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Nigeria’s Union Bank Launches 2021 UnionX Innovation Challenge To Support Local Startups


Nigeria’s Union Bank has unveiled the 2021 UnionX Innovation Challenge to support young startups in the country.

Tagged ‘A New Discovery’, the Challenge will discover, showcase, and support eligible entrepreneurs across Nigeria with innovative, technology-focused Minimum Viable Products (MVPs).

The top 3 MVPs will attract cash prizes totalling N4.5million from Union Bank in addition to a 2-month incubation programme with GreenHouse Capital, a leading fintech venture capital fund collaborating with Union Bank on the initiative.

In addition, the winners will leverage Union Bank’s network and value chain to further develop their solutions and scale for greater impact. Startups will be supported with a range of services focused on product development, distribution and business modelling geared towards potential integration to the Bank.

“The UnionX Challenge highlights our focus on supporting innovation as key driver of sustainable development and growth of Nigeria’s vibrant startup ecosystem, and the society at large. Union Bank has a rich heritage as a trusted partner to generations of Nigerians; providing the support they need to achieve their goals. This Challenge is one of the many ways we continue to build on this heritage.” Lola Cardoso, Executive Director & Head, Retail and Digital Banking at Union Bank said.

During the entry period which ends on March 14, 2021,

Early-stage startups in Nigeria are invited to submit innovative solutions here.  These solutions should focus on sectors including, but not limited to Financial Technology, e-Commerce, Health, Education and Agriculture.

The UnionX Challenge is the most recent in Union Bank’s Innovation Challenge series. Through the Centenary Innovation Challenge in 2017, the Campus Innovation Challenge in 2018, and the 2019 Edtech Challenge, Union Bank has discovered and supported innovative startups and solutions that with the potential to drive sustainable impact and development in Nigeria.

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Nixon Kanali

Tech journalist based in Nairobi. I write about tech, business and African startups. Founder and Editor For TechTrendsKE. Nixon is also the East African tech editor for Africa Business Communities. Send tips to nkanali@techtrendske.co.ke.

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