Edugist, in partnership with Africa plus Partners in our quest to change the education narrative partnered to put together the first student venture prize in Nigeria, APP Student Venture Prize.
The APP Student Venture Prize is designed to empower advanced entrepreneurial ventures by Nigerian undergraduate students. Students whose ventures have identified a significant opportunity with potentials to provide solutions, equip them with the necessary skills and fund to help them accelerate and scale those solutions.
The competition which lasted for 6 weeks ended last month. Thirteen finalists from a pool of over 3000 applicants across the country were selected to participate in one-week bootcamp training which will take place in Calabar from December 9th to 14th, 2019. The bootcamp is the final round of the competition, where the finalists will be exposed to series of business training and activities. After which they will get to pitch their ideas for the grand prize on the 14th of December, 2019.
Meet the finalists:
Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike
Business Idea: Smapp
Smapp is an AI powered school management app that helps parents track their child’s attendance and academic progress, parents get to receive notifications via sms and email about their child’s daily attendance and academic growth. With smapp parents get 100% involved in their child’s academic life.
On the other hand, Smapp also automates the school management process and takes away the burden on the shoulders of school administrators and teachers at an estimated 1% cost from the traditional management cost. Its mobile friendly, easy to use, secure and flexible.
Smapp also offers a centralized cloud base database for storing students academic records.
Federal University of Agriculture, Akure
Business Idea: Remopond
With demand for fishes estimated at 1.4 million metric tons annually and only half being met locally, aquaculture contributing only 0.2 million tons, the need to boost aquaculture locally is imperative. This can be made possible by removing the barriers that hinder the working class from participating in the industry. These would have contributed significantly to advancing the sector due to their population but are limited by factors such as lack of space or their primary occupation leaving them no time for fisheries.
RemoPond redefines fish farming of the Tech age. The innovation is a reservoir fish farm that enables the intensive farmer control most fish rearing operations remotely using IOT technology. Intensive fish farming entails maximum production per unit rearing area, control of production factors such as feed, quality of water and quality of stocked fingerlings. It also necessarily involves steady monitoring during the production cycle. This remote rearing will reduce human capital requirement thus, low cost of production.
RemoPond is a sustainable idea that seeks not to replace the conventional tank fish farming but to reach beyond its limitations through technological innovation. RemoPond bridges the gap by offering an innovative solution using Internet of Things (IOT), an automated fish feeding system, an automated water change system and a combination of Sensors and Webcams to monitor environmental conditions as well as keep an eye on the pond, all of which is integrated on a web platform, giving the user a full-fledged control of the Pond from anywhere. The solution will be integrated with its standard farm, equipped with all of the necessary facilities for innovative fish farming. Our customers subscribes by visiting our web platform, select the amount of fish to rear and time duration. We are then able to deliver to specification using our innovative system and technology with the best aquaculture practices. This innovation is borne out of the need to bridge the gap between the industry and potential investors to whom fisheries is a non-feasible venture due to several limitations.
Gods Gift Ayaowei
Isaac Jasper Boro College of Education, Bayelsa
Business Idea: De-Giftons
De-Giftons is a Unisex fashion design Brand that deals with classy international and locally made fashion accessories such as (Bowties, Lapel pins, Neck Ties and Pocket Fillers). we are into business to generate revenue and to make profits. In the next seven years, our vision is to be a world class brand name, thereby helping the Government to reduce unemployment in the country and giving our customers an edge in their appearance with our designs and concepts.
Federal University Of Technology, Akure
Business Idea: Lodge4me
Lodge4me is an online market place connecting students with hostels. On one side, the platform enables house owners to list their hostels and earn rental income. On the other side, lodge4me enables students to book accommodation from the listed hostels, saving them money, energy and valuable time. Catering to the ‘on demand accommodation industry’ Lodge4me is present in the Federal University of Technology, Akure, and with sustainable plan for expansion.
Adibe Nnanyelugo Pius
University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Business Idea: Tonguegasm
Tonguegasm is a food vending company that offers affordable, subscription based, nutritious and hygienic food to African students in different higher institutions of learning across Africa. Having identified food insecurity as one of the prominent problems in African Colleges, Tonguegasm will ensure the availability of a variety of balanced diet meals for students across African Colleges with registration being either online via our website/app or physically. The subscription packages will be within the monthly food budget of an average student, ensuring affordability. Special meal packages of same price will also be provided to students with health conditions such as Ulcers or Diabetes. Attention will also be given to student welfare via not just our exceptional customer service but especially our specialized ‘during-and-after’ sales services which are our blue ocean strategy. Some are:
T-Explore: free wifi will be provided for all Tonguegasm customers within the period of time they would be having their meals. And incentives will be given to promote their participation in partnered free online courses platforms like Udemy via our website/app. To help promote the growth of reading culture and personal self-development of our customers.
