Publiseer has emerged winner of the 2019 Startup World Cup Nigeria Regional Competition, which took place at the Civic Hive in Lagos.
The Startup World Cup is global startup pitch competition, which is held by Silicon Valley based venture capital firm Fenox VC, with a $1 million investment prize. The global startup pitch competition offers entrepreneurship opportunities for early-stage startups around the world.
This year’s Nigerian regional finals had Passion Incubator as its exclusive regional partner. It had a pitch session with 10 early stage startups.
Natterbase: A global engineering platform that connects world-class remote teams to software companies.
Edupoint: An online P2P learning platform that enables users to learn anything through verified, expert teachers within their communities.
WellNewMe: This human capital advisory company advises business leaders and governments on strategies to improve the health outcomes of their employees.
Sabi.ai (by Schoolphix): Sabi.ai is an artificial intelligence (AI) powered on-demand service marketplace that connects service providers — who are mostly small businesses — to potential customers in real-time.
Spleet: This proptech startup provides living spaces with flexible and convenient payment choices that include both short let and permanent options.
Publiseer: Publiseer is a free digital publishing platform that aims to meet the needs of independent African authors and artists.
Afara Partners: This fintech company uses data to provide customers and partners with better alternative financial products and services that include wealth management, peer-to-peer (P2P) lending and micro loans.
FarmFunded: This agritech startup has developed a crowdfunding platform that aggregates finances from funders and channels them to farmers to help them scale-up their farming operations.
The startups pitched to a judging panel, which comprised of Olusola Amusan, Founder, Coven Works; Emmanuel Adegboye, Entrepreneurship Centre manager, Andela; Brian Odhiambo, associate director, Novastar Ventures; and Dayo Koleowo, principal investment officer at Microtraction.
The event also featured a fireside chat themed “How to be highly competitive and secure investment” moderated by Damilola Thompson, Senior Corporate Counsel, EchoVC.
With this win, Publiseer would be representing Nigeria at San Francisco for the grand final on May 17th. The startup would be competing for US$1 million in investment at the grand final with other regional finalists.