Ericsson Fellowship: Cameroonian start-uppers return with beefed-up innovations

Government has congratulated three Cameroonian fellows of the Ericsson Innovation Foundation who have returned to the country.

The fellows were part of a one month training programme on leadership and self-innovation in Dubai.

The three fellows:

Dorothee Mvondo (Agrixtech),

Steve Michel Modi (Transport Intelligent) and

Madina Mohamadou (Smart Scope) received the encouragement of the Minister of Post and Telecommunications Minette Libom Li Likeng during an audience in Yaounde.

These start-uppers got the opportunity to participate in the state sponsored fellowship after winning the 2019 maiden competition of the Cameroon innovation week organized between June 24 to June 28 in Yaounde.

The team presented their itinerary and fellowship programme to the Minister.

They were all agreed that the training with the Ericsson Innovation Hub in Dubai has been a groundbreaking venture in the growth of their businesses which will go a long way in developing the Cameroon’s ICT sector.

They thanked the government of Cameroon for giving them the opportunity to be part of the growth of its digital economy.

The Director General of Ericsson Cameroon, Voronese Batchagna lauded the quality of participation of the Cameroonian youths at the fellowship programme.

He said Cameroonian youths are embedded with much talent which just needs to be discovered and nurtured to maturity.

The Projects

The award winning projects which were further nurtured in Dubai have already begun experiencing improvements in both setup and business advancement.

Agrix Tech

Agrx Tch also known as AGIX AI won the meritorious special prize of the Head of State Paul Biya in 2019.

Agrix Tech is an application by an Artificial Intelligence library which equips farmers with crop disease prevention, detection and treatment skills.

With a picture of the sick plant, farmers scan through an incorporated vebal or written detective in some local languages, identify the exact infection on a plant and figure out how to eradicate it.

Since after partnering with Ericsson, the startup business is already partnering with farmers of the west region to solve local problems.

SmartScope

SmartScope won second prize at the 2019 ICT innovation competition.

Smartscope is a smart malaria diagnostic kit for urban and rural laboratories and hospitals that cannot afford microscopes to do a diagnosis of the malaria parasite.

The smart kit was developed to particularly help women and children in enclaves.

Smartscope just partnered with a French group to help develop the kit and reach a wider audience.

Transport Intelligent

The application is an autonomous, smart and secure digital kit designed to curb attacks in urban transport vehicles, car theft or loss of important objects on board a transport vehicle.

Modi Steve of Transport Intelligent says after the Dubai training, he is working on making the application more adaptable and efficient to be conveniently used during the 2021 AFCON.

Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Minette Libom Li Likeng
Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Minette Libom Li Likeng

The Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Minette Libom Li Likeng applauded their different ideas and called on all young startups to involve the government in their projects in order to beef up Cameroon’s digital economy.

Bruno Ndonwie Funwie

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