A Nigerian startup, Future Academy Africa, has emerged as the winner of the 2021 edition of the Simeon Agu Prize for the Best Software Entrepreneur of the Year.
Founder of the software academy, David Aboluwarin was awarded the sum of N250,000 for coming top among several startups screened by the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON). Another startup, Mobilecooks, founded by Daniel Audu emerged as the runner up in the contest.
Established in 2012 in collaboration with the family of Late Simeon Agu to keep alive his excellent contributions to the software profession and industry, the award is targeted at software startups to recognize their entrepreneurship as they build a fledgling software business.
Presenting the prize to the winner in Lagos, the President of ISPON, Mr. Chineny Mba-Uzoukwu, commended Aboluwarin for his initiative of training young Nigerians on coding.
According to him, ISPON would continue to do everything within its power to sustain the legacies of the late Simeon Agu, who was instrumental in software development in Nigeria.
Explaining the operations of the Academy, which was established in 2016, Aboluwarin said the Academy trains young Nigerians, especially, secondary school leavers, and undergraduates how to code and also help them get jobs in the software industry. “What we do is we teach user experience design. We teach data science we teach artificial intelligence, and mobile software development and then we groom them from beginner or from junior level through the executive and professional level and then place them with jobs,” he said. Aboluwarin added that the Academy has trained 2,683 young Nigerians in the last five years.