Second edition of African Entrepreneurship Award picks 11 winners

BMCE Bank of Africa has announced the winners of the second edition of the African Entrepreneurship Award, which allocates annually US $1 million. The award ceremony, presided over by Othman Benjelloun, President and CEO of BMCE Bank, was held on Monday December 5, 2016 to compensate the most significant and sustainable businesses in the award’s three categories: education, environment and uncharted.

From among the 37 finalists who participated in a 4-day Bootcamp held in Casablanca from November 30 to December 3, 2016, a list of 11 winners was later selected by a presidential jury.

The list of the 11 winners is as follows:

First Place (US $150,000)

  • Environment: Mahmud Johnson – Liberia – “Oil Palm products”
  • Education: Jennifer Shigoli – Tanzania – “Reusable Sanitary Pads”

Second Place (US $100,000)

  • Environment: Ernie Aylward – South Africa “Electric mini-cabs”
  • Education: AbideenAdelu – Nigeria – “Mobile application for students”
  • Uncharted: Joyce Kyalema – Uganda – “Pumpkin food”

Pioneer Awards (US $50,000)

  • Frederico Peres da Silva – Mozambique – “Connect blue-collar, informal workers to customers”
  • Achiri Nji – Cameroon – “Live status updates on road conditions”
  • Benti Gelalcha – Ethiopia – “Veterinary Ambulatory Clinical Services”
  • Murtula Sanni – Nigeria – “Online platform for skilled workers”
  • Omar Kadiri – Morocco – “Free phone credit”

The African Entrepreneurship Award was established in November 2014, in Marrakesh, Chairman Othman Benjelloun at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, in order to promote entrepreneurship and to inspire entrepreneurs to launch and scale up businesses, create jobs and improve lives in Africa.

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