WIAAI Innovators Empowerment and Awards 2022

Event Details

The creativity and innovative spirit in young Nigerians is being encouraged by WIAAI to get them to believe in their potential, live meaningful lives, and be empowered as entrepreneurs.

WIAAI Innovators Empowerment and Awards requests the submission of innovations in fields of human endeavour such as fashion, art, gastronomy, philanthropy, design, technology, and architecture, to be showcased and awarded cash and other consolation prizes.

The top three innovations will be announced at the award ceremony after being pitched and judged by a panel of seasoned entrepreneurs and innovators. Winners will receive financing rewards and business expert mentoring in addition to their cash awards.

Innovations to be considered for the award are to be submitted to: WIAAI Innovators Empowerment and Awards Submissions

To register as a attendee, visit: WIAAI Innovators & Empowerment Awards Event Registration.

Event details & Schedule

Prizes and Incubation

The best innovations will be judged on grounds of profitability, scalability, authenticity, aesthetic appeal amongst others. Winners will get access to cash prizes and WIAAI’s network and value chain to expand the scope and effectiveness of their innovations along with monetary awards.

Top 3 Winners: Cash Grants of up to N1 million naira

4th, 5th and 6th ranked innovation

Consolation prizes such as free online advertisement and free website development

All the top 50 applicants

An invitation to attend the Innovators Conference, where they will interact with trendsetting entrepreneurs and celebrities who will discuss their success stories, best business practices and key challenges that face innovators in the Nigerian environment.


How to Submit Applications

Applications for innovations to be considered for the award will be received via Ideasmarketplace. 

  • STEP 1: Sign up on https://www.ideasmarketplace.co/

  • STEP 2: Submit your application for the “Why I Am Alive” Innovators Empowerment and Awards Campaign

  • STEP 3: Selected applications will be contacted to pitch their innovations in person at the award event

For more information about applying for the innovation competition, kindly download the document below


What is the aim of the award?

The initiative was created to:

 ⦁ Change the realities of Nigerian youth to the achievement of success
⦁ Reduce crime rates among youth
⦁ Showcase successful local and global role-models to inspire others with their success stories
⦁ Provide networking opportunities for innovators
⦁ Provide access to funding and mentorship for youth

What are the phases of the initiative? 

  •  Submit your application for the “Why I Am Alive” Innovators Empowerment and Awards Campaign on Ideasmarketplace
  • Notification of selected applicants
  • Pitching of innovations
  • Selection and awarding of winners

Who will form the judging panel?

Judges will be selected from the accomplished Politicians, Business Owners, Media House Owners, Film Producers, Professionals from Nigeria, America and UK who are founders and CEOs of several organizations.

How will selected innovations be notified?

Entries will be chosen on Ideasmarketplace and innovators will be notified via the platform

What type of innovations will be considered? 

Innovations in many fields of human endeavour, including fashion, art, gastronomy, philanthropy, design, technology, and architecture, will be showcased and celebrated

Who can participate?

The award is open to Nigerian individuals who fully own the rights for innovations that they submit