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The online voting for the small and medium enterprises (SME) Empowerment Challenge East and West Africa has commenced.

The SME empowerment challenge is aimed at discovering and consolidating initiatives that will empower startups and SMEs. Essentially, it will address regulatory hurdles and bureaucratic red tape encountered by youth-led startups in East and West Africa.

“Investing in the business climate from the bottom-up, not only increases the sustainability of the flow of capital to the continent, it also contributes to the improvement of the daily lives of the people across Africa,” said Wilfred De Wever, head of innovating Justice Innovator.

DIYLaw.ng, from Nigeria; Debt, from Kenya; and Atikus, from Rwanda are among the 21 innovations shortlisted from across West Africa.

The competition is a joint collaboration between HiiL Innovating Justice, the Global Agenda Council on Justice and the Ford Foundation. The event is part of the upcoming innovating justice bootcamp and Annual Innovating Justice Forum, in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.

Visit the event website to vote or get more information.

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Olumuyiwa Coker | Author

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