Start-ups Emerge Winners in Incubation Programme

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Titilayo Medunoye, Founder of Milky Express; Jide Ayegbusi, Founder of Edusko; Isaac Oladipupo, Founder of Afrilearn; Victor Emaye, Founder of Medipal Health care and Kenneth Okonkwo, Founder of IrriTech Services, have emerged winners in the Innovation Fund at the Orange Corners Nigeria Incubation Programme Stream 2.

The fund, which is a total of €135,000 start-up capital with a 75 per cent grant, 25 per cent loan ratio will be divided amongst the five winners.

This was disclosed in a statement made available to THISDAY.

Orange Corners Nigeria is a Dutch initiative, supported by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and implemented by FATE Foundation.

The programme which was launched in Nigeria in July 2019, has to date supported 40 Entrepreneurs with Enterprise Training, Business Incubation and Advisory Services, Mentoring and Funding valued over Eighty Million Naira for prototype development and testing.

“Stream 2 of the six months long programme began in February, 2020 and rounded up with a business pitch competition in June 25, 2020,” it stated.

According to the statement, during the pitch, incubates presented their businesses to expert Jury comprising Tim Spaans, Deputy Programme Manager, Orange Corners; Pradeep Pahalwani, MD Securisk Brokers, and Temitope Onitiri, Partner Audit, KPMG Nigeria.

The Jury also determined the winners of the Orange corners Innovation Fund.

Speaking shortly after the programme, Executive Director, FATE Foundation, Adenike Adeyemi, expressed delight about the successful conclusion of the programme stating that, “the foundation is very proud of to record the success of the second stream of the programme and its achievements over the years.”

“The entrepreneurs have proved to be resilient, socially impactful and innovative, by developing sustainable solutions pre and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We congratulate them for rising above the challenges. We also look forward to collaborating with more private companies in supporting more young entrepreneurs in Nigeria’’.

She noted that application for the third stream of the 6-month Incubation programme which would run virtually from July-December, 2020 open to applicants yesterday.

“The programme is open to aspiring Entrepreneurs resident in Lagos State, between the ages of 18 and 35 with innovative and sustainable solutions that have significant economic and social impact,” she added.