CIMHostel, Lagos - Ikorodu
Accessibility to housing for students is challenging. Most students are unfamiliar with the areas surrounding their schools, and associated costs from agents remain high. The CIMHostel Website will be developed for student accommodation seekers in school communities, with Website features such as informational videos and booking features.
Ikechukwu studied Computer Science at University of Ilorin. In Nigeria, tech doesn't have a strong presence in schools. However, he met some great classmates to help encourage him. Through them and his personal interests, he developed a game, and later worked with palm recognition technology as part of a final project. He's not a UI person, he's more into cryptography and file compression technology.
During his studies, Ikechukwu met with a real estate agent. After paying the agent, he was taken to various places, none of which he wanted. It was stressful, taking too much time, and so he sought an online alternative.
This is Ikechukwu's first foray in the business aspect of technology. He's gained a newfound appreciation for business planning. Through the hackathon, he's partnered with a frontend UI expert while he drives development of the background.
eTrash2Cash, Kano - Kano
Greater than 9,000 tons of waste is generated daily in Kano State, the second largest city in Nigeria. A recent survey indicated that less than 16% of it is covered by waste management services. eTrash2Cash is the first and premier technology-based waste management company in northern Nigeria, providing strong and innovative waste collection and recycling schemes, leveraging on ICT to provide positive environmental and social impacts.
Muhammed studied biochemistry at university, graduating in 2014. He has no background in coding/programming, but has a solid understanding of the basics of computers.
Muhammed founded a recycling company when he finished school. During a class in chemical polymers, he became interested in recycling and waste management. His business was family owned, but he recognized limitations with the business model, so he has decided to launch eTrash2Cash. Inspired by so many startups using technology to drive or complement their businesses, he chose to apply for the fellowship.
As for the bootcamp, Muhammad feels that it has been an amazing experience to network with people from all over the country. With this has come an opportunity to learn new skills. The business planning class, as well as the marketing class, have lended a tremendous amount of clarity to his project. Though he'd spent time in a business school in France, the business concepts are now much more clear to him as a result of the bootcamp.
Basmalah Enterprises, Bauchi - The River Bank of Gadau in Bauchi State
Many local farmers in Nigeria use petrol-consuming lifting machines to draw water for irrigation purposes. This causes an increase in product prices and a reduction in farmer profits. Basmalah Enterprises is a solar innovation that helps small-holder farmers with irrigation using a viable solar alternative to petrol-consuming generators to draw water. This in turn reduces air pollution and the overall cost of production.
Ibrahim has no formal education or training in coding and programming, instead, he's earned a degrees in geography, renewable energy and information technology.
Ibrahim's been a farmer for seven years, and the idea has been on his mind for five years. He started a limited pilot two years ago. With his parents also being farmers, the idea of solar farming really shown through as a community need. He expanded away from petrol-based irrigation equipment to include solar power 2 years ago, and has an eye for opportunities for growth in agrarian technologies.
Before he came to the bootcamp, Ibrahim had no Website. He had never heard of LEAN startup methodology.
Virtual farm, Cross River - Cross River
Nigeria has seen an unprecedented hike in food prices as a result of the drop in oil prices and recent bans placed on certain food imports. This has resulted in a surge of hardship, poverty, and hunger. The Virtual Farm will become the first online digital farm in Nigeria, and Africa as a whole, using an optimized online system for users to buy seed, plant, nurture and ultimately harvest crops online.
As the first son of four, Ubio is a civil engineer from Cross River University. After secondary school, he had a scholarship to study Agtech, which included opportunities to take outside classes in computing. He learned about Autocad, which allowed him to design his farm, and he continues to use it to this day. He's well versed in Microsoft products, but has no formal training or background in programming.
For young children in Nigeria, there's a common sickness due to malnutrition called Kwaishoko, which causes stomachs to swell. His mom was a nurse, and she said this was due to poor diet in carbohydrates. He thought about how he can solve this. Ubio's been in Lagos since 2009. He's seen the high cost of goods as compared to home. He wanted to know how to reduce the cost of produce sold in the city, while also reducing the incidence of malnutrition. Recently, Ubio met an agriculturist who taught him about hydroponics, and this spawned an idea to use this method to solve for Kwaishoko and the high cost of produce. Further, he's trying to bridge the gap between farmers in the south and consumer demand in Lagos.
Ubio has found the bootcamp to be very useful all around. Learning to create a strong Value Proposition has allowed him to adjust the scope of his project. Through working with some of the mentors, he's learned that his project could expand to other products, other markets. The LEAN startup discussion helped him tremendously as well.
