This competition is now closed for applications. The three finalists will now pitch their business ideas at the international IGNITE conference (organised by SPARK). The winner will be selected by an expert jury and the attendees of IGNITE.
The startup competition offers the chance to win up to €10,000.00 to entrepreneurs in conflict-affected countries or a fragile states?
Pandora wants to open the first quality cinema in Liberia, Kriterion Monrovia, that will offer a broad cultural programme and will be entirely run by Liberian students. The mission of the business is to provide students Liberia with the opportunity to be financially independent, while gaining entrepreneurial skills and to be a frontrunner in rebuilding Liberia’s cultural environment. Pandora’s business solves unemployment issues by giving jobs to young people who have completed their high schools but failed to get a job in a relatively small and competitive economy.
Besan’s business BuildPalestine, is a social enterprise, established in September 2016, with the aim of empowering grassroots problem-solving. Besan’s mission is to mobilise supporters around the world and connect them with trusted grassroots projects in Palestine. Their toolkit consists of crowdfunding, crowdsolving, and crowdvetting. Palestine is a donor-dependent economy, BuildPalestine aims to create an alternative aid paradigm that mobilises the power of the crowd in building a better tomorrow.
Noël’s business, LONO, will produce and sell affordable and highly efficient organic fertiliser, using organic waste as the raw material. LONO will use decentralised bioconversion tanks that process organic waste, first into bio-slurry and then into solid and liquid fertiliser by applying a filter treatment. Better affordable fertiliser will help the smallholder farmers to increase their yields and therefore their income. This way, Noël aims to give these farmers a chance to break out of (extreme) poverty.