On November 2, 2018, Owerri the capital of Imo State will play host to #StartupSouth4 – arguably the
biggest Startup and Entrepreneurship conference in the South-South and South-East.
Every year, #StartupSouth brings together the brightest startup founders, leading entrepreneurs,
early stage investors, policy makers and startup incubators to a city in the South-South or South-East
and allow them to connect, learn from each other and most importantly for founders in the region to
secure investment. It is also an opportunity to showcase the cities in the South-South/South-East
and promote their potentials to potential investors. Participants at this year’s edition will have the
opportunity to tour Owerri and enjoy a boat ride on the famous Oguta Lake.
After the last edition at Aba, two startups have gone on to raise combined $40,000 with another
raising a follow-on seed of more than $20,000. Cumulatively, over $350,000 has been raised by
#StartupSouth Alums with several more currently at different stages of deal negotiations.
The main objective is to educate, connect and attract investment to Startups and Founders in the
The theme of this year is Nichely, Strongly, Global – an exploration of how cities within the region can
go niche, amplifying their positions of strength to compete favorably in an interconnected globlized
#StartupSouth4 will provide a unique opportunity for startups to connect with investors, strategic
partners, leading incubators/accelerators, and professional service firms from within and across the
The conference will feature Fireside chats with Successful Startup Founders, Policy Makers
and Investors from across the world, Pitch Sessions, third party content/panel programming,
Networking and post conference party and a boat cruise at the beauteous Oguta Lake.
Worthy of note is that this year, #StartupSouth is taking experimental steps to becoming an
Event-as-a-Platform model featuring contents by partnering organisations. Brands, business
communities, associations and anyone with a great content proposal capable of adding value to the
participants (especially the Startup/SME communities) will be reviewed and approved.
The regular pre-conferences (now #Foretaste) – a pre-event/Tour of Ten different cities within the
region – is scheduled to start on July 20, 2018 in Port Harcourt. #StartupSouth4 #Foretaste enlists a
set of exciting activities leading up to the main event featuring Business Townhall meetings, Panel
Session, interviews, Product presentation by partners, gifts and more.
Some invited guests #StartupSouth4 include HE, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President, Federal
Republic of Nigeria (unconfirmed), DG of SMEDAN, Governors and Representatives of Government
of States in the South-South and South-East, Heads of Corporations and the Organised Private Sector
Leaders. Others include Mr. Innocent Chukwuma (Regional Director, West Africa, Ford Foundation), Mr. Collins Onuegbu (Vice-Chairman, Signal Alliance & Director, Lagos Angel Network), Jason Njoku
(Founder IROKOtv), Bosun Tijani (Co-Founder, CCHub), Rotimi Williams (Founder, Kereksuk Rice
Farms), Yewande Kazeem (Founder, Wandie Media), Onyeka Akumah (founder, FarmCrowdy) and
Register at bit.ly/reg-ss4
#StartupSouth is a Startup/Entrepreneurship ecosystem development and intervention project
focusing on the South-South and South-East.
The simple goal of #StartupSouth is to Connect Startups and Founders residing and operating out of
South-South and South-East Nigeria, Expose/Educate and Attract Investment to them. StartupSouth
started as an event in 2015 but have since evolved to include startup mentoring, training, funding
and now, city business discovery project.
Past Event Websites: 2.startupsouth.org & 3.startupsouth.org
Social Media Handles: @Startupsouthng
Tel: 0807562000, 08108633472
Talk DL: 0810 863 3472