The event started with a speech by Uche Aniche – Convener of #StartupSouth – who explained that #StartupSouth is a project with a goal to connect, expose and attract investment to Startups operating within the South-South and South-East states and urged participants to come together and collaborate for sustenance. According to Uche, the Pre-Conference is a way to ensure strong and quality startups are identified and represented at the Startupsouth3 conference.
The panel discussion featured founders and developers from within and outside the state including Victor Anuebunwa (Developer and Co-Founder, Radaa.com), Chigozie Ezeugwu (CEO, Co-Founder at Radaa.com), Edoga Chukwudi(CEO, Digital Dreams), Pascal Okeke (CEO, BigCode and Convener, StartupAnmbra), Tochi (Tboy) Gabriel (Lead Organiser, GDG Enugu) and Martins Ifeanyi (Enugu Based Financial Analyst). The Panelists identified the strong need for community and established the need for senior technical people to mentor younger ones for continuity. They also listed ways Startups can benefit from #StartupSouth3 (The Made in Aba edition) to include – solving for logistics, power and access.
The Pre-Conference also featured Pitch from the Weeklong Hackerton by GDG Enugu (sponsored by Digital Dreams) and Demo from Roar Nigeria Startups. The winner of the Hackerton was team xcropay – an escrow payment service for ecommerce. The Roar Nigeria Startups that demoed their products are TrillzApp – a location/event discovery app, Paymiso – a cryptocurrency escrow payment services for ecommerce and peer-to-peer exchanges and Alphotazi Farms – a modular cassava processing system.
The Pre-Conference train moves to Uyo (September 19th) and will also make stops at Owerri (September 22nd), Asaba (September 28th) and Port Harcourt (October 6th)
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