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Meet the 2018 Winners

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Meet the 2018 winners



Shape healthy, resilient, and sustainable places through living green infrastructure

Theme: Green City Development

Team Members: Sirey Sum, Aaron Sexton, Hinson Oudom


CGI team member Aaron Sexton at the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) Headquarters in Seoul, South Korea with GGGI Chair and former UN Secretary-General Ban ki-moon and GGGI Director-General Frank Rijsberman

Based in Phnom Penh city - Cambodia, CGI works with the local city to address stormwater and urban green space issues. In order to maximize our impact, we intend to extend our services into other important economic growth areas, including: Ta Khmau, Kampot, Kep, and Siem Reap. CGI provides architectural and landscape design services for streetscape and bioretention systems to respond to the need for greater awareness and resources to promote design, installation, and maintenance of green infrastructure in local communities.


Zelij Invent - PAVECO (MOROCCO)

Eco-friendly paving stones

Theme: Green City Development

Team Members: Saif-Eddine Laalej, Houda Mirouche


Zelij Invent team member Saif-Eddine Laalej at the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) Headquarters in Seoul, South Korea with GGGI Chair and former UN Secretary-General Ban ki-moon and GGGI Director-General Frank Rijsberman

Zelij Invent has developed a formula based on 80% plastic waste and other additives that can replace materials such as concrete. Our first product is “PAVECO” - an eco-friendly paving stone. They can be used in all the all same ways as regular paving stones in sidewalks, gardens and more, but

  • a) use less energy and water in production;

  • b) are cheaper to produce;

  • c) offer better insulation and are more durable than most alternatives.

Our production process starts by collecting plastic waste and raw material surplus from suppliers. We use our patent-pending machines to transform the materials into a mixture that can be molded into different shapes and colours.



Solar and clean biomass cooking technologies

Theme: Sustainable Energy

Team Members: Kakembo Galabuzi Brian, Eng. Nyeverai Rujeko Mushove, Eng. Kyeswa Philip, Eng. Nassanga Rhodah Nakate


WEYE team member Kakembo Galabuzi Brian at the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) Headquarters in Seoul, South Korea with GGGI Chair and former UN Secretary-General Ban ki-moon and GGGI Director-General Frank Rijsberman

WEYE Clean Energy Company is part of a venture that combines solar and clean biomass cooking technologies to provide an affordable and clean source of cooking fuel in  schools, universities, prisons and hospitals in Uganda and Zimbabwe.

For a long time firewood has been the cheapest source of cooking fuel in East Africa and is widely adopted despite its negative impact to health and the environment. Alternative cooking technologies such as solar cookers, biogas cookers and fuel briquettes exist but have not been affordable for institutions to set up and maintain.

Fuel briquettes have the most potential to be an affordable alternative source of cooking energy in institutional kitchens but their adaptation to institutional kitchens has been hindered by the lack of stove technology.

WEYE Clean Energy Company sources material and produces affordable and efficient cooking briquettes by carbonizing, crushing and compressing organic agricultural waste from farms, food markets and households. Our business reinvests profits into market expansion, and training youth and women from slum communities to become employed by WEYE, sourcing materials and marketing our products. 



Natural pesticide with enhanced rainfastness

Theme: Sustainable Landscapes

Team Members: Jonathan Kent Sorensen, Natali Gupita Abhirama, Albertus Alphero, Tangkilisan, Muhammad Hafish Mahdi, Yohanes Susanto


Bumdest team member Jonathan Kent Sorensen at the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) Headquarters in Seoul, South Korea with GGGI Chair and former UN Secretary-General Ban ki-moon and GGGI Director-General Frank Rijsberman

Bumdest develops a natural pesticide with enhanced rainfastness, whose raw materials come from local natural resources in Samigaluh District, Kulon Progo, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

We formulate our pesticide by combining eugenol and citral from clove and lemongrass oil which are available abundantly and commonly produced in Indonesian farms. Using this combination of essential oils increases the effectiveness and scope of a natural pesticide. The effectiveness of eugenol and citral is known to decrease by the time due to its volatility so Bumdest overcomes this challenges through entrapment using chitosan which is produced from crustacean shell waste. The use of chitosan as our matrix is saves up to 45% of the spray volume of pesticide.

Besides these three materials mentioned we also utilize saponin from tea seeds waste as adjuvant to increase the rainfastness of natural pesticide. Saponin is chosen due to its structure which makes it become amphiphilic and surface-active compound.

Our natural pesticide with enhanced rainfastness is produced by a Samigaluh village-owned enterprise. Leveraging a village-owned enterprise aligns with the social purpose of Bumdest which is to empower rural economies and reduce economic inequality in Indonesia. Since the extraction of clove and lemongrass oil is frequently done already by Samigaluh farmers, the development and replication of our business is more effective and sustainable by being led by these farmers.


What is Greenpreneurs

GREENPRENEURS is a cross-cutting accelerator program supporting youth-led new and emerging solutions to global sustainable development challenges.

Young people are our engines of innovation who are ready to contribute solutions for a
healthy environment, safe climate and thriving clean economy. The goal of GREENPRENEURS is to unlock, accelerate and support the natural innovative tendencies of youth to foster a generation of climate and development leaders that are collaborative implementers of green solutions.

