1st Prize Winner
Temie Giwa-Tubosun, LifeBank
LifeBank is a medical distribution company that uses data and technology to help health workers discover critical medical products, and has saved over 5,300 lives in Nigeria.
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2nd Prize Winner
Omar Shoukry Sakr, Nawah Scientific
Nawah-Scientific is the first private research center in the MENA region, focused on natural and biomedical sciences, that offers analytical and scientific services online and on-demand.
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3rd Prize Winner
Christelle Kwizera, Water Access Rwanda
Water Access Rwanda pioneered INUMA™️, a Safe Water Microgrid that reclaims broken boreholes and transforms them into state-of-the-art solar-powered water kiosks and pipelines. The water is sold for $1/1000L and creates off-farm jobs for youth. Currently, Water Access Rwanda employs 68 people, and allows 47,612 customers access water daily across 86 stations.
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Ayodeji Arikawe, Thrive Agric
Thrive Agric is an agricultural technology-enabled company that works with smallholder farmers to enable them with greater access to finance, as well as improve their income and harvest distribution. Today, Thrive Agric works with 22,000 farmers in Nigeria, but is aiming to build the largest network of farmers in Africa.
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Chibuzo Opara, DrugStoc Ng
DrugStoc is a cloud-based pharmaceutical IT and logistics platform focused on eliminating counterfeit drugs, expanding access to pharmaceutical products and improving transparency in pricing for healthcare providers and the product supply chain. Chibuzo is a health economist and medical doctor with over 12 years of experience in the health sector. He has worked with the World Health Organisation, the World Bank, and the International Finance Corporation.
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Dr.Tosan Joseph M, Black Swan Tech Ltd
WeMUNIZE by Black Swan Tech Ltd is helping to solve Nigeria’s public health challenges by deploying an automated scheduling, GPS-enabled Software-as-a-service that uses a combination of digital record keeping and community engagement to increase birth registration and early childhood immunizations. Black Swan is working with USAID Nigeria to expand WeMUNIZE coverage in northern Nigeria. Tosan is a public health specialist with more than 13 years of experience in deploying technology to solve development challenges in Nigeria.
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Kevine Kagirimpundu, UZURI K&Y
UZURI K&Y is an African-inspired ecofriendly shoe brand established in Rwanda. UZURI has made a direct impact on more than 750 people through employment and skills training.
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Mahmud Johnson, J-Palm Liberia
J-Palm Liberia (JPL) was founded with the goal to make premium consumer goods while creating income-earning and employment opportunities through sustainable palm oil production. Today, JPL has created a range of beauty and clean energy products, built a robust network of partnerships across the country, and helped to create jobs for hundreds of Liberians.
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Moulaye TABOURÉ, Afrikrea.com
Afrikrea.com is the leading “Made of Africa” fashion, art and handicraft online marketplace. The marketplace has processed more than $4 million in sales across 101 countries and supports merchants from all over the world.
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Waleed Abd El Rahman, Mumm
Mumm is a virtual cafeteria for businesses, harnessing the power of shared economy through technology, cloud kitchens and an online marketplace for home-based entrepreneurial cooks.
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