The Lagos startup week happened last month and played host to over 2000 entrepreneurs drawing inspiration from industry leaders and influencers in technology and business spread across over 40 sessions. It was a gathering of like minds, the futuristic and the curious as well.
The finale of the week long event saw 5 startups make it to the Startup Launchpad; a sub element of the Lagos Startup week that makes it easy for the very best startups to launch, market, and showcase their products to potential customers. The program which is geared towards helping startups successfully launch their innovations and share their stories also avails existing startups the opportunity to launch new products and inventions. 5 of the most innovative startups that launched on Lagos Startup week’s Startup Launchpad include Amebo Sports, Buffer space, Social Monkey, Jetseta and Loystar. Their ideas were so original and striking, we have tipped them to be very successful and most scalable in the near future, all things being equal. Watch!
AMEBO SPORTS : Founded by Ajibola Aiyedogbon and Dapo Olaopa
Amebo Sports is a destination app for sports fans to engage with their favourite sports and fellow supporters around the world. The app allows users to seamlessly chat with other fans by text or 30-second voice messages. The app was debuted on the latest TECNO Phantom 6 Plus, with the fast 2.0 GHz dual-core processor and 4GB of RAM, everything during the demo was snappy and looked sharp on the 6 inch display. Users read articles from top sport sites they already know. Articles load from the web very fast, to give the user a smooth reading experience. Users can swap between different competitions and leagues from the side menu, and enter a specific sport related chat room, e.g. Football, Tennis, Rugby, Basketball etc. Users also earn points for using the app which is visible from the profile page. In a future update the points can be redeemed for items through the app.
Intellicode’s SOCIAL MONKEY : Founded by Segun Bright
Intellicode’s Social Monkey is a robust social analytics solution that helps organizations measure and optimize social media performance. According to its founder, by providing a simple, easy-to-read dashboard, the proprietary product helps managers make better decisions by presenting them on-the-spot insights about their social media performance at a fraction of the cost of similar products on the market. Managers and their teams can create and monitor the performance of hashtags, social media profiles, and engagement levels across multiple devices to aid transparency and timely responses to their online community activities.
JETSETA: Co-founded by Harold Okwa
V-2 Solutions Ltd, an aviation start-up company launched its mobile app called JETSETA, an app created to provide reliable, accessible, affordable and convenient aviation services without any of the existing limitations such as flight delays, cancellations etc. faced by air travellers in Nigeria. With emphasis placed on granting users greater control of their flying schedule as well as introducing luxury travel as an affordable way of life, Jetseta is regarded as a virtual airline selling business class seats on a private charter aircraft.
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jetseta.customer&hl=en (Each download comes with a $350 fly credit and $100 fly credit each on a maximum of 5 referrals)
BUFFRSPACE: Co-founded by John Wynne
Buffrspace is building Africa’s largest workspace sharing platform. The startup provides a seamless connection between individuals looking for affordable workspaces and individuals with surplus workspaces, across Africa. An app that allows you to monetize underutilized resources and facilities — your surplus spaces like desks, cubicles, offices, or floors — bringing in extra funds while simultaneously increasing your bottom line without any extra expenditure on your part. Already, Buffrspace has on boarded 200+ unique work spaces, from over 90% of Hosts (co-working spaces and serviced offices) within Lagos and Abuja and with solid plans of expanding across Nigeria and Kenya in Q4 2016/Q1 2017, based on the overwhelming demand from Guests. Click to see how it works.
LOYSTAR : Founded by Ayo Dawodu
Loystar a Nigerian startup that provide the simplest way for small and medium businesses to keep their customers coming back with loyalty programs. It focuses on solving a customer retention problem faced by small and medium businesses globally, and in the year 2020, businesses are expected to spend $4b on Loyalty software. Source: MarketsandMarkets.com. Apart from being able to provide a simple way to manage loyalty programs, the app was demonstrated to have some key functionalities which include the ability to functions with limited internet availability, so merchants can save the cost of internet data in their operations. A SMS broadcast tool is available so merchants can reach out to all of their customers at once and in a personalized manner. They also get notified about their customers’ birthday’s and have a birthday message delivered to them, among other benefits.