The Simeon Agu Prize

The Simeon Agu Prize 2022

An award for the best software
startup in Nigeria

The award was instituted to keep alive the legacy of Engineer Simon Agu, the founding President of ISPON, to the software profession and industry in collaboration with the Agu family. Officially known as the Simon Agu Prize for Software Excellence, in recognition of the Best Software Entrepreneur of the year, the award is handed out yearly at the Nigeria Information Technology Merit Awards NITMA.

Engineer Simon Agu was a consumate software entrepreneur, he was the founder and chairman of Computer Industry Systems Associates (Nigeria) Limited which metamorphosed to Neptune Software, a foremost international software company growing from 3 to 100 professional staff. He contributed greatly to the recognition of the Nigerian software industry locally and internationally.

Three finalists

Three startups will be shortlisted from the pool of nominees

One winner

One startup will be adjudged winner from the finalists

250k Prize

Winner gets a cheque of two hundred and fifty thousand naira

The award will be based on the performance of the company in one calendar year; year in review for consideration of the award is September 2021 – September 2022. To select the winner of the award this year, the following procedure will be followed:


Nomination for eligible startups will be open on the website for one week. Anyone can nominate a startup of their choice but the startup must fulfil the criteria set.


At the expiration of the nomination period, the committee will commence vetting of nominated startups to verify that they meet the criteria set.


The top three startups from the vetting procedure will be shortlisted for the final stage and will be requested to submit their pitch deck highlighting the set criteria.


Online voting for the winner from the shortlisted startups will commence. Voters are eligible to only one vote; multiple votes will be nulled.


The winner will be adjudged by the committee from the total number of votes garnered as well as points earned from the pitch deck.


Announcement of the winner and presentation of the prize will be made at the Nigeria Information Technology Merit Awards 2022.

For startups to qualify for the Simon Agu Prize for Software Excellence, in recognition of the Best Software Entrepreneur of the year, the following criteria must be met:



What is the general idea behind the startup, how does it make the startup rank better than other solutions


How innovative is the idea, how much of a disruption has it caused and what new trend has it led to


How much impact does the product startup have on the users, businesses and the industry (where applicable)

Business Model

How good is your business model, how do you identify customer problems and provide solutions to them


How has the company thrived financially, how much has the company raised, what is the turnover

Important Notice

Only startups in seed funding stage and haven't received any foreign funding are eligible

The Finalists


Dataleum is building a global talent accelerator that produces world-class Data Analysts and Scientists, and connects them with top partner companies across Africa and the world. We adhere to the highest service of excellence and bridge the global skills gap that employers are facing.
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Saturn is a platform making it safer and easier for people to share rooms and rent. It’s a product experience designed to match like-minded individuals together by using filters such as: budget, location, smoking, pets, and other living preferences and essentials for its matching.
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Travella is a peer-to-peer logistics platform which reduces logistics cost for SMEs leveraging a registered network of individual travelers. Our platform leverages a registered and verified network of travelers to help businesses and individuals send packages across a long distance at a low-cost.
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The Simeon Agu Prize 2022

Vote a deserving finalist for the prize now. Voting runs from the 12 noon, November 21 - 12 noon, November 23, 2022.

One email address is limited to one vote; multiple votes from one email address will be voided.

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