Awards & Media

recognition for our independent startup!

Ujamaa Spice was founded by cultural anthropologist and CEO Jawahir Al-Mauly and her partner, molecular biology PhD  Rist Van de Weyer, with an aim to not only decolonise the spice trade, working with smallholders in Zanzibar (read our story here), but also to make an impact as an innovative and ethical new business.

Ujamaa are so proud to have been recognised by a number of awards for our achievements in the world of business, startups and for founders making an impact!

Ujamaa are also very proud to announce that our single origin spice products are also winning awards for their great taste and for their innovation! Our delicious and fairtrade Mitakawani Ginger and Kibeni Women’s Cooperative Turmeric have both been recognised in by the leading food awards in the UK for their great taste!

An Award-winning & impact making startup!

2023 Winner

Scottish Edge Award
Scotland's biggest business funding competition, to help grow your startup, social enterprise or charity.

2023 Finalist

Converge Awards
Celebrating and supporting innovative and change making Scottish startups!

Winner 2023

Impact Award
Awarded by Edinburgh Innovations for their Inspire Launch Grow Awards 2023.

2023 Finalist

Great British Awards
Finalist for 'Retail Entrepreneur of the Year' & for 'Startup Entrepreneur of the Year'

Listed in the

Startup 100 Index 2024
The UK’s longest-running index of pioneering UK startups that spark change across every sector.

2024 Finalist

Startup Award
Finalist for Food Start Up of the Year & for Online Retail Start Up of the Year

2024 Finalist

Just Started
An award to spotlight founders who are setting the stage for a chapter of growth and ascent in 2024.

2023 Winner

Great Taste Awards
Winners in the UK’s leading food and beverage awards and brand directory.

Award-winning products

Awards & Media -

Great taste awards 2023

Officially awarded for it's great taste!

Our delicious and fairtrade Mitakawani Ginger and Kibeni Women's Cooperative Turmeric have both been recognised in by the leading food awards in the UK!

some recent press & media:

the Scotsman@TheScotsman
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"In depth: two early-stage Edinburgh businesses feature in major Startups 100 list of disruptive new UK firms"

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the Scotsman@TheScotsman
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"In depth: two early-stage Edinburgh businesses feature in major Startups 100 list of disruptive new UK firms"

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The National@ScotNational
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"How Scotland makes a difference by being a Fair Trade Nation"

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food manufacture@FoodManufacture
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"Better Dairy and THIS lead food and drink firms recognised in 2024 Startups 100 list"

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food rebels@ood_rebels_
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Podcast Episode: "Packing a Flavour Punch"

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