EVENT DATE: May 19, 2013
Diamond Challenge-Africa, africa.diamondchallenge.org, is an entrepreneurship initiative of StartUpAfrica in partnership with the University of Delaware.This high school entrepreneurship competition (which is a pilot in both Delaware and Kenya) provides an opportunity for all high school students to develop new business ideas, gain valuable knowledge & skills, and compete for a share of the Challenge's $25,000 prize pool.
After competing and winning in the preliminary round to earn the rights to represent Kenya in the US competition, on April 18, 2013, the Mangu High School Team of 4 students with their Bio Flame business idea that seeks to provide energy using biogas to Kibera slums in the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya.
Efforts to get the Team and their one teacher passports and visas to travel to the US for the competition were hindered by time constraints and other factors leading the organizers at StartUpAfrica to seek permission for them to participate in the contest via Skype, a fete thought by some to be impossible but as the Team took stage as the final presenters at Clayton Hall, University of Delaware, they were able to present their project within the allowed 5 minutes and answered questions from the judges. During the award ceremony, Mangu High School came in second to the surprise of many with this truly unique business idea that is geared towards solving socio-economic problems which comes in one package comprising of: Construction of public toilets which are connected to a drainage system leading to a biogas plant, and a subsequent construction of a biogas plant that will provide energy for the Kibera residents.
As second place winners, the Team received a cash award of $5,000 that they can put towards startup capital for their project. The project needs a total of $9, 500 to get started and as an organization, we believe in creating tomorrow's business leaders today and therefore are appealing to friends and well-wishers to join us in raising an additional $5,000 to go towards startup capital for this innovative project by Kenyan youth. We see this opportunity of Kenya high school students coming to the US as a win-win opportunity for Kenya and US in enriching not only our cultural ties, but strengthening our business partnership that now touches on the lives of youth. Tax-deductible donations of any amount will be highly appreciated.
You can give through our organization's PayPal account at www.startupafrica.org, checks written to StartUpAfrica, Inc., 818 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801 or on this Crowdrise campaign page.
For more information on how you can be involved with this students' entrepreneurship project, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your support.