Eunice Kloe, a student of the Kwame Nkrumah Science and Technology, has been crowned winner of the 2018-2019 Startupper of the Year by Total Challenge in Ghana, at an official ceremony held last week at the Accra Marriott Hotel.
Eunice’s Bidigreen Project emerged the top choice for the jury of local experts who selected winners from the 16 competitive contestants – of which Naomi Boachie-Yiadom’s WESHEA Growth project placed 2nd and Alice Amoako’s Autism Aid App came 3rd.
The Bidigreen project solves the problem of deforestation in rural urban communities: it is charcoal produced from crop waste. It burns 2 to 3 times longer, is smokeless and is produced in 2 hours as against 2 weeks for the other methods.
Naomi Boachie-Yiadom of WESHEA Growth, a project that plants ingredients in its own farm to ensure quality, develop a natural make-up collection and launch a marketing campaign that will make WESHEA the world’s most prestigious African cosmetics brand.
Alice Amoako’s Autism Aid App is an android app that enhances social inclusion for children with Autism through promoting Autism awareness, providing a communication learning tool for the children and serving as a helpline system that provides healthcare for the kids.
Eunice Kloe picked up GH¢90,000 as the first prize to develop her project, while Naomi Boachie-Yiadom went home with GH¢56,000 and Alice Amoako grabbed GH¢36,000 as 2nd runner-up. The finalists will also receive personalised support and coaching from local business leaders and a communications campaign to publicise their project.
Eunice Kloe also won the Top Entrepreneur award to become the first female winner of the Total Startupper project.
The Startupper of the Year by Total Challenge is held simultaneously in 55 countries — 37 of which are in Africa; 11 in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East region; 4 in the Americas; and 3 in Europe — and reaffirms Total’s commitment to social and economic development in host countries worldwide. By helping innovative young entrepreneurs to realise their projects, the Challenge strengthens the local social fabric.
The second Startupper of the Year by Total Challenge received nearly 50,000 entries, of which more than 15,000 were fully completed. In all, 825 finalists presented their projects to a jury of experts – with 165 winning prizes.
The first-prize winner in each country will see their project presented to the international grand jury that will pick the six Grand Winners from all 55 countries.