The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) is proud to announce the 10 finalists of the 25th Nigerian Economic Summit (NES25) startup pitch competition. The competition is organized by the NESG in partnership with Sterling Bank, Venture Garden Group and its startup investment/acceleration arm, GreenHouse Capital. This collaborative effort seeks to empower Micro, Small, Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) across Nigeria with funding and mentorship.
Six hundred and eighty-nine (689) applications were received for the startup pitching competition and after a rigorous selection process, 10 finalists were selected. The 10 finalists in no particular order are:
Of the 10 finalists for the NESG startup pitching competition, 60 percent belong to the tech industry, with 50 percent software enabled pitches. Entries were also received from a number of industries including Food & Agriculture, Tech, Health, Waste/Environment, Industry/Manufacturing and Energy. Furthermore, 40 percent of the companies that made the final list have women in leadership positions.
The finalists are expected to be in Lagos for the bootcamp from 1st -4th October 2019 then, proceed to Abuja on 5th October to complete the bootcamp.
After the Bootcamp, the NES #25 Startups Pitching event will hold in Abuja on Sunday, 6th October 2019, by 6pm at Transcorp Hilton Hotel. The finalists are expected to wait till the closing of the 25th Nigerian Economic Summit NES25 for the prize presentation.
The top winners will win cash prizes ranging from US$2,500 to US$15,000 and all Finalists will receive ongoing support from the NES and its partners through the NESG Innovation Fund.
The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) a non-profit, non-partisan private sector think tank with a mandate to promote and champion the reform of the Nigerian economy into an open, private sector-led globally competitive economy organizes the Annual Nigerian Economic Summit (NES) in partnership with the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning. The NES is the flagship event of the NESG and has become an annual dialogue which has consistently provided a widely recognized platform for top policy makers and corporate leaders.