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The Music - Tech Innovation Challenge is a competition aimed at identifying and developing innovative solutions across four opportunity areas in the Nigerian music industry that can benefit from the application of technology.

Key opportunity areas:

How might we make it easier for music labels to distribute their artist’s music across the continent and efficiently monetize consumption through simpler and more convenient payment systems?

How might we make the process of royalty collection transparent, such that artists and labels are able to keep track of how much they are owed and how much is being owed to contributing parties?

How might we make it easier for creators to instantly register copyright, publishing and mechanical splits at the point of creation?

How might we increase the access to localized legal knowledge governing the Nigerian entertainment industry, such that it is easier for upcoming artists to find legal representation, and also check or confirm that their contracts are fit for purpose?

How might we amplify the work being done by small claims courts in Nigeria so that artists can know they have access to justice to easily and quickly resolve contract disputes?

How might we automate the process of artist management, such that managers are more efficient, and have a holistic view of all aspects of all their artists’ careers at all times?

How do we educate artist managers on global music business management best practices, such that they are well-informed early on in their careers?

How might we enable event managers give brands visibility into credible event reporting data, such that they are able to align with, and sponsor events that capture their target audience?

How might we track all financial transactions within an event space such that event organizers and vendors split revenues equitably according to agreed terms?

Timeline

Interested applicants are advised to attend at least one of the virtual ideation workshops. These workshops, moderated by CcHUB and key music industry experts will ensure that startups and teams understand the purpose of the challenge and are able to submit applications that are fit for purpose. The key experts for this challenge include:

  1. Audu Maikori: Tue, Sep 15, 2pm WAT
  2. Uduak Oduok: Thu Sep 16, 5pm WAT
  3. Godwin Tom: Fri, Sep 18, 2pm WAT
  4. Wale Davies: Mon, Sep 21, 2pm WAT

These workshops will cover:

  • In-depth problem identification and clarification (for each opportunity area) by the industry experts
  • Tips on our selection criteria
  • General Q&A sessions

If you missed them, you can find recordings of all the workshops here.

We invite startups or teams with a working prototype (solution demo) to submit applications, technologies, tools, services or any other kind of digital innovation, in line with the identified opportunity areas.

Kindly submit your application .

Kindly note that each applicant is limited to ONE submission.

The deadline for applications is October 17 (12 PM, WAT). 12 solutions will be shortlisted - and the shortlisting will be handled by the CcHUB team, our 4 key experts and other selected music industry stakeholders.

The 12 shortlisted solutions will be posted on the challenge website and across our social media platforms. To build an active community of patrons that are excited about testing and using these solutions, the general public will have an opportunity to vote for their favourite solution to determine the “audience favourite”. The solution with the most audience votes will automatically* be chosen as one of the winners of the challenge.

* If the audience favourite is outside the top 4 chosen on the final pitch day, then there will be 5 overall winners selected.

The 12 shortlisted finalists will be coached on how to develop and deliver a compelling pitch. There will be 3 virtual sessions facilitated by the CcHUB team.

The 12 shortlisted finalists will pitch their solutions to a panel of judges, select press, and the general public on November 4.

The judging panel, comprised of our 4 key experts, music executives, and other professionals in the Nigerian creative industry will select the top 4 solutions based on:

  1. Demonstrated competency of the team
  2. The potential impact of the solution
  3. The probability of their implementation

The winning teams will advance to the incubation phase (support phase) for a 3 month period where they will receive support from CcHUB and the industry experts to finetune their solutions into market-ready products.

Over the subsequent 3 months, the winning teams will be supported with a range of services focused on achieving proof of concept and distribution for their solutions. Incubation support will be focused around providing the winners access around 4 key pillars:

  1. Product - We will work with the selected winners to build their solutions and fine-tune technical aspects of their solutions as needed.
  2. Talent - We will provide recruitment support to the selected teams to help attract and retain talent to their teams.
  3. Distribution - The 4 key experts will act as the first set of users for the corresponding opportunity areas. This means that when the solutions are proven to be market-ready, our experts will implement them at their various organizations and provide necessary feedback through which these solutions can be refined.
  4. There will be the possibility of funding for exceptional teams that demonstrate potential to scale through direct funding from CcHUB and/or the key experts.

