#StartupAnambra2 Gathering | Building the new Silicon Valley in South-Eastern Nigeria

For two straight years since 2017 Startup Anambra has brought together policy makers, stakeholders, startups, successful entrepreneurs, emerging entrepreneurs as well as the academia to connect, learn, expose and discuss ways to attract investment to startups and founders residing and operating out of Anambra State and the South-Eastern part of Nigeria.

This year being the second edition of the annual gathering held on the 10th day of November 2018 at the-Geogold Hotels, Awka.

StartupAnambra gathering is an annual conference designed to educate and connect people with brilliant ideas to people looking to invest in ideas, solutions, businesses and solutions as the ultimate goal of StartupAnambra is to awaken the consciousness of younger generations/entrepreneurs (emphasis on those operating within the Anambra State/South-East corridors) to opportunities and trends within the global entrepreneurial community.

It will be recalled that during the maiden edition of the annual gathering, Young Entrepreneurs agreed to proffer solutions to business sustainability in Anambra State through building solutions that solves local problem.

Some of the Attendees captured during the StartupAnambra2.0
Some of the Attendees captured during the StartupAnambra2.0

StartupAnambra2.0 is the perfect opportunity for investors to discover innovative startups in Anambra State as well as the South-Eastern part of Nigeria. We believe Africans can solve Africa’s problem if they borrow a leaf from the men who built America. We need individuals to solve specific problems and become successful at solving them.


The event brought in the Likes of Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata “CFA” from Channels TV, Mrs Uchenna Onwuamaegbu-Ugwu, the CEO and president of Edfuntecnik Center who doubles as the first African Lady to win the Technovation Prize in Silicon Valley, Mr Daniel Chinagozi, the founder of Innovation Growth Hub, Aba, Onyinyechi Nmecha, The CEO of Extraclass who also doubles as the national Vice president of the Nigeria Association of Computer Science Students as well as the founder of SheTechEast(A girl Child movement focused on training girls in southeastern part of Nigeria Technological Skills), Mr Ifeanyi Aniagoh the senior special assistant to Governor willie obianor on youth development and digital entrepreneurship, Chukwurah Chuka, the CEO and founder of Progxap/Devamplify Hub, the foremost technology and incubation Hub in southeastern Nigeria, Uzochukwu Mbamalu, Engr Chidiebere Ugwuegbulam, Tochukwu Ositadimma, Chidindu Mmadu-Okoli, Mr Micheal Orehkey and the host of other resource persons and dignitaries present.

Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata
Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata CFA contributing during the StartupAnambra2.0 gathering

Also some secondary schools who graced the event includes St. John of God secondary school Awka, Amaenyi girls secondary school, awka and Tansi International College Awka stated the lack of Entrepreneurship and Technology training in schools urging the governments to come to their aid as they all wish to start at a tender age to understand how stuffs work.

Students of St. John of God secondary School, Awka
Students of St. John of God secondary School, Awka during the StartupAnambra2.0 Gathering

The highlights of the event includes fireside chats, panel discussions on topical issues, networking and pitching session by young and emerging startups, exhibition and an after conference discussion amongst others also gave the participants an opportunity to ask their bugging questions and utilizes the mentoring and one on one session to connect with the experts.

Mr Ifeanyi Aniagoh

The convener, Mr Pascal Okeke who also doubles as the CEO of Bigcode stated that this year’s edition is the biggest startup/entrepreneurship convergence ever held in south-east/south-south region of Nigeria also stating that he derives passion in building solutions and models that works for young people. He further thanked The Anambra Broadcasting Service, Devamplify Hub, Bigcode, Daily Times Newspapers, Eduresearch, The Nigeria Information and Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Smartweb, Whogohost, TMM, Ventures platform and everybody who contributed to make this year’s edition a success saying that the event wouldn’t have been possible without their sponsorship and support.

Mr Pascal Okeke
Mr Pascal Okeke, The convener of StartupAnambra

He therefore charges the startups/participants to “double their hustle” to building solutions that will outlast them. He further asked the government to make policies that will foster the growth of Startups in the state and region. And thanked all the participants who attended this year’s edition promising that come next year, they will not just be bigger but span across South-Eastern States.

