On behalf of the Malawi Government through the Public Private Partnership Commission, Ntha Foundation, in the third phase of the World Bank fully-funded Digital Malawi Project, assisted young entrepreneurs by providing Business subgrants to outstanding entrepreneurs who will take part in the digital skills training and the Nyenyezi Fellowship program through the Bants2Business platform.
Under The Digital Malawi Project, $7,200 was allocated to award outstanding entrepreneurs through several Bants2Business editions. The second edition under The Digital Malawi Project was held on the 27th of January 2023 at the NXTGEN LABS. The winners in this edition were sub-granted $2,400. The winner went away with $1000; the 1st runner-up went away with $800, and the 2nd runner-up went away with $600.
To come up with the 3 winners, the entrepreneurs pitched their innovative business ideas in 5 minutes, to stand a chance to win seed funding and business incubation opportunities to grow their ventures.
MWAYI KAMVANTOPE, WINNER
Mwayi proposed to develop an application that simulates English subjects for easy understanding:
In Malawi, many people are not familiar with English Books, so the App will simulate the content of English books to a way that is more understandable to the students without disregarding the Original English Content. The app will also keep score for students and track their progress when using the App.
Mwayi will partner with developers and designers to make the application more user-friendly. He wishes to partner with organizations such as Ntha Foundation and NXG in the deployment phase of the project.
VICTOR JAMES, 1ST RUNNER UP
Victor proposed a school that will teach other businesses about digital book keeping:
He will open a school to teach other entrepreneurs on how to use book keeping software such as MS Excel and Sage. Th school will be located in Likuni but lessons will also be accessible online.
Victor will teach both manual and electronic book keeping, and empower them with skills to upscale their businesses.
EMILY MWASE, 2ND RUNNER UP
Emily proposed a hospital-based education program for long-term care patients as her EdTech business idea:
Majority of children having chronic illnesses when hospitalised miss classes and eventually, drop out of school. There are no education systems in hospitals to continue the learning process as only play therapy is provided. Therefore, there is a need to establish a system that facilitates the child’s adaptation to the new hospital environment and establish continuity of education.
This program will integrate simple technologies and engage the children with auditory and visual learning. It will deliver lessons at a small fee, equipped with technical support and progress tracking.
With the funds, Emily will begin by purchasing two phones and salaries for the teachers, and other necessary teaching resources.
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