The Startup World Cup regional finals took place over the weekend at Civic Hive in Lagos with Nigerian digital publishing platform, Publiseer emerging the winner.
The global startup pitch competition offers entrepreneurship opportunities for early-stage startups around the world. The winners of regional competitions will head to the grand final in Silicon Valley.
This year’s Nigerian regional finals had Passion Incubator as its exclusive regional partner. It had a pitch session with 10 early stage startups.
The startups include engineering platform Natterbase; online P2P learning platform Edupoint; human capital advisory company WellNewMe; an artificial intelligence (AI) powered on-demand service marketplace Sabi.ai; and property startup Spleet.
Others include; retail loyalty platform Loystar; online lending solution Social Lender; alternative fintech company Afara Partners; agri-tech startup FarmFunded; and digital publishing platform Publiseer.
The startups pitched to a judging panel which comprised of Olusola Amusan, Founder, Coven Works; Emmanuel Adegboye, Entrepreneurship Centre manager, Andela; Brian Odhiambo, associate director, Novastar Ventures; and Dayo Koleowo, principal investment officer at Microtraction.
The event also featured a fireside chat themed “How to be highly competitive and secure investment” moderated by Damilola Thompson, Senior Corporate Counsel, EchoVC.
And after the pitch session by the startups, free digital publishing platform that aims to meet the needs of independent African authors and artists, Publiseer, emerged winner.
With this win, Publiseer would be representing Nigeria at San Francisco for the grand final on May 17th. The startup would be competing for US$1 million in investment at the grand final with other regional finalists.
Congratulations to them.
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