West African Startups Awards: ECOWAS holds Preparatory meeting for the 2nd Edition 

Tue, Jun 4, 2024
By editor


FOLLOWING the successful outing at the inaugural West African Startups Awards in Niamey,  Niger in 2021, the Directorate of Private Sector of the ECOWAS Commission holds prepara tory meeting from June 3rd to 5th, 2024 in Abuja, Nigeria. This is following the directive of the  Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government to hold the Awards Annually.  

While welcoming participants on behalf of Mrs. Massandjé Toure-Litse, Commissioner for  Economic Affairs and Agriculture, Dr. Tony Elumelu, the Ag. Director of Private Sector of the  ECOWAS Commission highlighted that the Startup Awards ignites innovation, collabora tion, and digital entrepreneurship across the West African Region. 

Dr. Elumelu added that “the vision is to create an ecosystem where startups thrive, ideas  find fertile ground, and collaboration transcends borders”.  The ECOWAS Commission in partnership with other stakeholders within the framework of  promoting digital entrepreneurship in ECOWAS region, organized the 1st West Africa Startups  Summit in Niamey, Niger Republic from 18th– 20th November 2021. Fifty-five (55) contestants  participated in the competition from eleven (11) ECOWAS member states. They were  awarded prizes of different categories with the top three earning USD 30,000: USD 25,000  and USD 15,000 respectively.


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