Ogunbanjo Olumide, owner of AgroData Network, Obaoye Justus of Carido Automobiles Service Technology and Ijir Aondosoo of My Waste My Energy, have emerged winners in the 2018/2019 Startupper of the Year Challenge organised by Total Nigeria Exploration and Production Limited.
The winners, selected by a jury of local experts, will receive financial support to develop their projects. They will also receive personalised support and coaching from Passion Incubator and a communications campaign to publicise their projects.
The First Prize is N6 million.
Ogunbanjo’s AgroData Network promotes organic farming via community-based bee keeping , which provides free beehives to farmers. The company’s natural techniques help to keep bees within their ecosystem.
Obaoye’s Carido Automobiles Service Technology, an on-demand automobile service technology, aggregates automobile maintenance demands through mobile devices and facilitates fulfilment through select offline services performed by competent and vetted mechanics.
Aondosoo’s My Waste My Energy converts rice husk waste to energy source, to provide a sustainable form of domestic energy, reduce environmental degradation and deaths associated with respiratory diseases. Nigeria records 93,000 deaths annually due to smoke from firewood.
Omotosho Oghenekevwe of Isabiwork won the Top Female Entrepreneur Award, which is an addition to the 2018-2019 Challenge, to support women in business. “Isabiwork”, an App, helps customers to locate the nearest artisan or service provider in their location, thereby bringing artisans closer to their customers.
Emmanuel Ezenwere, of Arone Aerial Services, won The Young Entrepreneur Award. “Arone” bridges the gap between rural and urban health care services in sub-Saharan Africa, by transporting medical supplies from storage and distribution centres to primary healthcare centres, using autonomous delivery drones.
The 2018-2019 Startupper of the Year Challenge held simultaneously in 55 countries— 37 of which are in Africa, 11 in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East region, four in the Americas, and three in Europe.
The programme, by helping innovative entrepreneurs, affirms Total’s commitment to social and economic development in host countries worldwide.
The project of the first prize winner in each country will be presented to the international grand juries and six Grand Winners will emerge from 55 countries.