The health-tech startup IRETI emerged as the winner of Wema Bank’s Hackaholics 4.0 hackathon, taking home the grand prize of N15 million naira. IRETI helps women manage and survive breast cancer through early detection and timely treatment.
The announcement came during the finale of the Wema Bank/ALAT Hackaholics digital summit held in Lagos on Friday. Other winners included fintech startup GRIP as the first runner-up with N10 million, Trakka as the second runner-up with N7 million, and women-led startup Outsidee winning the Women Led Award with N5 million.
Additional category winners were Naijabox for best energy startup, PUP Industries for best climate startup, MumAlive for best health startup, Chao for best e-commerce startup, and University-X for best edtech startup. Babcock University, Afe Babalola University, and Nile University also won STEM endowment funds from Wema Bank.
IRETI founder Jane Agbaohwo said the prize money will help them expand services to reach more women in urban and rural areas through partnerships with NGOs. She stressed the importance of early detection and timely treatment for surviving breast cancer.
Wema Bank MD/CEO Moruf Oseni reiterated the bank’s commitment to supporting Nigeria’s tech ecosystem growth through a blend of traditional banking and embedded technology. He said that while entertainment and sports promote Nigeria globally, technology and infrastructure are key to realizing its full potential.