Early-stage startup in West Africa? Apply to win $10,000 at Techpoint Build 2019

by | Aug 2, 2018

Earlier this year, we hosted the maiden edition of Techpoint Build. One of the core segments of the event was Pitch Storm, where nine of the finest startups from Nigeria competed for the opportunity to pitch to investors. In the end, Placements.ng emerged the top startup, walking away with the grand prize of ₦1 million.

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Placements.ng CEO, Ayobami Oyaleke pitching at the Pitch Storm stage

In the next edition of Techpoint Build, we are switching things up a bit. Pitch Storm remains a pitch competition for early-stage startups that use technology to solve basic problems but this time, we are taking it beyond Nigeria and focusing on West Africa. We are also increasing the grand prize money to $10,000.

Participating startups will be eliminated down to 12 finalists. While there will be only one winner, other finalists also get to pitch to a room full of potential local investors and foreign investors in a closed Deal Room.


When and where will Pitch Storm take place?

Pitch Storm will take place during Techpoint Build West Africa, which will hold on the 26th of January, 2019 at The Landmark Event Centre.


How do I participate?

Interested startups must fit into one of these categories:

  • Fintech and Payments
  • eCommerce
  • Agriculture
  • Education and Recruitment
  • Hardware
  • Cryptocurrency and Blockchain
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Logistics and Transportation

Please note

Qualifying startups must be early-stage companies and should have a fully working product, reasonably close to or in production. If your startup meets the above criteria, you can apply to pitch now.

What will the winner receive?

Apart from the exposure that comes from pitching to a live audience of distinguished people and investors in the region, the overall winner will receive $10,000 (equity-free).

Who picks the startups that will compete?

Techpoint partners will handle the shortlisting of startups from the application pool.

 Who will judge the pitch-off?

Techpoint has selected distinguished judges for each category.

If you are still not convinced, you need to know that applying won’t cost you a thing. As long as you are confident that your business is a problem solver, you can register now.

Applications are open until 12AM (WAT) on October 31st, 2018.


Adewale Yusuf
Adewale Yusuf

Co-founder & Publisher of Techpoint.africa. Interested in: Technology | Media | Startup | Education | Africa.

Twitter: @AdewaleYusuf_

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