SMART-UP: HOW TO START YOUR OWN GREEN BUSINESS
Collaboration between university and companies for the sustainable development in Africa. The social impacts of DALILA project and job opportunities for students in the renewable energy sector.
The second day of the Scientific Symposium was an online webinar focused on the collaboration between university and labour market, to discuss the job opportunities in the green sector in Africa. Various companies working with renewable energy, waste management, and green technology have been invited to explain how to build a successful business and invest in the green sector to tackle the high unemployment levels and the issues related to the climate crisis.
OVERVIEW OF DALILA PROJECT – Katiuscia Cipri, Sapienza University of Rome (Italy)
DALILA aims at supporting modernization, accessibility, and market-oriented higher education in Uganda and Tanzania, in order to contribute to the development of sustainable and inclusive socio-economic growth. The main objective of the project is to establish 6 new courses on “Renewable Technologies” and “Green Business creation and development” in the Beneficiary Universities. DALILA didactic approach is based on the concerted action of the following factors: the core technical and economic factors of renewable energy, the interdisciplinary exchange and cooperation, providing adequate skills to meet the job market requirements in the field, and a critical approach to complex problems.
A SUD ONLUS – Lucie Greyl (Italy)
ASUD Onlus is an independent Italian organization born in 2003 to tackle environmental injustice and environmental conflicts. ASUD works at national and international level through education, research, and international cooperation. Over the last four years they introduced in their approach circular economy models for the implementation of social and environmental sustainability. Their collaboration with DALILA project is an opportunity to build common experience in the education and environmental field, working together towards sustainability and equity.
INOMA RENOVABLES – Javier Leal (Spain)
INOMA Renovables is a spin-off company of University of Cadiz, working in the energy and engineering sectors for more than 15 years. They have skills in renewable energies, engineering projects, and technical reports and certificates.
INOMA takes active part as partner in several international consortiums, working in projects of LIFE+ and ERASMUS+ calls, with national and international partners, and in close collaboration with Spanish and international universities. INOMA has the necessary resources and experience to provide professional training to those that have already started their professional activity and intend to update their knowledge, or those that require specialized training for access to the labour market. In this view, INOMA maintains a collaboration with the University of Cádiz and Zona Franca de Cádiz to generate technical and human resources.
JAZA ENERGY – Richard Machera (Tanzania)
JAZA Energy is a renewable energy tech start-up that provides battery rental services to rural communities in Kigoma, Mtwara, and Pemba, as these communities cannot afford power. JAZA Energy is specialized in building solar powered hubs, and recruiting and training women from rural communities, in order to empower them as a vital human resource for energy needs in the most marginalized communities in Tanzania.
ARIEMA ENERGÍA Y MEDIOAMBIENTE – Maria De Caceres (Spain)
ARIEMA Energía y Medioambiente is a company that was born to respond to the challenge of achieving a more sustainable energy model through hydrogen, promoting circular economy and innovation. Their projects commit to the goals established by the Paris Agreement: reducing 50% of greenhouse gases by 2030 and reaching carbon neutrality by 2050.
The company works in the hydrogen technology, a sector that has been growing over the last years. Employment opportunities are key for energy development and the pursuit of economic benefits. The hydrogen market is going to be the best solution for decarbonization, therefore communities have to be educated on the transition from classic forms of energy to the renewable ones.
DAYA CULTURA ENERGETICA – Silvia Perez (Spain)
DAYA Cultura Energetica is a company working in the renewable energy field, to contribute building a new energy model and help people who suffer from energy poverty in Spain. They are involved in several projects, raning from education in schools, climate change plans (reduce greenhouse gases, energy efficiency, etc.) to energy savings for companies and general public trainings.
SAHARA VENTURES – Jumanne Mtambalike (Tanzania)
Sahara Ventures’ mission is to build Africa’s Innovation Ecosystem one block at a time. Sahara Ventures owns various corollary elements: a start-up accelerator, Sahara Accelerator, a marketplace for technology entrepreneurs and innovators, Sahara Sparks, and a consulting agency, Sahara Consult.
Sahara Accelerator supports early-stage businesses and running investor readiness program to help with technical support of the business; company governance structures, revisiting business models, preparing investor decks, systems improvement, etc.
PROTOTYPE OF THE EMPLOYABILITY HUB PLATFORM – Jumanne Mtambalike (Tanzania)
The goal of the employability hub is to help students to access opportunity of jobs and develop skills and capacity in the green and renewable sector. It contains capacity building resources (DALILA courses, and industry events and programs) that provide students quality learning and international qualifications. Alongside, the Hub contains various job opportunities (internships or employment opportunities) from local private companies, public companies or start-ups and local non-profits.
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