Louise Williamson, winner of the GCIP-SA Impact for Social Innovation Award in 2016, has been selected as a finalist of the 2017 African Entrepreneurship Award. She will join 40 other entrepreneurs from 19 countries from the continent in Casablanca, Morocco, during the second week of December for the Presidential Round of the award.
During their time in Morocco the finalists will undergo individualised training and be mentored by global experts before pitching their businesses to a ‘Presidential Jury’ of business leaders and entrepreneurs who have scaled businesses on five continents. Louise’s innovation, the fuel-efficient Mashesha Syngas Stoves, use biomass/wood fuel for large-scale cooking. (The fuel consumption of the Mashesha stoves is half that normally required for cooking on open fires.) The stoves are also much safer, reducing smoke through its use of a closed gasification process for combustion.
The finalists have progressed through the various stages of the competition for having ideas that are most needed in the region (Round 1), are most likely to succeed across Africa (Round 2) and ideas that could potentially be the most significant and sustainable in Africa (Round 3). The winners will be selected for ideas that have the most plausible and probable impact (Presidential Round).