Bamwase, Ogun - Ogun
Many local artisans, laborers and businesses lack online presence in communities across Nigeria. Service we all rely on often come solely from the recommendations of family and friends, which can make it difficult for those providing services, and expensive for consumers. The Bamwase platform will serve as a meeting place between artisans, laborers, small businesses and the customers that require their services. On Bamwase, small businesses lacking internet expertise or financial capacity can quickly create online profiles or webpages, and consumers can quickly find these important services in their communities.
Idowu has no prior TechBackground. Back home, she got into a lot of trouble as she was spending time at a sidebar cafe, where the only computers in her community were available. She'd spend all her hours there, bring her classmates there to show what you could learn using computers. This got her into trouble with teachers, while at the same time her folks thought she was getting into real mischief. She presently has a law degree from the University of Abuja, wher she had a side job buying and selling things from eBay and Amazon.
Idowu had an advantage with access to the internet, and she used that advantage to reach out to people (she's fearless!). In 2010, when the country celebrated Nigeria at 50, she discovered that the primary contract holder responsible for event planning was actually from the UK. She reached out to him, and eventually got involved. He was impressed how resourceful and relentless she was in finding him via the web. This ability to sift through sites to find contacts is a strength for her.
The biggest aha moment for Idowu at the bootcamp was when she learnt 'to know her market and the behavior of the customer'. She was cognizant of this fact, but she didn't have the right approach. She now looks at her business potential much more from this user perspective. At times she has struggled with the volume of feedback, as everyone had different opinions and ideas, but she is learning to balance that with gut feel and class learnings.
GrouPower - sustainable community-shared solar project, Federal Capital Territory - Abuja
Access to reliable, affordable power has proved challenging in Nigeria. Despite considerable investments, many communities are still without a constant power supply, and renewable energy remains out of reach for many communities throughout Nigeria. GrouPower will empower communities across Nigeria with their own renewable, constant and affordably financed solar power farms.
Yeshua has a background in architecture, however, a few years ago, he and friends had an idea to create a wireless internet network in a licensed spectrum across parts of Abuja to make a dent in the cost charged by established mobile companies. He also set up a cyber cafe, where he noticed all the apps like Skype that could have an impact. He had a strong understanding of how things worked, but he went out into the field to learn how to perform installations. The pilot program was successful, but there were too many opportunities for fraud, and corrections were very difficult to surmount, so they closed the pilot.
While Yeshua owned the cyber cafe, he found that most clients were using Skype to connect with their relatives. He and his friends were working Vonage-like product that could undercut international call costs substantially. He dug in to learn more, then looked to expand opportunities to build revenue with offerings using Wimax, but it never landed due to technological challenges. He started to refocus on trying to drive new revenue streams. They had three pilot base stations, controlled by the home office, and they needed consistent power. They found that clients that would come to the office, and using inverters that could get them through power outages. They quickly realized new revenue streams could be derived from this need for alternative, reliable power.
The bootcamp had been a fantastic experience. Designing for the customer was a very important concept for Yeshua, and core actions you want a customer segment to take as a result of your product. It helped him modify his concepts on how customers should pay for his product. He loved getting a Surface, but the lectures here were substantive. Learning about A/B testing also helped. He's going to take this back to Abuja with his team, but providing much of what he learned as part of a lecture he's giving next week to civil servants.
Djola Nollymations, Ondo - Owo
With such a diverse culture and community across Nigeria, all ages and tribes countrywide have become intertwined through the power of entertainment, particularly through the surge in popularity of Nollywood films. My business idea is to convert popular Nollywood movies into comic books and animations. Comics will be designed in episodes, bringing recognition for the cultures and elaborating the story line of the original movie, while giving us more time to design cultural-friendly content. As other tribes read and enjoy the content of other tribesmen with identifiable characters, these works will serve as a subtle form of unity.
Daniel pursued a few certificate courses in computing outside of his normal schooling. While unsuccessfully trying to pursue his passion in animation in Ghana, he started digging into Facebook, where he learned more about the worldwide comic book market. Daniel later convinced a neighbor to take a chance on him and his animation skills by securing a loan for a Surface Pro 3. He started producing animated cells using touchscreen and pen. During this period he decided to assess market demand for his animation with a FB page, posting drawings of Nollywood actors. It started garnering interest, and ultimately helped get his foot in the door to create a comic version of a friend's movie. It was an immediate hit within his community, selling over 300 copies in just 3 days, admittedly with a rushed product. The big constraints to his work are time, equipment and money, so he's looking to technology to help drive production improvements. He's just recently been offered a contract to work on a film-based comic with a producer from a neighboring Nigerian state.
