Transportation industry management app MyQ emerged the winner from the Nigerian leg of the global Seedstars World competition on Friday, July 31, and will now head to Geneva next year to compete for US$500,000 investment at the global final.
The winner was MyQ, a mobile application that provides queue management, passenger loading and ticketing services to the transportation industry. The startup was chosen by a panel of judges including Tomi Davies, president of the African Business Angels Network (ABAN).
“I feel great, we are happy and we really appreciate winning the title. Both the bootcamp and the actual event were inspiring and we are really looking forward to see what’s next,” said Ishiaku Gwamna, MyQ founder.
“This crop of entrepreneurs are different in that they came prepared to show why their products are market beaters and their business model differentiated. Seedstars itself has grown up with better organisation and deeper relationships in the country,” Davies said.
Seedstars Lagos also featured speaker Candace Johnson, the president of the European Business Angel Network (EBAN), who presented her lessons from being a serial entrepreneur and an active angel investor.
The competition is divided into three categories – the general competition open to all startups is to be known as the STARS track; travel startups will compete separately – following a partnership with lastminute.com – under the TRAVEL track; and a bespoke FINTECH track will take place for fintech innovators.
Regional winners will progress to the global final to be held in Switzerland in February 2016, where finalists will compete to win US$1.5 million in investment; US$500,000 for the winner of each track.