Green enterPRIZE Awards Ceremony Photo GalleryHighlights of the Simuka-Phakama Green enterPRIZE Innovation Challenge Awards Ceremony
Since the launch of the Green enterPRIZE Innovation Challenge in October 2018, Director of Ceremony, Ruzivo Chonyera, became the official host of the Simuka-Phakama events and kept the audience on their feet throughout the Awards Ceremony celebrations.
The ILO Country Office for Zimbabwe and Namibia Director, Hopolang Phororo, underscored the importance of supporting green entrepreneurship and investing in human capital in an era where climate change is a reality and a threat that calls for innovative solution to environmental degradation and alternative forms of doing business.
The Embassy of Sweden, Head of Development Cooperation/Deputy Head of Mission, Mette Sunnergren, recognized the participation of women and youth as ambassadors in driving the establishment of green and decent jobs.
The Awards Ceremony Guest of Honour, Honourable Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Dr Sekai Nzenza, pointed out that the green business ideas have the potential to transform and effect meaningful change to the Zimbabwe’s economy.
Part of the delegates following the proceedings of the ceremony, attended local enterprises, private sector representatives, business development service providers and international organizations.
Mr David Nyakonda, Director in the Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development, applauded ILO’s commitment to promoting employment creation and green enterprises development in Zimbabwe.
20 judges, drawn from various areas of expertise, assessed 56 shortlisted finalists from over 250 submissions. The adjudicating process took place the day before the awards ceremony.
Catching them young! Guest of Honour Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Dr Sekai Nzenza, with 28 year old Piwai Nigel Chikasha, 29 year old Blessing Barnet Chiniko and 22 year old Tatenda Paradza (Best Young Entrepreneur Category of Awards)
Promoting Inclusivity. Guest of Honour Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Dr Sekai Nzenza, with the Timothy Mudarikwa, from Masvingo and Nyasha C Mahwende from Gweru (Best Entrepreneur with Disability Category of Awards)
Promoting Inclusivity. Prize collection for Odilo Linzi, who manages Oleans Waste Management Services in Harare Metropolitan Province (Best Entrepreneur with Disability Category of Awards)
Green Gazelles! Ronny Mubaisa, Faith Gambiza and Ethel Mupambwa awarded by Guest of Honour Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Dr Sekai Nzenza, for the green growth potential (Best Growth Oriented Business Category of Awards)
Unleashing the sustainable energy potential for Zimbabwe: Luke Makarichi (Marondera), Matte Tichaona (Mutare) and Cecil Chiinze (Masvingo) with Mette Sunnergren, Head of Development Cooperation/Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Sweden (Best Renewable Energy Business Category of Awards)
55 year old Robert Mutisi, beekeeping specialist from Manicaland, with the ILO Country Director Ms Hopolang Phororo, awarded USD 5,000 and 12 months of Business Development Support Services (Best AgriBusiness Category of Awards)
28 year old young entrepreneuer, Takudzwa Nyakanyanga from Bulawayo, received USD 2,500 and 12 months of Business Development Support Services to “turn waste into healthy food” (Best AgriBusiness Category of Awards)
33 year old entrepreneur Kuziva Chatikuta from Murehwa, will receive 12 months of Business Development Support Services to enhance Dried Foods production in Mashonaland East Province (Best AgriBusiness Category of Awards)
Musical entertainment to augment the mood for celebrating the Awards from Blessing Chimanga and his live band
Nathan Banda, on behalf of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) calling for a just transition to a low carbon and inclusive economy
Greening is good for business: Tonderai Matongo on behalf of the Employers’ Confederation of Zimbabwe (EMCOZ)
Greening traditional manufacturing and services. Mette Sunnergren, from the Embassy of Sweden, flanked by Edson Makiyi from Bulawayo, Elizabeth Nyamuda from Harare and Rangarirai Emson Ziso also from Harare (Best Green Business Category of Awards)
Women are tomorrow’s green leader! Dr. Muriel De Souza, Agrisec Environmental Health & Bio-Boost Natural Ceauticless, from Bulawayo; Vimbai Barbra Rukainga, Tashin Private Business Cooperation from Harare Metropolitan Province and Brenda Murevachimwe, Lift Paraffin & Floor Polish Project, from Gokwe (Best Woman Entrepreneur Category of Awards)
Ready to leap into a green future! Munashe Musarurwa (Mutare), Msindazwe Ndhlovu (Mutare) and Clive Nyapokoto (Bulawayo) awarded for their creative business ideas (Most Innovative Business Entrepreneur Category of Awards)
Waste is a resource: ILO Country Director awarding Stuart Nyakatswau, Helen Davison and Kudakwashe Dhliwayo for boosting a cleaner environment in Harare and Bulawayo metropolitan areas (Best Waste Management and Recycling Category of Awards)
For her commitment and dedication, 22 year old Prisca Dube, received the Judges’ Special Business Award and will receive 12 months of Business Development Support Service
Panel of experts who assessed the green business ideas and scored all applications within the allocated categories.
We are all winners! Acknowledging the 56 finalists of the Simuka-Phakama 2018 Green enterPRIZE Innovation Challenge