The Aba hackathon dubbed ‘Proudly Made in Aba Hackaton’ has produced another interesting pitch experience for startups in the region.
At the grand finale, Footware Academy emerged top winners, taking home the star prize of $50,000.
The Aba hackathon challenge kicked off on Wednesday with a bootcamp for selected teams to enlighten them about the concept of the made in Aba hackathon challenge and to get familiarize with the problems faced by the Aba manufacturing cluster.
Powered by StartupSouth in conjunction with Ford Foundation and TBWA, the pitch sessions had seasoned entrepreneurs like the Founder of Signal Alliance Collins Onuegbu; FarmCrowdy Founder- Onyeka Akumah, and the founder of Accountinghub.ng, Chioma Ifeanyi-Eze.
The top prize winners aim to be the foremost footwear training and production institute in Africa, putting Nigeria on the roadmap of footwear business by training and mentoring students who will dominate and be relevant to Africa when equipped with the right skill and technology.
The second prize of $30,000 went to Clintonel Technologies. The CT is a place where innovative ideas are molded into products.
The Company founded by Tochukwu Clinton, Aba based inventor, assists young investors transform invisible thoughts into visible products, using Advanced Engineering Skills (AES) and Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (AMT).
Ogwugo Marketplace came third; taking $20,000 to their Enugu base. The team are dedicated to providing the users with the best possible online shopping experience.
Earlier, about 400 teams indicated interest to participate in the Hackaton. The list was later reviewed to ten startups.
According to the Convener of StartupSouth, Uche Aniche the teams will be given access to market and contacts/access to manufacturers.
While working on their pitch presentations, mentors consisting of business owners and investors came in to have a one on one talk with teams to listen to their business ideas and give a kind of elderly advice on exciting a good business model.