Uche Udekwe
Founder & CEO, Natal Cares

Uche Kenneth Udekwe is a social entrepreneur, an SDG Advocate and Founder and CEO of Natal Cares. Natal Cares is a social enterprise which uses data and smart logistics, leveraging on the power of mobile technology and low cost innovation to help reduce maternal and infant mortality from complications of pregnancy or delivery. Natal Cares specifically focus on pregnant women and nursing mothers in IDP Camps (internally Displaced Persons) and rural under-served communities in Africa.

Uche is an Ashoka ChangeMakerXchange Fellow, a Tony Elumelu Foundation Fellow, an EDC (Enterprise Development Center of the Lagos Business School) Alumni, a WAYLS (West African Youth Leadership Organization) Alumni, an Autumn School of Sustainable Development Fellow, and a YALI Alumni. 

In recognition of his outstanding impacts through Natal Cares, he was awarded the prestigious Future Awards Africa 2018 on Advocacy. The following year, he was selected as a Nominee for Future Awards Africa “Young Person of the Year”. In 2019, he was personally awarded the “Africa Innovate for SDGs Award” by the President of Ghana (His Excellency President Nana Akufo-Addo). In 2020, he was awarded the LEAP Africa Outstanding Fellow Award, The 2020 Migration Entrepreneurship Prize by the Swiss Government and The 2020 World Summit Award (WSA): Young Innovator Award Category. He also won The 2021 Active Citizen Award in Health Category and The JCI Creative Young Entrepreneur Award.