Fifteen teams from around the world went through a rigorous application process and were selected from 200 prospective teams to participate in Greenpreneurs. They will be participating in twelve weeks of entrepreneurship programming to take their idea from concept to business plan for a solution that positively impacts the future of sustainable energy; water and sanitation; sustainable landscapes (forestry and agriculture); or green city development.

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Sustainable bamboo briquettes

Theme: Sustainable Energy

Team Members: David Kisakye Baleese, Maria Nampijja, Muwanga Allan, Irene Kemigisha

Divine Bamboo Group is a sustainable, socially responsible forestry and biomass energy social venture that promotes propagation and establishment of fast-growing local bamboo for production of carbonized bamboo briquettes. Our green growth idea is a double-edged approach that seeks to reduce energy insecurity and poverty by ensuring equitable access to affordable, reliable and sustainable bamboo briquettes to all as well as building capacity along the bamboo energy value chain. Bamboo briquettes burn with no soot, burn longer than charcoal and firewood and are produced from fast growing, short rotation (4 years) bamboo which is annually yielding producing 30% more biomass than trees and its harvest doesn’t necessarily amount to deforestation. Bamboo briquettes are produced through a series of processes including; efficient carbonization of bamboo biomass (culms, culm sheaths, bamboo litter and nursery culm waste) to make bamboo biochar. The biochar is crushed and thereafter mixed with a binder and a filler to form a uniform mixture which is compressed to form a densified fuel, bamboo briquettes.

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Micro-impact investing platform to accelerate electric vehicle adoption

Theme: Sustainable Energy

Team Members: Tiffany Tong, Sonika Manandhar

Green Energy Mobility (GEM) is building a micro-impact investing platform to accelerate electric vehicle adoption using digital tokens. Digital tokens are a flexible form of shop credit that can only be spent at pre-approved vendors. We help solve the problem of trust between funders and borrowers.

Nepal has the highest growth rate of carbon emissions in South Asia, with 4.25% of GDP spent on importing petroleum products in 2017. Fortunately, Nepal has enormous economically viable hydropower potential. Electric vehicles are ideal as power storage and alternative clean mobility option to reduce GHG emissions.

In the last 20 years, 700 safa tempos - or electric minibuses - mainly owned and operated by women, has made Kathmandu a green city pioneer. We are continuing this legacy by powering affordable finance for green electric vehicle micro-entrepreneurs with data. GEM’s goal is to help bus owners have a smooth transition to the green economy by being able to upgrade their technology.

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Solar powered community water pump

Theme: Water and Sanitation, Sustainable Energy

Team Members: Waiwo Pulpe, Simon Edwin

Due to limited access to water to our small village our idea is to set up a small water system so that everyone can have access to water. This whole model will be designed for mainly using Solar Water Pump System

Most children have limited access to education however we noticed that most parents and youth in our village are great fishermen. Therefore we are also planning to set up a fish market for these locals and in the end they can afford their children to access education. Again this model will be designed using Solar Freezer.

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Reducing plastic waste and offer employment opportunities to the disabled persons in Africa

Theme: Green City Development, Environment and Disability Inclusion

Team Members: Namujju Juliet, Kiggundu Sarius, Kavuma JohnMary, Nakabaka Zahara, Nabagala Agnes

Kimuli Fashionability reduces plastic waste and offers employment opportunities to disabled persons in Africa while establishing a company that creates recycled and up-cycled fashion. We produce up-cycled fashion and accessories by training and employing persons with disabilities (as trainers for trainers). We turn plastic waste like used cement bags, milk packets, sugar sacks, rice sacks and others into designer products. Homeless or rural poor youth can earn income by collecting and selling us the waste materials in their various communities. After collection, the waste is washed, dried and cut to different shapes depending on the design of the product to be made. The pieces are then blended with African fabrics like (Kitengi, Sisal, Barkcloth) into unique fashionable garments like raincoats and accessories such as shopping bags, wallets, laptop cases, etc. We organize fashion shows where the disabled showcase the products they made from waste to raise funds and creating awareness around the waste problem. This also helps to change people’s mind-set on the way they see disability not as an inability. That is also why we organize sensitization programs in schools, children camps, and rural communities to support reducing, reusing, recycling and up-cycling waste.



Recycled plastic plywood material for construction industry

Theme: Green City Development

Team Members: KOAM Chanmonirak, NAY Sodavuth, SOK Sovathpanha, SENG Kimla

Plaswood specializes in the design and manufacture of plastic plywood that uses plastic waste recycling into plastic plywood, normally made from wood chips. It can be used in any kind of activities as the substitute product in the construction industry. Focused primarily on environmental issues, the company sees that plastic waste keeps increasing and forests are being cut down. Our facility was designed and built to create a production setting that minimizes environmental variables. The company aims at:

  • Using plastic waste in production to create ply-plastic product;

  • Reducing the consumption of trees; and

  • Providing longer product durability than the existing alternatives.

