The Seedstars Lagos Competition served as the Nigerian leg of the global early-stage startups competition for emerging markets took place at the end of August, with 10 of the best startups vying to be the representative from Nigeria for the global final event next year.
Seedstars World, which describes itself as the world’s biggest startup competition in emerging markets, holds these events in over 65 countries before winners are selected to take part in a grand final.
The winner of the Seedstars Lagos Competition will now join other Seedstars country-winners at the final event in Switzerland during April next year, where it will deliver a pitch that could potentially earn the company up to $1 million in equity investments and prizes.
Here are the 10 tech startup finalists that were in consideration for the Seedstars Lagos Competition.
Artificial intelligence recruitment platform DropQue is a cost-effective and efficient means of recruiting talent for various positions, enabling the user to interview candidates remotely through video interviews.
Education-tech startup Edves works to automate school processes and make teaching more efficient through technology. Over 270 schools in Nigeria already use the startup to improve the quality of their education in a variety of ways.
eWorker is a platform that has been designed to help businesses and individuals find the best developers from around Africa. The startup works to vet each developer in order to provide a pool of excellent developers with a track record.
Nigerian data collection startup GetJama works to improve the unemployment problem in the country through the unlocking and efficient use of data. The company aims to make use of data in realtime and with verification that leverages on the power of human intelligence connected across over 70 million mobile phones to provide insightful results.
Nigeria’s recycling-focused social marketplace irecycle is set to play an important role within the green economy in the country. The startup has created a platform that allows Nigerians to sell their reusable and recyclable waste. Their website explains that their vision was born out of passion to make every Nigerian an environmentalist.
Eventual Seedstars Lagos winner Medsaf is an e-health startup focused on making the process of buying and selling medication in Nigeria’s complex health system easier and more efficient. Medsaf also provides value added services to hospitals and pharmacies such as medications, inventory management applications, and tech-enabled logistics.
E-delivery startup Parcel-it aims to make a positive impact in the logistics market, with a dispatch booking and scheduling mobile app designed to enable fast, reliable and affordable delivery of parcels.
On-demand dry-cleaning service Safi.ng is another of the growth-stage startups on this list, with a mobile application allowing for pickup in as little as 30 minutes throughout the week.
Nigerian fintech startup Wallet.ng provides a mobile platform that makes transactions fast, convenient, reliable and accessible for both businesses and consumers. The company has enabled efficient and secure transactions via their intuitive platform.
Professional services network Wesabi is a startup that provides an on-demand platform which connects people who are looking for specific service providers with verified and skilled artisans. Whether one is looking for a painter, plumber, electrician or tiler, they will find them on Wesabi.