Team Tophill has been adjudged the best group at the maiden edition of ‘thehatch’, an innovation lab championed by Inlaks in order to build, scale and provide a nurturing environment for fintech start-ups by ensuring a level-playing field for domestic technological ideas.
Apart from the overall winner Team Tophill, the other winners include Team Autosmart, first runner-up; and Team Sirocco, second runner-up.
The 2-day Insurtech Hackathon, themed: “Shaping the Future of Insurance”, which was held on 27 July 2019 and 28 July 2019 at Inlaks’ Corporate Head Office, featured CEOs, CIOs, and participants from the insurance, technology, fintech and other sectors across Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya.
With over 85 participants, the contest witnessed the creation of technologically-enabled solutions that address significant challenges in the insurance sector. The three leading teams with top-notch Insurtech solutions carted away the prizes.
Inlaks, one of the foremost ICT companies in sub-Saharan Africa, upholds and spearheads projects that will birth cutting-edge ICT products and solutions.
The launch of ‘thehatch’ reinforces Inlaks 2.0’s vision to identify, promote, support, and encourage home-based technology entrepreneurs.
Commenting on the programme, the Executive Director of Innovation and Business Transformation at Inlaks, Olufemi Muraino said: “With ‘thehatch’ launch and the maiden Insurtech Hackathon, we have been able to bring together a host of brilliant African tech minds who have innovatively invented solutions tailored to the insurance industry. I am elated at the launch of our Tech Hub, as we are focused on opening up new markets while also introducing innovative information technology products into the sub-Saharan African markets".
Femi Adeoti, MD Africa Operations at Inlaks, in a statement, explained the motive, vision and plans for ‘thehatch’.
“With ‘thehatch’, Inlaks is ready to be an anchor for worthy home-based African solutions to give them global relevance… Our vision for ‘thehatch’ is to be Africa’s most sought after centre for innovative technology, human capital, and start-ups ready to transform the economic future of Africa”.
The team leader of Team Tophill, Oni Joseph, thanked the organisers for the “priceless” knowledge, connections and exposure.