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Winning team's trip visiting GGGI's Head Office in Seoul, South Korea.

accelerating youth innovation:

GREENPRENEURS is a twelve-week global green entrepreneurship accelerator and competition open to youth between the ages of 17 and 35. Youth may submit their idea for a solution that positively impacts the future of sustainable energy; water and sanitation; sustainable landscapes (forestry and agriculture); or green city development.

These priority themes reflect the urgent issues impeding growth in developing countries in the context of green growth, climate change, and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Its intentional broadness is expected to ensure maximum inclusion of creative and innovative ideas from around the world.

Key features of the program are 1) a series of webinars, 2) business plan competition, and 3) mentorship/small-scale seed funding for the winners of the program to take their ideas from conversation to tangible impact.

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Student Energy and Youth Climate Lab facilitating a climate action workshop at the 2017 Conference of Youth in Bonn, Germany 

frequently asked

Please contact greenpreneurs@studentenergy.org if you have any further questions or would like to engage with the program as an organization or mentor. 

When does the program start and finish?

For 2019, the core program will run from June 3rd to Aug. 25th. Each week will feature a virtual webinar, mentorship and weekly tasks supplemented with online resources and inter-team communication on the Greenpreneurs web portal. At the end of week 12, each team will submit their Business Plan with the winners announced in Sept.

How do I participate in the program?

The program will be run virtually to make sure youth can participate globally. This means you will need a consistent internet connection to participate, one that can support a virtual webinar (hosted on ZOOM) and G-suites. Test your internet connection here. Remember, your public library will often have community internet access (but bring headphones!).

What internet bandwidth do I need for zoom Webinars?

System Requirements for ZOOM include:

  • 2.0 Mbps up and down for single screen
  • 2.0 Mbps up 4.0 Mbps down for dual screen
  • 2.0 Mbps up 6.0 Mbps down for triple screen
  • For screen sharing only: 150-300kbps
  • For audio VoIP: 60-80kbps

Test your internet connection here.

What regions can participate?

For this competition, only teams working for/within GGGI Member Countries, which are primarily lower-income and middle-income economies, can participate. Those from other countries may apply, however, preference will be given to GGGI Members.

What prizes can I win?

This year, the top three teams who win the Business Plan Competition will win USD$5,000 per team in seed funding to get the initiative started. We will also have bursaries to the 2021 International Student Energy Summit available - a Summit which unites 700 students from 100+ countries to engage with the world's energy leaders and innovate for the sustainable energy future. Finally, depending on countries participating, there will also be the potential to collaborate with the Global Green Growth Institute at their country offices. 

Do I need to apply in a team?

Yes. We will consider teams with 2 - 5 members, but we recommend teams of 3 - 4 members, with enough people to pool skillsets, not so many that you spend all your time coordinating schedules. Collaboration is a key component of this accelerator and as it is a condensed accelerator, you will be able to take your idea to a more developed stage by working with a team. We highly encourage teams led by women or with women members to apply!

Do I need experience in entrepreneurship?

Nope! However, we do recommend that you apply with some experience in sustainability or the topic of your idea. This accelerator will be fast-paced, so the more knowledge you have of your community/regional context and the topic you are working with the greater your competitive advantage. 

how many hours per week are required?

Each week there will be a one-hour webinar, a task submission, content to read and mentorship meetings. At a minimum, teams should expect to spend around 5 hours per week participating in the program. Teams may spend more time, if they wish, going through 'dive-deeper' resources provided online or working on their projects given their personal schedules.


the collaborators

Greenpreneurs grew out of the collective goal of three organizations: The Global Green Growth Institute, Student Energy, and Youth Climate Lab, who wanted to support young people develop a sustainable idea or solution that would positively impact their communities and the Sustainable Development Goals. 


GGGI Logo.pngGlobal Green Growth Institute

The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is a treaty-based international, inter-governmental organization dedicated to supporting and promoting strong, inclusive and sustainable economic growth in developing countries and emerging economies. GGGI was founded on the belief that economic growth and environmental sustainability are not merely compatible objectives; their integration is essential for the future of humankind. GGGI works with partners in the public and private sector in developing and emerging countries around the world to put green growth at the heart of economic planning.

YCL Logo.png     Youth Climate Lab

Youth Climate Lab (YCL) is a youth-for-youth lab dedicated to supporting and creating
innovative projects for climate action. YCL works with governments, businesses, civil society and international organizations to identify, design and pilot new ideas for effective climate action. YCL focuses on delivering a range of programs that have demonstrated potential to stimulate climate innovation and create strategies and tools to make it easier to get involved in climate action.

SE-vert-clr-bg.png         Student Energy

Student Energy is a global charity working to create the next generation of energy leaders who will accelerate our transition to a sustainable energy future. For eight years, Student Energy has proven its ability to deliver programs that accelerate young people’s ability to innovate and take action on energy. From starting the world’s largest global conference on energy for students, to delivering cutting edge Energy Literacy content, to launching university-level Chapters, Student Energy is known for inspiring student action, building youth skills, and successfully shaping the future of energy.