#TechpointBuild 2019: SME Clinic, Exhibitions and a $10,000 Pitch Contest


#TechpointBuild, the annual startup event by tech publishing platform, Techpoint, held on Saturday January 26th. Currently in its second edition, the event had sessions for both startups and tech industry enthusiasts alike. It also boasted the presence of several industry stakeholders and investors.


So in case you missed it, here’s a quick run down of what took place at the event.

The Pitch Storm

The most important session of the day was the pitch storm 2019. This is a segment where selected startups got to pitch to a panel of judges for a grand prize of $10,000.

At this year’s edition of the event, 12 startups from around West Africa pitched at the event competition.

Some of these startups include:

Power stove (Nigeria): a social enterprise that innovates smart energy products and services.

Wellnewme (Nigeria): a healthtech startup using algorithm to determine health risks.

SPUNVERTEK ENTERPRISE (Nigeria): a renewable energy technology developer.

HubbonNG (Nigeria): a logistics startup building an Uber for Logistics.

HelpMum (Nigeria): a maternal and child healthcare startup.

Natterbase (Nigeria): a talent outsourcing platform.

Foodlocker (Nigeria): a foodstuff and grocery (eCommerce/retail) startup.

Estate Intel Limited (Nigeria): Online data-driven real estate startup.

Other startups from outside Nigeria include, Codetrain (Ghana), Keiwa (Côte d’Ivoire), Agro fish farm (Sierra Leone) and Oniriq (Senegal).

These startups pitched to a panel of Judges that included: Tomi Davies, Lagos Angel Network (LAN); Yele Bademosi, Microtraction; Damilola Thompson, Senior Corporate Counsel at EchoVC; and Maya Horgan, Founder, Ingressive Capital.

And after the pitch session, Estate Intel, an online platform that provides data, news and research for commercial real estate players in Africa emerged winner to claim the grand prize.

Behind Estate Intel, Foodlocker, an Ibadan-based online grocery delivery startup and Codetrain, a Ghanaian-based code school emerged runners up.

As another perk, Estate Intel and Foodlocker got an immediate offer to pitch to LAN’s network of angel investors later in the month.

Pitch Storm is one of the program’s core segments where selected startups pitched to a panel of judges for a prize.

Other Events

Besides the Pitch Storm, Techpoint Build 2019 also featured several well-packaged programs. These includes SME clinic aimed at helping small businesses scale through. There were also training sessions by business professionals including business developers, lawyers, accountants, PR specialists.

The event also featured a variety of lectures/panel sessions on new, important and thought provoking ideas. This segment featured business leaders, forwards thinkers, social innovators who discussed the way forward for tech companies in Nigeria.

There was also exhibitions by tech companies at the event.

And of course, attendees had time to network and have fun.


Organizers also promised a return of the event in mid-2019 with an edition for East Africa.

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