Health Innovation Development Accelerator Program

In order to address the constant need for improved support to innovators in the healthcare sector, and to operate successfully with the country’s unique sector, the marketplace presents the Health Innovation Development Accelerator Program (HiDAP). It is designed as a 12 months’ non-residential bespoke program to provide the needed skills, support, and investment opportunities to select innovations in healthcare. The program is tailored using a user centred approach to ensure that innovators are equipped with the necessary tools to prime their innovations for market readiness, attract additional investments and advance their innovations to build sustainable businesses that benefit Nigeria’s healthcare sector.

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To ensure promising innovations curated in the NHIM pipeline are primed and supported to achieve scale.

To further leverage broader private sector engagements and partnerships to equip innovations with the tools to succeed and contribute to economic growth.

Core Principles

Innovator driven

Operational Excellence

Education Enhancement

Applied Learning

Strengthen Networks and Partnerships

Access to Capital

Readiness to Scale

Components (What HiDAP Offers)

The program components are designed to accelerate the growth of the selected innovations and businesses to make measurable impact and achieve scale. This ensures the program adds value and strengthens the capabilities of all participants.


Learning Opportunities

Taught sessions covering core business and entrepreneurial principles using multiple platforms and credible case studies. Modules cover Financial Intelligence, Entrepreneurial Finance, Operations Strategy, Ethics, Sustainability and Innovation, Legal Framework and Innovations in Nigeria, Marketing Strategy and Intelligence, and more.


Technical Assistance

Structured step by step guidance and technical support throughout the program to ensure that the goals of the enrolled ventures are achieved.


Mentoring and Coaching

Linkages to industry experts and leading private sector organisations to serve as coaches and mentor organisations. Participants gain strategic guidance, expert advice and vital principles as well as lessons from experts’ experiences in the industry that can be translated to their innovations.


Advocacy Support

NHIM Leverages on its vast network and partnerships to support participating businesses as they engage with key stakeholders in health.


Access to Networks

Opportunities to connect with members of the Private Sector Health Alliance and gain the necessary tools needed to grow their individual networks.


Access to Performance Based Investments

Participants will be primed and given various opportunities to attract additional investments for their businesses.

Apply for HiDAP

The 2016/17 Health Innovation Development Accelerator Program (HiDAP) is currently ongoing. Feel free to send in an application to be considered for the next cycle.

Current HiDAP Set

The HiDAP inaugural set are the finalists from the 2015 Health Innovation Challenge. The Class of 2016/17 is made up of forward thinking individuals with promising innovations focused on improving health care in Nigeria and ultimately saving lives. Meet the innovators and team representatives, and also get a glimpse of their innovations.

An innovation developed to supply and distribute orange- fleshed sweet potatoes to increase the consumption of vitamin A, addressing the lack of essential micronutrients in mothers and children under five years old.


CliniPAK is a simple, very robust and highly functional top of the line portable electronic medical record management (EMR) system that facilitates point-of-care data capture and decision support tools, featuring multiple platforms including 3G tablets computers.


An innovation borne out of the need to improve access to Health Insurance especially across the informal sector in Nigeria. The mHealth service, which includes registration, subscription, account management and Mobile Visual identity is accessible via Web and USSD across the major Telcos in Nigeria.


Nurture-All Foods Ltd aims at producing nutrient-packed products using millet, groundnuts and soya flour as the main raw materials. The products will be enhanced with ingredients that are local and high in vitamins and minerals.


MDaaS is improving the affordability, accessibility and availability of hospital equipment in Nigeria by providing flexible equipment acquisition options and offering training, maintenance, repair, and overhaul services; these services will reduce equipment downtime, ensure that devices are used properly and efficiently, and maximize patient access to life-saving diagnostics tools.


OMOMI ("my child") is a mobile platform that consists of an app, web and sms service which enables mothers monitor their health and their children's health from pregnancy, up till their children turn 5 years. The platform also provides specific MNCH information to mothers and connects them with medical personnel. OMOMI is currently used by over 10,000 women.


The UMT is a simple first-of-its-kind (no blood, no reagent, no equipment) dipstick test that tells in 25 minutes if a fever is due to malaria or not. The test can be conducted at any point of care setting, with a small sample of urine. UMT has been introduction into the Nigerian market (with a launch in Lagos and Abuja).


STAR’D is centered on the combination of insect repellent properties with laundry detergent, which invariably fortifies laundered clothes to serve as insect repellents and insecticides.


The e-HEAL (Electronic Health Education in Any Language) solution based on the Mavis Pen™ and Talking Books™ can be used by women of child bearing age in rural communities as a preventive (and restorative) intervention.


Alma Sana Nigeria team is a partnership between seasoned health system researchers based in Nigeria, Bangladesh, the United States and Australia. The team plans to pilot the use of a silicon bracelet, which was designed by Alma Sana Inc.to be a reminder of vaccination schedules for mothers in Nigeria, especially in rural communities where there is a challenge of timeliness and completeness of immunization.