The just concluded 2016 Etisalat Prize for Innovation at Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos, announced two major winners amongst a few others.
The Etisalat Prize for Innovation was created by Etisalat Nigeria in 2012 in order to encourage and celebrate valuable innovation. The prize is annually awarded in two categories, both with the purpose of driving or facilitating mobile broadband utilisation in Africa. The first prize of $25,000 is for the most innovative product or service launched in the previous year and a second prize of $10,000 for the most innovative idea for driving mobile broadband use.
But this year saw the introduction of a few new categories which are, the most innovative digital and mobile financial partner, digital and mobile financial partner, digital service and VAS
Adegoke Olubusi, who is no stranger to creation, and his team won 5 million naira in the products category to scale their digital cloud-based health records platform, OneMedical.
OneMedical is an advanced digital health records platform designed specifically for Nigeria. It’s highly user-friendly, cloud-based and works on any device including a dedicated android app. Hospitals sign up for free and patients pay a small fee of N500 to create their file.
The most innovative idea category, was won by Tobilola Ajibola for her online clothing line (DressesByAloli) which aims to solve the clothing needs of mobile fashionable women in Nigeria.
Dresses By Aloli is a Nigerian online custom clothing line for women that exists to solve the clothing needs of the upwardly mobile and fashionable woman of ages 13 – 65, who desires chic, stylish and well fitting clothes with clean finishings that are very affordable.Dresses By Aloli offers an unlimited range of chic and elegant clothing on its online platform for women who desire a stylish and functional wardrobe but have little time to shop. The prize money for the ideas category is 2million naira.
The winners for the newly introduced categories include;
- Most innovative digital service 2016 – Etisalat Football by Timwe Partners
- Most innovative mobile financial service award – Kwik Cash by Mines.io
- Most innovative service provider 2016 – Optiweb
- Most innovative VAS 2016 – Easy Status by Cloud
Speaking about the winners, Adia Sowho, Director, Digital Business at Etisalat Nigeria said; “Judging the Etisalat Prize for Innovation this year wasn’t easy. We had to cut the entries from over 500 to a final list of 10 in the Ideas and product categories. I am happy for the Entrepreneurs behind #DressesbyAloli and One Medical, our winners for this year. #DressesbyAloli is particularly close to my heart as it solves a problem that myself and a lot of women have with an online bespoke clothing service that if well executed will be a big success. The team behind One medical have done some amazing work with their digital health records platform and the judges were very satisfied after going through series of product demos and hearing them pitch”.