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HelpMum, Ecobarter & Edupoint Shine at Leap Africa’s Social Innovators Program

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Social Innovators Program

HelpMum, Ecobarter, and Edupoint have all been rewarded with N1 million each at the just concluded Social Innovators Program which is an initiative of Leap Africa and supported by Union Bank.

The three Nigerian startups were named outstanding fellows after successfully completing the 2018/19 Social Innovators Program and Awards and demonstrating the highest growth in their enterprise, they each won the grand prize of 1Million Naira from Union Bank to support their efforts and sustain their impact.

Also, at the Social Innovators Program and Awards, Dr. Emmanuel Owobu, co-founder MObiCure was named the winner of Dr. Pamela Hartigan for Social Innovation Award Winner.

The Award recognizes an outstanding SIP Alumni who have translated the learning and professional insights acquired from the fellowship into channeling innovative solutions to address critical social problems in society.

Meet our 2018/19 SIP Outstanding Fellows

Social Innovators Program


Adereni Abiodun founded HelpMum to reduce the maternal mortality rate in Nigeria. Having trained 20,000 registered nursing mothers and 700 traditional birth attendants, Helpmum has reached women across 50 remote communities in 5 states in Nigeria. HelpMum raised $255,000 in grant during the Leap Africa fellowship

Social Innovators Program


Ecobarter is an incentive-based recycling scheme. Users get rewarded every time they recycle or upcycle their waste. This scheme promotes sustainability. Idehai Rita Oluwakemi is the MD, Ecobarter, Her initiative has raised $11,306 in funds, employed over 60 waste workers, reached over 3,500 direct beneficiaries within Abuja, Nigeria.


Edupoint is an innovative online platform that connects students with verified local teachers who deliver one-on-one lessons in any subject, skill or exam. The founder is Lilian Uka and recently won N500,000 at the recently concluded She Leads Africa Accelerator Program.

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Edupoint has employed 7000 tutors and has footprints of impact in 100 schools across 5 cities in Nigeria. With thriving partnerships with public and private investors, Edupoint has raised $30,000 in revenue.

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