Kangpe, a health platform that wants to put a Doctor in the pocket of every African, has won Seedstars Lagos, the Nigerian leg of Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes.
On the day of the event proper (August 11, 2016), all the startups pitched – they had 5 mins to do so and 5 mins to answer questions – in front of a prestigious jury for a chance to come out tops.
During its pitch, the Dr Femi Kuti founded Kangpe revealed it had generated US$10,000 in revenue since launch, and now seeks US$1 million to expand across Francophone Africa.
After deliberations and heated discussions, the jury, which included Simeon Ononobi, Benjamin Benaim, Juliet Nwanguma & Tidjane Deme, picked Kangpe as the winner of the contest.
Aside being crowned the most promising seed-stage startup of Seedstars Lagos 2016, Kangpe booked a place at Seedstars Summit, which takes place in Switzerland in March 2017.
The Summit is a weeklong training program with the opportunity to meet the other winners from across the world, as well as investors and mentors.
The final day of the Summit will see all the startups pitch in front of an audience of 1,000 attendees with the possibility of winning up to the US$1 million equity investment.
The event took place at Seedspace Lagos. It was filled with disruptive tech, inspirational discussions and networking sessions as promised.
Omidyar Network, Seedspace, the Swiss Embassy, Orange, PayU, The Jacobs Foundation and others were supporters of the event.
Now that Seedstars Lagos is out of the way, Seedstars World will continue its tour of the continent in search of smart startups that solve regional issues and/or develop profitable products for the global market. Its next stop is Accra, Ghana.