Who is ARM?

Established in 1994, ARM is an asset management firm, that offers wealth creation opportunities through a unique blend of traditional asset management and alternative investment services. ARM currently manages total assets of approximately N1.078 trillion (as at June 2018)

How is Ventures Platform linked to Labs by ARM?

Ventures Platform is an integral part of the African innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem that is building, funding & supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs. One of the ways we express our vision is by enabling institutions to innovate through our innovation consulting and entrepreneurship program practice. We are working with ARM to partner with talented entrepreneurs to drive change in the financial services industry.

What if I’m not happy with my Labs by ARM experience?

We firmly believe in the value of the Labs by ARM program and in the long-term value of our network.

Will my intellectual property be protected?

We treat each application data as confidential information. Because we see hundreds of application and some of them include similar ideas, it is not practical for us to sign NDAs.

When is the deadline to apply?

5th December 2018.

Do I have to work out of the Labs by ARM office?

We require that you work out of the program location during specific periods of the program, this benefits you because you can take advantage of the various learning opportunities and events. However outside of these periods participating startups can work out of any location of their choice.

When will I hear back about my application?

We try our best to notify applicants at least 2- 3 weeks before the program starts.

How do you choose which company to accept into the program?

We fund technology-oriented companies. We are looking for companies that have the potential for massive impact and reach.

Where will we live while we are there?

For companies out of Lagos, we do not make provision for accommodation, so participating companies would have to sort out their accommodation.

Can I take part in the program without moving to Lagos?

No. ARM Labs is a major commitment and we require physical presence mostly once or twice a week. However, it’s your company, so travelling as necessary for business or family requirements is okay by us.

Does Labs by ARM provide workspace?

We provide working and meeting spaces equipped with reliable internet access.

Is my company too early or too far along for the program?

Most likely not. We are investing in early – growth stage companies.

What kind of companies can apply?

We are specifically looking for Fintech companies.

Can I apply as a single founder?

We look for great, balanced teams who have a full range of skills. We strongly advise you to have a team  who balances your skillset. But, being a single founder won’t keep you away from the program.

How long is the program?

The program lasts for 12 weeks

What happens during the program?

We focus on accelerating each part of your business over a 3-month timeframe. Startups gain an immense amount of experience through hands-on mentoring, access to data,  connections to extremely targeted industry leaders

What happens after the program?

  1. Programs conclude with Demo Day, where you’ll have a chance to raise investments from ARM
  2. The best startups out of the program gets the opportunity to partner and leverage ARM’s resources
  3. Once graduated, you’ll become part of the Alumni program, which provides you with a continued access to an ecosystem of founders and mentors.

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