2018 Competition

The SUN Pitch Competition launched in 2018, showcasing investment opportunities presented by SMEs working to improve access to nutritious food across Africa. More than 450 outstanding SMEs applied to national pitch competitions held in Tanzania, Nigeria, Mozambique, Zambia, Kenya, Malawi and Ethiopia (as well as a standalone national pitch competition in Indonesia). The 21 shortlisted finalists competed in the SUN Pitch Competition final which took place during the Nutrition Africa Investor Forum in October 2018 in Nairobi. During the final, each entrepreneur pitched their innovative nutrition investment opportunity to a panel of influential judges to compete for the title of SBN Nutrition Champion, along with a range of cash and technical assistance prizes donated by partners. The winner of the Indonesia pitch competition, Felix Bram of Rumah Kelor, also presented his business during the Nutrition Africa Investor Forum.


2018 Winners
Ope Olanrewaju, CEO

Ope Olanrewaju (Nigeria)

Kennie-O Cold Chain Logistics

Ope Olanrewaju of Kennie-O Logistics was crowned the winner of the 2018 SUN Pitch Competition. Kennie-O Logistics was established in 2014 to provide dedicated and reliable cold chain solutions for the Nigerian food industry, thereby contributing to the reduction of post-harvest losses, promotion of fresh food intake, and strengthening of local nutritional outcomes. Ope received a technical assistance and mentorship package worth USD 15,000 sponsored by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and SBN. Through the prize, Ope received an extensive week-long business development training and an investor engagement tour in the Netherlands provided by BoP Innovation Center (BoP Inc). Looking ahead, Ope will access further mentorship and training opportunities in China and Nigeria. As a result of the training and mentorship delivered to date, Ope is set to receive investment from local and international investors.

Oluwatoyin Onigbanjo (Nigeria)

August Secrets

Oluwatoyin Onigbanjo of August Secrets was awarded the Graca Machel Trust Award. August Secrets is a Nigerian food company that aims to reduce the rate of micronutrient deficiencies in children under 5 years by producing and distributing uniquely-formulated complementary foods made from locally available fortified ingredients. Through the Graca Machel Trust Award, Oluwatoyin has drawn from a Graca Machel Trust Gender Lens Investing Technical Assistance Package worth approximately USD 10,000 which focuses on: (i) finance planning & strategy formulation, (ii) nutrition advice, (iii) gender lens assessment, (iv) assistance with enhancing product/service and business visibility and (v) network building.

Oluwatoyin Onigbanjo, CEO
Neema Lugangira, Founder

Neema Lugangira (Tanzania)

Healthy Maisha

Neema Lugangira of Healthy Maisha was awarded the BoP Innovation Center (BoP Inc) Award. Healthy Maisha is an award winning nutrition-sensitive business in Tanzania focused on improving urban nutrition by bridging the diet gap through its flagship healthy cold pressed juices and ice candy/popsicles. Through the BoP Inc Award, Neema was able to access a mentorship and technical assistance package worth EUR 2,500. The BoP Inc team traveled to Tanzania to work with Neema and her team to improve the company’s marketing and distribution as well as to provide technical expertise on general business modelling.


Denis Marangu (Kenya)

Kulamawe Poultry Industries Ltd

Denis Marangu of Kulamawe Poultry Industries Ltd received the Growth Africa Prize. Kulamawe Poultry Industries Ltd, incorporated in 2016, operates the first poultry processing facility in Northern Kenya. The business provides safe and affordable chicken meat to low income consumers by distributing chicken in smaller pre-packaged pieces. Through the Growth Africa award, Denis is participating in a 6-month incubator program which is aimed at empowering entrepreneurs to leverage further investment.

Denis Marangu, Managing Director
Abdul Cauio, CEO

Abdul Cauio (Mozambique)

Miruku Agro-Industria

Abdul Cauio of Miruku Agro-Industria won the DSM Nutritional Products Innovation Award. Miruku Agro-Industria produces and widely distributes unique fortified Corn Soy Blend (CSB) products including instant porridge in especially fragile areas of Mozambique. Through the DSM award, Abdul was able to receive specialised technical assistance focused on product reformulation as well as a cash prize of USD 1,000.

Felix Bram (Indonesia)

Rumah Kelor

Felix Bram of Rumah Kelor was crowned the winner of the 2018 Indonesia Pitch Competition, organised by Indofood and BLOCK71 Jakarta. Rumah Kelor is an organic moringa farm, with 3 hectares of land producing 1 ton of moringa powder per month. They produce a range of moringa based products, a natural superfood containing 92 nutrients which reduces childhood obesity, under-5 stunting and anaemia. As the winner of the Indonesia Pitch Competition, Felix received mentoring from Axton Salim, Director of Indofood and Co-Chair of the SBN Advisory Group. This included training on R&D, marketing and regulatory affairs. In addition, Felix participated in the Nutrition Africa Investor Forum in Nairobi, presenting his business to an audience of investors.

Felix Bram, CEO

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