Togolese startupper Yentaguime Nadjagou wins second edition of the WAEMU’s Tremplin Startup Awards

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Friday, 18 March 2022 13:24
Togolese startupper Yentaguime Nadjagou wins second edition of the WAEMU’s Tremplin Startup Awards

(Togo First) - Yentaguime Nadjagou won the second edition of the WAEMU’s Tremplin Startup Awards. The Togolese startupper who founded Energieaux received his prize money, CFA14 million, on March 17, 2022.  

Nadjagou won first place with his startup initiative. Launched in 2019, the business built and integrated into solar panels a system that extends its battery life. According to the young entrepreneur, this system combines several innovative technologies that facilitate the daily lives of people, in rural areas mostly, both relating to their work and access to power. 

With the prize money, Yentaguime Nadjagou said he will certify his invention and develop new strategies to expand both in the country and beyond its borders. 

The second and third places of the contest were respectively taken by Senegalese Kane Mamadou and Oumou Ouedraogo from Burkina Faso. Three other Togolese received Encouragement awards: Komlavi Doe, Richard Folly, and Mawulikplimi Adjeyi. The first is behind a project called Noorland, while the other two are respectively behind the African geospatial-intelligence Agency (AGIA) and G Agricole. They each received CFA5 million. 

The Tremplin Startup contest is organized by the WAEMU Commission in partnership with the Regional Consular Chamber of WAEMU (CCR-Uemoa) and the National Consular Chambers (CCn) of WAEMU Member States.  Its goal is to promote modern and innovative entrepreneurship as well as to support the efforts of institutions that back entrepreneurship in the sub-region. 

The first edition of the competition was held in 2020. It was won by TECO2, a startup from Burkina Faso. Yentaguime Nadjagou, it should be emphasized, is the first Togolese to win the Excellence Diamond Awards which is one of the categories of the competition.

Esaïe Edoh

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