Daniel has been drawing cartoons since kindergarten. Though presently working towards a Masters in Fine Arts at the University of Port Harcourt, he has stayed true to his passion for comics through the illustration of Nollywood films. Daniel is interested in doing a web-only version for future editions, all while continuing to hone the balance between the images his younger fans enjoy with the message that impresses his old audiences.
Prior to the bootcamp, Daniel had very little if any background in business planning and process. He noted that this has been a tremendous help to potential growth for him. He also learned that he shouldn't wait for competition to catch up, rather than wait to illustrate the next movie, he now recognizes that creative exploration of plot lines through subsequent editions allow him to jump ahead. His audiences can't wait for his next works. Lastly, Daniel realized how important it is to be your next competition, to be be better than what you're already doing.
OneTracQ: GPS Solution Trackers, Oyo - Ibadan
Security is a big issue concerning every Nigerian. Assets are lost or stolen, with little hope of recovery. As with many developing countries, proactive measures to mitigate asset losses are rare. The edge for OneTracQ is to create a custom-made 3D printed GPS tracking device. It will be unrecognizable to potential robbers and burglars since it will look like an everyday item, normally found on the stolen item of interest. The edge for OneTrack is to create a custom-made 3D printed GPS tracking device. It will be unrecognizable to would-be thieves since it will look like an everyday item that's part of the stolen asset.
Mubarak was largely self-taught in computers. While in secondary school, he began tinkering with the Win95 desktop computer and dot matrix printer his mother used while serving as a college lecturer. In 2004, while studying biochemistry at University of Ilorin, he was intrigued by his schoolmates in computer science department. He believes they are studying a course that will give them the competence to use effort with little footprint to make huge changes within their community. Naturally, he gravitated towards them and soon discover his passion.
There were two reasons why Mubarak started OneTracQ: Every stratum of the society in Nigeria have been were seeing a surge in kidnappings and he felt a need to apply information technology to this menace. Secondly, there was rampant theft of expensive and highly portable asset all over the country. One of his neighborhood friends that works for an engineering servicing company wondered how he could protect a recently acquired portable laser diagnostic equipment from theft. This evolved into how he might scale a GPS-enabled anti-theft technology into other products prone to theft, beyond cars and motorcycles.
About the bootcamp, Mubarak felt that ''Microsoft is here, and that's huge. Microsoft’s coming shows a grassroots movement that seeks to empower technically savvy Nigerians and enable them to solve societal problems they have always dreamt of solving. It also reveals that Microsoft is really desirous of understanding it's users in their natural habitat. It means that Microsoft is the tech company to partner with in a bid to realize one's full potential.'' As a Microsoft hardware aficionado, Mubarak is very excited to show off his Surface Hybrid Tablet to his friends. With the bootcamp, he has also been able to understand how to navigate the world of startups, which is paramount to bringing his idea to fruition.
FABARN, Federal Capital Territory - Abuja
Digital textile printing, while gaining in popularity around the world, has yet to take hold here in the Nigerian fashion industry. FABARN will be a digital textile printing business here in Nigeria that will produce inexpensive, locally-designed fabrics. This will ensure products are produced faster, cheaper and with less waste to the environment here in Nigeria. This will give Nigerian Fashion Designers the opportunity to create their own designs and having them printed on different base fabrics.
Though she grew up in Nigeria, Ify studied computing in Asia Pacific Univeristy in Kuala Lumpur. Since school she has been largely working in administrative roles. As a result, she's rarely found opportunities to practice what she's learned. Ify has been working with fabrics for years, making her own outfits. She noticed that there were very limited fabric choices in local markets. She simply couldn't find the ones she wanted. Her tailor told her she'd need to move from Abuja to Lagos to find what she's looking for. Ify has worked with an architectural firm as a technical assistant in the past, and is currently a freelance virtual administrative assistant. She prefers to be working in a role that's closer to her passion rather than a higher paying job that isn't teaching her anything.
At the bootcamp, Ify's already seen some big life changes. When she arrived she had one idea, seemingly all figured out. She's now realized that the idea is just part of it, and that you have to define real value for people, to figure out what your customers are looking for. It's really helped reshape her idea.
