HelpMum and Utiva, two outstanding Nigerian social enterprises, have emerged winners in the 2020 Facebook Community Accelerator Program. Both of them will receive additional funding of 25,000 dollars each to grow their communities.
Out of all the selected 77 participants at the Facebook Community Accelerator Program in July 2020, only 24 progressed and qualified to receive additional funding of $25,000.
Nigerian social enterprises; HelpMum and Utiva were among the 3 innovative startups selected from Sub-Saharan Africa.
In a blog post, Facebook revealed that evaluation was based on participants’ execution capabilities, a clear vision of the next steps, and the impact of how they intend to utilize the additional funding.
The 2020 Facebook Community Accelerator is a six-month program designed to equip visionary communities with the skills and funding to grow and scale.
The virtual exhibition, which concluded this month with virtual demo days, gave each of the 77 participants an opportunity to share their progress as well celebrate their achievements over the past six months.
The demo days occurring across six regions served as a platform for mentors, investors, and community advocates to engage with some of their region’s most progressive communities.
As a social enterprise, HelpMum was established to reduce maternal and infant mortality rate in Nigeria. Among some of its initiative is distributing affordable Clean Birth kits to expecting mothers women in underserved communities.
The startup also registers mothers on their vaccination tracking system, trains community birth attendants using their e-learning platform, and is actively revamping the highly unhygienic and collapsing state of community birth attendant homes.
Utiva is the leading edtech company in Sub-Saharan Africa that enables people to acquire first-rate technology skills virtually as well as guide companies in hiring the best talents.
Founded in 2017, Utiva has built quite a record in assisting professionals from more than 300 companies in Africa to learn skills and build capacities, enabling them to prosper in their workplaces and also stay relevant in the future labor space.
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