An alumnus of Makerere University-Mr. Matovu Paul has won the Impact Award and US$2,500 cash prize with three other entrepreneurs in the US$100,000 GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize for 2020, alongside the prestigious Africa Food Prize. He was drawn from a pool of Top-12 finalists from Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. The overall US$100,000 prize was split between the best male and female entrepreneurs; Moses Katala, co-founder and CEO of Magofarm Limited (Rwanda) and Daniella Kwayu, co-founder and CEO of Phema Agri (Tanzania) respectively. The winners were announced on 15th September 2020 at the Africa Green Revolution Forum Virtual Summit in Kigali, Rwanda.
Mr. Matovu studied Social and Entrepreneurial Forestry at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) and graduated during the 68th Graduation Ceremony in January 2018. His social enterprise, Vertical and Micro Gardening (VMG) combines urban micro-gardening and integrated waste management to build autonomous vertical farm towers.
The vertical farms are aimed at making urban farming a viable micro-enterprise for low and middle-income households. They are made up of stackable wooden boxes with a vermicomposting chamber where biodegradable household waste is turned into manure by earthworms, thereby producing nutrients for the plants.
UN on the Search for Young Tech Innovators Creating Climate Solutions
20th October 2020 – The UN Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), in partnership with SAFEEM and Seedstars, is calling all young innovators in Africa and Asia looking to create climate technology solutions to join the Climate Innovation Labs, happening on the 19th – 21st of November 2020 for Africa and on the 3rd – 5th of December 2020 for Asia Pacific participants. For more information and to register for the launchpad, simply visit the page here: https://seedsta.rs/3lX7LFi.
The Climate Innovation Labs is a fast paced three-day online event that will bring together selected youth participants, representatives from identified small and medium enterprises (SMEs), as well as climate technology experts within the selected sectors and technology fields in Africa and Asia Pacific respectively to explore innovative design thinking tools, flexing their entrepreneurial muscles and creating solutions for enhanced climate action.
“By bringing youth innovators and climate technology experts together with the private sector to ideate technology solutions, we hope that this programme will foster innovation in climate change. The participants will be challenged to think outside of the box and co-create ideas for climate mitigation and adaptation solutions aligned with countries Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)”, says Dr. Rose Mwebaza, CTCN Director.
Criteria for joining the program are the following: participants must be between the ages of 20 and 30 years old; fluent in the English language; attended or completed higher education; must be an aspiring/early-stage entrepreneur or a student interested in launching an idea on climate change and building entrepreneurial muscle; and, must be passionate about solving climate technology needs and challenges.
At the end of the Climate Innovation Labs, the winners from both Africa and Asia-Pacific will be provided follow on support to implement and scale selected solutions through a 6-8 week Climate Innovation Academy Programme delivered by Seedstars.
RAN and USAID Announce Winners of Household Solar Workforce Development Challenge
The ResilientAfrica Network (RAN), Makerere University in partnership with USAID, as part of its commitment to the Scaling Off-Grid Energy (SOGE) Grand Challenge for Development, is proud to announce two winners of the Household Solar Workforce Development Challenge: Global Distributors Collective (GDC) and Whitten & Roy Partnership (WRP). Over the next 15 months, these two organizations will implement awards totaling US $350,000 that support scalable, innovative, third-party training solutions to the off-grid solar home system sector’s workforce in sub-Saharan Africa. Through these trainings, participants will be able to efficiently and sustainably respond to market needs.
Yiya AirScience Wins at MIT Virtual Solve Challenge Finals
Yiya AirScience, an interactive STEM learning experience for remote populations that have no access to internet, has been announced as one of the 35 winners at the MIT Virtual Solve Challenge Finals held on 29th September 2020. The team was announced as one of seven finalists under the Learning for Girls and Women Solver teams. 28 other Solver teams were announced under the four other challenges namely; Health Security and Pandemics, Good Jobs and Inclusive Entrepreneurship, Maternal and Newborn Health and Sustainable Food Systems.
As a result of the win, Yiya AirScience will receive nine months of coaching, needs analysis and impact measurement, partner matchmaking, and an increased network. A statement from Yiya’s announcement further reads, “MIT Solve’s support will help us expand Yiya AirScience to millions more Ugandan youth. Our big hairy goal is to have 3 million Ugandan young people participating in Yiya AirScience by the end of 2021.”
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