Cogno-Aid, Federal Capital Territory - Abuja
Mental health issues are commonly cast in a negative light across the Nigerian community. This shadow not only affects people who show signs of mental issues, it further stigmatizes people seeking medical help no matter how minor the issue might seem. Cogno-Aid connects clients with mental health professionals through online/offline sessions. Clients receive affordably-priced help they need privately, while also allowing medical practitioners greater outreach to potential clients. Session options include calling (audio/video) and messaging through a subscription-based account in partnership with Nigeria's National Medical Board.
First exposed to computers at the age of four, Paula was fascinated with the clicks, buzzes and random sounds of the family's 'giant green PC'. Fueled by curiosity, she enjoyed taking computers apart to understand the inner workings. She aligned to secondary school projects and after-school opportunities that involved engineering and computing. She ultimately received a degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Lagos, and now works as a freelance software developer.
Paula has a very personal interest driving this project. In secondary school, she struggled to fit in socially with her classmates. She sought to understand her emotions and struggles in school through a counselor, but realized that mental health was highly stigmatized in her community and across Nigeria. Mental health concerns, for young and old alike, were either brushed aside completely or addressed with outdated social conventions. Later, while attending the University of Lagos, she lost a schoolmate to suicide.
Cogno-Aid brings together Paula's knowledge of computing and her compassion for understanding, and it's shown since the moment she arrived at bootcamp. While she sees herself as highly technical, she said the bootcamp has bolstered her understanding of core business mechanics (and a desire for more). While once apprehensive about social media, she recognizes its potential benefits to her business, and now looks forward to leveraging mentors within the Fellowship to help build that out. Paula believes this program will make people see Nigeria in a different light. At the close of our interview, she poignantly noted that in Nigeria that your word is your bond. We look forward to strengthening that bond with her through the Windows Insider community and the Nigeria Fellowship.
Dilish Instant Foods, Lagos - Lagos
Beans (cowpea) are the most commonly consumed protein-rich meal in Nigeria. They're used to prepare popular local dishes like moi-moi, akara and gbegiri. Unfortunately, they're mostly available in unprocessed and low quality form, and are time intensive at 100-120 minutes to prepare. In general, it isn't eco-friendly to cook the most consumed protein-rich meal in Nigeria. Our eco-friendly, power-saving and affordable processing solution will transform unprocessed beans right from the farm into forms that can then be used to create protein-rich meals. Our products aim to reduce time spent cooking bean meals by 60%, while also reducing fuel consumption by 70%.
Kelechi has studied computers since the age of 9, when he first used Windows 98. He's played with a lot of software and hardware since then, but felt the software was more interactive. He's always been interested in software analysis. Though he's currently getting his masters in Agricultural Economics at University of Ibadan, he's taken open courses in C++, Java and others to stay close to his passion.
Kelechi has fused his passion for tech with his studies in Agricultural Economics. He's determined to see if he and his team can develop a program to support this project and streamline the production process. There are lots of projects in this agrargian society, as nearly 80% are small scale but looking to implement projects to reduce waste and bolster production.
At the bootcamp, Kelechi really came to understand the concept and requirements to create an MVP, as well as learn how to generate demand while aligning to metrics. He's learned that as he gets to know his customers, he'll better recogize the need to consisitently innovate. Our discussions on marketing strategy have also been extremely useful to him.
Lawcademy, Lagos - Lagos
There is an opportunity to help meet the educational and empowerment needs of law students (undergraduate and post-graduate) and the larger Nigerian community seeking to improve their understanding of law. Lawcademy will provide access to quality legal education and improve access to justice through an eLearning platform. We uphold the notion that an improved understanding of the law and access to justice form a critical element of hope, the key to the promise of upward mobility and thriving economy.
Olayinka's primary foundation is as a lawyer, having studied in the UK at the University of Hertfordshire, and gotten a Masters at the University of Aberdeen. Some additional background in IT has really spawned from this project. He was able to create a Website via YouTube. Though his funds were limited, he leveraged YouTube to find the details most needed. He did so by himself, taking about six months from zero to where he is now. His admits that his first results were terrible, yet these failures fostered a desire to learn in other ways. During the day he has his law firm, and spends the night educating himself on web development.
