Best Projects 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.
Explain your project in details:
Many budding authors, musicians, and filmmakers in Africa live on a dollar per day, just as in any third world nation, and thus cannot afford to publish, promote, protect and monetize their creative works by paying for it. Thus these breath-taking works remain undiscovered for years and the gifts of these talented Creatives are put to waste. Some of these Creatives often have their works stolen or plagiarized without any due settlement. African writers, musicians, and filmmakers have been forced to adopt western digital content aggregators like CDBaby (musicians), BookBaby (authors) and Distribber (filmmakers), and these aggregators charge extortionate fees to have their creative works published. As such, these Creatives have very little money left to promote their works. Apart from the high distribution fees, it is increasingly impossible for African creators to monetize their creative works using existing digital content aggregators because they weren't tailored for the African creator. Publiseer lets independent African writers, musicians, and filmmakers from low-income communities, to publish, protect, promote and monetize their creative works on 400+ partner stores in 100 countries, at no charge, with a single click. Our partner stores include Amazon, Google Play, Apple store, Barnes & Noble, Spotify, Kobo and Deezer. These Creatives can monitor their performance across all stores using our centralized dashboard. When a unit of any work (book, audiobook, song, music video, and short or feature film) is sold, Publiseer shares in the revenue. Our royalty payment method distinguishes us from our competition as we make local bank account payments and mobile money payments. Our local bank account payments are perfect for African creatives as it doesnt have transactional chargers, and as such the creatives receive all the money theyve made.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Since inception, we helped over 2,200 African creatives to monetize their creative works worldwide, raking in over $100,000 in revenue, and for our works at Publiseer, weve emerged the first place winner in the OpportunityDesk Impact Challenge and won the Startup World Cup Nigeria Regional Competition. Weve been awarded a grant by the Lagos State Government, and have been accepted into Accelerate Labs by Microsoft, Venture Incubation Programme by University of Cape Towns Graduate School of Business, Ally by Google, and Global Startup Program by Singularity University. Weve been awarded the Most Needed in the Region award by the African Entrepreneurship Award, and have been recognized by the International Finance Corporation as one of the startups that could speed up innovation in Africa. Weve been accepted into Westerwelle Fellowship for Young Founders, Halcyon Incubator Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurs, and Yunus&Youth Global Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurs. Recently, we were selected for the Next 100 African Startups Initiative organized by the Egyptian Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation. Publiseer has been described by Konbini as "one of the largest digital publishers in Africa", identified by IFC as one of the startups "that could speed up innovation in Africa" and listed twice by ModernGhana as one of the "10 African Innovations" in 2019. Publiseer was selected by Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the 2019 MIT Venture Scaling Bootcamp, by the Better Together Challenge 2019 to present its project on stage, by World Youth Forum for The Arab and African Youth Platform 2019 in Aswan, and by Mastercard Foundation for the Africa Youth Works Summit 2019 in Cape Town.
Sustainability and future plans
1. We will expand into more African countries in the near future after a careful analysis of where the demand is. We initially started in Nigeria, and have since expanded to Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, and Egypt, and we intend to expand into more African countries to scale our impact. 2. We will partner with more local distribution platforms to scale our impact within Africa. At the moment, the platforms we distribute to are not an African-owned platform, such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, NetFlix, Spotify, iTunes. So we will be working to forge partnerships with African-owned platforms to ensure that our contents are not only accessed and read by everyone anywhere. 3. We will be transforming from being a digital content aggregator to being a digital content marketplace that directly sells digital content on different verticals. We will start off with our regular digital products, which are e-books, audiobooks, songs, music videos, short and feature films, and movie series. However, as we continue to grow in user size, both with the number of creators and customers using our platform, and also in revenue, we will gradually add more types of digital contents, and this will be based on the results of a survey we will send out to our customers, to know what type of content they will love to see on our platform in the nearest future. We intend to build a digital content marketplace where creators from emerging markets can sell their digital content to the entire world, and build a growing fanbase as they do. We will conquer our market by forging the right partnerships with platforms outside and within Africa with the same vision of changing the African narrative. Our partnerships will yield to a more in-depth distribution reach where our content will be made available everywhere on demand.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Chidi Nwaogu is a serial Internet entrepreneur, computer programmer, mentor, Westerwelle Fellow 2019, Yunus&Youth Global Fellow 2019, Halcyon Incubator Fellow 2019, African Young Leaders Fellow 2019, YALI Fellow 2019, SensX Fellow 2017, two-time recipient of OD Young Person of the Month, winner of The Africa 35.35 Award 2019, winner of The Bizz Business Excellence Award 2019, winner of Startup World Cup Nigeria Regional Competition 2019, winner of the ITU Innovation Challenges 2019, and first place winner of OD Impact Challenge 2018. Nwaogu started his entrepreneurial journey when he was 16 with the creation of 9ja Boi Interactive, a video game development company. Today, Nwaogu is Co-founder and CEO of Publiseer, a digital publisher for African Creatives, described by Konbini as "one of the largest digital publishers in Africa", identified by IFC as one of the startups "that could speed up innovation in Africa" and listed twice by ModernGhana as one of the "10 African Innovations" in 2019. Since Nwaogu was 19, he has co-founded, grown and sold two Internet companies, including LAGbook, a social network that garnered over 1-million registered users within three years. He has been described as one of the "Young innovators making Africa great in 2019". Nwaogu was selected by Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the 2019 MIT Venture Scaling Bootcamp, by the Better Together Challenge 2019 to present Publiseer on stage, by World Youth Forum for The Arab and African Youth Platform 2019 in Aswan, and by Mastercard Foundation for the Africa Youth Works Summit 2019 in Cape Town. His startups have been featured on several media publications, like Africa Business Review and TechCrunch, for their strides in the tech ecosystem. Nwaogu began public speaking as a keynote speaker at IT Leaders West Africa Summit 2012, where he spoke on the role of social media and mobile in developing nations.