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Fintech start-up wins SelectUSA tech pitch competition

Ifeoma Uddoh

The U.S. has described entrepreneurship as a key driver for stimulating growth and increasing prosperity in Federal Republic of .

The U.S. Consulate General on hosted the SelectUSA Tech Pitch Competition for Nigerian female-led tech interested in expanding their business operations into the United States.

Nine made their pitch before a panel of accomplished U.S. and Nigerian business leaders, including U.S. Consulate representatives, and received valuable feedback on their business .

Following a close contest, Ifeoma Uddoh, 2021 alumna of the Academy for Entrepreneurs emerged as the overall winner of the SelectUSA Tech Federal Republic of Nigeria Pitch Competition. Uddoh is of Shecluded, a fintech start-up dedicated to bridging financial gap among women of color.

The summit will Uddoh an unprecedented opportunity to learn how to expand her business to the United States, make the right connections, learn about investment destinations, and discover relevant resources to move the start-up forward.

U.S. Consulate Deputy Public Affairs Jennifer Foltz congratulated all the for their outstanding pitches. Foltz noted that the U.S. is to providing women with the knowledge, networks, and access they need to launch and scale successful businesses.

“The U.S. is to support young female entrepreneurs who are key to Federal Republic of Nigeria’s future prosperity,” Foltz said. “We look forward to to foster a strong entrepreneurial by providing skills training, resources, , and opportunities for Nigerian entrepreneurs to expand their businesses locally and to the United States.”

The annual SelectUSA Investment Summit is where business meets business opportunity. The Investment Summit qualified companies with U.S. economic development organizations to facilitate business investment and job creation.

The summit plays a role in attracting and facilitating business investment and job creation by awareness about the wide of investment opportunities in the United States and enabling essential direct connections between entrepreneurs and U.S. .

The U.S. supports a number of programs, including the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs, the TechWomen and TechGirls Programs, and the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) to support women’s inclusion in society.

More broadly, the United States has invested millions of dollars to directly advance equality across sub-Saharan Africa, through activities that promote and economic opportunities for women.

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