STARTUPPER OF THE YEAR BY TOTAL - [SOUTH-AFRICA]
Winners revealed! Congratulations to the winners, the Top Female Entrepreneur and the Grand Regional Winners! Thanks to everyone who participated and helped make this Challenge a success! Come back to the website regularly for more information on the next Challenge.
THE WINNERS OF 2018-2019 EDITION ARE
Nonhlanhla Phalama: Davinon Hydroponics
Top Female Entrepreneur - Davinon Hydroponics aims to establish 50x30m hydroponics farms in rural schools and orphanages across the country. This socially-focused project is based on a model where 30% of all profit is re-invested back into the schools where the hydroponics farms are set up. This will in turn enable the schools to improve their facilities and quality of education. This solar-based solution is targeted at rural communities where there is little or no access to electricity; and the re-use of water minimises water consumption in water-scarce areas. The Davinon Hydroponics project will also contribute towards sustainable employment by creating opportunities for low and semi-skilled individuals to be trained to operate the farms and supply produce to the surrounding communities and beyond.
Marnie Steyn: Feeding 1 Million People
Marnie plans to establish hydroponic home-based farms that can be set up to function in the back yard of any ordinary household. She aims to leverage on her existing network of customers requiring organic food to create a viable demand base and educate home-based growers through online training and support. With Marnie’s “Feeding 1 Million People” solution, households will be able to generate an average income of R3500 per month. This will go a long way in reducing the financial burden on grants and feeding programmes.
Kutlwano Ngwarati: Boolyx Edu-Tech
These young entrepreneurs will collectively receive financial support of R 900 000 to develop their project. They will also receive personalised support and coaching and a communications campaign to publicise their projects