The OSVP 20212
International Grand Prix winners:
1st prize: LifeBlood (Sierra Leone)
This digital health platform is designed to address the problem of acute shortages in blood products in the country’s health care delivery system. The system is designed to, among other things: increase public awareness about safe blood services; increase the level of voluntary blood donation in the population; and improve the operating efficiency of facilities administering blood services as well as the National Safe Blood Service.
2nd prize: Biomass For Gas Low Cost (Mali)
The start-up produces and installs a 2.3 m3 mini reactor at the customer’s premises, which includes a two-burner stove equipped with a smart meter and solar panel and connected to the cloud. The logistics team supplies each mini reactor and then collects the waste and also monitors the equipment remotely in real time. The reactor produces biogas on a continual basis, which can be used for cooking.
3rd prize: Kamioun (Tunisia)
Kamioun is a mobile app to help corner shops improve their supply chain. The start-up offers a single interface to connect small retailers in Tunisia with 500+ FMCG products and delivers within 24 hours across Tunis.
International Woman’s Prize:
This is a digital platform that connects women who’d like to enter the workforce or come back to work with educational and career opportunities worldwide. The difference with iRole is that jobs can be done remotely, ensuring better work-life balance through a home-based career.
Prize awarded only for the second time in 12 years of the competition:
Abana (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
The Abana e-commerce platform helps people buy, sell, and share items to raise the profile of the Congolese fashion sector around the world. It helps to create jobs and promote the financial and digital inclusion of women: the real pillars of the industry.
The OSVP 2021
The winners of the International Grand Prix are:
2nd prize: Kumulus (Tunisia)
Kumulus produces machines that are the size of a mini fridge and that make 30 liters of drinking water a day using only solar energy and the natural humidity in the air.
3rd prize: Agrinect (Botswana)
Agrinect is a digital company that reduces the cost of marketing and transporting agricultural products in Botswana and across Africa by connecting farmers with their target market.
The winner of the International Women’s Prize:
The Mmaabo App (Botswana)
A dedicated maternity platform that supports women throughout their pregnancy and following childbirth.