Camera. Lights. Action. Yesterday at around 5pm, the first guests started arriving to witness the culmination of nearly 3 months of intense startup-ing. Among the guests were investors, mentors, press, and key representatives from our partners, Diamond Bank, Google, Main One, Microsoft, and Jobberman.
Kamil Olufowobi of Mastercard was the MC for the evening, and kept the room filled with energy throughout, often roaring with laughter as well. The startups rose to the occasion, giving the best presentation of their businesses we have seen to date. Ending on a special high note, the final startup got their name shouted out repeatedly by the crowd. Obiwezy! OBIWEZY!
Then the party kicked off, with spectacular dance performances by startups, 440.NG team, and guests, all being cheered on to ever increasing creativity and bravado.
The startups partied long after most of the guests had gone home, celebrating the end of their acceleration. Of course, its now the real hard work starts, as they try and prove that they can continue to grow, run their businesses, hire new staff, and for some of them raise more funding.
We wish them the best, and while its now time to take a step back, and let them go at it solo, we’re checking in frequently and following this journey they are about to embark on. If you’d also like to know what’s going on with them, or 440.NG, sign up to the newsletter and we’ll share updates with you as they roll in.
Thank you to everyone who came and made yesterday a memorable event! We wish you, the 440.NG team, mentors, and anyone that contributed to this first program, Happy Holidays and a profitable New Year.
Chika & Kresten