For the initial process of the business, the company’s strategic operation is to make strong corporation with local waste collecting company by selecting valuable plastic wastes. The manufacturing process will start by using hi-tech machine as its operation.



Waste-to-energy technology to treat wastewater and generate renewable bio-energy

Theme: Sustainable Energy, Water and Sanitation, Green City Development

Team Members: Mahdi Ali Zadeh, Namitha Mary Thomas, Shoaib Mushtaque, Priscilla Jane Joseph, Sundara Vadhana Gurushev

BactoWatt is a cyclic waste-to-energy technology that treats wastewater and simultaneously generates renewable bio-energy. It removes up to 80% of Chemical Oxygen Demand and yields 50-90% less sludge waste. Alternatively, it also generates reusable grey water and significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Our idea is based on microbial fuel cells which is a device that converts biochemical energy to electrical energy by the action of microorganisms. The applications of BactoWatt range from wastewater treatment plants & manufacturing industries to low income communities, municipalities and non-profit organizations. BactoWatt was born out of necessity to alleviate the problems of world energy crisis, climate change, clean water and sanitation and to transform waste water into a renewable resource.

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Fortified fruit powder/flour from brewing and juicing industrial waste

Theme: Green City Development, Human Nutrition and Waste Utilization

Team Members: Pradip Sharma Pangeni, Chadani Acharya

The global scenario of ever increasing population demands alternative sources of food. Although fruit powder/flour isn’t a new idea in global the view, it is completely new to our national context.

Our idea emphasizes developing a healthy food source i.e. fruit powder/flour through the byproducts of brewing and juicing industries. We intend to utilize fruit mash from those industries and all the C grade apples which farmers can’t sell in the market which are becoming rotten due to no proper storage facility in this region. The fruit flour we make can be mixed with the local wheat flour to make traditional bread (jumli roti) higher in nutrition. The fine powder in small pouches can be fortified with minerals and vitamins and can be consumed anytime anywhere just with water. Similarly, it can be used as nutritional supplement to growing and under nourished children in the form of fruit-milk shakes and also as apple tea powder.

The apples produced in this region are declared as organic, however due to lack of storage facilities, poor knowledge on health and nutrition, high market competition and poor road access to this area (Jumla district); the farming families are not getting the appropriate benefits from their own produce. Usually 2-3 out of 10 apples produced go rotten because of lack of storage. The fruit powder would be a new product and a solution to these problems. No one has taken this initiative till now. We intend to utilize the wastage into a healthy food product rich in fiber and micro-nutrients at minimal costs and hence help the farmers to get maximum benefit from whatever is produced in their farm.

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A solar energy self-sustained vegetable, dairy, and poultry agricultural operation

Theme: Sustainable Landscapes, Sustainable Energy

Team Members: Muluken Eshetu, Gebeyehu Abu, Eyuel Abate

Ethiopia is situated near the equator where the solar irradiation is very large, and in addition to that Ethiopia also ranked first with the cattle size. This shows that the site is rich with animal by- product which is potential for Biogas. Based on this potential the team plans to cover the energy requirement in poultry for incubation purpose, in pumping system for irrigation purpose, and in milk processing from solar and biogas. Our team will develop a strategy for the logistics of raw material for a biogas plant and will use the sludge disposed from the biogas plant for agricultural purpose as fertilizer. Our team plans to supply vegetables, dairy products and poultry products with a reasonable price and a clean energy production routes.



Community sustainable seafood hubs

Theme: Sustainable Landscapes, Green City Development

Team Members: Patricia Nicole Cruz, Seanne Esguerra, Dominique Sy, Iliana Tan

Isdabest is a catch and culture solution that empowers coastal communities through market-matching, low-cost aquaculture, and social franchising. In the Philippines and much of Southeast Asia, the power imbalance in the fisheries industry causes mass poverty, food insecurity, and rural-urban migration - with the smallest players taking the toll. This power imbalance manifests as a lack of power over earnings, uncertain conditions due to climate change, and the stigma surrounding the industry. We have developed a scalable model that co-creates sustainable seafood hubs with local communities to reverse decades of poor environmental stewardship and over-fishing. Moreover, we have partnered with research organizations and government offices in order to maximize our reach and impact throughout the nation and beyond.



