Chioma Ukonu the Chief Operating Officer of RecyclePoints and the winner of the Nigerian finals of Chivas The Venture, is currently competing against 29 other start-ups from around the world for a share of $250,000 in the public voting phase of the competition.
Chivas’ The Venture is the brand’s global search to find and support the next generation of startups that want to succeed whilst making a positive impact on the lives of others. With over $1milliion in funding, Chivas’ The Venture inspires social entrepreneurs and those seeking positive change from around the world to pursue their ambition and realise their potential.
From the 8th May to the 8th June, the public from around the world will be able to show their support for their favourite finalist through an online voting mechanism. Each week, Chivas will share $50,000 amongst the finalists based on your votes. Over the course of five weeks, the public’s vote will determine how the first $250,000 in funding is split among the finalists. The winner(s) of the remaining $750,000 in funding will be decided on Thursday 13th July at the Chivas Venture Global Final in Los Angeles, after a high-stakes pitch in front of the judges and a live audience. To vote for Chioma Ukonu of RecyclePoints to win a share of $250,000 in funding, go to bit.ly/VoteChioma to help grow her fund.
RecyclePoints is a waste recycling social benefit venture that collects recyclable waste materials from registered households, and in turn rewards them with points, which they can accumulate and redeem for cash or other useful items offered through the iRecycle Store.
RecyclePoints also employs members of the youth called the ‘Wastebusters’ to ride electric tricycles and collect door-to-door recyclable waste such as plastic bottles, aluminium cans, newspapers, or cartons. These are then processed at a Collection & Sorting Hub by unemployed women from disadvantaged the communities, and sold on to recycling plants
To vote for Chioma Ukonu each week, go to bit.ly/VoteChioma