Other who spoke during and after the conference registered their joy at seeing young people attend events and ask questions that matters to them. Some participants who spoke to newsmen stated that their joy knew no bound as the result was more than expected.

Mr Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata promised to use everything within his reach to help startups from this region to scale also charging them to embrace opportunities and work towards building systems and businesses that are problem solving, innovative and scalable.

Mr Ifeanyi Aniagoh who spoke on the capacity of the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Obiano said the government will do more to building avenues and policies that will enable startups within the states to grow also stating that the government are bridges upon which the citizens cross to the other side of their journey.

Ifeanyi Aniagoh

Mrs Uchenna Onwuamaegbu-Ugwu and Chidindu Mmadu-Okoli charged the secondary school students and the younger generation to embrace STEM education and building on their strength as the new way to go also using the opportunity to tell her story as well as the journey to Silicon Valley.

Mr Chukwurah Chuka talked about the Yaba/Lagos mentality and urged developers and entrepreneurs to continue to build irrespective of their location, leveraging on the media and networks like the StartupAnambra community for their support and publicity. He also spoke about Devamplify Hub and their commitments to helping statups grow and expand.

Mr Chuka Chukwurah

Till night, participants sat at the feet of Chukwuemeka Fred agbata “CFA” and others like the biblical Jesus for the final sermon and blessing where they discussed further issues and ways to go around surviving in the East.

The story that Inspired Anambra entrepreneurs

#StartupAnambra2.0 Gathering | Speaker | Daniel Chinagozi

Daniel Chinagozi is the Founder and CEO of Innovation Growth Hub a Startup, Business, Technology and Creative Incubation Hub that provide mentorship, Support services, Community and Co-work Spaces to early growth Startups with Headquarters in Aba, Nigeria.
He is also the CEO of PalmNet Consult Ltd. An Enterprise development, training and consulting firm that provides training and support services to businesses across Africa.
He is also the Founder of Capacity Development International a career development firm working across Africa.
Having acquired lot of training on Business and Enterprise Development locally And Internationally, Daniel is a force to reckon with in development of entrepreneurs and enterprises locally and internationally.
Has personally trained over 2260 intending Entrepreneurs and has raised 213 entrepreneurs running their own businesses and has personally helped open another 46 businesses in various industries and seats on the board of a number of SMEs.
Daniel is part of the Amnesty team rehabilitating former militants and helping them start their own businesses.
He has been instrumental in engineering some foreign partnerships in State Government development projects in some States in Nigeria.
Daniel Trains powerfully and has an undying passion for entrepreneurship and organizational Development. He is a Google Digital Skills Trainer for Haptics and Kinetics. He is also a Facebook Patner on the Boost Your Business with Facebook Project.
He is a Business Development Expert, Trainer, Facilitator, Coach, Mentor, Difference Maker, Renewable Energy expert, TechOnRadio Presenter, Entrepreneur, and Committed to seeing a World-Class Africa
At #StartupAnambra2.0, Daniel will be training you on building Trans-generational Business Models that work as well as take you on extensive tour on pitching and funding for young and emerging entrepreneurs
Do not be told of the Experience. Reserve your seat here: https://bit.ly/startupanambra2
Register also for an opportunity to PITCH your IDEA to a network of Investors via: https://bit.ly/pitching2018
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#StartupAnambra2.0 Gathering | Speaker | Chuka Chukwurah

Chukwurah Chuka is a full stack web developer and a Tech entrepreneur who lives and does his business in Awka, the capital city of Anambra State.

Chuka is a Prolific Developer cum IT Consultant who has led other teams of software developers for a good number of ground breaking technology projects.

Chuka has a passion to see the Tech and startup community in the South-Eastern part of the country grow rapidly. This led him to start Devamplify Hub (Tech innovation community focused on providing support for individuals that are interested in tackling some of our biggest challenges in the south eastern part of Nigeria, Nigeria and Africa using innovative technology). The foremost co-working space and technology and Incubation hub in Anambra state.

The Open Source advocate has over the years, Chuka earned himself so much Awards and recognition for contributing to the Tech/startup community cum Open Source.

Aside all these, Chuka has built, started, Mentored, Coached and Funded lots of startups.

