Snapilabs, one of the tech hubs in PortHarcourt, yesterday emerged the winners of the Startup Port-Harcourt week Hackathon. They developed a website/mobile app called BusinessNow, that brings together all the needs of registering a new business – stamp duty payment, lawyers, tax practitioners, graphics designer, branding experts and more. As winners of the Hackathon, SnapiLabs is entitled to a cash prize of N150,000.
It was a keenly contested Hackathon with coders and developers from 8 different hubs in Port-Harcourt, working overnight for more than 24 hours to develop a tech solution to the ease of doing business in Nigeria, losing much sleep in the process but managing to stay mentally alert.
SnapiLabs was chosen as winners by the judges based on the following criteria – Market Fit/Viability, Usability, UI Efficiency. The judges comprised of Uche Aniche, Convener of Startup South, Maple Dappa, CEO and Founder of Mapemond Resources and Jay Momnang
According to one of the judges Maple Dappa, ‘SnapiLabs solution was practical and could be tested in the market immediately. The solution worked when it was demonstrated. The solution is needed by entrepreneurs and businesses generally, so the market fit was right also.’
Yelocode was 2nd position having developed EasyN, a Facebook AI bot that automates access to loan application by assessing character, capital and collateral to tell you if you are credit worthy. They tackled ‘Access to Credit’. In third position, was Bubble Co-working who pitched Permitter- an online platform for easy application and receiving of construction permits.
The other hubs who pitched were ICE Hub pitching BizExpress- an app that eases tax payments, Strategic Hub who pitched LoanPadi- online platform that links verified entrepreneurs with viable ideas with Angel investors. There was also Bizbase- a website that standardises legal documentation for new business and enables business bills payments (FIRS, electricity, insurance), pitched by Olotusquare and Grantie- an online platform for receiving real time updates on grants/loans and for reviewing funding agencies. Ken Saro Wiwa hub was not left out as it pitched StartIt, an online platform that automates the registration of businesses across Nigeria and combines FIRS & CAC functions.
For Maple Dappa and other observers at the Hackathon, it was a fantastic display of team bonding and dedication demonstrating the tremendous progress Port-Harcourt is making.
According to Maple, ‘I saw people thinking of real solutions, we are making progress!’
Bereni Fiberesima, organiser of the startup PortHarcourt week also believes that the Hackathon was a display of Silicon Valley in Port-Harcourt
However Maple has a word of advice – developers and coders also need to learn how to make a good business case and not just focus on coding. With that being said, Port-Harcourt is well on its way to becoming just as good as Silicon Valley. For Victor Tams, Event lead for the Hackathon, its a big thank you to everyone!
Adaora Okoli is the Founder and publisher of TechCultureNG.com.
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