Best Ideas 2020 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.

SOS Food Bank

Stage of Idea conceptual stage, planning stage

Explain your idea in details:

Despite the fact that less that 10% individuals in Mauritius live in relative or absolute poverty, it is imperative for the economy to alleviate living standards for these remaining underprivileged groups to achieve Mauritius' UNDP goal of eradicating poverty. Food is rarely accessible for these underprivileged groups. As such, redistributing wasted food into the hands of underprivileged groups will help alleviate poverty. SOS Food Bank is a food redistribution business attempting to achieve zero hunger and consequently no poverty. We attempt to give a second life to wasted food and renew the food cycle. Our main objectives and activities are the following: 1) Redistribute wasted food from hotels, restaurants and supermarkets: SOS Food Bank fights food waste by repurposing unsold food to help underprivileged social groups. By providing logistics, SOS Food Bank acts as the intermediary between them and volunteering businesses, taking in charge legal and logistical aspects of food redistribution. Businesses will pay for such services based on volume of food given, while receiving tax exemptions and strategic CSR based on volume of meals provided to SOS Food Bank. 2) Facilitate volunteer's ability to help the community using technology: through downloadable app, food donations by businesses will be made possible. Food trucks will then transport food from businesses to the warehouse. Every morning, food will be redistributed to the respective underprivileged areas. 3) SOS Food Bank further attempts to alleviate poverty through raising awareness on poverty through our website, and empowerment of lower-income groups in provision of education and training to acquire adequate skills. Volunteers engaging in donations or voluntary training can register through website. Food redistribution will enhance concentration of attendees during the training programs that attempt to enhance their autonomy and self-sufficiency to alleviate poverty. 4) Achieve world-wide recognition and establishment.

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Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

SOS Food Bank's vision statement: "We believe in reaching zero food wastage and zero food to landfills while eradicating world hunger through increasing underprivileged's access to food". SOS Food Bank's mission statement: "Allow businesses and individuals to find a second life to their food by repurposing wasted food and redistributing them toward lower-income groups". Hence, SOS Food Bank targets UN Sustainable Development Goals 1 and 2: 'No poverty' and 'Zero Hunger' respectively. -Goal 1 (No poverty), Target 1 "eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere" will be targeted through our website. Through website raising awareness on underprivileged social groups, international cooperation will be made possible through willingness to aid eradicate extreme poverty in their respective countries. Moreover, possibility to set up SOS Food Bank abroad will further enable international alleviation of extreme poverty through ability to allow satisfying basic needs for food. The mobile app may simultaneously notify downloaders of SOS Food Bank fund-raising events. Success will be measured through global reach and world-wide contribution SOS Food Bank has made possible. -Goal 2 (Zero Hunger), Target 1 "end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations" will be targeted through availability of logistics to redistribute food around the country. Downloadable app will allow food donations by businesses and households to be made in a simple click all around the country. Ability to set up SOS Food Bank internationally will also allow international cooperation. Success will be evaluated through measuring child and infant mortality rates due to malnutrition as these vulnerable groups are often most vulnerable to such diseases. This will also be evaluated through weighing pounds of food redistributed cumulatively. -Goal 2 (Zero Hunger), Target 2 "end all forms of malnutrition" will be targeted through ability to provide healthy food for all.

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Plans for implementation and sustainability

The business model involves utilization of technology to fight for zero hunger. To be able to successfully provide logistics services in combination with advocacy and donations to lower-income groups, intricate planning should be carried out. - In legal constraints, SOS Food Bank will apply for limited liability through incorporating the company and allow tax exemptions. SOS Food Bank will also ask for government agreement to allow specific tax exemptions to businesses based on volume of food given. - In Human Resources, SOS Food Bank will adopt a Shamrock organisation. Core operating staff will involve key managers responsible for decision making and 1 distributor for each district. Volunteers will be considered part-time temporary staff to serve the 9 districts of Mauritius. Establishing a sense of purpose according to Pink's Drive theory will be the main motivator. Mobile app developers and website developers will be the contractual fringe, employed to develop the mobile app and achieve international cooperation. - In Marketing, targeted market will be the mass market in order to attract largest amount of volunteers. The product will be delivery services targeted to lower-income groups and businesses/hotels willing to donate food. The website and downloadable app notifying population of the fund-raising activities will be targeted to the general public. These activities will be advertised online on social media platforms, with large reach; as well as on NGOs' websites. Warehouses will be opened up in all 9 districts of Mauritius for quick distribution services. - In Finance, logistics will be financed mainly through income from redistribution services. Other finance methods include Mauritian Central Bank's grant credits, tax exemptions, NGO's financial supports, CSR from companies and donations. - In production, quality control will be used to make sure that food distributed is of adequate quality before redistributing to lower-income.

