Meet the 5 Nigerian Entrepreneurs who Emerged Winners of N10m NITDA Innovation Challenge
Apr 22, 2021
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Five (5) Nigerian entrepreneurs have emerged as winners of the N10 million National Innovation and Technology Development Agency (NITDA) 2021 Creativity and Innovation Challenge. Each of the five innovators were awarded a grant of N2 million by the Federal Government for their winning solutions. The 5 winners saw off competition from over 800 participants in the challenge. They will now take part in NITDA’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Scheme. The winners are Nwachinemere Emeka (Kitovu Technology), Muhammed Bature (Schoola Limited), Ajiboye Mayowa (CBTNL), Jeremiah Kuro (Blieu-I Automations) and Izu Freeman (Capsule). Meet the winners and the tech-enabled solutions they have built. Emeka Nwachinemere (Kitovu)
Emeka Nwachinemere founded agritech startup, Kitovu in 2016 to optimise farmers’ production capacity by providing a platform which aggregates soil and market demand data. Kitovu’s founder and CEO, Nwachinemere Emeka (right), recieves the 3rd place award at the 2017 Total Startupper Of The Year Challenge
By gathering soil data, Kitovu is able to recommend suitable soil and crop-specific fertilizers to farmers, as well as certified seeds and agrochemicals. This helps farmers multiply their crop yields. Operating from Oyo state, Kitovu also informs farmers of crop types and specifications that match market demand based on data trends to give them the best returns on sales of farm produce. Emeka holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. In 2017, he won the World Bank Group’s Ideas for Action Competition, which drew participants from 1,965 registered Teams representing 5,254 innovators across 118 countries. Abdul Bature (Schoola)
Abdul Bature is an alumnus of Ahmadu Bello University where he studied Computer Science. Having worked as an Information Technology (IT) Director in a number of organisations, Abdul co-founded e-learning app, Schoola together with Nasiru Mustapha in April 2020. Abdul Bature, Co-founder/CMO of Schoola
Kaduna-based Schoola offers gamified learning for elementary and secondary school students by leveraging artificial intelligence AI for analytics and content generation. At Schoola, Abdul serves as the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO).