A 300 Level student of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Abia State has emerged winner of the Global Student Entrepreneurs Award (GSEA) competition.
24-year-old Miss Blessing Ijoma, a computer science student of the school, is the founder of Hoursspent.com. Her company makes at least 10 percent commission from every job handled by freelancers on her platform.
She will be representing Nigeria at the global finals in Bangkok later in March where she is expected to present her business ideas to a global Entrepreneurial Organisation (EO), GSEA jury to contest for the global prize.
Ijoma was rewarded for her innovative ideas and she was gifted with a cash prize of N1million and an all-expenses paid trip to Bangkok to contest in the global final in March.
Global CEO, Entrepreneurial Organisation (EO), Mr. Vijay Tirathrai said he was impressed with Ijoma and 5 other finalists who made the list.
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In his keynote address, he said EO was proud of the GSEA project which is aimed at creating better, more successful, and enlightened entrepreneurs out of the crop of the global youth population.
“We are proud creating a source of influence to younger entrepreneurs and the contestants should be proud to have been mentored by EO members.
“Trust is necessary because the entrepreneurs might need the people someday in their careers as business people, ”said Tirathrai.
The first and second runner-up Oscar Odebuara of LASU (Green Barn) and Crystal Light (FUTA) went home with N500,000 and N250,000 and in-kind prizes of access to mentorship all courtesy EO.
Both will also access training worth N1million at the Business School Netherlands (BSN) courtesy BSN one of the GSEA partners.