The Project

The Project

The Project

Sponsored by the Tony Elumelu Foundation, the Nigeria Innovation Cluster Mapping project is poised to uncover the pockets of industry clusters where companies with similar attributes co-exist in Nigeria. The research will provide government and business community with data and tools for understanding what drives clustering, in every region of Nigeria, and how policy can boost its efficiency. This project will help take guesswork out of innovation policymaking by assisting government to know where innovations are occurring, their forms, and how to nurture them.

Globally, data shows that clusters play major roles in regional job growth, wages and formation of new companies. It is now strategic to develop ways to support clusters because of their impacts on sustainable economic growth. This project will help find an objective, quantitative measure to understand the critical drivers of regional competitiveness with consistently based statistical methods that will help improve the welfare of Nigerians.

This study will cover all the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria.

The Tech Sectors:
The classification of companies/entities was structured initially to follow Harvard University's Porter Base Cluster Definitions. But to avoid complexity owing to the non-sophistication of the Nigerian economy especially in the S&T arena, the following tech sectors are presently adopted.

- Healthcare / Medical
- Engineering
- Scientific
- ICT
- Craft technology (e.g. shoe making, weaving, etc)
- Green tech
- OthersĀ 

This is a working sector model which can change during data analysis.