The Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Lagos and the Nigeria Climate Innovation Center (NCIC); invites eligible Green Entrepreneurs in the sustainable development space to apply for the Circular Economy Hackathon.
This is a golden opportunity for Green Entrepreneur with a knack for creating viable waste management solutions for achieving sustainable development and circularity in a business environment.
If your business model fits the description above, then utilize this opportunity to showcase your ability to create sustainable solutions that have the potential to drive the Nigerian Circular Economy.
“Women are strongly encouraged to apply.”
Participating Companies and Their Challenges
The challenges for the Hackathon will be provided by the following participating Dutch companies:
Nigerian Breweries (Heineken)
Sustainable Packaging – PET Plastic; What steps can be taken from now to move towards a circular PET economy in the country? Consider collection, treatment, and recycling options.
Sustainable Biomass Sources; What sustainable biomass sources are available in the country that will satisfy the thermal energy requirements of a manufacturing plant such as Nigerian Breweries (about 140,000GJ/annum), with no reliance on the existing national electrical grid. Consider the risk of supply sources in the country, pre-treatment required, and the sustainability of the biomass source(s) chosen.
With, the recent increase in electricity tariff by the Nigerian government, the cost to power the factory is huge. Likewise, powering the generator with diesel is also as expensive; leaving us with no choice but to spend a huge amount on electricity annually.
We would appreciate if there is a reliable and sustainable approach to providing electricity to the factory; without necessarily spending as much as we do currently, in the long run.
NGN (New Generation Nutrition)
How can the collection and aggregation of organic waste in Ibadan be coordinated as a sustainable business model to be used as an input for Black Solder Fly rearing?
In addition, the solution for logistical challenges faced by New Generation Nutrition in collecting organic waste to use as a substrate for insect rearing. This organic waste might come from markets, local food processors or crop processors. We would love to see ideas on how a solution can be developed to turn waste collection/coordination into a sustainable business model in the Ibadan area.
- Women are strongly advised to apply for the Hackathon as Lead entrepreneurs;
- Entrepreneurs applying for this entry must have a registered business (CAC). Registered businesses must be in existence for at least twelve months;
- Eligible businesses must be dedicated to green and sustainable solutions anchored in their business model;
- Entrepreneurs must work in teams: lead entrepreneurs will represent their team or business in the program, while they work with their teams to create a viable business solution for the dedicated challenge.
Deadline: Closing date for application is 15th of January 2021.
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