T-Hangout: a platform for Tonguegasm customers in all African Colleges where the company is established will be setup to enable our customers socialize with each other. Promoting unity in diversity and increasing access to different opportunities.
T-Guide: free or subsidized services via partnered agencies will be provided to students with depression and suicidal thoughts, to help tackle the increasing suicidal rates in African Campuses and the youth in particular.
Tonguegasm is devoted to providing quality, affordable services to students and with time, will be the topmost food vending company in African campuses.
Federal University of Technology
Business Idea: Green Energy Soluz (GES)
The dumping and littering of plastic waste in our environment specifically in Nigeria has drastically degraded sea life and has caused increased pollution there by leading to discomfort in the existence of mankind and sea life. I and my team are poised about solving this problem by innovatively applying technologically oriented solutions. We are into the recycling of plastic waste to usable products (e.g crude, diesel etc), more so we are adopting high technology in the production of dissolvable plastics (plastics that dissolve in water with no harmful effect) as this will help us to reduce the environmental pollution and restore sea life in Nigeria and Africa at large.
Muhammed Habibu Abdullahi
University of Maidugri
Business idea: eTrash2Cash
We consult, check and sell prescribed drugs, buy drug trash in an exchange from low income earners.
Kamorudeen Rasidat Adepeju
University of Ilorin
Business Idea: Oyopeju
A healthy environment, studies have shown that an environment that’s free of pest has been found to improve the quality of life of human, improves his health, makes him disease free and promotes his overall well-being.
After living in the College of health science hostel at Unilorin for a period of 5 years, over the years I discovered that majority of problem people complain year in year out was about bedbug,cockroaches, rats,termites and spiders. Meanwhile, most people did not know d way out of the endemic nature of the pest and they even had to move out of the hostel just because of these pest.
I set out with one goal and that’s to improve the quality of life of man, this goal led me into a research on insecticide and pesticide.
Insecticide are chemical compound that kills insect e.g flies, mosquitoes, bedbug, termite, spider e.t.c while pesticides are chemical compound that kills pest such as earlier aforementioned including rats but it’s worthy of note that not all insect are pest and not all pest are insect.
I introduce an insecticide called OYOPEJU INSECTICIDE AND PESTICIDES which is targeted in eradicating insect and pest of public health importance not only in my hostel but for the benefit of the whole world.
The product contain mixtures of chemicals which include the organophosphate that are measured in the right quantity to the appropriate bottle.
Bottle contain spray gun to makes application of the insecticide easy.
The product is very very effective for bedbugs, cockroaches, mosquitoes,flies, termites,scorpion and other pest. The bottle is subsequently packaged with stickers which bear the name of the insecticide and portray d intent of the insecticide.
This product is being marketed with the aid of social media like WhatsApp, house to house marketing and through referrals from clients.
Eleje Ejike Joel
University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Business Idea: Pharmkonet
Pharmkonet is an online multi-vendor market place for pharmaceutical products and services. Our platform (website and mobile App) brings patients/clients, pharmacy stores, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies together for easy access to and, quick location of pharmaceutical products and services.
Nnamdi Azikiwe University
Business Idea: BennyRides
BennyRides is an online platform that connects riders to bicycles, shows them where bicycles closest to them are parked, unlock the Bicycles by scanning the QR code and they pay a token for riding over a given period of time. BennyRide Ltd. A bicycle company that is into rental, selling and maintenance of bicycles.
Oke Princewill Omoyemi
Obafemi Awolowo University
Business Idea: NextHandle
At nexthandle, we are using the power of Artificial Intelligence combined with our unique business models to provide solutions to the way pre-owned gadgets(mobile devices) are being sold and bought in Africa. And whats more – We have introduced valued added services to make our platform the one stop platform for all your mobile needs. We source for devices from various channels including e-commerce returns, factory seconds from Original Equipment Manufacturers, partner companies and premium used devices from people.
We are working on our three online platforms (Mobile App, Web App and Website). The mobile app and web app uses different data sets which includes Quality Control tests, current market value assessment gotten from other selling platforms and a self-evaluation of physical attributes by the seller to determine the appropriate pricing of a device. Our Web App and Mobile App are focused on incentivizing people to give us their pre-owned devices while the website is focused on selling devices we have refurbished (repair as new with certified original parts).
Basically, when you opt into any of the two platforms, your mobile brand shows up automatically and we tell you how much you can cash in your device for. We then introduce some targeted questions to help with our machine learning algorithms which instantly determines the appropriate worth of your device at its current state.
University of Calabar
Business Idea: Bomo Dance Academy
Bomo Dance Academy mission is to eradicate youth unemployment in Africa and to enhance the healthiness of people in the society through dance, using New Technology in a comfortable and friendly environment.