Below are all 7 contenders in the first edition of the Techcabal Battlefield. They include VC4Africa members Prepclass, Callbase, GoKool, CasaGrupo & Decoded – and 500Shops & Adugbo. The selected Nigerian tech entrepreneurs competed for Nigeria’s biggest technology startup prize ever — USD 20,000! And as a TechCabal Battlefield partner the VC4Africa community will also provide all finalists access to fundraising and mentorship opportunities on VC4Africa.
Here’s the complete list. Out of 92 applications and a fiercely competitive shortlist of twenty, these final seven startups have emerged:
500Shops is an e-commerce as a service platform that allows any business owner to setup a complete online store in minutes —www.500shops.com
Adugbo is a digital platform that enables the contextually relevant discovery and promotion of products/services offered by local merchants/small businesses. Via a suite of web/mobile apps offering specific location-based services, Adugbo aims to become the digital interface to your city — www.adugbo.com
Callbase is a telephone system for modern distributed teams that makes it easy, affordable and more efficient for organizations to manage and measure voice communication with customers, partners and others — www.callbase.co – Also see their VC4Africa venture profile!
CasaGrupo is an online real estate crowdfunding platform that provides exclusive, well curated, safe and profitable real estate investment projects to its members. By aggregating funds over the internet, CasaGrupo is able to reduce monetary exposure per deal to a minimum of N100,000 — www.casagroupo.com – Also see their VC4Africa venture profile!
Decoded is a music platform that aids in the discovery of African music with a focus on the lyrics. Decoded provides users with the ability to experience the diverse and intricate cultures within Africa through the unique lens of musical and literary composition — www.
Autobox (formerly GoKool) is an online shopping platform offering Nigerians genuine auto parts and electrical accessories, a need which is currently underserved in Nigeria’s growing e-commerce industry. GoKool’s aim is to provide their customers the assurance of high quality in a market filled with substandard products — www.gokool.com.ng – Also see their VC4Africa venture profile!
Prepclass is an online portal that helps students prepare for popular examinations. The startup’s initial focus is on the nationwide JAMB exams — www.prepclass.com.ng – Also see their VC4Africa venture profile!
The seven finalists are going on Battlefield Academy — each startup will be paired with a mentor from the Battlefield Faculty that will help them think through their product, business and presentations. Members of the TechCabal Battlefield Faculty include Tomi Davies (Lagos Angel Network), Editi Effiong (Anakle), Femi Taiwo (INITS), Mark Essien (Hotels.ng), Ojoma Ochai (British Council) and more.
The TechCabal Battlefield finale takes place on the 21st of February (no longer the 19th) at Four Points by Sheraton at 6:30pm, where a panel of five judges, including Jason Njoku of iROKO Partners, Akin Oyebode of Stanbic IBTC, Ayodeji Adewunmi of Jobberman, Gbenga Sesan of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria, and one mystery judge to be revealed soon will decide which startup will leave the arena with glory, fame and the ultimate prize of $20,000, courtesy of Stanbic IBTC Bank and iROKING.com
See TechCabal and the VC4Africa blog for updates, and we wish the selected entrepreneurs much success!!