The startup boom in Africa is moving at a pace that the world is finding hard to keep up with. In Nigeria, its a Silicon pitch, and the startup ball is being kicked so hard judging from the recent hyper-activities in the ecosystem. It is no friendlier, regardless of all teeth that shine, not all are smiling, and the truth is no more subliminal; you either play ball hard or you get kicked to the curb.
Many Nigerian startups have died after being born and not able to survive the terrain. Many have remained in the game but on the curb. Others have maintained a pace, not willing to be whacked aside, just a state of equilibrium. There are those who have gone tops but became complacent and have lost touch, quality and flavor. You see when you this happens to any business or product, people look for the closest substitute, omo no time.
And this is where the underdogs come in. They have been there, underneath it all, scheming, scrolling, judging, and waiting for that slim gap to sinisterly lurch out from under with the creativity they have been brewing in their kitchen all along.
Early January I did a post; 22 Nigerian Startups to watch out for in 2017. I had checked out these startups and found therein great stuffs and thus did a forecast. Fast forward to a month later, two of the startups mentioned in that post have pulled off great fits that has never been known in the Nigerian Tech Ecosystem, they have proven their mettle.
Take Prepclass for example, a startup that provides an online platform which hosts educational materials relevant to local exams and institutions.They bested 6 other awesome Nigerian Startups to emerge winner of $20,000 startup funding in the Techcabal startup battlefield. I was there that night at Four Points hotels by Sheraton, and I knew it was not an easy call for the Judges because the other six startups equally had great stuff. Yet, sometimes, ‘great stuff’ in itself is never enough and Prepclass proved this, more so I’m sure this will get other startups and their founders seated up. I am also certain that scheming in the system has tripled.
Now the Techcabal tech Blog which hosts weekly round up of what’s interesting around the ecosystem – successfully pulling off a tech competition, the first of its kind, successfully bringing together many tech savvy individuals and other industrial giants. That night I was sure the world watched and listened and became envious of such an event, such an achievement. $20,000 prize money for a startup is not a walk in the park. They have given the Nigerian Tech ecosystem a new definition and something great to look forward to every year. Kudos
Now bar is set, the clock is ticking for the 20 startups mentioned in that post and the other 85 startups that initially applied for the Techcabal battlefield competition. The world is watching, especially we with publishing power.