NEWS & EVENTS


iDEA partnered with the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) to execute a hackathon to solve the problem of access to ICT for Rural areas.

The hackathon had a nationwide reach with participants from Bauchi, Ondo, Osun & Enugu. There were 155 applications, 82 hackers, 15 teams, 5 coaches and 4 judges

Here are the top 3 winning teams from 3rd to 1st place

3. Social wifi – A wifi based phone network
2. Farm Fresh – An USSD based e-commerce application for agriculture
1. Datamart – A marketplace to buy and sell data with analytics (1st place)

The 5th annual DEMO Africa was a successful event. 30 Start-ups from all over Africa pitched in front of the tech eco-system’s principal stakeholders. 5 teams were selected to go to Silicon Valley – SimbaPay, Zuvaa, CarPartsNigeria, Bamba POS and InsureAfrica.com.

iDEA was a key partner that helped execute DEMO, as part of the LOC (Local Organizing Committee). This year’s edition of DEMO was characterized by an increased number of local and foreign investors, signifying the potential and the opportunities in the African market. Pictured above is the CEO of iDEA – Helen Anatogu speaking on an Investor panel with Candace Johnson, President, EBAN and Tobi Oke, Director Intel Capital.

iDEA Startup – Talking bookz had a good pitch at DEMO Africa. Talking Bookz is a platform to buy and sell African audiobooks. Talking bookz currently have over 3000 international titles across different categories including Self-help and Biographies. The Startup has sold over 700 audio books since its launch in 2014, raising $40,000 in angel investment. For more information, please visit the website here.

The Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX) ICT expo is the 3rd largest in the world, attracting over 145, 000 trade visitors last year from over 115 countries with Nigeria as an Official Country Partner.

iDEA Startups Hutbay, Verge and Medrep will be going to GITEX in Dubai to exhibit their businesses globally.

Follow them on social media for updates on the trip. Their trips are sponsored by NITDA (National Information Technology Development Agency).

MEST, a seed fund and incubator for African entrepreneurs has announced their African Tech Summit for 2015.

The summit aims at bringing together entrepreneurs, investors, multinationals, and startups shaping the African technological ecosystem. The event is on November 3rd – 4th at the Labadi Beach Hotel, Accra Ghana.

The CEO of iDEA – Helen Anatogu will be on the panel discussion of accelerators and incubators looking at the evolution of African tech hubs and the risk and return of African startups along with representaives from TechStars, Seedstars World and 440.ng

WaraCake is a revenue generating active Startup in iDEA’s incubator. WaraCake aggregates cake bakers across Nigeria, sells their cakes online, takes a margin per sale.

Waracake will be organizing the biggest cake fair in Nigeria on October 17, 2015. it is an all you can eat cake & cockatail event.

The event promises to blow attendees’ minds, there will be several giveways and side attractions from partners including Hotels.ng & SuperMart.ng. Interested people can get their tickets here.

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