At #StartupAnambra2.0, Chuka will be hosting a FiresideChat on Building a Nigerian Startup and building a Startup from Nigeria as well as throw more light on lagos/Yaba mentality.

Do not be told of the Experience. Reserve your seat here: https://bit.ly/startupanambra2

Register also for an opportunity to PITCH your IDEA to a network of Investors via: https://bit.ly/pitching2018

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#StartupAnambra2.0 Gathering | Speaker | Chioma Peace Udoh

Chioma Peace Udoh has four years experience in the healthcare sector with focus on Drug delivery, Patient care design, Logistics & Supply chain management.

She is a Co-founder and Business Development Lead of Recyclepro Innovations, a waste management startup that is taking a market based approach to ending environmental and waste plastic pollution where households in low income communities bank their waste plastics in exchange for cash for a child’s education or clean energy products.

Recyclepro is expanding her efforts in creating sustainable waste management solutions in Africa with focus on source reduction of waste, recycling and waste to energy generation. In addition to her work, Chioma is a STEM advocate, an Engineer without borders (EWB Nigeria) community project volunteer and the deputy coordinator of Young African Leaders initiative (YALI) Anambra network.

Chioma led a team in a network marketing company & later co-founded Alana cosmetics Ltd. Chioma’s experience spans from Software development, Business strategy development, Team building, to Communications and Leadership.

Chioma holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Nnamdi Azikiwe University. Chioma is driven by her desire to build teams that develop innovative strategies to solve Africa’s toughest challenges.

Chioma is a 2018 Changemaker Fellow, a Fellow of the African Women Entrepreneurs’s Cooperative hosted by the Center for Global Enterprise and a 2018 Mandela Washington Fellow.

At #StartupAnambra2, Chioma will be sharing her journey and some nuggets about Women and Entrepreneurship as well as how you can get Involved.

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#StartupAnambra2.0 Gathering | Facilitator | Martin Beck Nworah

Martin Beck Nworah (MBN) is a graduate of Law, published author, Creativity and Political Strategist, Business Conversationalist, a celebrated social commentator and an award winning entrepreneurial youth with an exceptional gift of the gab.

He has five published books and over 280 published short and long articles to his credit both in the print and online media which explores politics, lifestyle, commonsense, education, Law, career and people’s way of living.

Most of his online articles, short stories and quotes can be accessed through Google search: Martin Beck Nworah or his site at www.martinbecknworah.com

He has also appeared and continues to appear on various television, radio and life event programs across the country to discuss issues of interest in the polity.

On December 17th 2016, Martin Beck Nworah held his own independently organised event tagged #SchoolBagToPortfolio in Awka, Anambra State. The event was aimed at training and positioning youths in Anambra State to gain more knowledge about media, politics, society enterprise, business and entertainment. Notable politicians, media gurus and business experts graced the event.

The second edition of the event, School Bag to Portfolio tagged “Life: The Journey” held at Awka on the 3rd of June, 2017 with the original intent of connecting young minds to learn from established leaders in divergent fields of life.

In 2017, he started running various online social media competitions popular amongst the youths across his social media handles especially Facebook to engage young people positively on a platform with much negativity and hate.

He has won over several awards and at his spare time, he engages in pockets of philanthropic acts.

Martin will be the Official host of #StartupAnambra2

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#StartupAnambra2.0 Gathering | Speakers | Nze Uche Nworah

Nze Uche Nworah is an experienced communication professional trained in Nigeria and Europe. He has a strong commercial, advertising, marketing, branding, management and media background.

Nze Nworah has a B.A in Communication Arts from the University of Uyo (2nd Class Upper), MBA in Marketing from the University of Nigeria (Enugu Campus), M.A in Education Research from the University of Greenwich, London and M.Sc in Mass Communication from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). He is currently a PhD candidate at the department of Marketing, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam.

