Fifteen finalists have emerged in the 2018-2019 Startupper challenge of the Year sponsored by Total.
In a list sent by the firm on Monday, the shortlisted finalists were selected out of more than 5,212 entries, through a questionnaire and a “Share for Likes” voting phase, before being reviewed by social business professionals.
They include: Amoo Rebecca- Eliminating Post-Harvest Waste, Ayegba Victor- Unique Multiaxial Enterprise, Ezenwere Emmanuel Arone- Aerial logistics, Hanson Anietie- Saint Hanson HealthCare, Ijir Aondosoo- My Waste, My Energy, Izah Nelson- WorkLoad NG, Momoh Abdul Jabbar- AMPZ, Nwakanma Obiageriaku Agatha- Tripp, Nwose Kingsley- Bewla, Obaoye Justus- Carido Automobile Service Tech, Ogunbanjo Olumide- AgroData Network, Okoroafor Chukwudifu- Drone/UAV Services, Olatunde Victor- Fortified Foods Initiatives, Omotosho Oghenekevwe- I Sabi Work, and Orok David- Multi-Dro 311.
The 15 finalists will receive coaching over two days before pitching their projects to the local jury, made up of: Ayodeji Megbope, CEO, No Leftovers, Bayo Rotimi, CEO Quest Advisory Services Limited, Bosun Tijani, CEO of Co-creation Hub, Etop Ikpe, CEO Cars45, Funke Opeke, Founder/CEO MainOne Cable Company Limited, Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, Partner, Future Collectives, Mosunmola Abudu, CEO/Founder EbonyLife TV, Nasir Yammama, CEO/Founder Verdant AgriTech Limited, Obinna Ralph Ekezie, CEO/Founder Wakanow.com, and Yewande Zaccheaus, CEO/Founder Eventful Ltd
After the final selection process which closes on the 12th of February 2019, the names of the three winners will be announced by the jury.
These young entrepreneurs will receive financial support of up to N6miilion personalized support and coaching from Total Nigeria and a communications campaign to publicize their project. There will also be a Top Female Entrepreneur award for one of the finalists to support her project.
The prizes will be awarded at an official ceremony on the 13th of February, 2019.
The 2018-2019 Startupper of the Year by Total Challenge was held simultaneously in 55 countries— 37 of which are in Africa, 11 in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East region, 4 in the Americas and 3 in Europe.