The 2018/19 BAC Student Start-up in collaboration with GEB Investment Battlefield was an event of note graced by the Assistant Minister of Tertiary Education, Research, Science & Technology, Honorable Fidelis Molao. Stakeholders with interest to combat youth unemployment in Botswana through innovation, technology and entrepreneurship also attended the event to witness the young minds expressing their entrepreneurial aspirations.
The event attracted significant institutions like Stanbic Bank Botswana, First National Bank Botswana, CEDA, Botswana Innovation Hub, government entities as well as the various media fraternities. Mothusi Matobo, third year student in School of Business & Leisure studying Entrepreneurship & Business Leadership, emerged the winner of the competition with his astounding project called Aquaponics. Aquaponics recycles water around fish pond and crops thereby eliminating the need for fertilizers and other costs. Organic vegetables grow year round without soil, in limited space, using one tenth of the water required for traditional agriculture. In a world in need of environmental solutions, this project could be the next big thing in Botswana and beyond.
The second best pitcher who is the only female winner, Gobe Aisha Tapela, third year student studying Finance & Accounting, also showed passion in her project aimed towards kids’ fitness and wellness. The third position went to the enthusiast, Bonno Motswaiso, third year student in Computer Systems Engineering, for his Online Apparel Mall. The winners were awarded P25, 000.00, P15, 000.00 and P10, 000.00 respectively as seed capital for their budding business ideas.