On Saturday 7th November 2020 live on Zoom, the GrandFinale of the maiden edition of 5K Challenge was held. Even though a virtual event, the finale gave the virtual audience a memorable experience. From the music, to a spoken word performance and the grand pitch competition, the top 9 who had made it to the finale after a series of workshops and an eviction, were elated to have come thus far.
The afternoon began with an eviction based on 30% public votes and 70% jury votes to push only 6 entrepreneurs into the grand pitch rounds of the grand finale. After a very competitive final round of pitches, Kukuwaa O. Smith (Founder of Fruition Crashed), Ruth Afi Agbozo (Founder of Rutela Entreprise) and Charles Katere (Founder of Eco Clean Ghana) emerged the proud winners who took home each the winning prize of Gh¢5,000 cash investment, over Gh¢ 30,000 worth of consulting package, magazine features, 6-months free of OZÉ Premium app., and further financing options.
The maiden edition of the 5K Challenge received over 440 applications from Ghanaian entrepreneurs who submitted their business ideas and projects they would want to start or grow with Gh¢5000. Only 100 were invited for a virtual 60 seconds pitch audition and subsequently, 15 lucky entrepreneurs selected to battle it out for the grand prize.
From all stands, the organizers Platinum Africa Solutions Limited (PASL) have done a great job putting this project together. According to Derrick S. Vormawor, the Founder of PASL and Creator of the 5K Challenge, the competition returns next year even better and bigger with improved workshops and opportunities.
This year’s jury members were Emmaline Datey, Akosua Ntiriwaa Anti and Derrick S. Vormawor, three of Ghana’s valued entrepreneurs and young business leaders who are shaping the future of business and entrepreneurship in the continent.
Don’t forget this year’s 5K Challenge was brought to you in partnership with Code 57, Access Bank Ghana (W-Initiative), ICS Africa, ANA’s Business Services, City Broadcast Limited, OZÉ Inc., Entrepreneurs Connect Africa, and Oasis Design Studio. Media partners also included, Wetrend Gh, Avance Media, Oasis Magazine, My Story Magazine, Vibez Alert and TopAfric.
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