Every third Sunday of the month startup founders, developers and entrepreneurs gather to network and exchange ideas in an event called Startup Sunday.
Startup Sunday is a periodic meetup organized by Netopps, where entrepreneurs, talents, and funders come together to share ideas, connect with potential partners, develop and nurture products and launch startups.
The April 2017 edition of Startup Sunday – the 34th held and my second attended – kicked off with a welcome address by Ibimina Leggjack. Then a video on Google I/O – Building for Billions on the Web – was viewed for about half an hour. In this video, Chrome Product Manager, Tal Oppenheimer addressed the constraints and challenges that are unique to first-time or mobile internet users while also presenting a view as to how Progressive Web Apps can be used to provide solutions for these problems.
Following this immediately was a discussion session led by Tonye Jumbo where the attendees made remarks about what they picked up from the video. You can listen to the interactions in this audio podcast.
Also in this month’s edition was a pitching session by two Port Harcourt based startup founders; Francisca Nwume (Myfoodyshop.com) and Emmanuel Ugochukwu (Ikokuonline.com), a presentation on a Ken Junior Award for Innovators given by ThankGod Okorisha who was there to promote The Ken Saro Wiwa hub, and a fireside chat with the startup founders who gave startup pitches earlier, where they answered questions about their startups.
There was time for fun as it’s supposed to be when young people convene. A break period was had where the attendees were required to network and exhibit their products and services, with the help of a game I could only call ‘What’s in your paper?’
It’s a fun game where everyone has a cut-out paper with either a question about a startup founder’s name or a paper with an answer bearing a founder’s name. And the idea is you go about asking and interacting with the others until you find someone with the question to your answer or vice versa.
The problem is I didn’t know the answer to my question so I did what any rational person would do in my predicament by enlisting the help of Google. Sharp guy!
I wasn’t supposed to do this apparently, but in my defense, no one said we couldn’t
An insightful Skype mentoring session with Gossy Ukanwoke – Founder, Beni American University followed right afterward. Then an Elevator Pitch Challenge, powered by KoWork NG took place which produced Gino Osahon (Google Developer’s Group) as the winner of a three-month incubation opportunity.
In all, it was an evening of learning, fun, and networking. Startup Sunday means business. The structure of the programme of event and the strict adherence to the programme schedule by the organisers is remarkable and it reflects an attitude of professionalism which is uncommon in our part of the world.