In Case You Missed #TechPointBuild, Here is a Summary of What Went Down

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Placements.ng announced as winner at TechPoint Build
Placements.ng announced as winner at TechPoint Build

Techpoint Build is an annual technology conference hosted by online tech blog, Techpoint. The conference aims to showcase local start-ups. It also holds sessions to discusses trends and prospects of the Nigerian tech-ecosystem. It is Nigeria’s very own version of TechCrunch Disrupt.

The maiden edition of Techpoint Build was held on Saturday, 27 January. And here’s a review of what went down.

TechPoint Build Pitch Storm

The main aim of Techpoint Build is to provide a platform for local start-ups to showcase their ideas and products to the Nigerian tech community and to potential investors. Importantly, it also gives selected start-ups a shot at its N1,000,000 prize money.

Last Saturday, at its maiden edition, 9 startups were given the opportunity to do pitch their businesses. The start-ups were selected out of a pool of over 200 applications.

Some of the start-ups at PitchStorm were

Accounteer : provides online accounting services to SMEs.

The Footwear Academy: it provides training to people on footwear production.

SmartTeller: a Fintech startup that provides banking services to people.

Legitcar: provides car verification and tracking.

Placements.ng: helps youths find internship placements.

Other start-ups like Wemove, Loystar, Mypadi and Gerocare, make up the rest of the list.

After deliberation by Judges, Placements.ng emerged first place and winner. It won the coveted N1 million price. Accounteer and Legitcar emerged runners-up.

The Judging panel was an extremely high profile. It included the likes of Adetunji Eleso (Head, Growth Capital, CCHub), Deepankar Rustagi (CEO, VConnect), Leonard Steigeler (GM, Ringier Africa), and Jason Njoku (Founder, Spark and iRokoTV).

Introducing Techpoint Base

Techpoint also used the event to unveil its own service: Techpoint Base.

The base is a database for professionals, startups and job openings in Nigeria. You can use it to find professionals, start-ups, job openings, events and institutions. Although Base opens a new frontier, it is going to be interesting to see how it gets integrated into the Nigerian tech-ecosystem. A cool idea, I must say.

Other Events

Aside PitchStorm, other events went down in the Build. One of such  is the  SME Clinic,  a session that helped innovators and start-ups to re-think issues “with diagnostic advice” from advisors and startup founders, such as Shola Akinlade of PayStack, and Onyeka Akumah of Farmcrowdy.

TechPoint Build also provided a very important platform for discussion. It provided different sessions with interesting individuals as panellists. And their words of advice are timeless for tech entrepreneurs. The discussions focused on helping startup owners make crucial decisions such as seeking funds from investors, deciding on when to start seeking fund as well as getting a co-founder.

There were exhibitions by other companies also.

But it wasn’t all about business and tech, quite a lot of people had the space to socialize.

If I have captured the entire event for you in a piece, you can thank me later!


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