Staff Bus Nigeria, a tech startup solving the challenges of daily commuters in Lagos, was crowned the overall winner of the Seyi Tinubu Empowerment Project (Step), Lagos Edition.
In addition to a grant of ₦5m (+- R192,800), the startup also won a free LCD advertising display of the brand in the Lekki Toll Admiralty Plaza, Lagos and free office space for six months at ENOV8 Solutions, an African IT company focusing on innovative research and promoting strong relationships operating in Lekki, Nigeria.
DriversNG (second runner-up) and Meat World (first runner-up) are also both tech startups solving challenges in their operations through technology. Both runners-up also received prizes.
Co-founder of Staff Bus Nigeria, Oludayo Olujekun, said that the Step initiative is already changing the game in the tech sector by providing a strong support for tech startups who solve real-life problems through technology in Nigeria.
“I feel excited for the future of Nigeria through Step because young tech entrepreneurs now know the need for using technology for development. This is a wake-up call for tech entrepreneurs and millennials to use this opportunity,” he said.
Olujekun further expressed his gratitude to the Noella Foundation for the initiative and said the foundation is giving hope to Nigerian communities through its programmes.
Layal Jade Tinubu, co-founder of the Noella Foundation said that the goal of the foundation is to give back by empowering communities, entrepreneurial youths and millennials in Nigeria. “We feel it is time for our generation to start giving the younger generation a fair chance to excel in their endeavours by making positive societal changes in Nigeria,” she said.
Seyi Tinubu, co-founder of the Noella Foundation revealed that there would be other initiatives for empowering other sectors under the foundation in the near future.
Noella Foundation provides a platform to empower and encourage youths to become change-makers in society by helping them to identify and use their passion to create solutions that empower Nigerian communities and drive greater economic growth. Through the Step programme, millennials receive business mentorship and networking opportunities to become part of a community of like-minded pioneers in Nigeria’s tech space. (BizCommunity)