Team Clean Crop Fertiliser, a group of three talented students of Heritage Christian College, Amasaman-Accra, were among the Top 8 Finalists in the prestigious Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge (FGSIC) held at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
The contest fosters student entrepreneurship worldwide to encourage innovative minds to address global issues while contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Since its inception in 2011, the contest has connected over 2,500 students from more than 25 countries, recognizing exceptional social ventures that make a positive impact and demonstrate financial sustainability. With a remarkable track record of distributing over $600,000 in seed money, this year’s competition attracted participants from various nations, including Australia, South Korea, Rwanda, Ireland, Mexico, Ghana, and Peru.
Representing Heritage Christian College, Ghana, Team Clean Crop Fertiliser led by Rebecca Ocloo Akorli, David Bonyamya-Zimbo and Emmanuel Mensah, showcased an ingenious solution to a significant sanitation and agricultural challenge in Ghana: the conversion of urine into organic fertilizer. Their solution, aimed at revolutionizing agriculture with sustainability and environmental friendliness, captivated both the judges and the audience throughout the event. Competing against 31 teams consisting of 80 students from 22 universities across 9 countries, Team Clean Crop triumphed over their competitors and secured a spot in the final 8 of the competition.
Recognizing their exceptional achievement, Team Clean Crop was awarded $2,000 to further develop their proposal and bring their innovative concept to life.
It would be recalled that Team Charcoal from Heritage Christian College in 2018 won the grand prize and audience choice award totaling $16,500 in the same contest held at the University of San Diego. Team Clean Crop Fertiliser continued in their tracks to reach the finals of the competition. Their journey does not end here, as we eagerly anticipate the team’s future endeavours in transforming their ideas and seed fund into a thriving business, which is the goal of the Center for Entrepreneurship, Philanthropist and Ethics of Heritage Christian College, which sponsored the students to compete in the global event.
Congratulations to Team Clean Crop for their exceptional achievement and best wishes for their future success.