In August, we reported that Port Harcourt was going to play host to global women startup weekend. This is a follow-up article on how the event went.
According to Startup Weekend’s Website “In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you’ll meet the very best mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started.” “You’ll be immersed in the ideal environment for startup magic to happen.”
This wasn’t any different in the very first Global Women Startup Weekend that held in Port Harcourt.
It started with an immersive in-person training on Friday 13th of September 2019 and ended on Sunday with a pitch by the 8 teams that participated in the event on 15th of September 2019.
The 8 Teams that Participated in the pitch include;
- Team Busy Man – building a skill hunting platform for artisans. –
- Team Glam-Up – (Later Changed their name to “Stylyn“) – building a fashion illustration platform for virtual clothes fitting
- Team Pay-Medi – Building a crowdsourcing platform to pay medical bills for people detained in hospitals, pregnant women and accident victims that can’t afford it.
- Team Pure Green – Puregreen, solving the problem of food poisoning by producing plant-based pesticides and providing access to market for farmers that use their products.
- Team Agric Mag – Agricmag, producing healthier maggot feeds for farmers to reduce high feed cost in fish, pigs, etc.
- Team Meet the HR’s – building a machine learning system that recommends shortlisting candidates for a job by having them submit their details, detect their personality type, have them play a game to determine their logical, tactical and strategy ratio to the job requirements.
- Team Edu-Icon – building an audio-visual education services for institutions where any learning material is converted to digital form and people can subscribe to all their lectures.
- Team E-Meds – building a decentralized medical records system using tokens for authentication.
Team Truly Green came first, with other teams taking the other positions.
What does winning the pitch mean for them?
The winning team gets a chance to pitch their idea to a global audience which gives them the opportunity to network, get funding, be on the spotlight and get mentorship from experts and experienced individuals in the startup community.
Mentors and Judges that Participated in the Event include;
- Maple Dappa
- Esther Nweje
- Borna Athanasius
- Mercy Ikeji
- Ireoluwa Soetan
- Pakis D. Briggs
- Jesuorobo Sandra Tomotigho
Members of the organizing team include:
- Bruce Lucas
- Theodora Isola
- Ihuoma Favour Agbaru
- Anastasia Dike
- Glory Abah
- Chiehiura Basil
- Surely Lemmy
You can find more details about the event here