Geoffrey Ssekatatwa, the founder of Ugandan startup Brent Technologies has emerged among the 12 top winners in the third edition of the Africa Entrepreneurship Awards 2017.
The awards which are an initiative of BMCE BANK of Africa aim to support African entrepreneurs.
They have since their launch in 2015, encouraged 33 entrepreneurs who were supported by more than 300 African and Global Mentors.
Brent Technologies is a lubricant collection and recycling company.
It stops the harmful dumping and burning of waste motor oils, and instead recycles and resells oil related products.
Ssekatawa was competing against 40 finalists from 19 African countries, with whom he was in a boot camp in Casablanca, Morocco from December 6th to December 10th.
Winners were decided by a jury, presided by the Chairman of BMCE Bank of Africa Othman Benjelloun.
Others, among the 12 winners include Louise Williamson from South Africa, Allen Kimambo from Tanzania, Folashade Amusa from Nigeria, Adan Mohammed from Kenya, Sylvester Mujakperuo from Nigeria, Kwame Ababio from Ghana, Flavien Simo from Cameroon, Paul Bartels from Afrique du Sud, Meryam El Ouafi from Morocco, Badr Idrissi from Morocco and Christelle Kwizera from Rwanda.
The 12 winners who were selected after the boot camp shared a total of USD$1 million and Uganda’s Ssekatawa walked away with USD$50,000 (approx. 180.5 million UGX)