Meet the winners of CcHub Diaspora Challenge
Co-Creation Hub (CcHUB), a Nigeria-based social innovation centre, has announced the winners of the Diaspora Challenge it launched on May 6, 2017, in London.
The Diaspora Challenge was streamlined into three categories including energy, fintech, and education to seek innovative ideas capable of addressing the developmental challenges facing Nigeria from its citizens living abroad.
Over 250 entries were received from innovators, scientists and entrepreneurs in the Nigerian Diaspora community in the United Kingdom, according to CcHub.
The three startups that emerged winners in the challenge include Big Pot (energy), 1 Million Teachers (education), and TruuScore (fintech).
Big Pot, founded by Oluyemi Jegede, is a power utility startup that provides solar energy to small and medium size residences and businesses through smart community microgrids distributed via a blockchain network formed by geographically dispersed solar photovoltaic panel installations and lithium ion battery storage.
1 Million Teachers, founded by Hakeem Subair, is an edutech startup poised to fix education in Africa by using gamified and reward-based learning platform to empower teachers and turn them into lifelong learners.
And, TruuScore, founded by Dr. Freda Owusu, is a credit reference platform which employs a person-centred system to enable credit scoring for the financially excluded populace.
Each of the three startups will receive a $15,000 investment, and also participate in a 9-month CcHub Acceleration Programme designed to give them access to business advisory support, a wide network of mentors and knowledge that will help their solutions to grow and scale.
Bosun Tijani, CEO and Co-founder, CcHUB, said the Diaspora Challenge is poised to take Nigeria on the path of growth. “Nigeria is experiencing an unprecedented growth and with this comes developmental gaps and issues.
“We believe that the restructuring of Nigeria is one that requires collective efforts needing all hands on deck. The Diaspora Challenge is one of the vehicles through which we want to drive innovation for a better society by tapping into the innovative wealth of Africans in the diaspora eager to proffer solutions.’’
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