Here are the nominees for Techpoint Nigerian Startup Awards 2020

by | Mar 18, 2020

Editor’s note [Updated on September 18, 2020]: In accordance with GIG Logistics’ request following the decision to exercise its legal rights, the company has been removed from the finalists in the Logistics Category of the Awards.


On January 1, 2020, Techpoint Africa opened preliminary nominations to the public, for its inaugural Techpoint Awards (Nigerian edition) taking place on Sunday, July 19, 2020, as part of a 3-day line-up of activities for Techpoint Build 2020.

Techpoint Build is West Africa’s largest gathering of innovators, startup founders, thinkers, programmers, and investors, among others.

Preliminary nominations for the awards closed on February 29, 2020, after which valid entries for each category were screened and shortlisted by an in-house committee.

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The awards are grouped under three categories: Nomination-only, Users’ Choice, and Techpoint Editorial Choice.

Below are the shortlisted finalists under each award category:

Nomination-only Categories

Based on nominations by our audience at the preliminary stage, awards in these categories will be judged by an independent team of external judges.

Most Outstanding Startup Driving Financial Inclusion – 2015 to 2020

This category is for startups that were most active in the drive for financial inclusion between January 2015 and January 2020.

Finalists

Most Outstanding Electronic Payments Startup – 2015 to 2020

This award category is for startups that were most active in making electronic payments seamless for Nigerians between January 2015 and January 2020.

Finalists

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Most Outstanding Mobility Startup – 2015 to 2020

This award category is for startups that were most active in overcoming mobility/transportation challenges in Nigeria between January 2015 and January 2020.

Finalists

Most Outstanding Logistics Startup – 2015 to 2020

This award category is for startups that were most active in overcoming logistics challenges in Nigeria between January 2015 and January 2020.

Finalists

Most Outstanding Agro-crowdfunding Startup – 2015 to 2020

This award category is for startups that were most active in empowering farmers through online crowdfunding in Nigeria between January 2015 and January 2020.

Finalists

Big Tech Company Most Supportive of the Startup Ecosystem – 2015 to 2020

This award category is for big tech companies that were active and had the most far-reaching impact on the local ecosystem between January 2015 and January 2020.

Finalists

  • Google
  • Facebook
  • Microsoft
  • Mastercard
  • Visa

Most Impactful Independent Tech Community – 2015 to 2020

This award category is for independent technology communities (not affiliated with corporates or big tech) that were active between January 2015 and January 2020, and have had the most far-reaching impact on the local ecosystem.

Finalists

Techpoint Editorial Choice Categories

Awards in these categories will be judged by the Techpoint editorial team, having extensively covered the Nigerian tech startup space over the last five years.

New Startup of the Year – Jan 2019 to Jan 2020 (Techpoint Editorial Choice Award)

This award category is for startups that launched between January 1, 2019 and January 30, 2020, with impressive traction and milestones.

Finalists

Most Active VC – 2015 to 2020 (Techpoint Editorial Choice Award)

This award category is for venture capital firms that are active and have had the most far-reaching impact on the local system within the last five years.

Finalists

Users’ Choice Award Category

The award is exclusive for users and is completely judged by the audience, based solely on votes.

Best Nigerian App (Users’ Choice Award)

This award is for a user-favourite app built by Nigerians for Nigerians. This is the only category completely judged by the audience. The winner will be revealed on Sunday, July 19, 2020 at the award gala night to be held in Lagos.

The top voted apps, in no particular order are:

Aside from these categories, Techpoint will also be recognising certain individuals by inducting them into the Techpoint Hall of Fame. This award is to recognise people with the most influence and impact on the growth of the technology startup ecosystem since inception. Individuals to be inducted will be in the following categories:

  • Communities & Events
  • Incubators & Accelerators
  • Infrastructure
  • Policy
  • Governance
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