A total of nine tech innovators and startups have qualified for the semi-final of the Supernova Challenge Pitch Competition, which is organised by North Star Dubai at the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX), taking place in the United Arab Emirates.
The nine Startups officially announced by North Star Dubai on their website are Identity Pass, 9JaCodeKids Academy, Floews, Medtech, Paddycover, Pricepally, LiveBic, Technyon Technologies and Wellness Health Technologies.
Supernova Challenge is the biggest pitch competition in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, where Startups have the opportunity to become the next unicorn, with up to $200,000 in cash prizes up for grabs.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami have commended the Startups that have so far scaled the competition’s preliminary stages and expressed confidence in the ability of the team to progress to the finals and hopefully clinch the ultimate prize.
“Each and every year, Nigeria has been attending the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX) because of its enormous benefits; these benefits are many, critical among them is attracting foreign direct investment,” he said while inaugurating the Nigerian pavilion at GITEX.
The Minister was accompanied by the Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa CCIE, The Executive Vice-chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, the Director-General of the National Identity Management Commission, (NIMC), Engr Aliyu Aziz and the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Galaxy Backbone, Prof. Muhammed Bello Abubakar as well as some Nigerian private ICT entrepreneurs.
GITEX Global 2022 is a meeting point for technology professionals and enthusiasts. The event is a thrust for the Global Startup Movement attracting the world’s biggest technology mentors, angel investors and venture capitalists.
Nigerian startups are showcasing their innovative ideas to the world, interacting with other startups from different parts of Asia, Africa and Europe; luring investors to come to Nigeria and invest money in the country’s fast-growing Digital economy.