In 2016, Mark Zuckerberg visited Africa and made an audacious claim that “the future will be built in Africa”. Indeed, many foreign players are betting big on the continent, especially as a sizeable part of the next billion users will come from Africa.
In the last three years, Techpoint has chronicled startups in Nigeria — and beyond — and witnessed growth in the internet space. We recently conducted a research and realised that the challenges faced by Nigerian startups are similar to their African counterparts. This informed our recent expansion into other African countries.
The next billion users are already changing the internet in three key ways: a mobile-only mindset, more interactive approach to computing, and more demand for localised content than ever before.
To power the next billion users, we need startups that can come up with brilliant ideas to solve local problems. We also need finance, mentorship and market for these startups as well.
This is what Techpoint Build 2019 (West African edition) is planning to address by bringing everyone to the table. In January, we hosted the first edition of Techpoint Build and it was a success. The impact it had has propelled us to take it to a whole new level.
This is the core of Techpoint Build, where we put the spotlight on startups that can create value and solve problems for the next billion users.
Pitch Storm at Techpoint Build 2019 will bring together some of the best startups in West Africa in a pitch competition. The competition culminates in a grande finale where 12 finalists battle for $10,000 in zero-equity prize money. While there will be only one winner, other finalists also get to pitch to a room full of potential local investors.
SME & Startup Clinic
In chronicling the growth of startups in West Africa, we realised a need to educate many new business owners on structure, business models and best practices. Techpoint Build 2019 will connect participants with professionals who will provide free expert advice in legal matters, marketing, accounting and other areas of business.
Techpoint Build 2019 will feature a variety of panel sessions on new, important and thought-provoking ideas. This is where business leaders, forwards thinkers, social innovators will get to discuss the way forward for startups in Africa.
Techpoint Build 2019 will be a great opportunity to learn which direction the ICT industry in West Africa is going. Exhibiting at the event is a wonderful way to tell your customers and the industry that your company is serious, reliable, and large enough to afford its own presence at leading events.
Exhibitors in retail, telecoms, hardware, software, e-commerce are expected to be at Techpoint Build 2019. For booth and sponsorship, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Introducing Developer Clinic
Africa is in dire need of excellent software developers to power the next billion users. A lot of youths in Africa are looking to jump start their software career but they don’t know how to.
Developer Clinic will give more than 2000+ people the opportunity to write their first line of code in the simplest programming language.
Introducing Deal Room
Finalists at the main event will get to pitch their startups to a pool of investors from various sectors in a closed room. Startups and investors who interested in investment rounds can also do partake by picking the Exclusive Pass or VIP Pass.
Who can attend Techpoint Build?
Everyone is invited; startup founders and their teams, ICT practitioners, industry stakeholders, consumers of technology, investors, etc. You can register now to attend.
When and where will it take place?
Techpoint Build will hold on the 26th of January, 2019 at the Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria. It will be live-streamed on Facebook so the rest of the world can tune in as well.
How do I participate in the Pitch Storm?
Qualifying startups must be early-stage companies, operating from West Africa, and should have a fully working product, reasonably close to or in production.
For more info on Techpoint Build, please visit techpoint.africa/build.
Nigerian startups raised $178m from 166 deals in 2018. Find out more when you purchase Techpoint’s Nigerian Startup Funding Report 2018 here.