Nze Uche Nworah was at various times Head, PR & Events at Sunrise D’Arcy, an affiliate agency of the D’Arcy, Massius, Benton & Bowles (DMBB) network in Nigeria, visiting lecturer in Advertising and Promotions at the University of East London, and Senior Lecturer in Marketing Communications and Business Strategy at the London Metropolitan University Business School. Group Head, Brand Communications and later Group Head of Human Capital Development/Chief Learning Officer at Oceanic Bank International Plc where he headed the Oceanic Leadership Academy. He joined Globacom as General Manager responsible for Outdoor advertising, managing Globacom’s multi-billion Naira outdoor advertising assets.

Nze Nworah is currently the MD/CEO of Anambra Broadcasting Service – ABS (ABS Radio /TV, Awka & Onitsha) and has led the organization’s rebranding, repositioning and digitalization strategy. He founded the ABS Film Academy, the first of its kind in the South East and is also the founder of Sunrise International Film Festival which debuts in Awka, Nigeria in November 2019.

Nze Nworah is the author of many books, and has written opinion essays and research articles for both Nigerian publications and international Journals. He has also founded and co-founded many startups/businesses.

At #StartupAnambra2.0, Nze Uche Nworah will be sharing his experience, expertise and some nuggets in a fireside chat.

Reserve your Seat here: https://bit.ly/startupanambra2

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#StartupAnambra2.0 Gathering | Speakers | Uchenna Onwuamaegbu-Ugwu

Uchenna Onwuamaegbu-Ugwu, is the founder of Edufun Technik STEM Center, a Social Enterprise that focuses on the implementation of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education for children and youth.

Focusing on developing their potentials, skills and talents by providing students with quality hands-on-training on Coding, Design thinking, Engineering and Robotics, and guiding them to make informed STEM career-decisions that will set them moving into a big future of STEM.

She is an Entrepreneur, STEM Advocate, and STEM Facilitator/Teacher. A Mandela Washington Fellow (MWF), with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, studied Business and Entrepreneurship at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University Illinois.

She is a consultant on matters relating to STEM and Robotics education.

Uchenna has covered over 500 classes of STEM curriculum from 2014 till now and have trained over 2200 pupils and 3100 Students in workshops, after-school and in class activities.

She is passionate about bringing technology to the classroom, door step of children in rural communities and socio-economic development of Africa, and believes that STEM education is the only way to achieve that.

Uchenna is the Brain behind the five (5) girls from Regina Pacis Secondary School Onitsha (Anambra State) that won the Global Technovation Prize in Silicon Valley.

Uchenna is a 2018 Obama leaders Africa as well as have also founded and co-founded so many startups.

At #StartupAnambra2 gathering, Uchenna will be sharing from her wide range of knowledge on Women and Entrepreneurship as well as some nuggets about her Journey and how you can get involved.

Have you registered to attend? Reserve your seat here: https://bit.ly/startupanambra2
Register also for an opportunity to PITCH your IDEA to a network of Investors via: https://bit.ly/pitching2018

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#StartupAnambra2.0 Gathering | Speakers | Uzochukwu Mbamalu

Uzochukwu Mbamalu holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and studied business and entrepreneurship at the college of business, University of Nevada, Reno. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer as well as co-founder of Manamuz Electric LTD, an electrical and renewable energy services company operating in Enugu, Nigeria.

Here he wears different hats as he plays managerial, technical and business development roles depending on what needs to be done to move the company forward. He has over six years of experience in the solar energy industry as a technician, design engineer, and project developer.

Uzochukwu is a 2018 Mandela Washington fellow and during his time in the United States, he was exposed to the American electricity industry. He also participated in the 2018 German solar PV project development training week in Nairobi, Kenya which gave him an understanding of the German solar energy industry as well as provided an opportunity to interact with industry experts in East Africa.

He was also a finalist at the African Energy Ideas competition organized during the 2017 Nigerian Energy Forum in Lagos, Nigeria.

Uzochukwu remains committed to the fight against energy poverty, he is a strong believer in capacity building and would continue to work towards helping Nigeria achieve an energy secure future.

At #StartupAnambra2 gathering, Uzochukwu will focus on the future of energy and how young people can get started/involved. He will also share his wide range of knowledge on how you can disrupt from within.

