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Rwadan female Kwizera won 43 M Rwf prize in African Entrepreneurship Award

December-18
08:25 AM 2017

As per to the new times, Kwizera who presented the ideal startup called VOMA Groundwater Solar Kiosks, which is engaged in drinking water purification and distribution to vulnerable communities, won $50,000 (about Rwf43 million) in the innovation category for which she will use in improving her start up.

The 12 winners from six African countries shared an envelope of $1 million (about Rwf860 million) . Eight first prize winners pocketed $100,000 (about Rwf86 million) seed capital each for their projects, while four others, including Kwizera, won $50,000 each, a statement from the organisers indicates.


Christella Kwizera won 43M Rfw/photo New Times

The main prize ($100,000) winners are Louise Williamson and Paul Bartels from South Africa, Allen Kimambo of Tanzania, and Folashade Amusa and Sylvester Mujakperuo from Nigeria. Others are Adan Mohammed of Kenya, Kwame Ababio (Ghana), and Cameroon’s Flavien Simo.

In this edition of African Entrepreneurship Award, 40 entrepreneurs from 19 countries managed to reach the final stage which enabled them to attend bootcamp in Casablanca Morocco from December 6 to 10. The awards favor most projects that mostly linked to education, environment and unchartered fields.

African Entrepreneurship Award was firstly announced by Benjelloun during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Marrakech in 2014, and started in 2015. In the last three years, 12,000 project proposals from 132 countries, including all the 54 African countries have been submitted and more than 112 entrepreneurs have been coached and mentored through this initiative.

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