Ten teams from around the world went through a rigorous application process and were selected from 350 prospective teams to participate in Greenpreneurs. They will be participating in ten 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.



African GreenTech for scaling up Agroecology

Theme: Sustainable Landscapes

Team Members: Johannes Goudjanou, Yousra Moustafid, Marie-Michaire Lima, Bernice Kpondehou

Awarded Best World "Innovations for Agroecology" by FAO and Winner of the ICAF AWARD (Climate Initiatives) 2017 at COP23, PREMIUM HORTUS is the African greentech for scaling agroecology to achieve the SDGs, specializing in the e-commerce of agroecological products, organic production and farmers support.

Available as a web, mobile platform, big data and payment solutions, PREMIUM HORTUS allows you to subscribe, order, pay online, to get home-delivered fruits, vegetables, and organic products safely. As such, users can control their consumption, reduce waste, donate or transfer food, and receive a food insurance credit. Waste is limited and recycled for organic composting, biogas, and for the cosmetics industry.

With its organic farms, producers benefit from adequate technologies that facilitate their responsible production and adaptations to climate change. With PREMIUM HORTUS, they have easy access to natural seeds, technical support (informations, pest management, control of rainfall, seeds, water control techniques, planning, biological processing, recycling, diversification, marketing, and green management.), knowledge and sharing of experiences. They can easily monitor the evolution of stocks remotely by phone or PC.

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

Theme: Green City Development

Team Members: Sirey Sum, Aaron Sexton, Hinson Oudom

Based in Phnom Penh city - Cambodia, CGI will work with the local city to address stormwater and urban green space issues in the capital city. 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 will provide architectural and landscape design services in 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.



Eco-friendly paving stones

Theme: Green City Development

Team Members: Saif-Eddine Laalej, Houda Mirouche

We’ve developed a new formula based on 80% of plastic waste and other additives that can replace and be used in place of such materials as concrete. Our startup’s first product is “PAVECO” - an eco-friendly paving stones. They can be used in all the same ways as regular products in sidewalks, gardens and more, but

  • use less energy and water in production;

  • are cheaper to produce;

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

Our production process start by collecting plastic waste from NGO’s, farmers and other suppliers also the raw material. We then put the formula in special machines that transform the materials into a mixture ready to be moulded into different shapes and different colours.



Smart blockchain microgrid for local villages in India

Theme: Sustainable Energy, Green City Development

Team Members: Lalitha Mahalingam, Abhijeet More

Our idea is to implement a smart microgrid in India incorporating the concept of blockchain technology. We want to target local villages of India and develop a solar based local community which will work in a self sustainable fashion.

The vision of the company is about helping rural communities and helping India achieve its 175 GW renewable energy target with the help of solar microgrids. This will in turn help in increasing awareness in rural India on clean energy sources. Rural renewable uplift with the help of electricity from reliable clean energy sources is our goal.

We want to empower rural communities especially women with the help of electricity from clean energy sources and want to create employment opportunities for women, those in the lower most rung of the ladder, Promotion of cottage industries that depend on good quality energy. We want to provide rural women a sense of pride and dignity while giving them a source of income. Apart from powering the local village with clean energy, we will also be involved in economic development of village like women empowerment, education, etc.


GREENfluidics (MEXICO)

Intelligent biopanel that captures solar radiation and transforms it into electrical energy

Theme: Sustainable Energy, Green City Development

Team Members: Kathia Alvarez Benitez, Juan Antonio Arriaga Viveros, Diego Armando Arellano Vazquez, Adan Ramirez Sanchez

Greenfluidics is an intelligent biopanel that captures solar radiation and transforms it into electrical energy. The system combines the photosynthesis of microalgae with organic nanofluids that optimizes thermal transport through bioinspired channels, such as the branches of a tree, in addition the system provides thermal comfort, absorbs carbon dioxide from the environment and releases oxygen in an easy way and with a low maintenance cost. This biopanel could generate up to 2 Mw / m2 per year. This biopanel is based on the methodology of evaluation of the social life cycle. This allows to evaluate the economic benefits and the environmental impacts of the extraction of materials until the end of the use. This system is not only a source of energy, it is a solution for sustainable development, which reduces the negative impacts and increases the benefits compared to photovoltaic solar panels.



