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Nigeria tops 2015 Demo Africa list

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Nigeria has topped a list of the thirty technology start-ups from across Africa that will pitch at the 2015 version of the DEMO Africa event, ITRealms reports.

Nigeria comes tops this year with 8 representatives followed by Kenya with 6. South Africa is third with 3 representatives while Ghana, Egypt, Cameroon and Zimbabwe have two each. Uganda, Tanzania and latest entrant, Ivory Coast, have 1start-ups each.

Information reaching ITRealms said the highest represented category on the 2015 list is Finance and Banking with 8 products. Other popular categories include education, transport and logistics, retail, communication and media and entertainment.

The Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Mr. Peter Jack warmly congratulated the start-ups and welcomed them to Nigeria for the epic Pan African technology event.  "We are excited at the opportunities that technology has presented to our African youths in creating jobs and wealth. This is a great moment in the history of Africa, steadily rising to establish its digital footprint in the world. Congratulations to the finalists," Jack said.

The Executive Producer, DEMO Africa, Harry Hare, congratulated all the participating entrepreneurs saying "I would like to congratulate every entrepreneur that took part in the DEMO Africa challenge, though the stage can only accommodate thirty entrepreneurs this year, our pride is particularly in the large numbers of entrepreneurs that continue to support the cause to have Africa generated solutions." He stated..

The 30 start-ups, ITRealms gathered, have been selected from a list of over 600 hundred applicants. However, the selected start-ups will now be placed under a mentorship programme which will run till September 22, 2015. This programme is aimed at sharpening the pitching skills of the entrepreneurs in preparation for the DEMO Africa stage.

ITRealms learnt that interested people have continued to book their slots to witness the unveiling of the thirty products. The week-long event will take place between the 21st and 25th September, 2015 at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos Nigeria. Guests expected at the event include investors, IT buyers, IT consumers and media.

DEMO Africa is one of the flagship initiatives of LIONS@frica and aims to connect African startups to the global ecosystem. DEMO Africa is the place where the most innovative companies from African countries get a platform to launch their products and announce to Africa and the world what they have developed.

Cyriacus Nnaji/GEE

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