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  • Nigeria’s leading innovation Bank wraps up premier hackathon.
    Wema Bank’s maiden hackathon, Hackaholics, announced its winners at a grand nale on
    Sunday, March 31, 2019. The event, hosted at Codeville, Wema Bank’s innovation lab,
    brought together some of the brightest minds in the country to be part of various activities
    including keynote addresses, panel discussions and training programs for the participants by
    Hackaholics brought together startups and young tech professionals to brainstorm,
    strategize and create solutions to the problems presented. Solutions were screened by a
    team of judges who announced the winner at the grand nale.
    Among a number of groundbreaking solutions from the 20 participating teams, Team
    EazyChange won with a solution that provides simpler payment for transportation. The
    solution is programmed to ease the problem of scarcity of lower denominations for transport
    fare within Lagos and other states. The winning team received the $10,000 prize and will
    also join the bank for a period of 6 months.
    Team 2i became the rst runners-up for a backend solution designed to solve problems in
    Know Your Customer (KYC). Team Lendse came out as the second runner-up for creating a
    solution that tackles alternative credit scoring for nancial institutions.
    Besides the winning teams, participants who impressed with their ideas and work attitude
    will gain access to incubation and acceleration programs at the Wema Bank’s innovation lab,
    Codeville. The innovation lab will help nurture tech solutions and other business ideas into
    marketable brands through investment opportunities, business support and mentorship.
    The bank also used the platform to announce Ignite by Wema, a special business account for
    micro, small and medium enterprises. The all-inclusive account will support MSMEs to
    upgrade their businesses through partnerships with the bank, leverage on the bank’s
    network and marketing channels, provide access to business advisory, incubation benets
    and concessions on business loans of up to N3m.
    Hackaholics was organized in partnership with Scooper and Ntel who provided media
    support and internet services respectively. Wema Bank will continue its track record of
    creating and promoting platforms that will pave the way towards building the future of
    Nigeria’s ntech and business sectors

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