Delta Corporation, BOOST Innovation in support of SDGs

17 Nov, 2022 - 10:11 0 Views
Delta Corporation, BOOST Innovation in support of SDGs

B-Metro

Lorraine Mathe

DELTA Corporation Limited in collaboration with the BOOST Fellowship have introduced a Social Innovation Competition which will run under the name Delta- BOOST Social Responsibility Programme (Make A Difference).

 BOOST is an acronym for “Building Opportunities On Student Talent”.

The competition calls on young innovators from Zimbabwe’s tertiary institutions to design business solutions that respond to their community needs and aims at empowering young people by providing them with a platform to utilise their skills and ideas to support the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Zimbabwe.

 “Delta Corporation Limited continues to demonstrate its commitment to corporate social responsibility as it rolls out sustainable community development programmes nationwide. This year Delta Corporation Limited has continued with its partnership with The BOOST fellowship through the programme that has a presence in 13 tertiary institutions in the country. The programme seeks to address challenges associated with waste in communities through innovative and profitable waste management practices that generate income and create employment for youth and women which are key developmental target groups,” read a statement from Delta Corporation.

The 2022 programme was launched in Harare in February with a workshop where students and university mentors from institutions of higher learning were trained in Business and Sustainable Environmental Management practices to equip them with necessary skills to implement their initiatives in their local communities.

The students were charged with implementing profitable waste management models that promote a clean and safe society for all while empowering livelihoods in the process. Since the launch, the teams have been running environmental awareness campaigns, and have established businesses running for the past year,” read a statement from Delta Corporation. 

This now culminates in a showcase on Saturday at Manna Resorts in Harare where the teams will demonstrate their impact. The event will feature an anti-litter awareness march in the morning in the central business district, exhibitions by the teams and their project participants, as well as business pitches to judges who shall decide which projects are worth investing in.

A total of US$20 000 investment grants will be up for grabs for teams who demonstrate scalability and profitability.

 The aim of the programme is also to contribute to Delta Corporation Limited Sustainable Development imperatives for a Cleaner World while contributing to the Sustainable Development Goal framework in particular goals 5,8,11 and 12.

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