THE HUB FOR NOUN YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS
Welcome to the North East Incubation Centre, Maiduguri.
North East Incubation Centre was established in May 2017 and is among the seven incubation centres of the Directorate for Entrepreneurship and General Studies (DE&GS), National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). It was set up by the management to cater for NOUN community needs with an emphasis on students to explore, develop and deliver their entrepreneurial dream and being job creators with basic lifelong skills while studying at the university from the North-East geopolitical zone of Nigeria.
About the Centre
NEIC is situated within the Maiduguri Study Centre, Maiduguri Borno. Borno State shares brothers with both Cameron and Chad and is the Second Largest State with Landmass, also industrial centre, Farming, commercial centre and Fishing. Primarily, the centre’s assigned task is to identify those with innovative ideas in the zone through a course titled Business Creation and Growth (GST302). The centre is fully equipped with modern equipment needed by promising entrepreneurs in the area of fashion design, salons and knitting.
At the end of every semester, successful students are harvested from GST302 Business Creation and Growth business ideas proposal and presentation based on the innovative and creative presented to come and enjoy the bundle opportunities available at the Incubation Centre be it in form of Resident or Non-resident incubatees that can spend up to 36 months fully incubating their proposed business plans.
STAFF LIST IN NORTHEAST INCUBATION CENTRE I
Dr. Buba Baba Shani
Mohammed Nasir Sadiq
Admin Officer I
Ibrahim Ezekiel Audu
Sen. Clerical Officer
The centre was mandated to serve and cater for study centres in the zone which include;
- Maiduguri Study Centre
Gulack Study Centre
Yola Study Centre
Damaturu Study Centre
Functions and Activities
NEIC is saddled with the responsibilities for coordinating all the activities in the incubation centre, especially to:
Ensure the available facilities and equipment are in good order.
Coordinate students’ Business Creation and Growth activities in the zone.
Identify the most suitable and successful entrepreneurs in the zone.
Allocate suitable space within the centre for the Resident incubatees and ensure adequate coordination of non-resident inccubatee in the business incubation period.
Provide guidance, mentorship and set-by-set follow-up of the incubatees for them to excel while undergoing the incubation period at the centre.
Organize training of all kinds relating to entrepreneurship needs and desires.
Monitor and respond to students’ needs physically and virtually.
Identify individuals, corporations, agencies etc. the DE&GS can network with specifically for incubatees’ benefits and NOUN at large.
Mechanism for Action
To ensure NOUN adhere to the universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The Directorate for Entrepreneurship and General Studies mandated the centre to select the target goals and organize students to respond through their business ideas proposals and presentations to contribute their quota to make the planet sustainable for all especially through various forms of entrepreneurial activities. Therefore among the 17 SDGs, the Centre focuses only on the four goals; Gaol 1 No Poverty, Goal 2 Zero Hunger (hunger and food security), Goal 9 Industry, innovation, and infrastructure (infrastructure development such as water management, transport, energy and information communication technology and health education) and Goal 12 Responsible Consumption and Production. Therefore, students are at liberty to select any and relate their business plans to ensure it is anchored along the targeted SGDs for the North East Incubation Centre, followed by the well-structured and mandatory presentations physically or virtually.
Facilities and equipment
A well-furnished Virtual Laboratory equipped with computers, a projector, and a smartboard.
Assorted sewing machines, for dressmaking.
Present Incubatees at the NEIC, Maiduguri include; Residents (In-house) 1 and Non-residents (Outdoor) 3, the total number of 4 Incubatee sat the Centre enjoying the available equipment as relating to their business ideas.
Setting up 4 sections at the centre and advocating NOUN for entrepreneurship activities in the zone.
Mentorship and follow-up of trainees with creative and innovative ideas.
The Centre was strategically located by the NOUN management in Borno state which easily networks all the study centres in the zone as the second largest state with Landmass and industrial centre, Farming, commercial centre and Fishing that everybody wants to visit especially for business purposes and Farming centre and commerce.
Dr Buba Baba Shani
Coordinator, North East Incubation Centre
+234 803 457 4544