From the entrance of the Landmark Centre through the maze-like arrangement of the exhibition booths to the main stage, which hosted the workshops, the Lagos Startup Expo was a wholesome experience for everyone who participated, as seen from the testimonies of sponsors, exhibitors, and attendees.
The exhibition-themed event which was held on Saturday, May 20, 2023, had over 90 exhibitors and close to 4,000 people from all walks of life — old, young, industry professionals, tech enthusiasts, students, and local and foreign attendees — all interacting under one big roof.
The morning rainfall appeared to be more of a catalyst than a deterrent as attendees continued to troop into the Expo in droves. The exhibitors were also up to the task as they continued engaging the ever-increasing number of people visiting their booths. It was indeed a day of innovation, collaboration, and growth for the Nigerian startup ecosystem.
The main stage, strategically located for discovery, featured workshops and demos from some of the sponsors. Esther Ojosemako, Technical Product Manager at Cowrywise, led the first workshop titled, “The power of spare cash: How investing on Sprout by Cowrywise can help your business thrive.” Ojosemako explained to the participants how they can invest their spare cash in Sprout by Cowrywise and boost their businesses.
Vivian Mbene, COO of Cardtonic, led the next workshop session, where she showed the participants how to overcome the challenges of digital transactions.
This was followed by OctaFX’s workshop led by Ambrose Ebuka, a Forex Expert and OctaFX Ambassador. Ebuka showed the audience how to unleash the power of forex trading by giving them insights and strategies on how to go about forex trading.
The other workshop session was facilitated by Femi Aghedo, Co-founder of Grey Finance. He spoke on the topic, “Beyond borders: Easing global payments for Africa's digital economy.”
Raknida led the final workshop and held a panel titled, “The Future of arttech in Africa: Exploring the revolution of art and technology.”
The Expo’s exclusive masterclass session had Olu Oyinsan, Managing Partner, Oui Capital; Odunayo Eweniyi, Co-founder and COO, Piggyvest; and Oshone Anavhe, VP Operations, ThriveAgric, as speakers. They all had interactive sessions with the masterclass participants who engaged them with practical questions on how to take their businesses to the next level.
One of the exhibitors said that the Expo was exciting and that she spent most of the day on her feet, attending to visitors, adding that she enjoyed herself and looks forward to more of these events from Techpoint Africa.
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Most of the sponsors and exhibitors took to social media to share their experiences at the expo, with one saying that it was an exhilarating experience for them as they got to showcase their groundbreaking solutions.
An attendee said the Expo was wonderful, adding that he looks forward to more. Another tweeted that the Expo was a life-changing experience.
Quoting Muyiwa Matuluko, Chief Servant, Techpoint Africa, “The Lagos Startup Expo was a smashing success if I do say so myself. Thank you for believing in us.”
The Lagos Startup Expo stayed true to its hype and delivered an experience never seen before in the startup scene in this part of the world. We look forward to having more of these kinds of events that continue to shine a spotlight on the growth of the startup ecosystem. See you at the next Lagos Startup Expo!