The grand finale of the Deji Alli ARM Young Talent Award (DAAYTA) 2020 was recently held at Four Points by Sheraton.
At the well-curated event hosted by Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata, 6 selected finalists pitched their innovative startups to a panel of judges that included Tomi Davies, Kola Aina, Mitchelle Elegbe and Eric Idiahi among others.
A whooping sum of 12,000,000 naira was on the line for any of the 6 startups that would be named the winner. It was a winner takes all startup event. Hence the scene was set for the 6 selected startups to battle for N12 million.
The six innovative tech startups that pitched at the final of the Deji Alli ARM Young Talent Award are:
1.) Arone Technologies
Arone is building Africa’s biggest aerial logistics infrastructure for health care. By using smart drones, they can provide quick, affordable and reliable delivery of blood and medical supplies to the most remote villages in under 15 min. It was founded by Emmanuel Ezenwere.
Doctoora, which was founded by Dr Debo Odulana, aims to create healthier communities in Africa, by connecting healthcare consumers & professionals to quality healthcare experiences.
3.) The Paper Packaging Company
The Paper Packaging Company was founded in 2014 and has been focused on reducing the adverse effects of single-use plastic on the environment by providing eco-friendly biodegradable alternatives and educating Africans on its dangers. The Paper Packaging Company has over 140 packaging options and several clients across Africa. It was founded by Eferobosa Oguegbu.
4.) LiveKampus Technologies
LiveKampus aims to make accommodation easy for off-campus students in various tertiary institutions by connecting students looking for hostels with different accommodation spaces closest to them. It was founded by Ahamefula Uzoma.
Publiseer is a digital content distribution platform that lets independent African writers and musicians, typically from low-income communities to distribute and monetize their creative works on over 400 well-established digital platforms in 100 countries, at no charge, with just a single click. Chidi Nwaogu is the founded of Publiseer.
6.) Neohaul Technologies
Neohaul Technologies’ product Haulr.ng aims to provide real-time insights into the status of your trucks and field operations. With this, you have real-time information to enhance your operational efficiency. It was founded by Bright Williams.
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At the end of the very competitive pitch session, the panel of judges named The Paper Packaging Company the winner of the Deji Alli ARM Young Talent Award 2020 and The Paper Packaging Company smiled home with 12 million naira.
The Paper Packaging Company will receive the funding of ₦12,000,000 over a period of one year for the following purposes: (1) develop their business plan. (2.) Complete an entrepreneurial education at the Pan Atlantic University’s Enterprise Development Centre in Lagos, Nigeria and (3.) receive 5-month acceleration support for the development of their venture through by a reputable entrepreneurial hub in Lagos, Nigeria.
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Meanwhile, Arone Technologies was the 1st Runner up, Publiseer was 2nd runnerup, Doctoora was 3rd runner up, Neohaul Technologies was 4th runner up while LiveKampus was the 5th Runner up.
The Deji Alli ARM Young Talent Award 2020 initiative is ARM’s commitment to building a generation of change leaders, working together to build a better future.
The Deji Alli ARM Young Talent Award Initiative seeks to support business ideas that intentionally create positive societal impact while generating a financial return.
The Deji Alli ARM Young Talent Award program was inaugurated by ARM in 2015 in honour of its founding CEO to promote lifelong learning by aiding young Nigerian graduates and undergraduates bring their ideas to life.