Business Venture Competition Finals and Awards Ceremony

September 25, 2012
The City Hall, Lagos

The INDIAFRICA: A Shared Future Business Venture finals were held at the City Hall, Lagos Island on Tuesday, September 25 featuring presentations by nine teams from Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa and India, before a nine member Grand Jury that included Jahman Anikulapo, Editor of The Guardian on Sunday; Enase Okonedo, Dean, Lagos Business School; Ini Onuk, Sustainability Expert and CEO, Thistlepraxis Consulting; Vivian Ani, Advisor, Enterprise Development Centre, Pan African University; Niyi Yusuf, Country Managing Director, Accenture Nigeria; Ozim Obasi, Senior Counsel & Compliance Leader, GE Sub-Saharan Africa; Prof Aruna Reddy, Indian School of Business; Anoop Ratnaker Rao, COO, Naandi Foundation and Karthik Chandrasekar, CEO, First Light Accelerator. During the ceremony, Chude Jideonwo, founder Ynaija & The Future Awards and Toyosi Akerele, CEO of Rise Networks spoke on Collaboration in the Age of Competition and Creating a Brand New Future: a Personal Perspective.

Quantum Vibes, the runner-up at Star Quest 2011 thrilled the audience with a scintillating live performance.

Zubaida Bai from India with her novel health-care venture, Kennedy Kithake and Kumbirai Gundani for their interesting education venture and Bhairaw Kumar Mandal of India for his innovative hydrogen based energy solution emerged first, second and joint third place winners with cash prizes of $10,000, $7,500 and $5,000 respectively. Zubaida Bai and Kennedy Kithake also earned a trip to Davos 2013 as the top ranked Indian and African winners.

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