12 September 2018
Delta Beverages hosted the BOOST Enactus road to Silicon Valley at its headquarters in Harare yesterday.
BOOST is an acronym which stands for “Building Opportunities on Student Talent”.
It is an international organisation that aims at promoting youth productivity, enabling them to build successful futures for themselves in their universities and communities through the support of a dynamic team of enthusiasts from Zimbabwe, the UK and the USA.
Annually, the BOOST Enactus holds a world cup tournament in which universities from across the world compete before a panel of judges showcasing how they have used technology to bring sustainable development in their communities.
Midlands State University will be representing Zimbabwe this year, for the second time at the world cup to be held in October at the Silicon Valley in America.
Speaking at the event, BOOST chief executive officer Busi Marandure, thanked institutional stakeholders such as Delta who have shown how technology can improve lives through employment creation, biomass technology as well as water management.
Marandure also called on the rest of the students’ community to support Team Zimbabwe on its road to Silicon Valley next month.
“We call on corporates to engage our students on their journey to Silicon Valley where they are going to present their presentation on environmental preservation as we contribute to Zimbabwe’s achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals” said Marandure.
Another key note speaker at the event was Chipo Chikomo, a social entrepreneur of the Nhanga Trust which is an organization aimed at producing sustainable health enterprises.
Chikomo who is a former YALI member encouraged the MSU Boost Enactus to take advantage of the opportunity to be in America to sell their ideas as she did.
“When I went to America for the Nelson Mandela Fellowship, I heard about the Days for Girls initiative and nagged them to partner with me so that I can sell their revolutionary sanitary pads, which are sustainable and preserve the environment.
“They agreed and to date, we have sold so many reusable pads and we look forward to start producing our own environmental friendly pads from banana stems so take advantage of the opportunity and sell your ideas well,” said Chikomo.
Delta Safety and health officer Jewel Muzenda thanked BOOST for joining in the achievement of sustainable goals including water management, biomass technology and waste management.
“Delta together with Boost fellowship have partnered in sustainable development and we saw seven universities competing in July and MSU emerged as a winner however our doors are open to provide mentorship in conserving communities because we are brighter together,” said Jewel Muzenda.
The MSU Boost enactus presented their projects namely Mambokadzi which saw them identifying survivors of child marriages from Domboshava and Senga, improving their livelihoods through smart farming as well as creation of international markets to sell their produce.
Their other project is called The Housing Hub in which they have created an online application to curb accommodation problems for students by putting together home owners and students through technology while creating employment for students who work as agents informing stakeholders getting paid for every successful deal.