Having lived abroad, Olayinka noticed that Nigerians know little about their rights as compared to other cultures. Here in Nigeria, the general citizen knows little about the creation of laws and the impact of the laws themselves. He feels many are grossly unaware or misinformed. When he came back to Nigeria from his studies in the UK, he saw a lot of misjustice and abuse of the law. He believes that if folks were empowered about their rights, they'd be more likely to protect it. When he went to law school in Nigeria, he noticed that lecturers really just doled out their information rather than provide support. This produced a surge in failures. He believes in education providing the route to potential growth. Know your rights, pass your exams, he said. He knows what it means to be a student with no guidance. He was determined to find a way to better a student's chances for success. Olayinka now tutors law students one on one in the office. Through this tutoring program, he discovered that his strategy makes students look like superstars, and he now wants to create the definitive source for online education about the law in Nigeria.
Now that Olayinka intends to scale and monetize some of his activities, he's working to extend his understanding to more than just the law, but also the business relative to it. At the bootcamp, he's developed a better understanding from the perspective of the user, build from outward in. Things like naming and his marketing plan require careful planning. He no longer simply focuses on his concept, but the bigger picture. How do you spend less and still achieve more, achieve maximum benefit as you desire? Olayinka is thankful that he was free to ask questions of the team. Business principles, building contacts, and saying things from different perspectives was ok, and proved helpful to him. After his first day, he almost gave up; it was overwhelming. He has since worked to leverage the expertise of others while equally contributing. He also looks at scale, where he didn't before. His Value Proposition has allowed him to harness a niche.
AfriSMEHub, Kaduna - Kaduna
The Kaduna state in Nigeria has seen a surge in its unemployment rate, while its poverty rate is among the highest in the Northwest zone. The rising tide of unemployment and the fear of a bleak future among Nigerian youths has made them vulnerable to the manipulations of criminals. AfriSMEHub is an outfit that designs and manufactures apparels that are vibrant, eccentric and African-inspired. It will help champion the 'Made in Nigeria' movement and challenge global views on the continent's ability to produce high-quality apparels by providing sufficient training in fashion, entrepreneurship, marketable skills and results.
Around 2000, Obinna was in secondary school and began taking computer science classes. He has a degree in biochemistry. Throughout that time he's learned largely about software.
While in University, Obinna was working as a tailor. He would source materials more broadly than local markets could provide.
At the bootcamp, Obinna has learned a lot from the business modeling exercise, and to dial in his Value Propositionosition.
Inside Education, Federal Capital Territory - Abuja
The educational system in Nigeria is critically degrading by the day: dwindling motivation for teachers and students alike has created big challenges. Parent expectations, versus what schools can provide, has created an opportunity to re-think the educational system. Inside Education seminars will empower and educate teachers, students, parents and school owners or supervisors on what can be done to solve the growing complexities between expectations and reality. The aim is to bring the teacher, student and parent to a plain ground of relationship.
Alexander used computers for the first time at the age of 11. Curiousity got the better of him, and he opened it up, took it apart. Took him 3 months to figure out how to fix it again. He has ever since had a natural curiosity for taking apart electronics. Alexander remembers Windows 98 and 2000, and later XP. He worked on understanding compatibility, drivers and upgrades. He wasn't happy with 8, so when the first preview of 10 arrived, he jumped at the chance to upgrade. Much of what Alexander learned comes from observation and experiment, he has no formal training. He finished Ekiti University, he had challenges because his experience in the field often conflicted with what the professors were showing him.
Alexander's mom works in education. Through his public school education, he saw the disparity with that of private school. At the time of his final year project, he was supposed to program, instead, they assigned him to complete a case study on the use of ICT in schools, how it was used, how administration was done. This case resulted in a BCBEd degree. He saw solutions that worked, but still more that were broken. Over the last year he's dug in to understand problems that teachers and students are experiencing. In order to teach, a passion must be there, not just a need for a paycheck. He noticed the power teachers have to motivate. He also saw how parents are pushing children to achieve. He decided he wanted to step into the teachers shoes, taught civic education, computer science and english lit in secondary schools.
At the bootcamp, Alexander's learned not to do things he once did before, where he once failed to put himself in everyone's shows. This has helped him improve his product. He's learnt to 'Know your customer'. He once believed that folks above have it all figured out, our visit showed that learning is a continuous process. He's also learned to break down his project into consumable pieces rolling up to a whole. It has improved his ability to focus.
Jamb CBT Practice Software, Oyo - Ibadan
Many students fail major entrance examinations in tertiary institutions in Nigeria due to the fact that they're unfamiliar with the way tests are carried out. Jamb CBT Practice Software is designed to be the definitive test emulator in which all would be test-takers would be required to use before moving to the real test.
