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The Lagos Founder Institute, the local chapter of the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator, is proud to announce the newest Alumni from the Lagos program.

After meticulous selection process and intense four months of aggressive business-building sprints, constant evaluation, and feedback from investors and mentors, just 11 companies were able to make it through. 

Each of these Founders have demonstrated a high level of perseverance and creativity, and their businesses have been thoroughly vetted and supported by a panel of Lagos's top startup experts and investors.  

And now, without further ado, we present the Alumni of the Lagos program: 

  • Aarea fashion brand that aspires to become the ultimate destination for individuals from all walks of life to express their unique identity and style.
  • RewardHub- providingp customer engagement and loyalty program platform to help businesses acquire and retain their customers.
  • Growwr - Connecting highly-vetted talents to clients and where clients can find and hire reliable talents for projects.
  • Aspaya- an EdTech platform that empowers African youth aged 13 and above to navigate the complexities of the 21st century with clarity and purpose by providing local content, career tests, mentorship, career paths showcase, and soft skills courses.
  • Earlybean- helping kids and teens learn smart money skills, through hands-on money management, interactive courses, quizzes and games - while providing parents with tools to guide and monitor their children’s financial journey.
  • TrIQ Games a multi-chain play-to-Earn crypto gaming platform for Africans. 
  • Gloserv providing automation services in identified need areas and adds value to life. Areas already identified are ecommerce marketplace, customer complaints resolution, edtech, car sharing
  • Connectics- aiming to modernize farming in Africa by attracting investors, young people, experts, local and international players to transform, and create a profitable and sustainable future for farming in Africa.
  • Phundit- providing a tailored financial management app for the African market, emphasizing financial literacy and effective money management.
  • RoamSwap- a peer to peer money transfer system to help travelers easily engage in currency exchange digitally.
  • Izzuki- a cloud-based web application that enables urban retailers in Africa to offer seamless shopping experiences to customers across all retail touch-points.

The Lagos program would not have been possible without help, because it truly takes a city to raise a startup.

Join us at Lagos Founder Institute Graduation Event on March 6

Lagos Local Directors 

We would first like to thank the Local Directors of the Lagos Founder Institute: Africa Admin, Ayodeji Agboola (Founder CEO, Akowe), Chika Nwogu (Founder, WriteMyBusiness), Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. (Co-founder, techbuild.africa), Ifedy Eze (Lead Strategist, Maisematrix Consulting), Lagos Admin (FI Lagos, FI Lagos), Oluwarotimi Fasuyi (MR, VDL TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED), Wande Adalemo (Founder/CEO, Wave5Wireless (Atmosphere)). Our Local Leaders play an incredibly important role in building the local Founder Institute program, and creating an environment and network in Lagos that is conducive to building to great companies.

In addition, the Lagos program was supported by some of Lagos's top technology organizations, including:

Some of Lagos’s top startup mentors helped our founders in the program, including:

* Ayodeji Balogun * Bade Aluko * Berg Moe * Biodun Kolade * Bolanle Afuye * Chintan Oza * Desiree Craig * Dotun Olowoporoku * Dr. Omobola Johnson * Emilia Asim Ita * Emmanuel Agherario * Gbenga Owolabi * Gbite Oduneye * Hakeem Onasanya * Idowu Akinde * Iyinoluwa Aboyeji * Jane Egerton Idehen * Jatin Kataria * Jean Marc Ricca * Jo Eyre * Kamal Hassan * Maxwell Ampong * Obi Anusiem * Sheilah Birgen * Timothy Adeleye * Tola Alabi * Tunde Bello * Yemi Keri * Yemi Oluseun * Yunus Ibrahim

In the Founder Institute's pre-seed accelerator program, early-stage entrepreneurs and teams build their business alongside a critical support network of local startup experts that share equity in their success, and through a structured and challenging business-building process that has helped alumni raise over $1.75BN. 

After Graduation, the new Lagos Founder Institute Portfolio Companies now have a fast-growing company that has been fully validated by experienced startup founders, with access to the Founder Institute's global network and post-graduate support programs to continue building their business. 

Leaders of the world’s fastest-growing startups have used the Founder Institute to raise funding, building a co-founding team, get into seed-accelerators, generate traction, recruit a team, build a product, transition from employee to entrepreneur, and more. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 200+ cities and 100+ countries, the Founder Institute’s mission is to Globalize Silicon Valley and empower talented and motivated entrepreneurs to build companies that will create one million new jobs.

The next Lagos Founder Institute program is being planned now. If you are interested in being notified when applications open, visit FI.co/apply/lagos.

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Alumni of the Founder Institute are creating some of the world's fastest growing startups, having raised over $1.75BN in funding, and building products people love across over 200 cities worldwide.

See the most recent news from our Grads at FI.co/news, or learn more about their stories at FI.co/graduates


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