Back in February 2016, Pulse Entrepreneurship reported the start of the British Council Enterprise Challenge which ran till April 2016.
10,00 applications were received for the Challenge, 3,000 made it past the first stage, 88 made it past the second stage, and the final 20 battled for the top three places available.
Eventually, the three winners to emerge from the challenge were Keturah Ovio-Onoweya (Qeturah.com), Sophia Ike-Onu (The5kShop.com), and Obi Adiuku-Brown (Insight Africa).
The overall first place of the challenge, Keturah Ovio-Onoweya, is a software engineer who has founded Qeturah.com, an Ecommerce company fostering sustainability of people, culture and economy in the African creative space. She was also a part of the founding team of two successful Malaysian start-ups - BuzzElement and Gogoet.my.
In addition to her financial grant worth N2 million, she would also receive fully-funded scholarships to attend a five-day entrepreneurship foundation course at the Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship in South Africa plus a mentoring session in London with world renowned entrepreneur and Founder and Chairman of Virgin Group, Sir Richard Branson.
Tying for first place is Sophia Ike-Onu, an architect who has founded The5kshop.com, which is the primary shopping destination for quality fashion pieces priced below 5,000 Naira. She will also get a N2 million grant, and scholarship to the Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship in South Africa.
Second placed ObiAdiuku-Brown is an engineer who founded InsightAfrica. Obi uses technology to create unique and innovative products for the education sector with the aim of improving the landscape for academic research, innovation, and human performance specifically in areas STEM subject areas. As a recipient of the Samsung prize, Obi gets the opportunity to explore potential areas for partnership and collaboration with the Electronic giant. He also wins a business development trip to Samsung City -Samsung Headquarters in South Korea in addition to the N1m financial grant received.
Along with other winning entrepreneurs of similar challenges across Sub-Saharan Africa, the winners were given the privilege to share their experiences and mentor collegians at Harrow College in the UK.