SALCAB Announces 3 Start-Up Winners

By Ayodele Deen Cole

The Sierra Leone Cable Limited (SALCAB) has announced Shea Recycling Company, Go Markit start-up and Fuel Less Gen start-up as the three winners of its maiden Tech Start-up competition. The announcement was made recently at SALCAB’s landing site situated at Lumley.

According to the Chief Commercial Officer at SALCAB, David Tamba Kpakima, the five thousand Dollar competition which commenced few months ago attracted over eighty applications from different Tech Start-up across the country and was held to explore and create a platform to help tap into the immense tech talent and transform those ideas into innovative businesses.

The competition, he said, was also meant to develop the concept and skills of entrepreneurship in the country. Each of the three winners, he furthered, was given five thousand Dollars and have now graduated to what is referred to as ‘Incubation stage’ of the competition.

Mr. Kpakima continued that they want people across the country to know that the use of internet goes beyond Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter to that of moving both national and international developments to another level. He further spoke on the low penetration rate of telecoms and internet service across the country, adding that there are over seventy eight chiefdoms without basic 2G service.

The SALCAB official also spoke on the benefits of the initiative which he noted will help address the high rate of unemployment by creating more enterprises that would provide jobs in the future.

One of the Judges, Mamoud Idriss said that they use and consider several factors before selecting the rights winners for the competition. Among them is the sustainability aspect, the marketing and other socio-economic aspects.
One of the winners, Emmanuel Mac Boima who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Shea Recycling Company expressed his satisfaction on winning the prize money. He noted that they will use the money judiciously to make sure that they develop the business into full company that will be able to provide jobs for the ordinary Sierra Leonean. He also called on other entrepreneurs to exercise patience until other institutions followed the footsteps of SALCAB.