BMCE Bank of Africa launches African Entrepreneurship Award 2017 finalists

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BMCE Bank of Africa has announced the launch of the final phase of the 3rd African Entrepreneurship Awards (www.African-Award.com).

The initiative provides support for African entrepreneurs or entrepreneurs with African origins, rewarding talent and technology in three categories: education, environment and uncharted areas on the continent.

Round 3 of the 2017 Awards produced 40 finalists.

The average age of contestants is 32 years and over 35% of them are women, demonstrating the spirit of entrepreneurship and diversity driving African youth.

The most popular category is the environment, accounting for 46% of projects, demonstrating the focus of entrepreneurs on ecological problems. Moreover, 61% of projects have now reached the start-up phase, as an indicator of the solid maturity of finalists.

On the next phase of the programme, the 40 finalists will go to a boot camp in Casablanca from 6 to 10 December 2017. ​

The training process will be followed up on 11 December by a closing ceremony with awards for the best and most sustainable projects.

The winners will be selected by the following jury headed by Othman Benjelloun; chairman of BMCE Bank of Africa:

  • Brahim Benjelloun Touimi, CEO of BMCE Bank of Africa;
  • Gong Li, Chinese Innovator and Technologist;
  • John-Bernard Duler, Silicon Valley Investor;
  • Marie-Paule Niat, Cameroonian Entrepreneur.

Acting as a vehicle for BMCE Bank of Africa’s commitment to innovative entrepreneurship since 2015, the African Entrepreneurship Award has a prize fund of one million USD. Every year the initiative conveys the Group’s vision in favour of a continent driven by its young entrepreneurs, in a bid to improve the quality of life of all Africans.

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