The winners have been announced of the Seedstars World events held in Nigeria and Ghana, with the winning startups advancing to the global final in Geneva, Switzerland in February next year.
In the 2014 Nigeria regional round of the global startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, Green Energy – which converts plastic waste into petroleum – emerged winner, while for Ghana’s regional competition Kitiwa was adjudged best.
Kitiwa allows users to make cheaper money transfers via Bitcoin.
Nikunj Handa, Kitiwa’s chief executive officer (CEO), said: “Seedstars Accra was already an amazing opportunity and we’re excited to go to Switzerland. The global competition will give us the necessary platform to take our startup even further.”
Choji Bare, Green Energy’s founder, said: “This win has left me speechless. There was some very good competition today and the win means a lot for the future of Green Energy.”
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