[dropcap type=”1″]T[/dropcap]echCabal is happy to present to you the first ever contenders in the maiden edition of the TechCabal Battlefield, where the next generation of tech entrepreneurs will compete for the biggest Nigerian technology startup prize ever — $20,000, courtesy of Stanbic IBTC Bank and iROKING.com

Out of 92 applications and a fiercely competitive shortlist of twenty, the final seven startups have emerged. They are:

500Shops

500Shops is an e-commerce as a service platform that allows any business owner to setup a complete online store in minutes —www.500shops.com

Adugbo

Adugbo is a digital platform that enables the contextually relevant discovery and promotion of products/services offered by local merchants/small businesses. Via a suite of web/mobile apps offering specific location-based services, Adugbo aims to become the digital interface to your city — www.adugbo.com

Callbase

Callbase is a telephone system for modern distributed teams that makes it easy, affordable and more efficient for organizations to manage and measure voice communication with customers, partners and others — www.callbase.co

CasaGrupo

CasaGrupo is an online real estate crowdfunding platform that provides exclusive, well curated, safe and profitable real estate investment projects to its members. By aggregating funds over the internet, CasaGrupo is able to reduce monetary exposure per deal to a minimum of N100,000 — www.casagroupo.com

Decoded

Decoded is a music platform that aids in the discovery of African music with a focus on the lyrics. Decoded provides users with the ability to experience the diverse and intricate cultures within Africa through the unique lens of musical and literary composition —www.decodedlyrics.com

GoKool

GoKool is an online shopping platform offering Nigerians genuine auto parts and electrical accessories, a need which is currently underserved in Nigeria’s growing e-commerce industry. GoKool’s aim is to provide their customers the assurance of high quality in a market filled with substandard products — www.gokool.com.ng

Prepclass

Prepclass is an online portal that helps students prepare for popular examinations. The startup’s initial focus is on the nationwide JAMB exams — www.prepclass.com.ng

The seven finalists are going on Battlefield Academy — each startup will be paired with a mentor from the  Faculty that will help them think through their product, business and presentations. Members of the TechCabal Battlefield Faculty include Tomi Davies (Lagos Angel Network), Editi Effiong (Anakle), Femi Taiwo (INITS), Mark Essien (Hotels.ng), Ojoma Ochai (British Council) and more.

The TechCabal Battlefield finale takes place on the 21st of February (no longer the 19th) at Four Points by Sheraton at 6:30pm, where a panel of five judges, including Jason Njoku of iROKO Partners, Akin Oyebode of Stanbic IBTC, Ayodeji Adewunmi of Jobberman, Gbenga Sesan of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria, and one mystery judge to be revealed soon will decide which startup will leave the arena with glory, fame and the ultimate prize of $20,000.

The TechCabal Battlefield is proudly sponsored by Stanbic IBTC Bank, iROKING, Jobberman, Konga, Etisalat, with support from VC4Africa, Ventureburn, Capital Square, Easy Taxi, Ebonylife TV, YNaija, BellaNaija and RELOADED Magazine.