Nestlé Declares The Winners Of The Sub-Saharan Africa Innovation Challenge

Must Read

2020 Brand Africa 100: These are the 10 most admired brands in Africa

NIKE RETAINS #1 IN AFRICA FOR THIRD YEAR IN A ROW AFRICAN BRANDS DROP BY OVER 60% IN...

List of Guaranty Trust Bank Sort Codes & Branches (with addresses) in Nigeria

The sort code is a number that usually identifies both the bank and the branch where an account is...

Top 10 Most Expensive Universities In Nigeria

For many Nigerians, high-quality higher education is a luxury. There are many private universities who are known not only...
Nestlé Declares The Winners Of The Sub-Saharan Africa Innovation ChallengeNestlé Declares The Winners Of The Sub-Saharan Africa Innovation Challenge

Start-ups SHOPIT, EXPORTUNITY and WAKULIMA from South Africa, Benin and Tanzania respectively, emerged today the winners of the Nestlé Research and Development (R&D) Sub-Saharan innovation challenge. Selected from among a highly competitive group of 174 submissions received from 27 different countries across Africa, these start-ups projects were judged by a panel of Nestlé executives as the most promising. 

In addition, the initiative MAFANI led by 2 students from University Gaston Berger of Saint Louis (Senegal) was selected as the winner of university category of the challenge and will receive CHF 10,000 in prize money.

The 3 start-ups winners have been awarded a 4-month residency in the new Nestlé R&D Accelerator for Sub-Saharan Africa, located at the Nestlé R&D Center in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

During their stay, the 3 selected start-ups will have the opportunity to tap into Nestlé’ R&D’s expertise, as well as have access to state-of-the-art infrastructure such as hot desks, labs, kitchens and pilot testing equipment to further advance and potentially commercialize their ideas.

- Advertisement -

Nestlé Declares The Winners Of The Sub-Saharan Africa Innovation Challenge

According to Joëlle Abega-Oyouomi, Head of the Nestlé R&D Center in Abidjan, “the Sub-Saharan African innovation ecosystem is filled with creative energy and strong entrepreneurial minds. However, there is not enough infrastructure to test and validate new ideas, therefore, limiting access to a wider market’’. She highlighted that “Nestlé’s R&D science and technology expertise will contribute by providing a platform to deliver innovations adapted to African consumers’ needs and preferences.”

Read Also:  BMW Group sales up 2.8% in March, beating market trends in several major markets

In May 2019, Nestlé launched the R&D innovation challenge in Sub-Saharan Africa as part of its efforts to stimulate innovative solutions across four areas: affordable nutrition, environmentally friendly packing solutions, sustainable cocoa plantlets, and new routes to markets. It has set a particular focus on universities and start-ups in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa.

Chair of the challenge selection panel, Mr Rémy Ejel, Market Head for Nestlé in Central and West Africa, was pleased with the high level of participation from the region. “I am impressed by the original ideas pitched to us today.  With a majority of the submissions coming from Ghana and Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire, the region is in an exceptional position to become an innovation hub for the African continent.”

- Advertisement -

Bruno Olierhoek, Market Head for Nestlé East and Southern African Region expressed his delight at the dedication showed by students and start-ups to this initiative. “We are thrilled that this innovation challenge resulted in such great interest from the East and Southern African Region. In the spirit of co-creation, we can now look forward to joint ideation between the winners and Nestlé for solutions that will contribute to a healthier future of the people of Africa’’.

- Advertisement -
Nestlé Declares The Winners Of The Sub-Saharan Africa Innovation ChallengeNestlé Declares The Winners Of The Sub-Saharan Africa Innovation Challenge

Subscribe to BrandSpur Ng

Subscribe for latest updates. Signup to best of brands and business news, informed analysis and opinions among others that can propel you, your business or brand to greater heights.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Nestlé Declares The Winners Of The Sub-Saharan Africa Innovation ChallengeNestlé Declares The Winners Of The Sub-Saharan Africa Innovation Challenge

Latest News

Nigeria: Transport fare Within City Soared By 8.21% in April – NBS

In its Transport fare Watch report for April 2020 on Wednesday, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said the...

Lagos Urges FG to Help Prevent Erosion, Protect Coastline

The Honourable Commissioner for Waterfront, Arch. Kabiru Abdullahi has urged the Federal Government of Nigeria to join forces with the Lagos State Government in...

FG To Inaugurate 200,000 Capacity Yam Storage Facility In Benue On June 9

The Federal Government will, on June 9, inaugurate the 200, 000 capacity yam storage facility for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Benue,...

Thinking Of Auditioning For BBNaija? Here’s What You Should Know!

It’s three days left to the close of BBNaija auditions for season 5! ICYMI, BBNaija is back with a brand-new season in July 2020. The...

PepsiCo Pledges 1 Million GiveMealsGiveHope initiative to fight COVID-19 in Nigeria

PepsiCo Nigeria today unveiled a 1 Million GiveMealsGiveHope initiative to provide meals to vulnerable communities amidst the COVID-19 crisis. This initiative led locally by...
- Advertisement -
BrandsPur Weekly Cartoons
- Advertisement -Nestlé Declares The Winners Of The Sub-Saharan Africa Innovation ChallengeNestlé Declares The Winners Of The Sub-Saharan Africa Innovation Challenge