The ICT Innovative Business Idea Competition was a success!!
The Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation, The National Computer Board and the State Bank of Mauritius congratulated everyone who participated for this competition. Some 112 participants showed interest for the Competition, Some 41 teams Registration forms were validated and some 34 teams made out for Stage I, 15 teams were selected for Stage II and 10 Teams made it through to the finals. Almost all the ideas received were very innovative as well as impressive. Consequently, this made it really difficult for the jury members to distinguish the winners. After many deliberations from our judges, it was finally able to make the best selection.
Therefore, to honour our winners, an Award Ceremony was held on the 30th of November 2016 during the Opening Ceremony of the Infotech 2016 at the Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre, Pailles.
All the finalists and team leaders of project submitted were invited for the Ceremony.
Despite the live presentation was held on Monday 28th November 2016, the Jury members submitted a sealed envelope with the name of winners for the NCB to announce the Winners for the award ceremony. It was a real suspense for all the finalists until the result was announced. We were very pleased to announce that:
The Winner of the Grand Prize was the Smart Health Team,
Smart Health Team presented the software and hardware development enterprise specialised in healthcare. Our aim is to make healthcare in both private and public sector more accessible, affordable and efficient. We develop user-driven innovative mobile health strategies to enhance the doctor-patient relationship. Smart Health enhances the journey of care through intuitive mobile health applications. Smart Health Ltd won the Grand Prize for the ICT Innovative Business Idea Competition 2016 and also the second prize for the European Telemedicine Innovation Competition in November 2016 in Oslo, Norway. Smart Health Ltd is the first non-European start-up to have made it so far in the competition. Our mobile health solutions improve efficiency and customer experience in healthcare institutions and insurance companies. For more information visit us on www.digitalworldhealth.com.
The Second Prize was offered to the Order Manzer Team,
The Order Manzer Team presented the OrderManzer.mu lets people order food via the website (www.ordermanzer.mu) for delivery or collection in selected areas. It is the simplest way to order food online in Mauritius. We will be adding a mobile app for Android and iOS that will make it even easier to order food online and provides a number of additional improvements to our customer experience including ordering from your phone, tracking your order and receiving notifications on your order status. With OrderManzer, you can now order food from your mobile, tablet or PC, without ever having the need to step out of your house.
The winner of the Third Prize was the Pursely Team,
The Pursely Team presented an On-Demand Delivery Platform. It is a Smart and Easy Way to get Delivery from your favourite places Anytime, Anywhere and we deliver your Lunch, Dinner, groceries, Office supplies, Pet Supplies, Couriers or anything to your doorsteps. With our solution, customers receive their orders within 1 hour and can track in real time. Users can Search, Order, Track and review their orders from their Smart phone. Merchants built a better customer relationship and trust with a complete Solution. Freelancers can make extra cash while driving and delivering at their own schedule by Walk, Cycling, Biking and driving their own vehicles. We are launching in the first quarter of 2017 under the Brand name of Varcel.
The Merit Prize was offered to Y- Perochi Team.
Y-Perochi Team presented Park Twa, a business venture aiming at bringing forward the concept of Smart parking in Mauritius. It is in line with the Smart Mauritius initiative put forward by the government looking into the smart mobility aspect whereby it will help in Real-time traffic control. The purpose behind this project is to provide a vehicle driver, with the help of an interface, to have access to the available parking spaces and a list of available parking services in different regions. It would provide businesses with a statistic of parking users involving a strategical advantage in parking management planning. It also provides a unique opportunity for these businesses to acquire customer behaviour pattern and focus on their needs. Finally, Park Twa with its technology would contribute to the international effort in reducing the carbon emission by cars by significantly reducing the parking time.
Jury Prize went to The Infinite Loop Team.
The Infinite Loop Team business idea comprises of a free-on-download mobile app called Rode Mo Bricoleur which locate nearby handymen based on the user's current geo-location. It provides a wide array of handymen services such as plumbing, tile setting, masonry, carpentry, gardening, electrical installations, amongst others. Ultimately, the user can book the handymen and pay directly online on service completion. Besides bringing utility to the Mauritian population, the main aim behind developing this app is promoting micro, one-man businesses enabling them to showcase their services, thereby targeting computer-literate customers. Hence, by registering with Rode Mo Bricoleur, these self-employed individuals can earn additional income on a monthly basis provided they undertake at least three customers per week.
The Winners of the ICT Innovative Business IDEA Competition received a Shield of the Competition and vouchers offered by SBM for the following amount as given below:
Rs200,000/- to Grand Prize Winner
Rs150,000/- to Second Prize Winner
Rs50,000/- each to Third Prize, Merit Prize and Jury Prize winner
We would like to salute the winners since they made it through all the stages brilliantly with great dedication, determination and enthusiasm.
Last but not the least, The Minister of Technology, Communication and Innovation congratulated the National Computer Board and The State Bank of Mauritius and his Ministry for this laudable initiative to create the culture of Techno-entrepreneurship at National level. He requested all the members present to give a big round of applause to all the 112 participants once again for their great entries and also a big thanks to the Jury Panel for their dedication and devotion as it was really a difficult task to choose the winner of the Competition.
The Jury Panel comprised of members from the SBM, ICT Advisory Council, Mauritius Research Council; Mauritius Telecom, British Computer Society, University of Technology Mauritius and the Ministry of Technology Communication and Innovation.