A Nigerian entrepreneur, Temie Giwa- Tubosun yesterday pipped nine other African entrepreneurs to land Jack Ma’s $250,000 (over N90m) prize money for innovation in business
Temie-Giwa is the Founder and CEO of LifeBank, a medical distribution company which makes distribution of blood to people in dire crisis easier and faster, through technological means.
The ANPI is an initiative of the Jack Ma Foundation, created by Jack Ma after his first trip to Africa in 2017. The aim of the prize is to support and inspire the next generation of African entrepreneurs who are building a more sustainable and inclusive economy for the future.
The initiative is committing $10 million across ten years, where about 10 budding entrepreneurs will be supported with $1m every year.
This year’s finale, tagged “Africa’s Business Heroes,” produced top 10 finalists selected from nearly 10,000 entrepreneurs from 50 countries in Africa.
They pitched their businesses directly to four judges including Founder of Alibaba Group and the Jack Ma Foundation, Jack Ma, Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet Group, Strive Masiyiwa, Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria and Founder/CEO of The Chair Centre Group, Ibukun Awosika and Executive Vice Chairman of Alibaba Group, Joe Tsai.