Fidelity bank: Winners emerge in Fidelity SME grants’ competition

Market Doctor, a healthcare provider that sets up clinics around clustered markets in the country, has emerged as the overall winner of the inaugural edition of the grants competition organised during the Fidelity SME Funding.

The firm won N2m cash prize at the event that took place in Lagos.

An initial 12 finalists emerged from more than 2,500 successful applicants who went through a rigorous and intensive selection process conducted by Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

During the competition, the number was further cut down to five, after another assessment.

The independent judges led by Prof  Yinka David-West of the Lagos Business School, pronounced Market Doctor winner, in consideration of the profitability, viability, and scalability of its business model.

Healthy Nellies, a food production firm and Greenhill Recycling who emerged first and second runner up, respectively, won N1m each.

Other finalists include Adeyinka Tekenah of ‘Happy Coffee’ and Olalekan Afolayan of ‘PackMyLoad.com’ who won N500,000 each, while the remaining seven shortlisted SMEs received N200,000 each.

The Chief Executive Officer, Fidelity Bank, Nnamdi Okonkwo, who commended the winners of the competition emphasised the importance of MSMEs to the growth and development of the Nigerian economy. (Punch)

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