Airtel Unveils Catapult-a-Startup to Boost Entrepreneurship …offers cash prize, mentoring, integration to Airtel Network


Leading telecoms operator, Airtel Nigeria, has launched
an entrepreneurial initiative tagged ‘
a platform which aims to inspire innovation
and assist  start up mobile app
developers towards actualising their business goals and dreams.

With this, Airtel is offering a platform for budding
mobile app developers to receive advanced mentoring from industry veterans,
funding, marketing, and also improve their skills to become successful using
their creativity.
To participate in the programme,
interested start-ups are to submit their ideas and presentations to the ‘Catapult-a-Startup’ website,
for evaluation. After the initial evaluation, selected start-ups will be
invited to pitch their ideas to a panel of esteemed judges who will do a
thorough evaluation and select the best start up proposals.
The promoters of the selected
start up proposals will be subsequently supported with a cash prize of one
million naira, mentoring, funding, marketing and a chance to integrate their developed
apps and services on the Airtel platform gaining direct access to the Telco’s
large customer base.
Speaking during the launch in
Lagos, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Mr
Segun Ogunsanya, explained that Airtel as an innovative and forward thinking
brand initiated the programme in line with its vision to encourage innovation and
empower young Nigerians by creating opportunities for them to bring their business
ideas to fruition.
He said: “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. Through the Catapult-a-Startup
programme, we aim not only to identify talent, but also to encourage local
content. The apps and services developed by these start-ups will ride on
Airtel’s superior 3.75G network in Nigeria and the large customer base. Airtel
will continue to go the extra mile at empowering them to succeed in their
respective endeavours.”
The Catapult-a-Startup is uniquely geared towards empowering Nigerians
especially those with superior business acumen and it is open to all tech-savvy
apps developers across Nigeria which ties well with Airtel Nigeria’s vision of
being the most loved brand in the daily lives of Nigerians.
It would be recalled that early this year, Airtel
in partnership with
Google, sponsored the Google Cloud Developer Challenge which provided
opportunities for thousands of young Nigerians to improve their skills in Apps
development. The Google Cloud Developer
contest saw the emergence of three winners who developed creative Apps with distinct
features. They were rewarded with exciting cash prizes to enable them to
further improve their skills and become entrepreneurs.


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