Founders, developers, students and startup enthusiasts, gathered at the Blue Island Hotels, on Saturday September 16, 2017, for the Enugu edition, of the StartupSouth3 Pre-Conference.
This Pre-Conference was the first of a series of events that precedes the #StartupSouth Conference3, scheduled for November 9 in the commercial city of Aba.
In his opening address, Uche Aniche – Convener of #StartupSouth – described the initiative as a project with a goal to connect, expose and attract investment to startups operating within the South-South and South-Eastern regions of Nigeria.
He urged participants to connect and collaborate for sustenance.
While inspiring the audience to take advantage of the opportunities of the conference Mr Aniche advised them to have a strong and quality startup representation from Enugu during the pitch segment of the main conference.
This he noted, informed the decision to host pre-conference events in five cities before the main conference.
Furthermore, he stated that efforts have been made to attract investors to the conference and enumerated what they are looking for as teams with exceptional ideas in a big or emerging market, strong domain knowledge/experience and doers.
He urged them not be content with just having ideas but to put in work – exhausting their available options – in moving the ideas forward. Noting that it’s only then that investors will be interested.
The panel discussion featured founders and developers from within and outside the city including Victor Anuebunwa (Developer and Co-Founder, Raadaa.com), Chigozie Ezugwu (CEO, Co-Founder at Raadaa.com), Edoga Chukwudi (CEO, Digital Dreams), Pascal Okeke (CEO, BigCode and Convener, StartupAnambra), Tochi (Tboy) Gabriel (Lead Organiser, GDG Enugu) and Martins Ifeanyi (Enugu Based Financial Analyst).
The panel identified the strong need for community and established the need for senior technical people to mentor younger ones for continuity. They also listed ways startups can benefit from #StartupSouth3 (The Made in Aba edition) to include – solving for logistics, power and access.
To demonstrate their resolve to build a community, a Whatsapp group was created immediately to ease communication and over one hundred and fifty people are already in the group.
The Pre-Conference also featured a pitch from the Weeklong Hackathon by GDG Enugu (sponsored by Digital Dreams) and Demo from Roar Nigeria Startups. The winner of the Hackerton was team xcropay – an escrow payment service for ecommerce.
The Roar Nigeria Startups that demoed their products are TrillzApp – a location/event discovery app, Paymiso – a cryptocurrency escrow payment services for ecommerce and peer-to-peer exchanges and Alphotazi Farms – a modular cassava processing system.
The Pre-Conference continues in Uyo (September 19th), Owerri (September 22nd), Asaba (September 28th) and Port Harcourt (October 6th).
If you are around any of these cities, you can register here https://goo.gl/R33tfB