A student of Tai Solarin University of Education has defeated participants across the world to win the 2020 Tei Kaihau Social Entrepreneur Award in the recently concluded virtual Global Enterprise Experience challenge.
Oluwatomilola Mustapha, a 400level student from the Department of Biology Education, has led his team to win the seed venture capital of $4,000.
The Social Entrepreneur Award organized by the Global Enterprise Experience is a global competition organized by Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand’s capital city. It aimed to develop participants’ social entrepreneurship skills in order to create profitable solutions for pressing social and environmental issues and needs.
The keenly contested contest, which called for profitable and innovative projects that achieve social goals, had over 1,000 participants formed into 128 teams spanning across 116 countries throughout the entire continents.
The participants are in teams of eight, with members drawn from around the world. Each team writes a six-page business concept proposal for a low initial cost venture that seek to achieve a United Nations Sustainable Development Goal.
Mustapha’s led-winning idea is tagged ‘Blue Care’. He led his team to design a portable bag with solar powered blue light for treating babies suffering from jaundice condition. Across developing nations all over the world, 30% of infants died annually compared to 2% of infants death in developed nations.
Severe jaundice can also cause severe and irresistible brain damage, but the condition can be readily treated with blue light. This led to the development of ‘Blue Care’. Based on Blue Care proposed system, the product’s main use is in hospitals but can also be used at homes. Since 65% of Nigeria’s birth occurred at home, the Blue Care product has the potential to have a major impact on poor communities.
Winning the Global Social Entrepreneur Award also comes with a lot of benefits which include the $4,000 seed grants, coaching support, and as well as partnership and support for the project.
Mustapha, also the team leader for ENACTUS TASUED, a not-for-profit organization committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world for us all, described his victory as coming with a lot of “excitement”.
He said, “I have always wanted to give a chance of survival to many children and I think I am attaining that already. I am so excited I got this opportunity because I went out for quite a number of grants. I have done quite a number of application but they came out unsuccessful but I was unrelenting always ready to give it a try and I am glad I made it this time.”
“All this won’t have been possible without God and the entire team members of Entrepreneurial Action in Us (ENACTUS). Though it hasn’t been easy combining academic work with extracurricular activities but it is definitely worth it at the end of the day”, he added.
The award ceremony took place in New Zealand’s parliament on June 24 and he was well represented there.
By: Abidemi Oguntunji