Total Startupper Challenge organized by Total Cameroon, awarded the prize of the first edition of the Startupper challenge on the 1st of April 2016. This Award giving ceremony took place in Douala the Economic capital city of Cameroon. The first prize of the contest dedicated to young entrepreneurs, presented by André Siaka, sponsor of the 2016 Startupper Challenge, was awarded to Alain Nteff founder of GiftedMom.
His start-up has developed an application in which SMS is sent to pregnant women in rural areas to remind them of the dates of their appointments for prenatal visits in hospitals. With the implementation and use of this service, the number of deaths to births result dropped significantly in areas where the project is implemented and health centers partners saw their rates of antenatal increase by 35% in 2years.
After the Anzisha award in 2014, the Best Social Entrepreneur of Africa award from the MasterCard Foundation that same year and the Young African Company award at the New York Forum Africa (NYFA) in Libreville in 2015, the Total Startupper Challenge allows Nteff Alain and his team pocket a prize of 12.5 million CFA francs.
The CEO of Total Cameroon, Imran Barry,said the winner is a real qualified “serial winner.Moreover, the winner will also benefit “of a customized support from great schools and offices of the place,” as well as a broad campaign communication that will give more visibility to the GiftedMom project.
“Despite everything I’ve experienced in my life, I am still impressed by a genius like Alain Nteff. I am sure you will be one of the actors of the transformation of Africa, “said André Siaka congratulating the young engineer of 25-year old. Alain Nteff said, “This is the first direct funding I get in my country.“
On the occasion of this 2016 Startupper Challenge, Alain Nteff and the GiftedMom project outperformed Olivier Guillaume Madiba, who through his start-up with Kiro’o Games, became the promoter of the first studio video game production in Central Africa . With his award of 7.5 million CFA francs, the founder of Kiro’o Games, the first video game that will be released in Europe and the United States on April 14, 2016, intends to develop his project.
The 3rd prize, with a budget of 5 million CFA francs, returned to Serge Poueme. This young Cameroonian resident in Canada, with his start-up Camidus, has implemented a technology solution to improve e-governance of the cadastre and land registry.