Printivo wins Starta’s Nigerian Startup Matchup


Printivo, a Nigeria-based digital printing startup, has won the Nigerian Startup Matchup organized by Starta, a business support platform for startup and SME entrepreneurs in Africa.

The matchup, organized in honour of the late Muhammed Ali (you know him…the one that floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee), was aimed at finding the No. 1 startup that most people would like to invest in.

32 institutionally funded startups in Nigeria were selected to take part in the ‘street fight’. The startups were matched head-to-head in pairs to fight out who will most likely get investment from pretending VCs (voters).

After 6 rounds of voting, which lasted 5 weeks, and over 2000 votes, Printivo defeated, the Mark Essien founded online hotel booking portal, in the finals to claim the crown as Nigeria’s Most Investable Startup.


Founded in 2014, Printivo is an online print provider providing it customers with free templates created by designers across Nigeria.

The startup aims to help Nigerian startups and SMEs print business and marketing materials with ease.

Back in 2015, after one year of operation, the company revealed it had over 3,000 customers and was on track to fulfill 1,000 orders per month.

These achievements, and more we don’t know about, did caught the attention of the ordinary man on the streets and that of investors in faraway Silicon Valley.

These investors have invested significant funds in the startup to help it scale, among other things – EchoVC Partners invested last year and SpeedUPAfrica did same recently.

Although nothing too serious (investors would disagree with me), the Matchup is a testament to the fact that Printivo is truly a startup you want to place your bets on!

Don’t be too shocked when the startup becomes the primary print outsourcing partner to the 17 million active Nigerian SMEs in Africa’s largest economy.

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