The Green Innovation Hub (GiHub) Phase 2 saw 15 innovators get $5 000 each for their environmentally friendly innovations. The Green Innovations HUB (GiHUB) Phase II Project presents young people with an opportunity to contribute to their future with support from Embassy of Sweden through UNICEF, partnering Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV), Boost Fellowship and Action 24.
Winners were selected out of 20 finalists who were trimmed from the 1000 applicants. The Green Innovations Hub (GiHUB) is an incubation space which seeks to ignite social change and unlock the potential of young people in contributing to sustainable development through novel ideas around smart energy.
Officiating the event, Youth, Sports, Arts and Culture Permanent Secretary Mr Prince Mupazviriho commended the participants for coming up with projects that aim to conserve natural resources. “The fifteen youth who will receive grants have innovations centred on preservation and conservation of our natural resource endowments.
“The beneficiaries will, therefore, be participants in conserving the environment and at the same time create sustainable livelihoods as young entrepreneurs,” he said.
SNV Country Manager Naa-Aku Acquaye-Badoo said GiHub promotes technologies that preserve the environment.
“It puts young people at the forefront of the search for environmentally sound technologies that can drive growth and create jobs,” she said.
Eden Research was one of the beneficiaries with its Integrated Farm Kit. Eden Research founder and lead researcher Takunda Chingonzo was happy to get the grant.
“I feel elated and more inspired that they believed in our innovations that they have the potential to transform the economy,” he said.
The purpose of the GiHUB is to facilitate the transformation of promising ideas into practical solutions that address real social challenges faced by local communities in which the young people are resident. The GiHUB offers a project financing facility, incubation and mentorship as well as connecting young innovators to industry giants.