Etisalat Nigeria has announced the call for entries for the 2016 Etisalat Prize for Innovation.
Nigeria’s most innovative telecommunications company introduced the Etisalat Prize for Innovation in 2012 with the aim to reward innovations that can promote mobile broadband utilisation in Nigeria and Africa at large.
The prize will be awarded in two categories: Most Innovative Product/Service category and Most Innovative Idea category. The first prize of =N=5,000,000 will be awarded for the most innovative product or service launched in the last 12 months, with a second prize of =N=2,000,000 awarded for the most innovative idea.
In addition to the cash prizes, both winners and the other top 10 finalists will receive training at the Enterprise Development Centre of the Pan Atlantic University, Lagos.
Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher said the Etisalat Prize for Innovation is aimed at encouraging and celebrating valuable innovation in the Nigerian market.
“Innovation is in our DNA, and as such supporting and promoting innovation is something that comes naturally to Etisalat” he said.
Entries for this year’s edition is open till September 9, 2016 and can be submitted at prizeforinnovation.etisalat.com.ng , winners will be announced in November 2016.
A look at past winners of the Etisalat Prize for Innovation who have gone ahead to excel in their various fields:
Adebayo Adegbembo, developer of Genni Games who won in the Most Innovative Product/Service category in 2013, has expanded the scope of the product by adding more apps to his portfolio and integrating Genni Games with the Etisalat Games Portal. Adegbembo has held exhibitions in the UK, Germany, USA, South-Africa and Brazil and now organises Digital Storytelling Workshops for primary school children in Lagos and Johannesburg.
Anthony Oniwon, developer of Exammate and winner in the Most Innovative Product/Service category in 2014 has also done very well since receiving the Prize. He has developed an SSCE version of Exammate which previously focused on JAMB Examinations and is currently developing a new line of products for much younger children.