A team from and representing the federal University of Technology Akure has won this years WEMA BANK HACKAHOLICS competition.
The 2023 edition, the third in the series, was dedicated to start-up businesses that are being run by students.
The Bank selected 3 institutions with a budding community of Tech Talents which include Babcock University, the University of Lagos, and the Federal University of Technology, Akure for the Preliminaries. Over 770 entries were received nationwide for the competition.
These were pruned and teams for the Preliminaries were selected. The pitch preliminaries were held in FUTA on February 15&16, 2022, with over 200+ entries with three teams qualifying for the grand finale in Lagos from the Centre.
The three teams, ROOMME, XPRESS, and TRADDEX presented brilliant ideas and superb business models and were picked as Representatives of FUTA Centre
The grand finale was held on May 2, 2022, at the Wema Bank Training School, Ilupeju Lagos, where the best nine teams from the three locations – Babcock, University of Lagos, and FUTA- pitched their business ideas.
The ideas were judged by Ibifuro Apiafi, Chuba Ezekwesili, Joel Ogunsola, and Olamide Oladele, investors, and the general populace who were available at the scene.
Team ROOMME from FUTA was adjudged as the Team with the best idea and declared as the winner of the first position with a grant of 2.5 million Naira.
Team Kodar Tech from the University of Ilorin emerged in the second position with the sum of 1.5 million Naira, and team Ajovest from the University of Lagos emerged in the third position winning the sum of 1 million Naira.
Team Roomme’s business aims to solve the housing problems of society. ROOMME is an online platform that matches individuals with apartments and potential roommates BASED ON UNIQUE PREFERENCES determined via digital configurations.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joseph Fuwape has congratulated members of the team describing them as Worth ambassadors of FUTA. ” I am elated that students of FUTA have continued on the path of Excellence and Contributed to proffering solutions to real societal problems.
Members of Team Roomme have done our University proud and their names will be recorded in our Hall of Fame,” Professor Fuwape said.
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