A team of five Nigerian teenagers won first place at the Technovation World Pitch Summit in the Silicon Valley for their app, FD-Detector, that helps detect counterfeit drugs. Nigeria has been fighting this problem of fake drugs for decades and these young girls have provided a potential solution to save thousands of lives with their app. Team Save-a-Soul plans to partner with the Nigerian National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to create a database of certified pharmaceutical products so that anyone with a smartphone can use the app to determine whether a drug is real or not.
At BootUP, we believe that innovation and entrepreneurship will help make the world a better place, but to make this to happen, we must empower more people to become entrepreneurs and leaders. Last Friday, we had the privilege of hosting these five girls at BootUP in order to do just that. This is what BootUP Africa is all about – nurturing and supporting the incredible entrepreneurial talent in Africa. We applaud these young girls and the village it took to bring them to where they are today – their parents, teachers, mentors, and more. We expect to see great things from these poised and talented young women of the future.
Keep in mind that just five months ago, these girls had no access to the internet and barely any knowledge of how to use a computer. Today they have proven to the world, “Where there is a will, there is a way.” We can all learn from them. Let’s keep innovating!