Startup Weekend Abia

    Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend Abia

Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017

Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017
Event starts at 4:30 pm

Innovation Growth Hub,
62 Asa Road
5th Floor OchiriOzuo House
Aba, Abia

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Startup Weekend Abia! This Time We are Building Local Solutions That will make Global Impact

Welcome to Startup Weekend Abia! This Time We are Building Local Solutions That will make Global Impact
Here’s your opportunity to turn problems into solutions in 54 exciting hours. Work with other entrepreneurs, designers, mobile developers and product experts to build real solutions to the world's most pressing problems in just one crazy weekend. 


If there's a problem you think can be solved with technology, entrepreneurship and good old fashioned grit, this is the place to kick it all off.

Build amazing teams, access awesome mentors and take the stage - present to a panel of judges who have backgrounds in entrepreneurship, design and development.  

This is an uncensored taste of what it's like to be an entrepreneur. The ups and downs; the delights and crises. Startup life is volatile, chaotic and full of 'the unknown.' Learn how to navigate the lunacy through less talk and more action!


Startup Weekend is a 54-hour competition designed to provide an amazing experiential learning opportunity for Tech enthusiasts, developers, designers, and business-minded individuals to come together to create a business. The weekend event is centered on ACTION, INNOVATION, and EDUCATION.

Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through testing, business model development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekend will culminate on Sunday night with demo presentations to a panel of experienced entrepreneurs and Tech Starup experts. 

Who you'll meet at Startup Weekend

We’re drawing in a diverse crowd of attendees this weekend, with backgrounds in: 
  • Tech Enthusiasts (Bachelors, Masters, Ph.D students)
  • Technical (developers, designers) and
  • Business (marketers, entrepreneurs)
What you'll get out of the event
  • Education: learning by doing and hands-on experience.
  • Co-Founder Dating: create relationships that last long past the weekend.
  • Have Fun: meant to be fun and entertaining so enjoy it.
  • Solve local problems with your ideas.
  • Build Your Network: meet high quality and driven entrepreneurs - like you! 
  • Learn new skills.
  • Learn How to Launch a Business (and Actually Do It!): the epitome of Lean Startup Methodology. 
  • Mentorship: interact with the movers and shakers in your community.
  • Get Access to Valuable Startup Resources.
You’ll be immersed in the ideal environment for startup magic to happen. Surrounded by smart, passionate people and with the best tools and approaches at your disposal, you’ll take giant leaps toward creating a business, becoming a founder, and connecting with the right people and resources. In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. 

What are you waiting for? Take part in this vibrant community!



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Friday November 17th

4:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

5:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

6:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:30 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday November 18th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

9:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 19th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm
Wrap-Up ....Celebration Continues

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Mark Essien

CEO (biggest hotel booking site in Nigeria). Software dev from Ikot Ekpene, Nigeria. A great catalyst in Building Nigeria's Tech Ecosystem

Event Judges

Mark Essien

CEO (biggest hotel booking site in Nigeria). Software dev from Ikot Ekpene, Nigeria. A great catalyst in Building Nigeria's Tech Ecosystem

chime Asonye
Founder & Executive Director at Naija DC

Sam Hart

Sam,Passionate About growing a Thriving Abia, Co-founded Publisher of Abia Chronicles Magazine He is a seasoned lawyer and is a Senior Special Assistant to Abia State Governor

Chinenye Nwogu
SSA Youth Development Abia State

Chinenye Is the Senior Special assistant to the Governor of Abia State on Youth Development and Job Creation. He is passionate about Developing a vibrant youth economy in Abia

Edward Esene
Snr. Consultant @ Kinetic Associates

Coaches and Mentors

Ahmad Mukoshy
Founder , GigaLayer

Hanson Johnson
Founder/CEO: Start Innovation Hub

A tech entrepreneur with a dream to save the world with a click.

David Inyangetoh
Software Engineer

Uche Aniche

Bruce Lucas
Community/Partnerships, Olotu Square

Bruce Lucas, a Nigerian business strategist, mentor and coach, specializes in design thinking and breathing life into startup ideas.

Meet Bruce Lucas N (MNCS, ACFI, CCWP) Founder of OlotuSquare, and also the Community and Partnership Lead. He is a software developer with over 20 years experience in computing. He has his first degree in Computer Science, a Post Graduate Diploma in Information Management Technology, a Certified Computer Forensic Investigator, a Cambridge Certified Web Publisher and an International Business Management Institute Certified Innovation Manager.
He is a professional member of the Nigeria Computer Society and the Computer Forensic Institute, Nigeria. He is a mentor to developers, startups and entrepreneurs. 
He is also the founder of BroadDrive Hosting Solutions (a web hosting company), and most recently a co-founder of Gerocare Solutions Limited - an online hospital that provides medical services by verified doctors to the elderly at the comfort of their homes.
He is a foodie, like I mean if you are with him, be sure to get tired of eating good food. Plus he has a collection of different meals on his facebook page. His best meals are rich native soup with fresh fish and soft round Loi Loi, or Onunu with native stew with fresh fish pepper soup. He is an active support system to all that meets him.

chibueze Ikedichukwu
CEO Learn Factory

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Abia team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.

Signature Sponsors

IGHub is Aba's first ever technology hub. An incubator for technology startups with a special focus on building young technology entrepreneurs through training, skills development and mentorship

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Abia is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Chinenye
  • Bestie
  • Chinagozi


Chinagozi Daniel
Founder, IGHub

Founder, Global Change Agent

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