Opayemi has a Polytechnic degree in Mathematics and Statistics. He learned about computers from cybercaf?s where he taught himself programming. He wrote his first program at the age of 19, using VB6.
Opeyemi's business idea around automated JAMB CBT came about when his friend called him, talking about an acquaintance who needed help passing the JAMB exam. He realized that automating the practice of the test can help students have a much better chance at success.
In the bootcamp, learning about software development cycle was very useful to him, since he didn't go to school to formally learn the practice of software development. He also feels that seeing Microsoft people has been very inspirational. To know that he was sitting down with people who wrote Windows - software used by hundreds of millions of people - and to know that they care about him and his idea 'has been a privilege'.
Greenpad Concepts, Ondo - Akure
In many rural areas in Nigeria, lack of access to affordable sanitary pads causes school girls in Nigeria to miss 4 or 5 days in school every month. As a result, many girls in primary/secondary school never complete their education. GreenPad Concepts aims to manufacture eco-friendly, affordable and disposable sanitary pads using local agricultural by-products that are hygienic, good quality and best of all, bio-degradable!
In 2007, Damilola attended a computer science course, where he learned how to use Microsoft applications and Corel draw. He later turned that into training others in his community. Prior to that he had no access to computers.
As an entrepreneur, Damilola started working on initiatiaves associated with farmers. During that time, he discovered that many farmers daughters were missing school 4-5 days per month, and ultimately dropping out. Damilola recounted a specific example where one day, while visiting with a farmer and his kids. he noticed that the daughter had a stain on her outfit, and let her know. When he asked how she dealt with menstruation, she told him of using insufficient means, and that the embarassment is often so big that they stay away from school during that time. He's been working on this idea since.
At the bootcamp, Damilola's learned how to stay focused on his market segment, yet stay open towards expansion opportunities. He's also learned more effective means of team management, and to set up success criteria.
CASPEM - Cassava Peel Meal product, Akwa Ibom - Akwa Ibom
In Nigeria, the high cost of feed remains the unresolved cause of high prices of poultry/livestock products. Constrained supply has also greatly reduced the economic benefit of small-holder farmers. Our CASPEM Cassava Peel Meal product is a significantly less expensive alternative to regular feeds, with a goal to improve access to affordable livestock feed and ultimately reduce poverty and unemployment among small-holder farmers. We use readily available but unexploited agricultural waste from cassava peels to produce highly nutritional feed, all while operating on a community-based collection model.
Ugochukwu's interest in computers stems from an organic need to organize things. He started a small school business helping others, leveraging his roommate's laptop to stay organized. He background includes studies in Polymer Textile Engineering.
As a savvy consumer, Ugochukwu noticed that prices for foods were so high. Concurrently, he noticed rural farmers were wasting cassava peels, letting them rot on the ground. He wondered if he could bring the two together some way in order to reduce both prices and waste.
Ugochukwu has been wrestling with this business idea for some time. The bootcamp program has allowed him to shape up his Value Proposition. Networking with everyone has also been crucial, giving him a chance to brainstorm on other possible opportunities for his product.
SonoCare, Rivers - Port Harcourt
The unavailability of a modern diagnostic imaging infrastructure in our healthcare system is leading to increasing mortality rates and medical misdiagnosis in rural and low resource areas in Nigeria. Many healthcare providers have resorted to referring their patients on often unpleasant trips to independent offices to have their diagnostic imaging needs satisfied. SonoCare is an on-demand, point-of-care, mobile diagnostic medical imaging service targeted at the under-served markets in rural/low resource settings in collaborative partnership with public/private hospitals, clinics and maternity centers using portable but highly efficient diagnostic equipment, mobile apps and mobility vehicles taking the service conveniently/directly to points of need.
Enokela had exposure to ICT as early as his primary school days but didn't focus on Tech professionally. He is a medical doctor with expertise in imaging and assisted reproduction. To hone his skills, he acquired his initial medical education at the the University of Port Harcourt and proceeded for specialized medical studies at the St. Georges University of London, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, University of Twente, University of Leeds and the Isfahan University of Medical Sciences.
In his experiences a healthcare outreach volunteer in rural and low resource communities in Rivers, Benue and Nasarawa states, he noticed that pregnant women and babies die due to lack of quick and proper access to health care. He realized using mobile equipment to provide these services can greatly help.
