Five startups have been selected to pitch at the Entrepreneur’s Hub at this year’s NigeriaCom event in Lagos on September 15, with the winning startup set to join other regional winners at the AHUB in Cape Town in November.
Conference organisers Informa, Nigeria’s Wennovation Hub and Disrupt Africa have partnered to run the event, which saw more than 80 startups apply for one of the five pitching slots.
The five startups that will pitch in front of a panel at NigeriaCom are Rubiqube Advertiser, AGCNigeria, Online Agro-Trade and Networking Platform, PhisioOnCall, and CrowdPenny. One of these will be selected to pitch at the inaugural AHUB at AfricaCom in Cape Town in November, a dedicated event for African startups and entrepreneurs linked to the main conference.
“The quality of applications received is an indication of the creativity and innovation embedded in African startups,” the partners said.
“Every entry is plausible but there is a limit to the number we can accommodate at the maiden edition. We strongly hope the next edition will accommodate more entrants so that all those great ideas that do not make this year’s edition can sprout up to the stage.”
Fifteen other startups were selected alongside these five for a year-long mentorship at Wennovation Hub.
Disrupt Africa reported in May on the Entrepreneur’s Hub at East AfricaCom in Nairobi, Kenya, where Kenyan matatu (minibus taxi) rating app MyRideKenya was named Startup of the Year and earned their place at the AHUB.
MyRideKenya allows passengers using public transport vehicles to rate vehicles and their staff, share content files – such as pictures or video files -, and chat to other passengers. The app aims to make public transport in Kenya safer, and more comfortable.