TechInAfrica – A digital publishing company, Publiseer, was announced as the winner of the Startup World Cup Nigeria Regional Competition that took place in Lagos. After winning the regional competition, it will compete with other regional winners, including from Mauritius, Kenya, and South Africa at the Grand Finale competition that will take place in Silicon Valley, USA, on May 17, 2019.
At the Grand Finale, a venture capital firm that is based in San Francisco, Fenox VC, will award the winner with a $1 million investment.
At the regional competition, Publiseer won over the other nine startups, including Natterbase, Edupoint, WellNewMe, Sabi.ai, Spleet, Afara Partner, and FarmFunded. Publiseer won after being selected by a panel of judges, such as Olusola Amusa, the Founder of Coven Works; Emmanuel Adegboye, the Entrepreneurship Center Manager of Andela; Brian Odhiambo, the Associate Director of Novastar Ventures; and Dayo Koleowo, the Principal Investment Officer at Microtraction.
Chidi Nwaogu, Co-Founder and CEO of Publiseer, said: “We are humbled to emerge the winner of the Regional competition, and we are excited to represent Nigeria at the grand finale in May. Every startup that competed are amazing and are making great impacts and giant strides in their various fields, and that’s why we’re humbled to come on top as the winner.”
Publiseer helps low-income African writers and musicians to promote their works and make money through its platform. The platform then distributes their works to more than 400 digital stores in 100 countries for free.
So far, Publiseer has received many recognitions and awards, including ‘The Most Needed in the Region’ award, a finalist at Harvard Business School New Venture Competition, the first and only African publisher that joined the International Publishing Distribution Association in Madrid, participated in the MIT Solve Global Challenges, among many other awards and recognition.