Five Nigerian Starts ups have emerged winners at the debut edition of the ‘Lagos Immersion’ program organized by the UK Government’s Department for International Trade (DIT) in partnership with Innovation Corner and hosted by Microsoft.
Lagos Immersion aims to promote seamless bilateral trade and illuminate the strengths of the Nigerian technology scene and encourage greater investment; especially those which address some of the macroeconomic and development challenges of the continent.
UK High Commission ICT Lead, Boma Beddie-Memberr expressed the readiness of the British High Commission’s department for International Trade to facilitate trade and investment between Nigeria and the United Kingdom as well as support the thriving technology ecosystem in Nigeria.
On a similar note, Tochukwu Egesi, CEO of Innovation Corner, a social innovation centre, appreciated Social Good Lagos, a UN Foundation program for supporting the program with volunteers and assured the audience that Innovation Corner will continue to create technology products to facilitate social development in Nigeria and extend her network to startups in Nigeria for their growth.
Winners at the Immersion hackathon include Wesabi, Utiva, Datarica, Econergco and Salubata. The winners will receive the following benefits:
Links with the UK’s thriving tech sector and work with UK expertise to take their business to the next level, pairing with mentors with investment background and access to a wider network for 4 months, invitation to the Beyond Nigeria networking session with the Deputy High commissioner of the UK High Commission in August 2019 and subsequent sessions.
Its also includes, Pitch their ideas to potential investors and partners in Nigeria and the UK, Receive support from the Department for International Trade and Innovation Corner, Access to local and foreign Immersion corporate partners and much more.
Also in attendance were executives from Private Sector Healthcare Alliance of Nigeria (PHN), Africa Fintech Foundry, Fintech Association of Nigeria, Africa Prudential, AGS tribe, The Paper Packaging Company, Social Good Lagos.