Student Projects of 2022
Student projects are the heart of PBL-BioAfrica. The projects are carried out in collaboration with the industry and societal actors to tie education more closely with working life.
Students are solving real-life cases in international teams both virtually and in the field. The cases are assigned by organisations in the field of bioeconomy and agriculture.
Student Project of 2022
AGS Co-creation and Innovation Programme in Zambia
The co-creation and innovation programme is designed for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to provide concrete support for developing services, products, and business models. The focus of the innovation process is to look for application / adaptation required in the Zambian market as well as looking at innovations for future challenges and opportunities.
A total of 19 Zambian SMEs has been selected for the programme. Key sectoral priorities are agribusiness, renewable energy and circular economy.
The co-creation and innovation will occur in multidisciplinary teams consisting of company experts as well as students and teachers from University of Zambia, Mulungushi University and Häme University of Applied Sciences. The teams will design, test and develop a business concept in three workshops in February and March 2022. Through testing the concepts, companies will gain understanding of how their business could work in the selected market.
Projects from 2021
Sustainable Solid Waste Management
The first student project was about investigating solid waste management in Kenya and Zambia, and creating a new business solution in an environmentally and socially sustainable way.
The project was assigned by Steam'n Heat, a Finnish company that works on sustainable energy solutions.
Sustainable Biowaste Management and Commercialization in Nakuru County
Students of Egerton University work together with a farmers’ group, Griincom waste management, to improve the quality and production capacity of organic fertilizer from agricultural waste. The students will work with the farmers in the student challenge through training them on improving the nutritional quality of organic fertilizer, agricultural marketing, smartphone Agrijournalism and farmer-to-farmer training.
Read more about the experience in this blog post by one of the students involved.