Lagos, Nigeria - February 1st, 2024 - The ARM Labs Lagos Techstars Accelerator is excited to announce its Demo Day event, set to take place on February 20th, 2024, at 3PM WAT in Lagos, Nigeria.
The invite-only event will showcase the accelerator's 12 new investments, operational in Ghana, Nigeria, and East Africa. The sectors invested in include FinTech, HealthTech, B2B SaaS, Cleantech, Logistics, E-commerce and Big Data.
This Demo Day concludes a 13-week acceleration program designed to support the next generation of entrepreneurs that are changing Africa and the world, by using technology, data and intelligence to serve a population growing in size, youth, income and digital access.
Since the program commenced on November 13th, 2023, the startups have engaged with over 90 mentors and speakers including, Kevin Simmons, General Partner at LoftyInc Capital; Tingting Peng, Chief Capital & Strategy Officer at Moove; Shola Akinlade, Founder/CEO at Paystack; Kola Aina, Founding Partner at Ventures Platform; Tunde Kehinde, Founder/CEO at Lidya; Olatokunbo Alli, Managing Director at Leadway Health; and Yischai Beinisch, Head of West Africa - Emerging Market Power at Shell Energy Europe & Africa.
One of the founders in the class, Ayodeji Alaran- Founder/CEO, PBR Life Sciences remarked “The ARM Labs Lagos Techstars Accelerator has served as a pivotal moment in our company's development. In just two months, we've made significant strides that would have taken us three to four times as long to accomplish without the program's support. The guidance and resources provided by the program team, mentors, and ARM have been instrumental in propelling us into a new phase of growth.”
The Program’s Managing Director, Oyin Solebo stated, “In 2023, against a backdrop of declining global VC funding, Techstars increased their investment into African startups, becoming the most active startup investor in Africa. Our continent is a hotbed of talent and innovation. The 12 startups graduating from our latest ARM Labs Lagos Accelerator epitomize this. Having worked closely with the founders to accelerate their businesses over the last 13 weeks, I’m incredibly proud to have the opportunity to showcase them to the world.”
Sadiq Mohammed, Deputy Group CEO, ARM Hold Co, expressed his excitement about the startups stating “At ARM, we believe that collaboration is essential for driving sustainable growth and development in Africa. This is why we are proud to have partnered with Techstars on this accelerator, which is helping to foster a new generation of entrepreneurs. I strongly believe that the startups in this second cohort are poised to revolutionize various industries in Africa.”
Oluwadunni Fanibe, Program Manager added “At Techstars, we believe that innovation and entrepreneurship are critical drivers of economic growth and development, our program is designed to provide the resources, mentorship, and network entrepreneurs need to succeed not just locally but globally as well. We are excited to showcase the startups growth in the last 13 weeks, come February 20th."
Doors for Demo Day open for registration and networking at 2PM. Event commences at 3PM with an opening address from Oyin Solebo, the program’s Managing Director.
In addition to the pitches from all 12 startups, the event will feature a keynote address from Tayo Bamiduro and Chinedu Azudoh, the founders of Max.ng - Techstars’ first African investment, as well as a fireside chat with one of the most prolific angel investors on the continent, Olumide Soyombo. The event will end with a cocktail reception for key stakeholders and decision-makers in the African tech and VC ecosystem – another opportunity to network and build connections.
The 12 startups presenting at Demo Day include:
BeautyHut - Beauty Hut leverages technology to bridge the gap between beauty brands and consumers through efficient product distribution and marketing channels, via their e-commerce web-store and mobile app; founded by Subuola Oyeleye.
Eight Medical - Eight Medical is an end-to-end platform that connects users in need to emergency medical resources (such as hospitals, ambulances, personnel, information & credit), reducing waiting times from an average of 3 hours to 10 minutes or less; founded by Dr. Ibukun Tunde-Oni.
GetEquity - GetEquity facilitates access to investment opportunities by SEC-accredited providers, reducing entry barriers through investment aggregation across various asset classes; founded by Jude Dike, Temitope Ekundayo and Chigozirim Ugochukwu.
Jump n Pass - Jump n Pass is a mobile self-checkout platform and wallet that improves shopping experiences for shoppers, whilst enabling retailers to access inventory financing, and brands to sell more; founded by Tunde Ademuyiwa and Qudus Quadry.
One Plan - Through One Plan, workers in Africa’s informal economy can create affordable financial plans, making it easier to start a retirement plan, access low-interest credit, and access health plus life insurance cover; founded by Harold Awuah-Darko.
PBR Life Sciences - PBR Life Sciences offers pharmaceutical, consumer healthcare and medical device companies fast and easy access to high-quality market data and insights, helping them make objective decisions on product pricing, volumes and company strategy; founded by Ayodeji Alaran.
PressOne Africa - PressOne Africa provides African businesses with deeper insights into phone conversations with customers through a communication platform that provides conversation intelligence and call monitoring; founded by Mayowa Okegbenle, Opeyemi Shokunbi and Unoma Adeyemi.
Rana Energy - For critical-sector businesses and communities, Rana democratizes access to clean and reliable power by connecting affordable financing to impactful and bankable projects through a B2B energy-as-a-service platform; founded by Abraham Mohammed and Mubarak Popoola.
Surge Africa - Surge Africa allows individuals, micro-entrepreneurs and MSMEs in Africa to make instant cross-border transfers and pay up to 80% less in fees; founded by Kumar Shourav and Ebrahim Essop.
Swoove - Swoove is building an operating system to enable delivery businesses in emerging markets to digitize and scale their operations. With Swoove's platform, businesses can efficiently hire & manage drivers, automate operations, and access an ecosystem of logistics-focused financial services; founded by Kwaku Tabiri, Kingsley Amponsah, Gloria Pascucci, Robert Quainoo and Kevin Blankson.
Veend - Veend provides access to on-demand funds for consumers and businesses with verifiable income, offering an innovative ecosystem approach to lending. This approach enables the verification of creditworthiness and collection of repayments from a single source; founded by Olufemi Olanipekun and Ebenezer Ajayi.
The in-person event is invite-only for investors, mentors, press, alumni founders, senior operators and ecosystem leaders. If you would like to attend virtually, or express your interest in attending in-person, please register here.
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