Moses has attended many entrepreneurship programs, but he says the Insiders Fellowship was '100% different', the main difference being the focus on customers that the bootcamp emphasized. At the bootcamp, he realized that we need to look at the customer as a person not as a problem. The talks also expanded his perspective and made him realize that he should use different channels, like Websites, to create more awareness for his services.
Verified Tertiary Academic Qualification (VERITAQ), Ondo - Ondo
In Nigeria, we place much value on academic qualifications, which has resulted in growing cases of tertiary academic certificate forgery. This has resulted in economic and social costs to those possessing original certificates, as well as costs to employers of labor, academic institutions, government agencies and the society at large. The Verified Tertiary Academic Qualification (VERITAQ) platform will provide the definitive e-verification solution for registered academic certificates such as NCE, Diploma, OND, HND, Degrees etc for verification.
Ayodeji has no formal Tech background, but he is familiar with computers and how to use them. Has a degree in Business Administration. Over years of use he has discovered that tech allows him to scale up businesses rather than confine himself to four walls. He now runs a cafe.
With his entrepreneurship background, Ayodejia noticed a problem in society that needed attention.
About the bootcamp, this is how Ayodeji feels: 'For every class, there's something else that you can learn beyond that class. Thinking more from a customer perspective rather than the profit end of the business really helped adjust Ayodeji's business plan.'
Chart Synergy, Enugu - Enugu
Many healthcare providers in Nigeria cannot afford the high cost of implementing electronic health records to store patient health data. Record retrieval is a slow manual process and negatively impacts quality of service. It also increases the chances of patient data analysis errors. Chart Synergy will create a cloud-based mobile compatible electronic health records system that facilitates cost- effective collection, storage, transmission, and analysis of clinical data. It will enable health providers to better manage their patient records, gain insights from data collected, make more informed decisions, and improve their overall services.
Omasirichukwu studied computer science at the American University of Nigeria, graduating in 2010. Behind that was a fascination how 0's and 1's come together to become music and videos. He later worked with friends on a startup for a pension payment process, building a couple of systems to help prevent fraud. After that, he helped build a data gathering system for farms in Adamawa State. He also built a document management system called Vault to digitize existing content.
While in school, Omasirichukwu took a database course that required him to create a software solution for a problem or opportunity on campus. He went to the campus clinic and noticed their processes were often laborious. Later, the dean of the school reached out to him and said they would like him to develop a longer term solution for the clinic. He gathered requirements, created his first iteration, and deployed a beta.
Partnerships are key, and - after the bootcamp talks - Omasirichukwu understands the need to do so within the framework of the healthcare industry. There are different ways to structure partnerships that he learned through this class.
AgreLine Inc., Lagos - Lagos
Much of Nigeria's agricultural produce ends up as waste, with estimates as high as 80% of harvested food crops planted perishing every year due to poor logistics and absence of reliable market information. A lack of organized farming channels to get through to customers has resulted in once cheap products becoming too expensive. In addition, operational costs for food processing companies and business speculators have been hindered due to limited alternatives. AgreLine's plan to deal with this situation is to create an e-logistics platform (strictly B2B) to accommodate and unite the five important stakeholders in the Agricultural sector: Farmers, Transporters, Warehousing/Storage facilities, business speculators and processing companies. The portal will connect the stakeholders and optimize the relationship between them to achieve an efficient delivery system.
Oluwaloni has no programming experience, but he learned about web analytics from Dragnet, an institution that does training workshops in Nigeria. He has a degree in Business Administration.
Oluwaloni believes IT solutions make life better. He sought to combine it with observations in farming and consumption. Potatoes grown in the northern part of the country often end up as waste. Compounding that is that these are subsintence farmers. Conversely, there is demand in the south. He saw an opportunity to match waste to demand.
Oluwaloni's a big fan of the ninja cat that kept making an appearance in the bootcamp. He feels that his new Surface will be a big asset to his business.
Retire Forward Inc., Benue - Benue
Many veterans and older citizens in Nigeria retire from service after meritoriously serving the country for years, but are miserably poor due to the inability of the government and the pension boards to pay their monetary entitlements. After retirement, they become unemployed, poor, sick and solely depend on the meagre earnings of their families. This result to lessened national productivity and in some cases increase in social vices in our community. Retire Forward is creating an online platform that will connect retired workers and veterans to unique organizations offering Jobs, internships, loans and grants for business, training and many other opportunities. This platform is the first of its kind in Nigeria. We will work both online and offline to connect this older demographic group to credible organizations willing to give them opportunity and chance to reinvest their experience into the economy and also retrain them to meet up with 21st century standards.
