and prototypes to investors, industrialists, financiers, policy makers, members of the diplomatic corps and guests from all works of life; for possible investments and progression into Minimum Viable Products.
The Executive Secretary of TETFUND, Prof. Suleiman Elias Bogoro who is the initiator of the program, in his remark reiterated the commitment of TETFUND to initiatives that will instigate a vibrant, focused and problem-solving Research and Development engagements in Nigeria, especially in the Academia. He highlighted the need to urgently revitalize the Triple Helix Synergy among the Government, the Academia and the Industry, for nation building. The MD/CEO of Skill “G” Nigeria Ltd and the Chancellor of Gregory University, Uturu, Prof. Gregory Ibe in his remark emphasised the importance of such partnership between government and private sector, to aid the academia in redirecting their focus to viable solution-driven researches that will translate into innovations, inventions and breakthroughs.
His Excellency Mr Yotam Kreiman, Charge D’Affairs of Israeli Embassy/Deputy Ambassador of Israel to Nigeria reiterated the support of the State of Israel for initiatives that will help Nigeria become a reference nation for Research and Development, Innovation and Invention. He mentioned a similar initiative of the Israeli Embassy in Nigeria in collaboration with Nigerian Government and private sector partners like Innov8 Hub, to encourage innovation start-ups, entrepreneurship and job creation in Nigeria; tagged “Innovation Fellowship for Aspiring Inventors and Researchers (i-FAIR)”. His Excellency Ambassador Kalilou Traore the Ambassador of Cote d’Ivoire to Nigeria was also in attendance to demonstrate his country’s support for Research and Development drive in Nigeria.
All the participants testified to the fact that the program has reawakened their consciousness and redirected their view of research from being just an academic endeavour that ends up on library shelves, to a means of developing technologies, devices and processes that will address societal challenges and solve problems.
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