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


Eco-Africa cooks Clean is an venture that looks at combining of Solar and clean Biomass cooking technologies to provide a very affordable and clean source of cooking fuel in institutions like schools, universities, prisons and hospitals in Uganda and Zimbabwe. For a long time now firewood has been the cheapest source of cooking fuel and was widely adopted despite its negative impact to the environment. Alternative cooking technologies such as solar cookers, biogas cookers and fuel briquettes exist but these have not been affordable for institution to set up and maintain. Fuel briquettes have the most potential to be an affordable alternative source of cooking energy in institutional kitchens but there adaptation in the institutional kitchens has been hindered by the lack of stove technology . These fuel briquettes are a form of cooking charcoal that is produced from carbonizing, crushing and compressing of Organic agricultural waste from farms, food markets and house hold.



Natural pesticide with enhanced rainfastness

Theme: Sustainable Landscapes

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

Our idea seeks to develop 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 in abundant number and commonly produced within Indonesian farms. Using combination of these essential oils is done in order to increase the effectiveness and scope of a natural pesticide. However, the effectiveness of eugenol and citral is also known to decrease by the time due to its volatility. Thus, entrapment using chitosan which is produced from crustacean shell waste is done to overcome this problem. The use of chitosan as our matrix is reported to save spray volume of pesticide up to 45%. Besides the three materials mentioned previously, 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 then will be run and produced by Samigaluh village-owned enterprise. Utilization of village-owned enterprise is done to suit with our business ideas’ purposes which is to empower rural economy and decrease the economic inequality happened in Indonesia. Besides, the extraction of clove and lemongrass oil is a common production within Samigaluh farmers, so the development of our business idea will be easier to be run and produced by them.



Organic fertilizers and pesticides

Theme: Sustainable Landscapes

Team Members: Ntirenganya Elie, Uwayezu Janvier, Ingabire Theogen

Our novel is production of organic composts from grasses and domestic wastes. We use EM technology (Effective Microorganism Technology). EM contains selected species of microorganisms including predominant populations of lactic acid bacteria and yeasts and smaller numbers of photosynthetic bacteria, actinomycetes and other types of organisms. All of these are mutually compatible with one another and can coexist in liquid culture and they react fast in decomposition and fermentation. These microorganisms are environmental friendly and naturally found. While traditional ways give composts in 8 to above months, modern techniques in 6 months, so they are not able to satisfy our two agriculture seasons per year in Rwandan farmers not only slow and low final products our EM composting technology gives composts in only two months and our vision in two years is to produce composts in only one month after buying composting machines. With our technology we can satisfy Rwandan and surrounding farmers in supplying them with quality and quantity organic composts in all farming season.



Renewable based micro-grid power plant in coastal village

Theme: Sustainable Energy

Team Members: Afifah Eleksiani, Trio Aditia

Our green growth idea is to develop renewable based micro-grid power plant which not only electrify houses, but also advance their commodity processing into seasoned smoked fish and its packaging. Our enterprise’s name would be Kase cooperative, implemented in rural community named Kase Village located in Leksula, South Buru Regency, Maluku, Indonesia.

Our idea is to establish an enterprise that could solve those two issues, by installing and managing
solar photovoltaic (PV) micro-grid power plant that can serve households 24 hours, at the same time
power the advanced fish processing in a form of seasoned smoked fish fillet. Having it packed in way
that makes consumers easy to immediately eat, we believe that it results in higher-value product and
can penetrate to broader market, given the fact there is a regular ferry boat from other big islands
stop by three times in a week.



Solar dehydration techniques to reduce food waste in a sustainable and profitable way.

Theme: Sustainable Energy, Sustainable Landscapes

Team Members: Sidra Tariq, Ahmed Saeed Khan, Ayesha Hasan, Salman Sajjad


Our business model starts with the farmer. We collect the excess fruit and vegetable produce he is unable to sell to the market and transport it to our facilities. Here the produce goes through sorting and pre-treatment before it is dehydrated using solar dehydration units which are energy efficient and produce homogenous, high quality and time efficient dehydrated fruits. At inception we plan to build a facility in Sindh where our facility will process Dates, Chillis, Mangoes and Bananas. In the years to come we plan on expanding to the Gilgit-Baltistan area which is the land of Pakistan’s apricot growers as well as the potato and tomato plantations of Punjab. Over the next decade we plan to grow our idea across South Asia utilizing our knowledge of solar dehydration techniques to reduce food waste in a sustainable and profitable way.