Thursday, December 8, 2022

2 Nigerian Start-Ups Progress To GITEX Competition Finals

Pantami Startups Gitex
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami (fourth from right) flanked by startups at the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Two Nigerian tech start-ups have qualified for the final of the Supernova Challenge Pitch Competition at the ongoing GITEX 2022.

It was reported on Monday (October 10, 2022) that the two Nigerian start-ups that emerged as finalists were among the nine that first made it to the semi-final.

While inaugurating the exhibition pavilion of Nigeria at the Dubai World Trade Centre, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami confirmed that nine Nigerian tech innovators and start-ups booked their spots in the semi-final of the GITEX tech-invention competition.

“I am confident that the four Nigerian start-ups and innovators will surely give their foreign counterparts a run for their money and will cart away the prizes at stake, during the grand finale of the exhibition,” he said.

The Nigerian start-ups to compete for the gold position in the Supernova Challenge Pitch Competition are FLOEWS and ShapShap.

Another start-up from Kenya, Melanin Kapital, is the other African representative in the final of the ‘Mobility and Smart Cities Innovator’ category which the Nigerian tech firms qualified for.

FLOEWS is a multi-award-winning startup seeking to solve the persistent problem of climate change and natural disasters like flooding, by providing equitable access to a democratised, socially-inclusive and gender-responsive disaster risk management together with an early warning for vulnerable individuals, business communities and national economies.

While ShapShap provides the best on-demand delivery service in Nigeria for online ordering and same-day delivery of food, groceries, medicines and packages using a mobile application.

The GITEX event is currently holding at the Dubai World Trade Centre, in United Arab Emirates, UAE.

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