Subsequent to filtering through 400 applications from 30 African nations, SLA chose six finalists who all qualified at the 2015 business visionary showcase in Oriental Hotel Lagos to pitch their organizations to a board of judges and a group of people of potential financial specialists and clients.
The yearly business visionary showcase which is the second of its kind since SLA was established a year ago had the Managing Director, Guaranty Trust Bank, Segun Agbaje, Founder Ebony Life Tv, Mo Abudu, CEO IHS Towers, Issam Darwish, County Manager, International Finance Corporation, Eme Essien, Former Minister of Communication Technology, Omobola Johnson, Managing Director, Yinka Folawiyo Group, Tunde Folawiyo and MD Sub Saharan Africa, The Carlyle Group, Genevieve Sangudi as judges.
The six finalists who have spent the previous six weeks working with tutors and guides from the Lagos Angel Network to culminate their pitch and strategy for success presentation were, Louisa Kinoshi of BeautyRevNG, Ngozi Opara of Heat Free Hair, Imoteda Aladekomo of Heels in the Kitchen, Brenda Katwesigye of Insta Health, Kambili Ofili-Okonkwo of Kamokini and Kasope Ladipo-Ajayi of Omoalata Foods.
After the pitching session by the finalists and consideration by the board of judges, Kasope Ladipo-Ajayi, Founder of Omoalata Foods was reported as the champ of $10,000 and also procurement of advertising counseling and SME consultative backing through MarketHub of GTBank.
Pitching her Business, Kasope said “OmoAlata Food administrations wishes to be Nigeria’s pioneer nourishment bundling organization, giving simplicity to utilizing pepper blend to the overall population with operations in key markets the nation over. An expected 75 percent of Nigerians between the ages of 12-45 years of age eat no less than one dinner in view of mixed pepper blend day by day. The procedure of making the blend is awkward and the lack of trusted experts prepared to cook off the rack pepper blend items demonstrates an undiscovered business sector opportunity.”
Kasope showed great happiness at being picked as the winner, saying that she couldn’t wait to investigate the new open doors being given to her through this stage to develop her Nigerian nourishment organization which is centered around the generation of hygienically handled neighborhood Nigerian soups, flavors and peppers.
“I am extremely energized that all my diligent work is paying off. This is a dream that was enlivened through diligent work and persistence and I am exceptionally appreciative for the open door given to me to develop my business. I would beg every single youth attempting to create a large organizations to never abandon their fantasies. Before this, my business has been completely financed without anyone else. $10,000 will truly go far in assisting OmoAlata with developing”, she said.
The second place cost of $5,000 for the benefit of First Securities Discount House (FSDH) went to Kambili Ofili Okonkwo, Founder/CEO of Kamokini, an African swimwear and adornments brand devoted to complimenting African body sorts and the third place cost of $1,000 went to Ngozi Okpara of Heat Free Hair, the first maker of virgin hair solely made to mix with African American textured, unusual, and wavy hair.
She Leads Africa was dispatched in May a year ago as a social undertaking activity to give the most skilled female business pioneers over the mainland with access to the learning, systems and financing expected to create and manage solid organizations.