Cameroon Young Promising Entrepreneurs (Central Africa). Vanessa Zommi, Cameroonian. Founder, Emerald Moringa Tea. When her mother was diagnosed of diabetes, Zommi, 21, set out to find alternative treatments to keep her mother healthy. She soon discovered the medicinal moringa oleifera tree which grew in her region, and discovered that the moringa leaves could reduce blood sugar levels to treat diabetes among other medicinal qualities. She partnered with moringa farmers who supplied her with the leaves and processed the leaves into moringa tea which she put into tea bags. Emerald Moringa, the company she founded, sells this tea across Cameroon. Being the first Cameroonian woman to be selected as an Anzisha Fellow, Vanessa has gotten increased media attention and interested investment. She has been featured on CNN, ThisisAfrica , Media 256, and Forbes,and was nominated for the Cameroonian Career Women Awards.
Total Cameroon supporting young entrepreneurs
Cameroonian subsidiary of French group Total just launched a challenge named “Startupper of the Year” 2016. Launched in the 34 African countries where the group operates, this competition aims to “identify, award and support the best projects for the establishment or development of less than two years old businesses”. The age limit for candidates is 35 years. During the press conference organized for the launching of the competition, Total Cameroon’s new Director General, Imrane Barry said: ”The awarded projects are to receive from Total Cameroon, the 2016 Startupper label, financial support, support from professional partners and an advertising campaign to promote their services or product”. In Cameroon, the 2016 “Startupper of the Year” is sponsored by André Siaka. President of Cameroon’s Employers organization for 12 years, André Siaka who was vice-president and interim president of the Ecobank group, headed Brasseries du Cameroon, Castel’s subsidiary, for 25 years.
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