At the recently concluded StartupFriday Uyo, an initiative organised by the Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE), a subsidiary of National Information Development Agency (NITDA), 10 pre-selected Nigerian startups battled their ways to convince a panel of distinguished judges, about their innovations, for monetary rewards.
The initiative was developed to identify and support indigenous talents within the region. As such, IT enthusiasts, hub operators, industry players, stakeholders, as well as dignitaries like the Commissioner of Science and Technology, Akwa Ibom, (duly standing in for the State Governor, Udo Gabriel Emmanuel), graced the occasion with their presence.
According to Governor Udo Emmanuel, “ICT remains the best alternative to diversify Nigeria’s economy”. He also expressed their delight about the project “The choice of Akwa Ibom state by NITDA for such an important project is an attestation that NITDA, and indeed the present administration, exists to serve all Nigerians regardless of geographical locations or any challenges”.
At the event, Budgetier, Unicorn and Touchabl Pictures won ₦300,000, ₦200,000 and ₦100,000 respectively.
Budgetier: Founded by Damilola Olayiwole, Budgetier helps individuals, and organisations to generate the estimate for budgets for events and projects.
Unicorn: According to the cofounders, Unicorn is a platform developed to become the fastest and most intuitive way to securely store, buy, sell, trade and learn about bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in Africa.
Touchabl Pictures: The platform uses an advanced algorithm to give you information or details about anything in a picture by touching it.