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Euromena Consulting was pleased to organise the first edition of the Euromena Awards, on the next 24th of November in Abidjan’s Novotel, Côte d’Ivoire. It was a contest for African innovative start-ups, with projects using new technologies and impacting the continent.

Euromena Consulting has been working in Africa for more than ten days, and that enables them to acquire good insights into these regions. The team members realized many missions in the new technologies’ sector, and they are convinced that the innovation’s future lies there. This competition’s objective was to help reveal some of the obstacles that they can encounter.

More than 200 entrepreneurs registered, operating in various sectors such as agriculture, environment, education or microcredit, and coming from 40 different African countries, mainly from Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Benin, Cameroun or DRC.

The members of Euromena Consulting first selected 9 start-ups on the initiative of the best ideas, then these latter presented their project in front of a professional jury composed of experts in the field. They chose to grant three laureates, who received respective funding envelopes of €5,000; €3,000 and €2,000, and the first laureate also won a 6-month customized support by Euromena Consulting, that will help them make their project grow.

The ceremony came to an end with a cocktail in Abidjan, that allowed the participants, the jury members and the organisers to meet in a convivial setting after the competition.

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Sadamoudou Kaba

Head of Department of Orange Fab CI

Sadamoudou  is responible for the development of Orange Fab CI, which is one of the main Ivorian start-ups’ growth accelerator in the digital field. The 3rd season of Orange Fab was launched in last June and enabled 4 start-ups to benefit from a 12-week technical and financial support by Orange Côte d’Ivoire.

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Jean-Luc Nzoubou

 Partnership Manager at Advans CI

Jean-Luc supervises the branches network of Advans Côte d’Ivoire, microfinance Advans SA international group subsidiary, which operates today in 13 agencies in Côte d’Ivoire and will posess 18 of them by 2018. It serves today more than 80,000 entrepreneurs, SMEs and artisans in the region and helps them concretize their projects by developing their amount of activity.

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Hichem Ghanmi

Director of AfricInvest group

Hichem has been involved with the most important missions at AfricInvest, international private equity firm, which has been working in Africa since 1994 and in the UEMOA region – based in Abidjan – since 2003. It invests in local medium-sized enterprises in order to make them regional champions. It was elected SME Investor of the Year by the Private Equity Africa Awards 2017.

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Fayçal El Darwiche

founder and director of Euromena Consulting

After several years of experience in reputable consultancy companies, Fayçal decided to create Euromena Consulting in 2006. Consultancy firm operating in Europe, Africa and Middle-East, it focuses on the telecommunications sector. Furthermore, Fayçal is a real serial-entrepreneur, who took part in the launch and disposal of multiple start-ups in Middle-East.

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Serge Brayer

coordinator of Positive Planet International in Côte d’Ivoire

Serge is in charge of the missions of PPI in Côte d’Ivoire, a NGO created in 1988 by Jacques Attali which is to develop the economic autonomy of the populations excluded from the traditional circuits of education and employment. PPI mobilizes experts around the inclusive finance or entrepreneurship. With some 30 active projects, the organization is involved in more than 35 countries.

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Cyriac Gbogou

 master and influencer of the Ivorian tech cyberspace

A computer engineer by training, Cyriac gained notoriety when he became President of the Ivorian bloggers’ Association and then when he created Ovillage, a collective intelligence space in the middle of Abidjan intended to promote social and digital innovation.

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Lamine Barro

creator of Etudesk

Graduate with a Bio-statistics license, Lamine is one of the new young talents of Côte d’Ivoire. He is the founder of Etudesk, a start-up of the French Tech Abidjan, which enables the academic institutions and the companies to create their own personalized online courses and tests platforms, in order to help students and workers to gain skills.

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Sadamoudou Kaba

Jean-Luc Nzoubou

Hichem Ghanmi

Fayçal El Darwiche

Serge Brayer

Cyriac Gbogou

Lamine Barro

Laureats

 

  1. WeFly Agri

The start-up offers 3 solutions via their application: an interactive map of agricultural plantations, achieved through images from drones, their remote monitoring thanks to IoT sensors, as well as a data analysis with linked advice and predictions.

 

  1. CinetPay 

It offers a multi-operator “Mobile Money” payment platform, enabling users without banking accounts to have access to electronic payment methods.

 

  1. Uthabiti

It is a web and mobile platform that permits users to consult doctors and other health auxiliaries online, as well as order prescribed or non-prescribed medicines from pharmacies, and have them directly delivered at home.

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