Best Ideas 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solution or proposition for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category, click HERE
Explain your idea in details:
The emerging social and environmental challenges the world is facing especially that of climate change has necessitated the call to move to a green economy. Moving to a green economy will ensure environmental sustainability but will also create avenues for addressing the issues of poverty, unemployment, technological and infrastructural development. However, to move to a green economy specifically an economy built on renewable energy, cleaner technologies and climate smart agricultural practices, there is need to move from the traditional competitive approach to a more cooperative and collaborative one that allows for co-creation of ideas and cooperation with other people for positive impact. Therefore, Greennovation Colab is seeking to nurture a new community of eco innovators through the co-creation process and to leverage on the creative abilities of young people to create effective and innovative solutions to social and environmental challenges and to put Nigeria in the green economy track. It will offer a unique environment for intellectual development and collaborative opportunities to scale up ideas. Features will include workshops, training for start-ups, summits and idea challenges to unlock the potentials of young people. The objectives of Greennovation Colab are: 1. to crowdsource eco-friendly entrepreneurship ideas from young people 2. to help young people develop quality grant proposals, business models and how to maximize the entrepreneurship opportunities in the environment sector 3. to scale up young peoples innovative ideas and create effective channels of cooperation and access to funds between young innovators, the government and private investors 4. to source and mobilize funds to support youth-led green projects and innovations 5. to foster education, skill acquisition, research and capacity of youths for job creation and poverty reduction. 6. to serve as community resource for exchange of information, collection and dissemination of data and knowledge strengthening and communication systems on global environmental change.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The expected impacts of the Greennovation Colab are: 1. economically empowered youths. This will be measured by the number of youths who would be generating income from the ideas created by the Greennovation Colab training workshops 2. reduced youth unemployment. This will be evaluated by the number of employed youths from the programmes 3. reduced poverty measured by the quality of life of the beneficiaries 4. increased youth participation in climate change solutions measured by the impacts of the solutions in reducing the impacts of climate change 5. Contribution to achieving the global climate change goal measured in line with the targets of SDG 13
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Our value proposition is to provide a space and resources where green ideas will be nurtured and developed into business start-ups and prototypes that could be scaled up through partnerships and collaborations. Our key partners shall include: a) academic institutions b) funding agencies c) nonprofit organizations d) private companies e) government agencies f) grant givers We are hoping to raise the start up capital for the pilot project from donations, grants and sponsorship from partners. The funds raised will be used to rent/build the centre and equip it with required equipment for take off. Since it will be like both a resource centre and work space, applicants accepted into the lab will pay certain amount of money as participation fee along side meeting other specific criteria.
Glory Amarachi Brendan-Otuojor is the initiator of this idea. She is 35 years old and holds a master of science degree in Environmental Sciences with specialisation in Environmental Planning and Management from UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Netherlands and a bachelor of science in Geography and Regional Planning from University of Uyo, Nigeria. Glory has received some notable academic and non-academic fellowships which has helped shape her career and built her capacity to pursue her dream. In 2013, she received the prestigious Netherlands Fellowship Programme (Now Orange Knowledge Programme) which enabled her pursue and complete a masters degree at UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Netherlands. In 2015, she was awarded the CEWAS Scholarship for Developing Countrys participants for the Start-up Programme for Water, Sanitation and Natural Resources Management Entrepreneurs organized by the International Centre for Water Management Services, Willisau, Switzerland. Glory is interested in sustainable development that adheres to environmental regulations and standards and that which promotes the adoption of new ways of doing things without damage to nature and/or changing the face of the ecosystem. She has high interest in contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In July 2017, she was admitted as a participant at the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, United States. This rare privilege gave her the opportunity to participate in several side events that built her capacity on effective strategies for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. She is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Development Impact Pathfinders Initiative, a nonprofit organization which she co-founded to engage, empower and collaborate with young people to develop innovative solutions to environmental challenges and contribute to achieving sustainable development in Nigeria and beyond.