That’s right! We’re seed stars!
It began like a joke, I was taking a mentors advice to focus on the final build-out of our technology and stay out of time consuming events but this SeedStarsWorld thingy kept calling… here’s the story of how Nerve became a Seedstar…
SeedStars World is sort of a “World cup” for the best start-ups from around the world. Basically, regional pitch events are held in several cities across the world and the winners from each are rought to Switzerland for a winner-take-all final.
So there I was minding my business when a friend & early investor called and told me to take a look at SeedStars World competition. Joshua felt we could win in the region and add to our bragging rights. I listened to Joshua and put in the application at Seed Stars website for the Lagos pitch using the entry code only circulated to start-ups associated with tech hubs or in the ecosystem and thereafter waited for pitch event day.
Event day indeed came on June 13 2014 at ground zero of tech startup activity in Lagos i.e. CChub 6th floor. The Judges for the day were were Tomi Davies , the lovely Ndidi Nwuneli of Leap Africa, Femi Longe from CCHub and Simeon Afolabi who is the founder of Simple Pay and a regional winner from the 2013 Seed star round.
The pitches soon started rolling out with Nerve (then called Ideacentric) scheduled a little later in the day. It was a standard 6-7 minute pitch with another 5 minutes to answer
Again lots of promising ventures took the stage but we there could be only 3 winners. The 2nd runner-up place went to 500 shops, Nerve emerged as the 1st runner up and the 1st position went to Green energy.
I can’t say I wasn’t a bit saddened by not coming in 1st place (I like to win), in fact the event moderator stated that we had the best pitch but Green energy was in a sector more appealing to the program. Being trained as a Chemical engineer, I have to hand it to Green Energy, they make PMS (car fuel) from waste hydrocarbons, which is needed everywhere.
We wear our Seed stars 2nd place badge proudly, it has added to our success story and humbled us to develop Nerve into a more compelling solution for the World… our best is yet to come!
More at seedstarsworld.com