GovLab is a 12-week program designed to identify, select, and support organizations that develop innovative and practical solutions to enhance good governance and public service delivery.



This program is designed to enhance citizen engagement, government accountability, and transparency by finding solutions that foster wide-scale access to public services. These innovations would primarily address pain points that militate against effective implementation and enforcement of human rights and rule of law by government officials and its representatives at the local, state, and national levels. Selected participants will then engage stakeholders to get a deeper understanding of the issues and be supported through a mentorship program to develop solutions that meet the objectives of the program.


Why you should apply

GrantGet up to $2,500 worth of equity-free funding
DealsGet discounts and free offers from our partners
Business AdvisoryGet access to a pool of mentors and business experts
Strategic PartnershipsAccess to a network of partners

Key areas of interest for your solution

Applications should focus on the following areas

Low Level of Citizen ParticipationSolutions that drive citizens’ participation in the process of governance to demand accountability and transparency
Corruption in ProcurementSolutions that track procurement processes, mitigates foreign bribery and simplifies the Nigerian budget and public data.
Low Level of Institutional CooperationSolutions that drive cooperation of all government bodies starting from the lower levels
High Cost of Political CampaignsSolutions that regulate spendings on political campaigns
Poor Remuneration of Civil Service PersonnelPolicies and initiatives that drive for better remuneration
Low access to funding for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)Solutions that encourage crowdsourcing for CSOs


In order to participate in this program, the following criteria have to be met:

  • Solution improves services
  • Solution can be adopted easily
  • Solution should leverage technology
  • Idea/solution solves a clearly defined pain point
  • Solutions show scalable impact
  • The solution should provide data capturing abilities
  • Citizens should prioritize new solution over what already exists

Program Timeline

  • 6th January, 2021

    Call For Applications

  • 8th February, 2021


  • 15th February, 2021


  • 1st March, 2021


  • 6th June, 2021

    Demo Day

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What is the definition of Civil Society Organization?

Non-State, not-for-profit, voluntary entities formed by people in the social sphere that are separate from the State and the market. CSOs represent a wide range of interests and ties. They can include community-based organizations as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

What is Govlab?

It is a 3-month program designed to identify, select, and support organizations that develop innovative and practical solutions that enhance good governance and public service delivery.

How much can I receive from GovLab?

Successful applicants will get up to $2,500 worth of equity-free funding.

Is this money equity-free?

Yes, funding received from GovLab is 100% equity-free.

Why should I apply to GovLab?

  • You can get access to $2,500 funding for your startup, mentorship support, learning resources, adoption by your community, donor agency, or the government.
  • You also get to make a real impact and have the opportunity to innovate for institutions working to solve problems around effective implementation and enforcement of human rights in Nigeria.

Am I eligible to apply?

We are currently accepting applications from Civil Society Organizations and innovators operating in Nigeria.

Is GovLab available to innovators under any particular sector?

We are currently receiving applications from innovators who are solving problems around citizen engagement, accountability and transparency in order to promote enforcement of human rights.

How long is the Govlab program designed to last for?

The Govlab is expected to last over a period of 3 months.

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Implemented by Ventures Platform
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