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2020 Top10 Finalist
The Finale connected 13 global locations and provided the 10 finalists an opportunity to step onto the virtual stage to pitch their businesses and entrepreneurial visions to a panel of distinguished judges: Ibukun Awosika, Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria and Founder/CEO of The Chair Centre Group; Strive Masiyiwa, Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet Group; Lucy Peng, Executive Chairwoman of Lazada Group; and Joe Tsai, Executive Vice Chairman of Alibaba Group
Ibukun Awosika
Chairwoman, First Bank of
Nigeria Limited
Lucy Peng
Co-Founder and Partner of Alibaba Group
Executive Chairwoman of Lazada Group
Strive Masiyiwa
Founder and Executive Chairman,
Econet Group
Joe Tsai
Executive Vice Chairman,
Alibaba Group
In addition, H.E. Graça Machel, Chair of the Graça Machel Trust Board; and Academy Award winner and UNSDG advocate Forest Whitaker addressed the finalists to congratulate them on their achievements.
OUR TOP 3 HEROES
After listening to all ten pitches, our four judges whittled down the ten finalists to four finalists who they engaged in 30-minute roundtable discussions to thoroughly interrogate all aspects of the finalist's business and their own character and motivations. From that process, the judges identified the top three finalists in the following order:
1
st
PRIZE
WINNER
Chebet Lesan
Founder & CEO of BrightGreen
Renewable Energy
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2
nd
PRIZE
WINNER
Oluwasoga Oni
CEO & Co-Founder of
Mdaas Global
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3
rd
PRIZE
WINNER
Ethel Mupambwa
Co-Founder and CEO of
Moneymart
People's Choice Award 1st PLACE
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These three finalists are inspiring examples of the dynamism and promise of Africa's young entrepreneurs.
PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD
We launched a popular vote on social media to determine the people's choice. Over the course of a few weeks, the contest drew over 100,000 votes.
NBA Hall of fame inductee and philanthropist Dikembe Mutombo announced the winners of the "People's Choice Award."
Ethel Mupambwa
Co-Founder and CEO of
Moneymart
People's Choice Award 1st PLACE
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Aboubakar Karim
CEO & Founder of INVESTIV
People's Choice Award 2nd PLACE
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Dr. Emma Naluyima
Founder of MST Junior School
People's Choice Award 3rd PLACE
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To learn more about all 2020 Top 10 Heroes, click here.