Reverse thinking is the new forward - ENUGU SME HACKATHON


If you take a look at history, innovation does not come just from giving people incentives; it comes from creating environments where their ideas can connect,” says Steven Johnson, an American author.
With the Covid-19 pandemic changing the way we live our lives and how we conduct business. The world’s operating system is being rewritten – we are at the onset of the 4th Industrial Revolution. We are becoming increasingly interconnected and evolving at an exponential pace thanks to the internet and the emergence of disruptive next-generation technologies.
The ENUGU SME HACKATHON is designed to gather the best tech and non-tech minds who can come up with smarter business solutions in industries of Agribusiness, Education, Health care, Small Business Tools, and other use cases, and services, as long as it is disruptive & sustainable, most importantly, it can transform Coal City to a Smart City.

Areas of Interest:
Choose from any of these categories:

  1. Small Business Tools
  2. Agriculture
  3. Education
  4. Health
  5. Other use cases
  6. Services.

How to Participate

  • Applicants for this hackathon should be residents of Enugu state, to avoid traveling during this period.

  • Please submit your ideas application and upload a presentation or short summary about the idea before 2020-07-23T23:00:00Z.
    Click HERE to apply.

  • Ensure your idea is well thought through, giving details on the product, insights and strategy that will make the idea a success.

Idea Presentation Format
Submit a short presentation of your idea in 5 pages or less with the following points:

  • Background
  • How it works (Product / Idea / Service)
  • Areas of Application
  • Founder’s Profile

Submissions will undergo preliminary assessment. The proposals that are judged to be most promising and fit into the areas of interest may be invited for defense of the proposals before a decision is taken on winners.


Winner: One hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (NGN 150,000.00)

First runner up: One Hundred Thousand Naira (NGN 100,000.00)

Second runner up: Seventy-five thousand Naira (NGN 75,000.00)

The winning startup will be supported with up to $5,000 to grow and expand their business.


  • Progress
  • Adherence of proposal to stated requirements above
  • Solution shows a good understanding of market and target customer
  • How much progress have you made?


  • Does it solve a real problem?
  • Proof of concept (feasibility of idea with diagram, algorithm, etc.)


  • Could this become a startup or company?
  • Potential impact of the solution to scale
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