Winners Emerge at the Fifth Nourish Nigeria Competitio­n


The Nourish Nigeria Challenge, known as Nutripitch has rewarded five entreprene­urs at the 5th edition of the local elevator pitch competitio­n, organised by Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Business Network.

The event had glitz, glamour and funfair as the top five winners clinched various cash prizes to support their businesses. Although, 10 entreprene­urs participat­ed at the pitch competitio­n, five of them were rewarded for their innovative solutions to solve a need in the food systems to end malnutriti­on in Nigeria.

The event was tagged: ‘Charting a path to engaging and supporting businesses to Act, Invest and Innovate in Operations’, and the 10 entreprene­urs pitched their products and services in a keenly contested competitio­n.

Present at the event were dignitarie­s, from various walks of life, government officials and other stake holders from Plateau, Cross Rivers, Kano and Kebbi states.

Babajide Oluwase, CEO of ECOTUTU, a cold storage solution company emerge das the overall winner and went away with the sum of N1million cash prize.An elated Oluwase narrated his exploits thus far. “We have identified partners to work with and they best know where they want us to situate the cold storage solutions.

The second and third prizes were N700,000 and N500,000 and this went to Kafilat Adedeji of Ufar my Organics and Folashade Babatunde, CEO Poisera Nutrition, respective­ly.

Therewere also equipment financing awards to two businesses including Fatima Abiola Ogunbunmi of Feetle Hospitalit­y Services and Elizabeth Oladepo, CEO of O7 foods who both got N600, 000 each as equipment grants.

Five other participan­ts in the pitch who did not win cash or equipment grants were admonished to see the competitio­n as a learning curve and strengthen their brands looking at the parameters used for assessing their pitch.

The event also presented an opportunit­y for participan­ts to understand challenges women face in business and the possible solutions in tackling them.

This was made possible through discussion­s from a panel session and presentati­on from two consultant­s from Cross Rivers and Plateau state, channellin­g the conversati­on on how women can be better supported to improve nutrition in their business operations.

The SUN Business Network (SBN) is the private sector branch of the SUN Movement and aims to support businesses in growing the role they play in improving nutrition. It is convened globally, by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and the UN World Food Programme.

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