The Itana Digital Residency - All you need to know!

April 16, 2024

The Itana Digital Residency is the entry point to access all the benefits of the Itana Digital Zone. It is a community of global and local founders and innovators who believe in the future of Africa and want to leverage the opportunities to grow their businesses.

Becoming a member of the community gives you access to key information about doing business on the continent, a network of like-minds to collaborate with and learn from, and vetted services to support your business.

Who are Itana Digital Residents?

The majority of services currently available to digital residents are business-related, as most people choose to apply for digital residency to establish and manage a company online in a progressive business environment.

Digital residency works particularly well for entrepreneurs offering location-independent digital services, including freelancers, consultants, and digital nomads who:

  • Sell services or digital products online in a broad range of sectors, including IT, marketing, finance, consulting, and more.
  • Do not have a fixed location or are global or pan-African in operations.
  • Want to reduce bureaucracy and paperwork, in order to save time and money
  • Want their business to stay in — or enter — the African market so they can expand regionally or globally, trade in local currencies, access financial services or regional funding, or stay within Africa’s legal frameworks.

Why become a Digital Resident?

As an Itana Digital Resident, you're part of a growing community of founders and innovators. Through digital residency, you'll have access to various benefits for your business.

Access a growing range of vetted service providers for your business

Through the Itana marketplace, you’ll be able to search and find service providers to support your business. These are vetted vendors and partners who provide specific services for businesses.

You also have the option to apply and join as a vendor in the marketplace, allowing you to offer your services to fellow digital residents.

👉🏽 Explore the Itana marketplace

💡 Learn more about the marketplace

Establish a Nigerian company online and operate it from anywhere in the world

Image of the Itana app showing the business registration page
Image of the Itana app showing the business registration page

Utilize the Itana Digital Zone to register your business and acquire a license for operations in Nigeria. This license provides access to various business advantages within the free zone, including zero company tax and VAT, immigration support without an expat quota, 100% capital repatriation, and the flexibility to conduct business transactions in foreign currency.

✍🏾 Begin your business registration today

Access information and resources on doing business in Africa

There’s a lot of misinformation when it comes to doing business in Africa. This is a continent with great opportunities and talent. The first step in accessing this opportunity is understanding the business landscape what is available.

Through the Digital Residency, you’ll be able to access our resource of information curated and created by experts that provides insight into doing business in Africa. You can also join sessions and events to discuss relevant topics. Accessing these well-curated resources empowers you to make informed and strategic business decisions.

Join a growing community of digital residents all over the world

Community is one of the greatest benefits of becoming a digital resident. Building a business can be tough but having the right people building alongside you can make all the difference.

We have a global community of people all over the world. Through the community you’ll be able to:

  • Gain access to valuable knowledge and expertise: Learn from other digital residents and be guided on your journey.
  • Acquire clients and forge business partnerships: You can serve other digital residents through your business and even find partners who could help you enter new markets, optimize your business operations, or even start new ventures.
  • Connect with like-minds and build new relationships: Find new friends and network along the way.

You can find Digital Residents through the Itana app and connect with them. We also have periodic meet-ups and events that could serve as a platform for networking.

🏡 View the Itana Digital Residency directory

How to become an Itana Digital Resident

Becoming a digital resident is easy, all you have to do is:

  1. Visit this link and fill out the form with your details
  2. Pay the annual subscription fee of $100 or NGN100,000
  3. Voila! You’ll receive a welcome message with guides on the next steps.

As part of your onboarding, you’ll be required to complete your profile for the Digital Residency directory. Through this, you’ll be able to view other digital residents and connect with them.

Making the most of your digital residency

As an Itana Digital Resident, you’ll have access to all the benefits that come with it. We encourage you to use the marketplace, connect with other Digital residents, attend events, host events, use the knowledge resource, and so on!

Common Questions

What’s the profile of a Digital Resident? And am I a right fit?

Our Digital Residents are comprised of committed founders, investors, innovators, and talented individuals who are community-driven, purposeful, and willing to support others while sharing a belief in Africa. If you identify with any of these categories, the Digital Residency is the ideal platform for you to connect with like-minded individuals who share your values and ambitions.

How do I become a digital resident?

It’s pretty simple, fill out this application form and pay the subscription fee of NGN100,000 or $100.

How much does it cost to become a digital resident?

The annual subscription fee is NGN100,000 or $100 to become an Itana Digital Resident.

What is the timeline for the digital residency subscription?

It is an annual subscription that begins once you’ve made payment.

Does being a digital resident mean that I will have a space in the physical district?

As a Digital Resident, you will be given preferential consideration to secure a space in the city.

What if I live outside Africa, can I still become a digital resident?

Not a problem! Our community is international with a common interest in the future of Africa. We are very deliberate about curating the best experiences tailored for our diverse community.

Can I contribute to actualizing the vision of Itana with the core team?

Yes, We are community-driven in our approach to building our core services for businesses to thrive. You will be engaged in periodic co-creation and design sessions.


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