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Your profile

Amber Kwok is a 17-years old Mauritian. Considered as the most developed Newly-Industrialized Country in Africa, Mauritius has made considerable improvement in economic growth and thus living standards of its population. However, income inequalities still prevail in the country. As such, her interest in reaching an Egalitarian society prevail from her Personal Project, where she attempted to raise awareness on poverty through photography. This inspired her to pursue voluntary work and fund raising activities for NGOs by volunteering at Caritas, Quartier de Lumiere, amongst others. Inspiration for SOS Food Bank stemmed her notion that one mans trash is another mans treasure. As such, realizing that food, a previous necessity, is often wasted by restaurants and hotel buffets, she realized that redistribution of such wasted food towards underprivileged groups would be desirable. Hence, this would reduce waste, while simultaneously allowing no hunger and no poverty. Amber is a highly motivated leader and innovator, having numerous achievements and awards. Being the leader of her group in the SEMYIA Stock Exchange Competition, she has developed into an effective and motivating leader. She has been able to carefully planned different tasks, delegated work equally, resolved conflicts between group members and managed her group, allowing all group members to synergistically work together. She has simultaneously enhanced her understanding on the functioning of markets. She has further developed a business mind through her participation in internships at 2 corporate businesses. She has recently participated in a work experience at InvestIN to further enhance her understanding of business functions. Her leadership skills were further developed through her DOEIA Gold Award and participating in a science competition at school. With all these qualities in play, SOS Food Bank project idea has the potential of changing the lives of millions of people in Mauritius and in the world.

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September 18, 2020 23:09

Here,i have voted too! Communication as a skill way we make interaction will assist us as social entrepreneus in sharing our ideas/project and presenting them clearly and constantly working in a better way with all team members, clients and colleagues it will help us understand the role of communication in entrepreneurship and we will furnish ourselves with some best tips to make our regular future interactions effective, also this skill will help us at the time of project explanation, elevator pitches, presentation, trainings,together let's build our careers are hereby welcomed to [email protected]/ideas/26/18538
Support by voting, commenting and sharering.

September 18, 2020 00:02

I think you are doing well! Congratulations on your idea.
Young today, we are all called to contribute with our ideas, our projects, for the advancement of this world. Each of our ideas can bring change for our society. This shows the need to plan and structure our project ideas well. We must take care to think well and define our goals. Why do we have this idea? How will we do to keep it running? What impact will our business have on society? We must therefore put the emphasis on the structuring of our project ideas since, in addition to the presentation and realization of our project ideas, we must think about its sustainability and its contribution to sustainable development.
This is my support for you!!! Keep going with your idea SOS Food Bank.

September 14, 2020 23:34

I wants to say thank you for your immense contribution to the campus and to my idea in particular and I/ll request your continuous support! And also, I will like to share with you some tips. According to Jack Ma, This Is What Your Life Should Be Like Between 20 And 60 Years Old.

Before you turn 20 years old,be a good student.
Just to get some experience.

Before you turn 30 years old, follow somebody. Go to a small company. Normally, in a big company, it is good to learn processing, you are part of a big machine. But when you go to a small company, you learn the passion, you learn the dreams. You learn how to do a lot of things at one time. So before 30 years old, its not which company you go to, its which boss you follow. A good boss teaches you differently.

Between 30 and 40 years, you need to think clearly whether you want to work for yourself, if you want to be an entrepreneur.

When you/re between 40 and 50 years old, you must do all the things that you are good at. Dont try to jump into the new area, its too late. You may be successful. But the rate of dying is too big. So when you/re between 40 and 50 ,think about how you can focus on things that you are good at

But when you are 50 to 60 years old, work for the young people. Because young people can do better than you. So rely on them, invest in them, and make sure they/re good

When you are over 60 years old, spend time on yourself.
On the beach, sunshine, its too late for you to change.