Timeline

Interested applicants are advised to attend at least one of the virtual ideation workshops. These workshops, moderated by CcHUB and key music industry experts will ensure that startups and teams understand the purpose of the challenge and are able to submit applications that are fit for purpose. The key experts for this challenge include:

  1. Audu Maikori: Tue, Sep 15, 2pm WAT
  2. Uduak Oduok: Thu Sep 16, 5pm WAT
  3. Godwin Tom: Fri, Sep 18, 2pm WAT
  4. Wale Davies: Mon, Sep 21, 2pm WAT

These workshops will cover:

  • In-depth problem identification and clarification (for each opportunity area) by the industry experts
  • Tips on our selection criteria
  • General Q&A sessions

If you missed them, you can find recordings of all the workshops here.

Kindly note that each applicant is limited to ONE submission.

We invite startups or teams with a working prototype (solution demo) to submit applications, technologies, tools, services or any other kind of digital innovation, in line with the identified opportunity areas.

Kindly submit your application .

The deadline for applications is October 17 (12 PM, WAT). 12 solutions will be shortlisted - and the shortlisting will be handled by the CcHUB team, our 4 key experts and other selected music industry stakeholders.

The 12 shortlisted solutions will be posted on the challenge website and across our social media platforms. To build an active community of patrons that are excited about testing and using these solutions, the general public will have an opportunity to vote for their favourite solution to determine the “audience favourite”. The solution with the most audience votes will automatically* be chosen as one of the winners of the challenge.

* If the audience favourite is outside the top 4 chosen on the final pitch day, then there will be 5 overall winners selected.

The 12 shortlisted finalists will be coached on how to develop and deliver a compelling pitch. There will be 3 virtual sessions facilitated by the CcHUB team.

The 12 shortlisted finalists will pitch their solutions to a panel of judges, select press, and the general public on November 4.

The judging panel, comprised of our 4 key experts, music executives, and other professionals in the Nigerian creative industry will select the top 4 solutions based on:

  1. Demonstrated competency of the team
  2. The potential impact of the solution
  3. The probability of their implementation

The winning teams will advance to the incubation phase (support phase) for a 3 month period where they will receive support from CcHUB and the industry experts to finetune their solutions into market-ready products.

Over the subsequent 3 months, the winning teams will be supported with a range of services focused on achieving proof of concept and distribution for their solutions. Incubation support will be focused around providing the winners access around 4 key pillars:

  1. Product - We will work with the selected winners to build their solutions and fine-tune technical aspects of their solutions as needed.
  2. Talent - We will provide recruitment support to the selected teams to help attract and retain talent to their teams.
  3. Distribution - The 4 key experts will act as the first set of users for the corresponding opportunity areas. This means that when the solutions are proven to be market-ready, our experts will implement them at their various organizations and provide necessary feedback through which these solutions can be refined.
  4. Funding - There will be the possibility of funding for a solution/solutions that we believe have the potential to scale. This could happen through direct funding from CcHUB, Growth Capital or our syndicate investment platform.

Prizes

Experts

With over 50 years combined experience in the Nigerian Music Industry, our key experts will play a key role in shortlist, selection and adoption of the solutions that will be born out of this challenge. They will also be holding virtual ideation workshops to provide more context for prospective applicants to the challenge. If you missed them, you can find recordings of all the workshops here.

FAQs

MusicTechSpace in conjunction with CcHUB is running the “Music - Tech Innovation Challenge”. The aim of this challenge is to identify & develop innovative solutions across four opportunity verticals in the Nigerian music industry to make processes more efficient. These four opportunity areas include:

  1. Legal advisory for artists
  2. Digitization of label operations
  3. Artist Management
  4. Event Management

The overall goal is to find disruptive, market-ready solutions that can be deployed by stakeholders in the music industry.

You can submit ideas, working prototypes or market-ready/launched solutions.

Solutions will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrated competency of the team
  2. The potential impact of the solution
  3. The probability of their implementation

There will be four winners selected for this challenge. Depending on the outcome of the “audience favourite” vote, there might be five winners*

We invite entries from technology startups or teams across Nigeria with the skills and expertise required to build out their solutions.

No. Entrants will retain any and all intellectual property pertaining to their solutions.

We will reach out to shortlisted applicants via the email address provided on their application. Please ensure that your email address is correct and active so that you do not miss any emails from us.