Aso Villa Demo Day finalists receive ₦3 million each from Nigerian government

The Aso Villa Demo Day finalists were each awarded a sum of ₦3 million by the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) to grow their startups.

The finalists are described below.

  • Shuttlers, founded by Dami Olokesusi, is a multi staff bus/ridesharing platform that assist professionals in the Lagos metropolis and its environs to resolve the daily challenge of commuting to work.
  • Founded by Emmanuel Okena, Tracology is a patented smart payment system for utility companies.
  • Recycle Points is a waste recycling and social benefit venture that creates value from everyday wastes founded by Alison Ukonu.

To get to the finals, the finalists beat off competition from 27 other startups at a 2-day bootcamp at Abuja-based Ventures Platform, a tech hub made out of shipping containers.

The finalists pitched their startups at the finals on September 2, 2016 in Abuja to an audience that included Nigerian VP, Yemi Osinbajo and Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.

Also in the audience were investors, incubators, public and private sector decision makers.

The event featured inspiring talks from thought leaders and experts from different economic sectors in Nigeria.

The Aso Villa Demo Day is an event aimed at celebrating some of the best Nigerians in technology innovation and creativity.

An initiative of the Presidency, it seeks to promote entrepreneurship, innovation, job creation and economic growth through the use of new and emerging technologies.

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