On Saturday, September 26, 2015, the Start Up contest was at its final phase in the multipurpose hall of Zongo Bluezone.
Ten project leaders, who were chosen through 50 applications received and reviewed, came to defend their ideas before a jury of professionals from the private sector and higher education. The candidates had eight minutes each to convince and bring out the innovative nature of their projects.
Following these presentations, five initiatives have particularly caught the attention of the panel.
The final ranking was led by the project entitled “ATINGAN” of brothers Francis and Franck ZANHOUDAHO: ATINGAN, which means “Trees saved“, is a renewable energy kitchen range, using as fuel palm nut shells and also powered by a solar panel for charging the accumulator. The machine was designed to alleviate the shortage of domestic gas in Benin and help save the environment. Brothers ZANHOUNDAHO believe that the development of the food cooking and heating device would be a contribution to the fight against deforestation and protection of the ozone layer. They were rewarded with financial support of 1.5 million FCFA.
The team led by Cedric Aquereburu won the second prize worth one million CFA francs for its proposed digital platform “RAPIDAPPART.COM” which offers real estate solutions.
The third prize of FCFA 800 000 returns to Arel Zannou for “ARRIAUZ SERVICES SANTE”, a promotion program for easy access to health care and services.
The last two projects were awarded 500 000 FCFA each . One is “Benin Fromage Industrie” advocating the industrial production and marketing of Peuhlcheese, and “Béton Prêt à l’emploi “, a start up producing precast concrete for all kinds of construction.
In addition to financial support, the five winners will have access to the incubator of Zongo Bluezone for one year and to a personalized coaching.