Bem has a Masters in Biology at the Universiry of Ilorin. He started using computers 10 years ago, using search engines and Email. Two years ago he started a computer training class, but he ran into financial constraints. He's since re-started his training, but much of it is his own learning. He's learning CSharp right now.
The Retire Forward idea is personal. Bem's 56-year-old dad had a job in taxation for 25 years, and suddenly lost it. He started looking for jobs but was never getting calls back. Having had his job for so long, he had no CV. So Bem started working on his CV, which he emailed to many businesses on behalf of his father. Bem discovered that many retired persons are in his father's shoes, that there's an opportunity to help them. Bem's heroes are in tech: Gates, Zuckerburg. He loves the way they change the world and bring out the best in people. He strongly feels that this era of technology and information is solving a lot of complex problems in the world.
The bootcamp experience has transformed everything Bem knew about business. In reality you need mentorship to help bring ideas to life. He realizes he can't know everything; instead, he must learn to partner with others.
SalesBrisk, from Cemmey Enterprises, Oyo - Ibadan
Small Medium Entrepreneurs (SME) in Nigeria and across sub-Saharan Africa have challenges with adequate and effective tools for the management of their daily business operations and sales activity. They're often unable to effectively record and access business data, which impacts their overall revenue. SalesBrisk is an application for sales and inventory management for Small Medium Enterprises (SME). It will be powered by a web and mobile based application that will enhance sales, accounting and adequate record keeping, freeing up these businesses to focus on growing their business profits.
Johnson became interested in tech during college in 2006, where he began training in Website design. He created a site that emulated many of the features of early Facebook days in order to gain an understanding. Later, a government official found out about his efforts and he developed, ran and managed a Website for him. He later used this knowledge to get his Management Information System degree remotely.
Through friends working in small businesses, Johnson noticed that they weren't really cultivating their businesses, relationships with their customers, nor overall business management. All these were necessary to compete.
After the bootcamp, Johnson has come to understand, through deeper explanation and examples, that the customer is key, and development should pivot from that. He learned about the need to be better informed from a marketing perspective, competitive aspect and to pay close attention to pricing. He's also learned new technologies through Microsoft.
Tour Nigeria! App, Lagos - Lagos
Nigeria has a wealth of great tourist attractions that remain largely unvisited due to a lack of presence across modern channels like the web. As a result, the nation loses millions of dollars yearly as Nigerians prefer to visit more publicized attractions in other countries. The Tour Nigeria! application is an innovative, engaging mobile app for visitors to engage in attractions all across our great country. With a calendar of events, interactive maps, and rich descriptions, users can plan the ultimate Nigerian holiday and then share their experiences with other users.
Kayode started using computers at the age of 9, by secondary school became a programmer. He has a degree in Engineering from Covenant University, and is now getting a Masters at University of Lagos. It's largely driven from curiosity and a love of trying to solve challenges. During school he had a business in computer repairs, which is still going today (Gadget Clinic).
The Tour Nigeria! idea started when thinking of cousins abroad who were looking for pictures of Kayode's travels. They wanted to connect with Nigerian destinations, and there wasn't really anything available that had rich information.
At the bootcamp, Kayode realized that customer value and Value Proposition creation were important. Knowing the view from the customer versus developing for them was a big aha moment for him.
24/7 Charging Hub, Edo - Akoko-Edo
Many Nigerians find it difficult to charge their devices, though this depends on the neighborhood where they live and work. They often have to fuel a generator to charge a device, while others depend on neighbors. This problem becomes much more acute in rural areas. The 24/7 Charging Hub is an extremely low maintenance, low cost charging hub that uses login credentials from users to automatically expose an electrical terminal.
As a kid, going around his dad's workshop, he started becoming interested in building things and in technology. His interest in Microsoft technologies came about when his friend took him to an event from Microsoft hosted on his campus (Federal University of Technology Akure) when Windows 10 was launched. From then on, he started to follow and devour everything from Microsoft.
When he heard about Windows IoT, he quickly connected the dots to solve a recurring problem he had been facing at home - charging devices with intermittent electricity supply. This was the beginning of his business idea 24/7 Charging Hub.
At the bootcamp, his idea grew from something just in his head to something very concrete. The bootcamp made him realize that there are people outside his country that care about Nigeria. He now feels that there are people behind him to offer support and guidance in pursuit of his goal. The presence of Microsoft inspired confidence in his own ability and it has given him hope.