Last June, the Nigerian Government indicated its interest in startups by announcing Aso Villa Demo Day, a two-part pitch event that gives startup founders the opportunity to pitch their ideas to the President. The first part of the event, The Pitch, which saw dozens of applications, happened in three cities – Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt. In these cities, shortlisted startups were invited to pitch for a chance to progress to the next level.

Out of the startups that pitched in these three cities, only 30 were chosen. They are:

Chika Uwaeze (TalentBase)

Obidipe Oluwaseun (Mocapro)

Tele Ogundipe (Egusi Soupe)

Amaka Osita (FuelVoucher)

Tolu Adeyanju (Red Bank)

Ifedayo Oladapo (Grit systems)

Nkem Okocha (Mama Noni Limited)

Ebuka Nwora (Etyres)

Dami Olokesusi (ShuttlersNG)

Amarachi Nwanamodo (Amagzy Global Ventures)

Oladimeji Sofowora, Wole Ralph, and Laolu Ojeniyi (One Medical)

Mogbeyiteran Tosan (Blackswan)

Angela Adelaja (Fresh Direct)

Ahmed Sodiq (Micro Scale Embedded)

Dimgba Kalu (Projaro)

Abubakar Gabar and Abdul Samad Gorbin

Emmanuel Okena (Tracology)

Lois Auta (Cedar’s Seed)

Kamaludeed Sabiu (Seamless system)

Peter Agada (Tiller Cyrus)

Desmond Okoye (Doctor’s office)

Uzuq Tim (Tembe)

Alifa Nicholas (Ajaoku)

Roland Reagan and Edmond Adoku (Meditech)

Akinola Solomon Oluwasegun (Africa on the rise tech community)

Alison Ukonu (RecyclePoints)

Uche Ariolu (Foodstantly)

Benson Godwin (Tuteria)

Mina Ogbanga (Ascent GP)

Odior Yole (GO CV)

These chosen startups are going on to Abuja to compete for a chance to pitch to the President “at a date that will be communicated shortly.”

Congrats, guys and all the best.

Tola Agunbiade Author

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