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Airtel Nigeria has revealed an entrepreneurial initiative named “Catapult-a-Startup”. The initiative aims to inspire innovation and assist startup mobile app developers towards actualising their business goals and dreams.
The startups will receive advanced mentoring from industry veterans, funding, and marketing to help improve their skills to become successful using their creativity.
Startups can submit their ideas and presentations to the Catapult-a-Startup website. Selected startups will be invited to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges and then a thorough evaluation and selection process will take place and the best startup proposal will be chosen.
Once that process has been completed, the selected startups will be supported with a cash prize of one-million Naira, mentoring, funding, marketing and a chance for the startups to will ride on Airtel’s superior 3.75G network in Nigeria and its large customer base.
Segun Ogunsanya, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Nigeria, explained that Airtel initiated the programme in line with its vision to encourage innovation and empower young Nigerians.
“At Airtel, we are passionate about building a community for young talented Nigerians. We are aware of the abundance of young people who are blessed with the skills to develop relevant apps with most of them not having the opportunity to showcase or develop their skills”
The Catapult-a-Startup initiative is geared towards empowering Nigerians especially those with superior business acumen and it is open to all tech-savvy apps developers across Nigeria.