Publiseer wins Startup World Cup Nigeria Regional 2019
Publiseer, a free digital publishing platform tailored to meet the growing needs of independent African authors and artists, has won Startup World Cup Nigeria Regional Competition, picking up the sole ticket to represent the country at the Grand Finale in San Francisco and compete with other regional winners for the $1 million investment prize.
Startup World Cup Nigeria Regional sought early-stage, high potential startups with an original idea and close to achieving break-even or profitability. Passion Incubator, the exclusive regional partner for the competition, invited startups across the country to apply.
About 100 applications from startups across the country were received, and after a rigorous vetting process, 10 early-stage, high potential and very promising startups were selected for the final.
The final took place on February 9th at Civic Hive, Yaba. After a welcome address by Olufunbi Falayi, Partner at Passion Incubator, Evgeny Pobegailo, Senior Investment Officer at Fenox VC, mounted the stage to talk about Startup World Cup, the founding organization i.e. Fenox VC, and Nigeria regional competition.
A fireside chat followed immediately. Themed “How to be highly competitive and secure investments”, the Judges — Olusola Amusan, founder of Coven Works, Emmanuel Adegboye, Entrepreneurship Center Manager at Andela, Brian Odhiambo, Associate Director at Novastar Ventures, Dayo Koleowo, Principal Investment Officer at Microtraction and Evgeny Pobegailo — took turns to provide answers to questions from the moderator, Damilola Thompson, Senior Corporate Counsel at EchoVC Partners. Questions included why startups fail, what investors look for in startups, how to secure investments, etc.
Armed with more knowledge from the fireside chat that could help their cause, the 10 startups pitched to the judges and a room packed full with excited attendees. Afara Partners, a provider of platforms for alternative financial services in Africa, began the process with WellNewMe, a human capital advisory company that advises business leaders and governments on strategies to improve the health outcomes of their most valuable assets — their people, closing proceedings.
After a deliberation session, the judges named Publiseer winner of Startup World Cup Nigeria Regional 2019.
Publiseer helps African authors and artists publish their works for free. Unlike its competitors who charge a fee before publishing, Publiseer publish for free and also provide a robust publishing package that includes free cover art, free ISBN/UPC Number, free formatting/mastering, free PR drafting and distribution, etc.
Publiseer has helped authors and artists sell their books and songs on 400+ stores across 100 countries. Stores include well-established platforms like Amazon, Google Play Store and Apple Store.
By winning Startup World Cup Nigeria Regional Competition, Publiseer booked a place at the Grand Finale, which holds on May 17 at the Masonic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA. There, it will compete with other regional winners for the $1 million investment prize.