It is important to state that close to 1,000 participants have already registered to participate in this remarkable event which holds 10am on the on the 15th December, 2017 in the beautiful city of Enugu.
The high point of the event is that for the first time in the South East and South South region of the country, a seed investment of USD30,000 in cash and support will be awarded to three start-ups as selected by a respectable panel of judges. A development a number of experts have adjudged to be timely in order to ensure that young people in various parts of Nigeria are also given opportunities to also grow.
It is interesting to note that a total of 147 start-ups entered for the competition and at the end of the day, nine of them were selected to pitch before a panel of judges made up Mohammed Ibrahim, Founder of Startup Arewa; Ommo Clark, CEO of iBez Solutions; Kolapo Ogungbile, Manager at Heartland Incubation Hub (Oluaka); Kayode Oyewole, Manager at Ventures Platform; Uche Aniche, Founder of Startups South; Obi Asika, Chairman of Dragon Africa; and Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr., Presenter, Tech Trends on Channels TV.
Speaking ahead of the selection process, Founder of GenesysTechHub, Kingsley Eze expressed optimism and confidence in the credibility as well as the wealth of experience of the judges. “We believe that the expertise and integrity of the judges would also boost the credibility of the selection process;” Eze said.
Adding that the presence of the judges would also inspire the selected and invited startups as well as the South East tech community in general.”
The start-ups selected to pitch before the panel of judges are Touchabl pictures; Barter9ja; House of Uwe; Uzaali; Playjoor; Gallantry Sphere; Matta; Tutor Finder and Farm Market. The winners will be announced on the 15th of December, 2017 during the event.
The managing Director of Genesys Tech Hub, Nnamdi Anika, who was part of the pre-selection team, opined that “the quality of start-ups that entered for the competition is quite encouraging but what many of them need is a structured way of nurturing their ventures which is exactly what we are providing at our incubation centre.”
In his view, Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr., Presenter, Tech Trends on Channels TV said the main objective is to discuss latest technology trends as it affects the region and to proffer professional insights particularly for the participating start-ups.
Genesys Ignite will have in attendance a number of entrepreneurs having attracted the attention of many relevant industry players.
GenesysIGNITE is an annual Southeast Startup Convergence that seeks to congregate young entrepreneurs/start-ups and innovation hubs from all parts of the south-east and south-south regions. For more information, please visit http://www.genesystechhub.com/genesys-ignite
Nigerian startups raised $17.6m in Q1 2019, 8.5% higher than they did in Q1 2018. Find out more in the latest quarterly edition of the Nigerian Startup Funding Report here.