Meet the 4 Nigerian Startups in the Africa Netpreneur Prize Final

Close to 10, 000 applicants registered for the Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative.

10 finalists were recently selected as part of the grand finale scheduled for Accra, Ghana by November.

The application for the initiative opened up in March 2019 and saw entrants from 50 African countries.

The selection process saw a cut from the large pool of application to 20 and then the final 10.

They will be competing for a $1 million prize where they would face carefully selected judges: Strive Masiyiwa, Econet Group Founder and Executive Chairman, Ibukun Awosika, First Bank of Nigeria Chairman and The Chair Centre Group founder, Jack Ma, Alibaba Group founder and Joe Tsai, Alibaba Group Executive Vice Chairman.

This article focuses on the 4 Nigerian that made the final 10 of the Africa Netpreneur prize

Thrive Agric

A technology-driven agricultural company, passionate about driving global food security.

Thrive Agric assists farmers by ensuring constant returns to them at the end of each farming.

The agritech startup is on a mission to build an Africa that feeds the world and Itself.

Thrive Agric deploys skilled extension workers to farms to grow relationships with their farmers as well as engage them with newer methods to improve their yield.

Through its in-built reporting systems, the extension workers report to Thrive Agric operations team in all efforts to help track farmer activities and in-turn links them to local and global markets.

According to its website, Thrive Agric has farmed over 120, 000 acres of land, raised more than 2 million poultry birds, produced more than 170, 000 metric tons of grains and presently working with more than 18,000 farmers.

Ayodeji Arikawe is the Co-Founder and CTO for Thrive Agric.


A health startup that works with hospitals round the clock to find lifesaving medical products and get them delivered to the hospitals in the right condition across Africa.

According to its website, Lifebank believes that no African should die from a shortage of essential medical products at the hospital level, and it is set on a mission to solve the challenge.

With a goal to deliver needed medical products such as blood, blood products, oxygen, as well as vaccines to hospitals across the African continent, Lifebank wants to one million lives.

Lifebank has distributed 17040 life saving medical products, served not less than 800 hospitals, worked with more than 5000 donors and has helped saved more than 500 lives through its timely distribution.

Temie Giwa-Tubosun is the founder and CEO of LifeBank

Black Swan

Africa Netpreneur Prize - cfamediaBlack Swan is working in with USAID Nigeria to assist Nigeria’s public-health challenges. Achieves this by deploying automated scheduling, GPS-enabled SaaS.

This technology applies the combination of digital record keeping and community engagement to increase birth registration as well as early-childhood immunizations.

Founded by Dr. Tosan J.Teren, the company is set to cover the Northern part of Nigeria.


Africa Netpreneur Prize - cfamediaAccording to its website, the company is a trailblazer in the supply chain for pharmaceuticals chains on the continent.

Drugstoc wants to empower all healthcare providers to allow them to fulfil their mandate for a healthier Africa.

Healthcare service provision is already a tough endeavour within the African continent, nevertheless, it can get better through collaboration.

Chibuzo Opara is one of the Co-Founders of the company.

Featured Image: (L-R) Ayodeji Arikawe, Co-Founder & CTO, Thrive Agric; Temie Giwa-Tubosun, Founder & CEO, LifeBank; Dr. Tosan J.Teren, Founder, Black Swan; Chibuzo Opara, Co-Founder, Drugstoc

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