And I agree with Mr. ma!

To change the world, invest in youth.
The secret here is helping those who want to be successful, help young people. Help small guys. Because small guys will be big.
Young people will have the seeds you bury in their minds and when they grow up they will change the world.

Our message for today!


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September 10, 2020 23:16

My dear [email protected], I am happy for the journey so far for all of us. It is September and perhaps we are in the middle of this great campus. In view of this, I am using this medium to thank you for supporting my idea with your comments and votes. I want you to understand that your support is very important to me and the people my idea seek to serve. Once again, to add to all my other comments on your idea, I am sharing with you further tips on traits of being a successful entrepreneur and how to acquire them.

If you are pursuing a dream for becoming a young successful entrepreneur you should know that there is no given recipe for becoming like one of the famous persons that inspire and motivate you all the time. However, there are some characteristics, which successful people share, that can be considered as the main ingredients or the salt and pepper of champion entrepreneurs.
History has shown that some people were at the right time at the right moment, while entrepreneurs have confirmed something else. No matter what the moment was, the ones who took risks succeeded.

According to successful people have the following traits:
Determined, Not afraid to take risks, Confident, Constant learners, Know how to deal with failure, Passionate about their businesses, Highly adaptable, Understand money management, Networking experts, Great at selling and promoting

Meanwhile, shares a list that includes these traits:
Passion and motivation, Risk taking, Self-belief, hard work and discipled dedication, Adaptability and flexibility, Money management, Business and market understanding, Planning, Networking abilities, They include failure in their plans and They kind of doubt themselves

I hope you will derive some benefits from this.

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Best of luck in your implementation.

September 10, 2020 21:51

Dear [email protected] Food Bank, your idea intending to recycle food is a commendable one and I appreciate for coming up with such idea. However, to add to your solution, , I am sharing with you questions from one of our trainings that can help in refining your idea.

What business model will I follow to implement this idea?
What methodology or strategy will I use during different processes of implementing this idea?
Which are the processes I have to go through until the finalization of the idea?
What means or tools do I need to implement my idea?
Which are my potential collaborators, investors?

I honestly suggest that before you submit your idea or project, please ask yourself these questions and even if you have submitted your idea, do remember that we still have opportunity to refine our ideas and resubmit. I hope that you find this beneficial to your idea.

Also, please do create time and take the campus online trainings as the trainings are there to help campus members understand what it is to be an entrepreneur.

Finally, I have commented on your idea; please consider supporting my idea with your votes and comments

September 10, 2020 20:22

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September 9, 2020 20:52

Dear friend @SOS Food Bank, your idea operating a circular economy through food is commendable. Though there is hunger and poverty globally couple with the pandemic, statistics shows that food wastages is at a high rate. Also while readind ideas of campus members, I have come across a couple of the ideas intending to serve the same purpose as yours. Therefore, I suggest you collaborate with these campus members for effective business delivery. Also endeavor to take the campus online training as you will acquire the necessary skills to deal with the ups and downs of entrepreneurship if you do so.

Finally, please should you come online soon, consider supporting my idea with your votes and comments @

Thank you for supporting my idea with your votes and comments

September 9, 2020 20:26

[email protected]! Again best of luck to you!and here share encouraging words with all campus entrepreneurs intending to grow, it is important for us to sportively accept failures as different possibilities.As great entrepreneurs we have to do this and tell others they need not worry about failures.In fact the best of entrepreneurs do follow their ideas/projects at the cost of repeated failures,because every missed steps will get us closer to success.we must be willing to take certain risks,so that we learn from our mistakes and become capable enough to answer questions correctly to make investors feel comfortable with our dedicated ideas/projects.This shows us why if someone approaches us as entrepreneurs in future with an idea's project,we wun't immediately reject it as ineffective but work together in an innovative way by permitting him/her to think around the idea and determine if it really makes sense and if something goes wrong we wunt discourage that person,instead we will be grateful for learning something new,gain experience and learn from such meetings like this that linked us all here(!)Thanks be to them again,for this campus has encouraged us all to take more risks by analyzing every aspect of that risk.PLEASE I WOULD KINDLY ADVICE YOU ALSO CONCIDER ENROLING AT THE CAMPUS ONLINE COURSES,SURELY IT HELPS!
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