Winners were nominated among the 15 finalists who participated in the “Impact Reimagined”; a bi-annual competition that helps to identify, to nurture and to invest in profit driven businesses whose products and services intend to deliver positive social impact.
Aqua Safi Ltd emerged the overall winner walked away with cash prizes worth Rwf2million for the first prize, while Ineza Bamboo Weaving became first runner-up and won Rwf1.5million for the second prize; Safe Santa Ltd, the second runner-up received Rwf1million for the third prize.
Eric Safari, the founder of Aqua Safi Ltd emerged as the best for inventing technology that will be used to conserve fish ecosystem by being able to detect the amount of toxic substance in water.
Safari said the technology uses a device that is inserted in the lakes to detect changes and in fish breeding environment and thus ultimately help to reduce the loss in fish productivity in the country.
“Aqua Safi has a device that has a real time dashboard. When you put it in a fish farm, it sends a short message (SMS) when the water threatens to turn acidic the farmer can take mitigation measures,” Safari said.
The device has the capacity to alert the fish farmer of any problem within the fish habitat and they have experimented with fish farmers in Bugesera and Nyanza districts, whose feedback has been positive.
Ineza Bamboo Weaving by Francine Iradukunda, will add value to bamboo trees that will be turned into cost effective but durable furniture.
Pierre Niyonzima of Safe Santa Ltd invented a device that can help detect LPG gas levels and prevent potential explosion.
The device with a real time dashboard sits on the gas cylinder and turns off any tank that leaks automatically and sends a SMS alert.
The Kigali city Vice Mayor in Charge of Socio-Economic Affairs, Nadine Gatsinzi Umutoni said that all these innovative inventions are a good opportunity for youth to build a better future for their country.
Through the 1000 Alternatives, the three winners are expected to be sponsored to take trips to Finland and Israel to meet and share ideas with like-minded startups.