DEMO Africa kicked off its West Afrika innovation tour in Lagos where 3 startups won the pitching competition. Accounteer, E-pump and Termii were the three technology startupsthat emerged as winners of the pool to join other country champions in the semi-final battles to become regional representatives at the DEMO Africa main event to be held in Morocco later in 2018.
A total of 14 startups showcased their products at the event held in Lagos.
Accounteer is a smart cloud accounting platform that allows SMEs to create invoices, track expenses and receive online payments. Termmi helps other businesses stay profitable by driving customer loyalty across multiple marketing channels. E-pump is a solution that allows users, usually car owners and fuel station owners, to take complete control over every equipment on the filling station. With a proprietary hardware device, they can monitors product movement and ensuring volume integrity from the depot to truck to filling station tank to pump nozzles.
The judges who were tasked with selecting the best startups out of the 14 that were pritching are:
- Oluwaseun Oyinsan, partner at Ingressive.
- Mayokun Fadeyibi, Head of Innovation at Sankore Investment.
- Femi Iromini, CEO at Lead 360.
The 3 selected Nigerian startups will face off winners of Ghana and Ivory Coast for a chance to represent West Afrika at the DEMO Africa launch event to be held in Morocco on the 18th and 19th of October 2018. The successful startups in each region will automatically qualify to be part of the pool of 30 where the successful startups will be provided with resources worth over $150,000 including $120,000 software tools from Microsoft and USD$15 000 from AWS that to help them build and grow their businesses.