Several award schemes and ceremonies have been instituted across the continent to help entrepreneurs get good funding to support their businesses. These schemes are beyond the various particularly funding opportunities which are available to startups on the African continent.
Eyram tawia, co-founder of Leti Arts, an interactive games company in Accra, won the “Most Heart for Africa” $25k Award for Leti art’s contribution to “delivering African superheroes through game, comic and animated content for Africans in Africa and the Diaspora.” Almost around the same time last year, Leti Arts won the International Vodafone App Star Competition in India winning an all-expense-paid trip to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year.
The African Entrepreneurship Award has been instituted to help winners to start or grow their businesses to create jobs and impact Africa. The Award, powered by BMCE Bank of Africa, rewards 10 entrepreneurs with a total of $1million and partners them up with several mentors who understand their businesses and are expected to be a great resource to the business and its entrepreneurs. As the organisers clearly put it…
The African Entrepreneurship Award will help you start or grow your business to create jobs and impact Africa. Every entrepreneur needs more than money. You need mentors to come alongside you, advise you, ask hard questions, encourage you, comfort you, and help you persevere.
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Resourced with more than 80 mentors from 54 African countries, the awards are presented to 10 startups under 4 categories; Environment, Education, Uncharted, and Additional Awards. The first 3 categories have 2 startups each, each startup winning $150k while the 4 in the Additional category win $25k each.
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Leti games started in the MEST incubator in 2008 after Eyram Tawia, after being a Tech Fellow at MEST, started the company with Wesley Kirinya, a Kenyan game developer. From one game to the other, the company has been recognised internationally and continues to excel in its aim to portray African heroes as cooler than international superheroes.
Here’s the complete list of winners from the other countries.
Main Category Awards
Environment ($150,000 for each winner):
- Tadese GETAHUN EDESA with Trash is Cash Waste Management, Ethiopia
- Elia TIMOTHEO with Greenhouse Farming and Cold Chain Logistics, Tanzania
Education ($150,000 for each winner):
- Antony TONEE NDUNGU with Kytabu, Kenya
- Johann KOK with SeeBox, South Africa.
Uncharted ($150,000 for each winner):
- William MAPHAM with Vula Mobile, South Africa.
- Adama KANE with Jokko Santé, Senegal.
Additional Outstanding Awards
- “Most Heart for Africa” – $25K – Eyram TAWIA from Ghana
- “Most Intra-preneurial Potential” for $25K – Khadija HAMOUCHI from Morocco
- “Most Long Term Impact” for $25K – Habtamu ABAFOGE from Ethiopia
- “Most Grit” for $25K – Olive AKWARE from Uganda
For an expanded description of the winning companies, visit the AEA Winners website.
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