Etisalat Prize for Innovation 2015 will reward the facilitation and promotion of:
Mobile Broadband in Nigeria Broadband is primarily mobile across Nigeria and critical to our economic development. A rise of ten mobile phones per 100 people boosts GDP growth by 0.6%, resulting in improved market information flow and assisting SME’s and Entrepreneurs to grow business and improve links.
The prize will be awarded in 2 subcategories with:
• 1st for the most innovative product or service launched in the last 12 months. • 2nd for the most innovative idea for driving or facilitating mobile broadband use in Nigeria.
Entries will need to show demonstrable impact (or potential impact for an idea) on broadband usage, impressive uptake from customers and have made a visible commercial or social impact on the community for the launched product/service.
Etisalat has a lauded track record for innovation in the Nigerian market and it remains one of the strategic imperatives of the business. Since starting commercial operations in 2008, a number of Etisalat’s products and services have been innovative first, including the first to launch an environment-friendly SIM in Africa, EcoSIM, and first to launch fast & affordable mobile broadband over 3.75G.
Etisalat believes innovation should go beyond improvements in existing products and services, and instead have real valuable social or economic impact to customers.
Call to Entry – 1st June Close Entry – 3rd August Commence Judging – 6th August – 30th September Select Shortlist – 2nd October
Prizes Sub-Category 1: Existing product or service (launched in the last 12 months) • N5, 000, 000 cash prize • 2 Smartphones/Tablets/Mobile Devices • Etisalat Mifi (with free data for one year) • Business Development Mentoring (in-House) • Promotion of product using Etisalat Online Platforms
Sub-Category 2: Innovative Idea (SME or individual) • N2, 000, 000 cash prize • 2 Smartphones/Tablets/Mobile Devices • Etisalat Mifi (with free data for one year) • Business Development Mentoring (in-House)
Eligibility Entry is open to the Nigerian Mobile Broadband community (as listed below). This includes SME’s and individuals developing innovative mobile broadband solutions. Entry is open to: • Handset and/or Device manufacturers and customers
o Dongles & Modems o Embedded Devices o Tablets & eReaders
• Apps Developers and other Software service providers making use of mobile broadband capability • Content Developers
Note on the Commercial Product/Service: The product or service submitted must have been launched and commercially available within 12 months prior to the closing deadline of the Prize. Supporting evidence must be provided for launch and quoted commercial figures including details of locations or regions where the service is available.
Our Judges A dedicated Judging panel will select the winner of the Etisalat Prize for Innovation. Entries will need to show demonstrable impact (or potential impact for an idea) on broadband usage, impressive uptake from customers and have made a visible commercial or social impact on the community for the launched product/service.
An expert Judging panel will select the winners in both categories by scoring the answers to the questions. Each entry will be marked by different judges and an average score obtained.
Interested and suitably qualified candidates should click here to apply online.
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