Our partners Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs, organized the grand finale of the 2018 African Diaspora Projects Initiative - Sustech4Africa competition. We thank all the African Diasporans who participated in this year's call for projects, bootcamp and training.
We are happy to announce the winners-
Project of the year is from Zilipa Nyirabyago - a circular economy based social project in Rwanda, supporting rural farmers to grow mushrooms on coffee waste and using the waste from mushrooms as compost for farming.
Oceane Vildeuil of LUM ARTEMISSA is second, with a project supporting local communities in RDC to grow Artemissa for consumption against malaria. She also won the public vote.
Orban de Xivry and his team from Solarly have the third project chosen. Their project supplying green energy to rural communities in Cameroun impressed the judges.
A cross section of the audience (below) at OH business lounge Leuven Belgium
Join us on the 25th of April 2018 at the Bouchout Castle, Meise Botanic Garden Belgium to discuss the African Diaspora input in the agro food sector.
Some of the speakers at the forum are -
Mr Solomon Agyin - Founder King Solomon Warehouse cash and Carry Antwerp
Pierre Thiam - Senegalese Chef and Co-founder Yolele Foods New York
Rev Father Chika Onyejiuwa - Executive Secretary Africa Europe Faith and Justice Network (AEJFN) Brussels
Suzanne Awung Nvenekeng - Owner Suzzy Farms Cameroun
Odile Ano - Founder 1001Noyaux( producers of Mango oil)
Zilipa Nyirabyago- Solidev (Coffee Producers) Rwanda
Maureen Duru - Founder, The Food Bridge vzw
Frederic Ponsot - Remittances and Financial Inclusion Specialist, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Bjorn Macauter - General Manager Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs Belgium
Jérôme Degreef- Directeur scientifique Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles
Piet Stoffelen - Director Collections, Meise Botanic Garden
Filip Vandelook - Researcher Meise Botanic Garden
For the African Diaspora Projects Initiative 2018, the eleven entrepreneurs whose projects were selected, had two days of intensive business bootcamp from VITO Belgium at the Thomas More College Mechelen. During the bootcamp, each project's team was also supported by experts from Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs Belgium and students of Thomas More College.
This Bootcamp will be followed by three days of coaching. During each session, the participants will also practise their pitch in preparation for the final pitching event before investors on the 24th of April 2018.
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