Do not be told of the Experience. Reserve your seat here: https://bit.ly/startupanambra2
Register also for an opportunity to PITCH your IDEA to a network of Investors via: https://bit.ly/pitching2018

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#StartupAnambra2.0 Gathering | Speakers | Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. “CFA”

CFA is multi-award winning media professional and co-founder at GoDo.ng, TV presenter, Columnist, Tech4Dev advocate, Startup mentor, Innovation advisor and Social-Entrepreneur.

He is visible in some of Africa’s most respected broadcast, print and digital platforms creating weekly content geared towards helping Africans connect the dots using digital technology.
Through a weekly show, Tech Trends on Channels Television; weekly column (ICT Clinic) in the Punch Newspapers and a nationally syndicated radio show, CFA engages individuals and organizations across the technology ecosystem and beyond on trending and important issues.

Other laudable initiatives such as CFAtech blog, CFA’s Startups Hangout, Nigeria Int’l Tech Exhibition & Conference and much more; are examples of platforms he utilizes to power a nexus on the integration and relationship of digital technology to human existence, especially in Africa with unprecedented consistency.

CFA is a fervent, dynamic, intelligent and self-driven young man; always willing to dare where others dread to step forward.

At #StartupAnambra2 gathering, CFA will focus on Government support for Emerging Entrepreneurs as well as give emerging Startups and young people an opportunity to ask their divergent questions.

Do not be told of the Experience. Reserve your seat here: https://bit.ly/startupanambra2

Register also for an opportunity to PITCH your IDEA to a network of Investors via: https://bit.ly/pitching2018

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#StartupAnambra2.0 Gathering | Speakers | Onyinyechi Nmecha

Onyinyechi Nmecha is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Extraclass – a Startup she founded in August 2017 which is a global educational marketplace for learning and teaching where students are mastering new skills and achieving their goals by learning from an extensive library of hosted courses taught by expert instructors and by hiring an expert Tutor for home tutoring. Extraclass’s focus is on increasing educational productivity, increasing the standard of living, promoting Knowledge and skill acquisition as well as contribute in drastically reducing unemployment rate in Africa.

Prior to building Extraclass, Onyinyechi was engaged with offline tutoring and provision of extra-classes for kids, College students, course mates as well as family members and friends in far locations. Part of what gave birth to building the Extraclass platform is the increasing demand of Home tutors/tutoring in south east as well as more tutoring services by her clients who requests for her services from all parts of the country.

Onyinyechi Nmecha has been referred to as one of the leading creative young female entrepreneurs/Technopreneurs focused on building household names out of Technology in Nigeria. She has worked as the Volunteer Mentor and Coach for DjangoGirls.org where she trains other young girls and women on software development, digital marketing and entrepreneurship. She has also volunteered for Future Africa Project, GirlsCanCode Team, Hult Prize, StartupGrind, The STEM community and host of other organizations.

Onyinyechi is an undergraduate of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, as a computer Science Major. She has competed for so many Innovation and Hackathon challenge as well as has been nominated for several awards including winning the NACOSS-VOGUEPAY Software/Innovation Challenge during the 2017 Nigeria Association of Computer Science Students (NACOSS) National Convention held in University of Uyo. Winning the Taiwo Bankole N1, 000,000.00 Award during the Techtiary forum in 2017 organized by Paradigm initiative of Nigeria. First runner up, Startup-South Idea Hack2017, Winner NYCN Anambra Business Plan Challenge, First Runner-up, Don Etiebeth Innovation Challenge and many others for her efforts in building technology businesses in South-East.

Onyinyechi served as the South-East female Coordinator for the Nigeria Association of Computer science Students and the current National Vice President Elect of the same association. Onyinyechi is the founder of SHE-TECH-EAST – a girl-child oriented community focused on improving the welfare of south-eastern young girls and women, empowering her with Technology and digital Skills while also constantly seeking for ways to impact on every Nigerian youth through media and technology.

At #StartupAnambra2 gathering, Onyinyechi will be hosting a special session for secondary school students on Career, Young people and the future as she will be sharing some nuggets from her wealth of Knowledge.

Would you want your school or other schools to attend this event, Contact 07011177347

Do not be told of the Experience. Reserve your seat here: https://bit.ly/startupanambra2

Register also for an opportunity to PITCH your IDEA to a network of Investors via: https://bit.ly/pitching2018

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