Nigeria’s Nearest Locator, a location based app that helps you easily find the nearest ATMs, eateries, hospitals, and more and Prowork, a project management and collaboration app for business are among 13 finalists selected for the VentureOut Challenge—an initiative of infoDev and CRDF Global with support from Co-creation Hub Nigeria.
The two are part of the team will compete for $10,000 in seed funding before a live audience and a panel of mobile experts in Chisinau, Moldova on November 1, 2013.
To get to the finals, Co-creation Hub, assisted contestants with their applications and provided experienced local mentors to support the semi-finalists ventures. These mentors guided Nearest Locator and Prowork to refine their product offerings and internationalization strategies via a strong pitch deck.
According to Prowork CEO, Francis Onwumere, “We are excited to be named as finalists for the VentureOut Challenge. VentureOut is an opportunity to position Prowork to take better care of emerging markets and expand our reach.”
The VentureOut initiative aims to help mobile app entrepreneurs from around the world to expand internationally. mobile health focusing on patient-centric health applications to location-based services and different sorts of entertainment including music, gaming and television. Ayoola Ajebeku, Lead Developer at Nearest Locator seems to have been changed by the challenge already.
He said, “VentureOut Challenge has greatly helped us to re-engineer and re-organize our priorities by improving our business plan and also focusing more on sustainability and growth.”
All 13 finalists will receive ongoing mentoring from exceptional entrepreneurs and investors from around the globe who have experience building companies and taking them global. Beyond mentoring the finalists, infoDev and CRDF Global will offer resources for any growing mobile startup to learn necessary skills, make connections, and find inspiration to go global.