The 30 startups that will participate in an intensive, virtual boot camp between January 24th and February 18th, 2022, have been announced by Bridge to MassChallenge Nigeria (B2MC Nigeria), a NITDA-sponsored national startup competition that identifies and accelerates the most high-impact startups across Nigeria.
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and MassChallenge, a global network for innovators based in the United States of America, collaborated on B2MC Nigeria. Participating businesses will receive access to customized mentoring and coaching from NITDA and MassChallenge mentors, as well as a designed curriculum, focused on their requirements and concentrating on global best practices in innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as access to the MassChallenge global network. The top 30 businesses were chosen via a rigorous online selection process that included both local Nigerian innovation experts and professionals from the MassChallenge network.
The boot camp will conclude with a pitch competition to choose the top 10 entrepreneurs who will receive customized assistance and connectivity into a MassChallenge innovation hotspot such as Boston, MA, through a second boot camp.
“Startups play a critical role in every country’s economic progress by sparking innovation, introducing competition, and creating jobs.” Nigeria’s rapidly growing population provides inventive businesses with an opportunity to tap into a massive market by developing and implementing viable solutions that address recognized micro and macroeconomic national concerns. According to Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, NITDA’s Director General/CEO, “the B2MC program will help facilitate the diversification of the economy and the transformation of every aspect of modern life to achieve our key objectives of improving and expanding the economy, in line with the Nigeria Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria (2020-2030) and NITDA’s Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan (2021-2024).”
With this partnership, NITDA and MassChallenge are actively pursuing their goal to support entrepreneurs from underrepresented regions and across geopolitical zones, resulting in a more fair distribution of and access to crucial resources for company growth.
The B2MC Nigeria selection drive is industry agnostic, thus a wide range of applications was received from the agricultural, Info-Tech, transport, finance industries to name a few. Applications from the six geopolitical regions were captured to provide an equitable playing field for our startups that will be supported, both within Nigeria and internationally.
“The B2MC Nigeria 2021 program’s initial boot camp is aimed to hunt for the best of Nigerian innovations in order to assist them to survive and grow inside the Nigerian ecosystem and beyond. We’re delighted to see the top 30 startups represent a varied range of industries, from agriculture to health tech, and to be able to collaborate with NITDA to help these businesses succeed,” said Siobhan Dullea, CEO of MassChallenge.
Below is the complete list of the startups selected to participate in the B2MC Nigeria boot camp:
Agromate Nigeria: AgroMate is a youth-led agricultural development organization that leverages technology to improve the agricultural sector.
Aadana Smart Storage System: Aadana is a Solar Powered Smart Storage System that is smart. It can control/regulate the internal condition of the system.
Agbero: Agbero helps pre-book public inter-state travel vehicles in order to reduce waiting time and helps track real-time location for security’s sake.
Alaajo: Alaajo help users achieve their financial goals through savings automation, access to spot credit and simplified mortgage finance.
Avas Technologies Limited: AVAS Tech addresses prevalent identity verification problems across sub-Saharan Africa using customized to environment biometric solutions.
Bridgingspace: An online platform that helps people with anxiety and depression get easy access to online counselling, support groups & self-care.
Bulkieshare: BulkieShare is a Platform that makes it easy and convenient for users to jointly purchase items DIRECT from farmers and manufacturers and then share accordingly.
Cartrep: Cartrep uses AI technology to connect last-mile logistics companies with their customers within and outside their geographical coverage.
Cyber Security Challenge Nigeria Initiative: Cyber Security Challenge Nigeria Initiative focuses on identifying Nigeria’s next generation of cyber security professionals, connecting Nigeria’s best and brightest to the cyber security industry, creating an enabling platform for skill acquisition, youth empowerment and local content development in the area of information and cybersecurity towards national and economic development of Nigeria.
Daydone: An Agric eCommerce platform that brings farm produce and experience (using data) to the doorstep and fingertip of every consumer.
Dozzy Agricultural Enterprise: Dozzy Agricultural Enterprise is an integrated fish farm focused on closing the gap between market demand and supply of fish food
Edig-Ken Ventures: Hydroponics fodder production is when animal feed is grown without soil using little water and seed. Our solution is to provide sufficient, all-season availability and highly nutritional feed called fodder for livestock farmers to purchase for their animals.
Elcornel Business Enterprise: Elcornel Farm is dedicated to the use of high quality, modern and efficient food technology to meet the demand for organic and quality food.
Eteicon: Eteicon uses recycled waste paper to produce very hygienic and affordable toilet tissue for low-income families.
Evet Inc: Evet is a cloud-based platform that connects farmers to on-demand agronomy advisory support, veterinary extension service and farm inputs.
Fuelintellisense Nigeria Limited: FuelIntellisense is a fuel management system that helps facilitate fuel inventory management and provides authorization for fuel dispensing.
Ghats Technology Innovative: I recently graduated from college with an HND in Electronics & Telecommunications. I run a small engineering firm Ghats Technology Innovative
High Soles Farm Tours: By leveraging technology, we directly connect farmers with consumers that care about purchasing fresh produce at a lower cost.
Hydronamics: Hydronamics wishes to help bring clean running water to every home in developing countries, using prepaid water delivery services.
Maximus Recycling Solutions: provides households with a chance to generate value from their waste and provide a reliable supply of raw material to the local recycling industry.
Moon Innovations: Moon Innovations is building a generation of smart systems for smart housing across Africa.
Mysolarbid Limited: MySolarBid helps homes and businesses save up to 70% on their monthly electricity costs through access to clean energy solutions.
Negs Empire: Negs Empire is a product and service based Agrictech company, majored in beekeeping, honey packaging and Farm management with probiotics.
Northflx Nigeria Limited: Northflix is a video streaming platform that targets Africans and those in the diaspora with local content that connects them with their culture.
Roborep: The RoboRep platform helps Genuine Medical Companies find Doctors, Hospitals and Pharmacies to sell their Medical products to.
Solio Leathers: Solio Leathers is a computer software integrated footwear manufacturing company with a mission to drive the footwear market in Nigeria and Africa.
Spacehunt Inc20: Spacehunt is a mobile app that creates a virtual immersive experience for properties/space renters and buyers.
Specxs Care Limited: We are a licensed healthcare company that is leveraging technology to increase access to healthcare using digital technology.
Sublime Squares: Sublime Squares developed an IoT based smart waste-bin solution to optimize the entire waste management process.
The Footwear Academy: The Footwear Academy is a hub that provides holistic solutions around footwear manufacturing and connects African shoemakers to the world.