Students of Skyline University Nigeria (SUN) have participated and won 1st and 2nd Runner-Up positions in the pitching competition organized by TiE University MENA Regional Pitch Competition 2023 running in its fifth year in the Middle East. All the regional finalists of the competition made their way through over 150 applications and over 30 jury members for the regional face-off.
The competition was open to both graduate and undergraduate university students of the respective regions. Representing 16 different universities, 26 teams have ideas spread across 13 industries and competed in three different categories to have three regional winners -Emirati, MEA and GCC/UAE.
After a rigorous selection of the best ideas from over 150 applications from across the regions, 8 teams made it to the shortlist categories for the regional-level competition final round. Out of the 8 shortlisted teams, 4 teams were from Skyline University Nigeria, 2 from Lagos State University, 1 from the University of Ibadan and 1from the Federal University of Technology.
The pitch – UniversityX from Lagos State University emerged victorious and won first prize and is eligible to participate in the TiE Global finals. The Plastic Company – Recymade team emerged as the first runner-up while Care-Home Plus emerged as the second runner-up, both teams are from Skyline University Nigeria.
All three finalists will fly to pitch for the global finals in May 2023 at Silicon Valley, in the USA. This year’s Programme for the first time ran an emerging entrepreneur category with a regional championship for the region of Middle East and African student entrepreneurs. Thus, SUN students were opportune to participate.
The Tie Programme offers rare opportunities for future-generation entrepreneurs as students to bring forth their entrepreneurship ideas to global discourse. It is an exciting platform that allows students to present feasible ideas for business ventures. It actively supports youth development and innovation through this initiative.
The President Emeritus of TiE Dubai Mr P K Gulati and Pro-Chancellor of Skyline University Nigeria, Mr Nitin Anand said the idea of including universities in other countries apart from UAE to participate in the competition was a huge success. They are thrilled about the engagement of teams from Nigeria, Kenya and a few other African countries.
The winner and all other participants were encouraged to continue exuding the courage and confidence they showed throughout the Programme for their future endeavours.