Scaling wastewater recycling of water possible in India with low capital investment

Theme: Water and Sanitation, Green City Development

Team Members: Kajol, Megha Nath, Amitosh Gautam, and Devinder Singh

Water is fundamental requirement, installing a wastewater treatment system is not only a legal obligation but also a necessity. But, cost is a major constraint in India for sustainable development in cities.  Hence, Rent-o-ReWa, Rent - On - REcycle WAter, is for gated communities in Indian metro cities based on concept of BOOT model (build own operate transfer). The object of this model is to reduce freshwater intake consumption and encourage recycling of water at community level. In this model residential association need not to pay any upfront cost for installation of wastewater treatment system but will pay as they use. Our business proposition is governed by a Water Purchase Agreement (WPA) between the supplier and residential apartment based on pre-determined period and present water consumption cost. Model is unique as:

  1. Low Capital investment than the Capex model for setting up the system

  2. Less worries about operations and maintenance of system.

  3. Fulfilling legal obligation to avoid paying penalties, and at same time save fresh water intake.

  4. Better monitoring and management of water consumption.

  5. Technical assistance in choosing most viable and cleaner technology

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Interlocking bricks for building affordable, environmentally friendly shelters

Theme: Green City Development

Team Members: Kongngy Hav, Menglong Seng and Kong Huy

My Dream Home (MDH) is a social enterprise that is addressing chronic shelter shortage in Cambodia through the production of affordable, environmentally friendly, and easy-to-construct interlocking bricks. MDH has developed interlocking bricks similar to the concept behind the well-known LEGO® bricks. MDH’s bricks are made from local materials that are abundant across Cambodia. When interlocking bricks are used to construct a building, the project requires less cement and labour, and the time to complete the project is shortened. A home using MDH’s interlocking bricks can be built in three months or less. Most importantly, the total cost to construct a home via a “do-it-yourself” method using interlocking bricks is 20-40% less than when traditional bricks are used.    

The target audience for MDH is young adults living near Phnom Penh capital, and Siem Reap province of Cambodia and other big provinces in Cambodia, specifically low-and-middle-income families who desire to improve their living situation and create a better life for themselves.



Decentralized wastewater treatment system

Theme: Water and Sanitation

Team Members: Aia Abul- Haj, Motaz Al-Thaher, Zain Abul-Haj and Samar Asaad

SOLVillion is a start-up that provides innovative engineering solutions in full package services to its customers, related to water & sanitation system in a safe, low cost, green and high quality standards. Including pre and post consultation and customer services.

SOLVillion Develops a solution on water and sanitation field called DWWS Decentralized Waste Water treatment System based on plastic tanks components. The system is developed as an affordable on-site solution for households in rural areas without access to sewerage systems. It allows recycling of household wastewater (Black-water) and safely reusing it for agriculture, e.g. home gardening, and greening. Each system is customized, easy to operate, maintain, and low in energy consumption.

Check DWWS video HERE to have an overview about system idea & design.


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Recycling of plastic waste into construction materials

Theme: Green City Development

Team Members: Rosette Muhoza and David Kinzuzi

My Green Home is a social enterprise that is addressing the challenges of urban waste management. Accumulation of plastic waste has created a big challenge in Rwanda, despite serious measures to ban them, due to their very low biodegradability property and presence into big volumes. When plastic waste is not recycled it harms the soil, the water and the air we live in, this not only affects people in general but also it has put our planet at risk.

We are creating an environmentally friendly product through the recycling of plastic waste into construction materials. Our goal is to create durable products from plastic waste, sustainably produced locally, using readily available skills and resources, creating green jobs. We want to grow into a social enterprise that will revolutionize the construction industry in Rwanda, introducing first of its kind paving bricks produced from recycled plastic waste.

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A self-sustainable production system providing clean water and high nutrition-quality super-foods

Theme: Water and Sanitation, Sustainable Food Production

Team Members: María Fernanda Parra, María Angélica Parra, Billy Cárdenas

Solario Biotechnology is a social scientific-based start-up committed to fighting under-nutrition and poverty due to low and limited access to clean water (water poverty), which limits the production of enough, safe and high-quality food. To achieve this in Solario Biotechnology, we have been developing a self-sustainable production system, which gives clean water at the same time that produces high nutrition-quality super-foods with microalgae Spirulina and the plant Salicornia, with biotechnology and biomimicry technologies.

We want to lead the collective production of Salicornia and Spirulina, reducing to zero the under-nutrition problems where the system operates, starting in the region of La Guajira Colombia, making a process of technology transfer to the Wayuu indigenous community, and proving to be at the same time highly profitable with a strong business model.

We believe in the socially transformative power of food.



A natural tanning solution that recycles fish skin waste to produce exotic leather products

Theme: Water and Sanitation, Sustainable Fashion

Team Members: Nawal, Hanane, Hasna, Meryem

Every year, the global leather industry slaughters more than a billion animals and tans their skins. Most illegal leather types used come from the snakes and crocodiles. The animals are shot or crudely bludgeoned with hammers.

On the other hand more than 40% of the quantity of fish is a waste, that creates bad smells and health problems like allergies, a problem that we live with, because Morocco have two coastal sides, Atlantic and Mediterranean, that make us the first producer of fish in Africa with more than 1,3 MTons /year.

That’s why we lunched our solution of recycling the fish waste to produce an exotic leather exactly similar to snakes and crocodile leather by using a natural dry tanning process that saves water and leftovers are used as fertilizer. We also create better working condition for women in coastal areas with a stable income.

In seaskin we sell the fish leather as a primary material for designers and artisans and fashionable products based on fish leather for concept stores and hotel stores.