Funke Opeke Wins Maiden Innocent Chukwuma Award for Innovation

  • Funke Opeke, Founder/CEO, MainOne
  • Gbenga Agbboola, Flutterwave, Ugochukwu Aronu, Greenage Tech & Others win at Startup Awards by #StartupSouth

Funke Opeke, Founder & CEO, MainOne has been announced as the winner of the maiden edition of Innocent Chukwuma Award for Innovation. Announcing this via a message to journalists, Uche Aniche, the Convener of #StartupSouth said Funke was chosen by a Jury in recognition of her contributions to the development of Nigeria’s Innovation Ecosystem.

The Award which is a special category under the Startup Awards by #StartupSiouth was set up in honour of Late Innocent Chukwuma, one of Nigeria’s foremost human rights activists, development professional and former Country Director, West Africa at Ford Foundation.

Flutterwave and their CEO, Olugbenga Agboola (GB) were both awarded Startup of the Year (National) and Most Inspirational Founder of the Year (National) respectively. Other winners include (but not limited to) CEO of Enugu based Xend Finance, Ugochukwu Aronu (Most inspirational Founder of the Year, (Regional)) and renewable energy OEM and SSEAN portfolio company, Greenage Technologies (Startup of the Year (Regional). Find the full list of all Startup Awards by #StartupSouth winners across all categories here.

Accepting the award, Ms Opeke said, “obviously, the work that we are all committed to do to promote innovation and economic development in Nigeria is not yet done, however with the continued commitment of note-worthy citizens and organizations such as #StartupSouth, I remain optimistic that together, we will continue to make progress and achieve the vision of a more productive and enterprising Nigeria.”

Speaking on behalf of the family, Mrs Joesphine Effah-Chukwuma, widow of Late Mr. Chukwuma congratulated Ms Opeke and praised her sterling records in support of the Innovation Ecosystem. “Our family is impressed with your work and are grateful to #StartupSouth for initiating this award in honour of our husband, father, brother and in-law.”

Startup Awards by #StartupSouth Winners Full List

01Innocent Chukwuma Award for Innovation (Innocent Ind)Funke Opeke@FunkeOpeke
02Best Startup/Technology Show [Radio Regional]Startitup Show (Rythm 93.7 PHC)@937RythmFm
03Best Startup Coverage [Radio – Regional]XL 106.9FM Uyo@XL1069_FM
04Startup/Technology Show [TV]Global Business Report (Arise TV)@ARISEtv
05Most Inspirational Angel Investor [Male]Olushola Aina@OlusholaAina
06Most Inspirational Angel Investor [Female]Inyene Okoroh
07Startup of the year – Regional (SOTY Regional)Greenage Technology@greenagetechng
08Startup of the year – National (SOTY National)Flutterwave@theflutterwave
09Inspirational Founder of the year – Regional (IFOTY Regional)Ugochukwu Aronu (Xend Finance)@AronuUgochukwu
10Next Rated Startup – Regional (NRS Regional)Scuudu Labs@Scuudu1
11Startup Journalist of the Year Award [Female-Merit]Josephine Okojie@jojokojie@
12Startup Journalist of the Year Award [Male-Merit]Daniel Essiet (The Nation)
13Most Inspirational Regional Technology Hub (MIRTH)Genesys Tech Hub@genesystechhub
14Public Institution of the year – National (PIOTY National)Bank of Industry (South-East & South-South)@BOINigeria
15Public Institution of the year – Regional (PIOTY Regional)Enugu State SME Center@enugusmeagency
16Inspirational Founder of the year – National (IFOTY National)Olugbenga Agboola (Flutterwave)@TechProd_Arch
17Best Technology Blog (BTB)TechEconomy@TecheconomyNg
18Best Startup Coverage – Print (BSC Print)BusinessDay@BusinessDayNg
19Most Inspiring Startup Community – Regional (MISC Regional)Google Developers Group Enugu@GdgEnugu

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