Overview of the competition year 2016

The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an online platform and a global programme to empower young entrepreneurs and innovators to create a sustainable world.

Figuren-und-IconsThe Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition has two components. One is the Entrepreneurship Campus, where young people can take free online classes in entrepreneurship education and gain some skills in entrepreneurship and learn how to successfully conceive and build up start-ups with a positive impact on society. In addition, they can exchange ideas about various entrepreneurial concepts and teachings. In 2016, more than 2,000 active young people registered with the Entrepreneurship Campus and added value to many productive discussions about entrepreneurship with their ideas, comments and recommendations. Furthermore, over 800 online courses in entrepreneurship education were taken.

The other component is the Competition, where young people from around the world are invited to submit their innovative ideas and projects with a societal impact, which champion and implement one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year, we received 1232 ideas and 645 projects which passed a screening procedure conducted by the Competition administative team. Finally, 217 Best Ideas and 123 Best Projects were selected and posted on the Competition website for voting. 10 finalists in each of the two categories were shortlisted based on the greatest amount of votes received from the global online public. The winners amongst the 10 finalists in the two categories of Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition were selected by a Panel of Judges.

The winners of the 2016 Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Campus were announced at Free University Berlin, Germany on 8 October 2016 during the 2016 Entrepreneurship Summit, an international gathering of more than 1200 leading entrepreneurs, social and cultural innovators as well as creative thinkers .

The winning ideas and projects of the 2016 Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition are as follows:

Best Ideas Category

First Prize winner

The Solar Lampurifier by Abdel Baary, Irving Tan & Ahmed Atheeq, Singapore


Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6JN_f789Cw

Using rainwater as the main source of water for third world countries is the main scope of the solar lampurifier project idea. Rainwater will be collected, filtered and stored and will serve as safe drinking water. The lamp post will use solar energy to charge the on-board battery power supply. The latter will power up lights at night and two sensors which detect light intensity and presence of water. The idea is to help with issues related to the safety and accessibility of drinking in many parts of the world. The solar lampurifier can be placed at the sides of pathways and roads. A key feature implemented into the design is the interchangeable water filter. This filter is designed to function like cartridges, making it therewith easy to be replaced.

Second Prize winner

Peanut Milk Preventing Malnutrition by Tran Dang, Vietnam


Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03tIRvz5bS4

Poor families living in rural areas of Vietnam cannot afford to buy milk for their children, so that the latter suffer from malnourishment and therewith from physical growth. Peanuts are abundant in Vietnam, but most local residents are not aware of their great health benefit of nourishing children. Peanuts’ effectiveness in reducing the malnutrition of children has been proven by Ready-to-use Therapeutic Food, a peanut butter-based product provided by WHO to malnourished African children. The objective of this idea is to produce affordable peanut milk boxes and to distribute them to kindergartens in North Central Coast of Vietnam, where the rate of children malnutrition is high. The goal of this idea is to decrease the rate of child malnutrition in Vietnam by 5% within a 3 years’ period.

Third Prize winner & People’s Choice Award winner

VISE-UP: visor for sighted pedestrians with an add-on belt for blind pedestrians by Lakshya Pawan Shyam, India


Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkFCsCPo5Hw

The objective of the idea is to design, build and test a wearable, easy to use and affordable device that alerts sighted pedestrians, headphone-wearing pedestrians, and blind pedestrians of an approaching threat like vehicles,. VISE-UP is a wearable, easy to use, affordable visor cap with three mounted web cameras that provide 360 degrees live feed of surroundings (120 degrees per camera). Inside the shade of the visor cap is a small on-board computer, RaspberryPi2, which uses image recognition and algorithms to detect approaching threats. Upon detection, VISE-UP triggers a loud alert for visually impaired people in their android mobile phone.
For headphone-wearing pedestrians their music is muted. For blind pedestrians VISE-UP triggers a wireless signal to his/her belt which vibrates vigorously in the direction of the approaching threat. In all scenarios, a pedestrian gets enough time to move out of harm’s way. VISE-UP will reduce pedestrian accidents and safe numerous lives. The idea has a patent and companies like Shenzen are partnering by producing the VISE-UP device.

Best Projects Category

First Prize winner

Project Dignity by Natasha Annie Tonthola, Malawi


Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9AgIHnIEaM

The purpose of Dignity project is to enabling girls in Malawi to use eco-friendly 100% bio-degradable and reusable sanitary products (pads, tampons and diapers). The goal of the project is to keep marginalized girls in schools through proper sanitary wear and therewith to break cultural barriers about menstruation that keep girls out of schools. Project Dignity is an initiative of The Mama Africa Foundation Trust, which has designed, manufactured and distributed free reusable sanitary pads to keep girls in school. Project Dignity has reduced cases of school absenteeism and dropouts among adolescents school going girls, due to poor menstrual hygiene management. One of the objectives of Project Dignity is to be able to reach out to 500,000 marginalized girls a year. Project Dignity is replicable, scalable, sustainable, cost effective , and contributes to girls education and to environmental protection.

Second Prize winner & People’s Choice Award winner

Joydely Solar Back Packs by Deodatus Goodluck, Tanzania


Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rn49JMf4a1c

The Joydely Solar Back Packs involves the production of bags that use solar energy to provide some light at night, especially for people living in rural areas, who are harmed by the intense smoke caused by the use of kerosene for lighting the lanterns that they normally use, leading to respiratory diseases. Also, many students and people in general cannot afford kerosene for laterns and lamps, because it is too expensive. This project has provided opportunities for students and people in rural areas to run various activities at nighttime from 6 up to 8 hours such as reading and studying. Another type of bags run by solar energy is used for charging various devices such as mobile phones, laptops, cameras and small radios.

Third Prize winner

Developing Scientific Temper & India-Afghanistan Teacher Training Cooperation by Lakshyam Pawan Shyam, India


Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QItG9dG-D8g

The main objectives of the project consist of developing scientific temper in public and private under-served schools in both primary and middle levels. The project conducts teacher training on developing scientific temper amongst students. Scientific experiments and teacher trainings are conducted in over 100 schools in Ballabgarh and Faridabad and in Haryana and Karnataka. Teachers are trained to conduct classroom teaching innovatively in a manner that develops scientific temper. The project contributes towards reducing inequity between under-served and well-resourced schools. By training teachers, the project helps to increase the supply of qualified teachers and to get young students interested in science and to increase their scientific knowledge.

Congratulation to the winners of the 2016 Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition!

We look forward to your participation in the 2017 Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition!

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  1. Asia.

    24.11.2016 · Reply

    This year I have not made, next round 2017 hope will be best opportunity for me to win the competition. All the Best to the winners 2016.

  2. Profile photo of Sudiksha Kaushik

    Good Day Sir

    I have completed my online course in Entrepreneurship. Please advise when will I receive my certificate.

    Best Regards
    Sudiksha Kaushik

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