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Full List of Nominees & Call For Votes for Startup Awards by #StartupSouth


#StartupSouth is excited to release the full list of 2023 Nominees for Startup Awards by #StartupSouth and also announce the opening of the voting portal. Award presentation to Winners will take place as part of the closing ceremony for #StartupSouth8 Conference.

In July 2023, #StartupSouth opened preliminary nominations to the public, for its annual Startup Awards taking place on Friday, October 6, 2023, as part of a 2-day line-up of activities for #StartupSouth8 Conference.

Held annually, the #StartupSouth Conference is the largest gathering of innovators, startup founders, thinkers, policymakers, and investors, among others within the South-South and South-Eastern regions of Nigeria.

Preliminary nominations for the awards closed on August 31, 2023, after which valid entries for each category were screened and shortlisted by an in-house committee. Each category has its eligibility criteria. However, the duration of impact or assessment is between 12 to 36 months relative to eligibility criteria. To be eligible for any category, you must be an individual, founder, Startup, or Organization (institution, corporate and development organisation)  with remarkable impact within the set duration.

These nominees have demonstrated exceptional commitment, innovation, and impact within their respective fields, contributing to the growth and development of Nigeria’s startup ecosystem.

Now, it’s your turn to be part of this exciting celebration of innovation! We invite you to cast your votes for your favourite nominees in each category. Public votes account for 20% of the awards and your votes will play a crucial role in determining the winners of Startup Awards 2023.

The voting is currently open until September 30, 2023. Visit 8.www.startupsouth.org/vote to vote.


StartupSouth Enterprise Development LTD/GTE is a Startup (Digital/Creative economy) ecosystem development and advocacy organisation and a Community of next-generation Founders building high-scale ventures in Nigeria – especially out of the South-South/South-East regions.

It is a Community of Communities with affiliations spanning across 11 States in the South and beyond. #StartupSouth members are building some of the most iconic venture-backed projects you probably have encountered. We are a social enterprise registered as a Non-Profit Foundation which believes in the power of entrepreneurship for development. 

Full List of Finalists

Startup of the Year – National





Xend Finance

GreenAge Technology

MarketingBlocks AI

Startup of the Year – Regional


HouseAfrica (Port Harcourt)

Foris Labs

Inspirational Founder of the Year – National

Jennie Nwokoye

Nnamdi Uba

Ndifreke Ikokpu

Ifiok Nkem

Inspirational Founder of the Year – Regional

Jennie Nwokoye

Nnamdi Uba

Ndifreke Ikokpu

Aaron Esumeh

Ugochukwu Nkwocha

Public Institution of the Year – National



Public Institution of the Year – Regional

Solutions Innovation District (Anambra) 

Anambra ICT Agency

Enugu SME Centre

Skill-up Imo (Ministry Digital Economy & e-Government)

Best Startup Coverage (Radio) – Regional

Nigeria Info PH

Wave FM

HOT FM (Owerri)

Today FM

BOSS Radio 98.9 FM

Best Startup Coverage (TV) – National

Channels TV

Arise TV




Silverbird TV

Wazobia TV

Best Startup Coverage (TV) – Regional

AfiaTV Enugu

ITV Benin

Atlantic TV

Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS)

NTA Port Harcourt

Best Startup Coverage (Technology New Media Platform) – National






Best Startup Coverage (Non-Technology New Media Platform) – Regional

Naira Diary 




Startup Journalist of the Year Regional

Ignatius Chukwu (BusinessDay)

Ikechukwu Nzeako (Daily Independent Newspaper)

Mr Peter Oluka (Tech Economy)

Mr Ken NWOGBO ( Nigeria Communications Weekly )

Most Inspirational Technology Hub – Regional

Harvoxx, Port Harcourt

Code Hauz, Eket

Innovation Growth Hub, Aba

Olotu Square, Port Harcourt

Start Innovation Hub , Uyo

Digital Dreams , Enugu

Ken Saro-Wiwa Innovation Hub, Port Harcourt

Root Hub, Uyo

Genesys Tech Hub – Enugu 

Best Startup/Technology Show (TV)

The Beam (Channels TV)

The Street Wize

Global Business Report

Business Express (NTA Port Harcourt)

Best Startup Coverage (Print)

Guardian Newspaper


Leadership Newspaper

Premium Times

Vanguard Newspaper

The Nation Newspaper

Best Startup Ecosystem Newsletter

Nairametrics Follow Tech 

TechCabal Daily

TechPoint Digest 


Best Startup Ecosystem Podcast or Vlog

Growing Africa Podcast – Daniel Ose

Techpoint Africa Podcast

Building the Future with Dotun – Dotun Olowoporoku

KuriousK Podcast

Most Inspiring Startup Community

GDG Port Harcourt

PH Startup Founders

HerTech Trail

GDG Bonny

Delta Tech Network



GDG Enugu

GDG Benin

GDG Owerri

Onitsha Twitter Connect

Bedrock Initiative, Owerri

B<>rderless, Port Harcourt

Most Active #StartupSouth City Community


Port Harcourt



Next Rated Startup

Classmigo (Owerri)

BingPay (Port Harcourt) 

Acecore (Port Harcourt)

Pandascrow (Port Harcourt) 

Diskox (Owerri)

ReviveEarth (Enugu) 

Bellum (Port Harcourt)

Best New Media Platform (Technology)






Best Startup/Technology Show (Radio)

Talking Figures (NigeriaInfo Port Harcourt)

The Entrepreneur (WaveFM Port Harcourt)

BusinessToday (Today FM Port Harcourt) 

Best Startup Ecosystem Intelligence Platform

TechCabal Insights

Asoko Insights

TheCable Index


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