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Rivolution

Sustainable river power pump

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The 3 core problems: 1. Climate change leads to unpredictable rainfall and prolonged droughts, especially in subtropical and tropical regions. 2. As a result, farmers rely on diesel engines, which are expensive, environmentally damaging, and require high maintenance. 3. Additionally, there is a significant problem of plastic pollution in Kenya. The vision/solution: The vision: We enable small-scale farmers in Kenya to have easy access to irrigate their fields with river water. This ensures their livelihoods during times of drought and climate change and contributes to overall food security in Kenya. The idea: A mobile water wheel that drives a simple pump to extract river water into an irrigation system or a water tank.

Founded: 2022

Location: Cologne

Re-act

Recycling projects are funded by charging an extra fee on the purchase

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Vision: At re-act, we aim to make a small contribution towards achieving a functioning circular economy for electronics in Africa. The inhumane conditions at electronic waste dumps must be a thing of the past. This immediately improves the health of those affected and the state of nature. Additionally, efficient recycling helps conserve resources. Problem: Currently, about one-fifth of European electronic waste is exported, despite legislation prohibiting this. Much of our exported electronic waste ends up in Africa. On the local landfills, the waste is often burned, with severe consequences for humans and the environment. Solution: We introduce a system where German consumers can pay a small extra fee when purchasing electronic devices. We use the money to finance projects that promote secure employment and effective recycling locally. Through close partnerships with NGOs, we ensure that the funds are used appropriately, allowing German consumers to have a direct impact!

Founded: 2022

Location: Cologne

SparkVision

Innovative products to support visually impaired people

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The 3 core problems: Everyday barriers: Visually impaired individuals encounter numerous obstacles in their daily lives, hindering them from leading a comfortable lifestyle. Communication hurdles: They either rely on abstract and complex communication methods to understand the world around them or are forced into isolation, leading to further complications. Disadvantage in education and career: Visually impaired individuals often have less access to education and career opportunities, limiting their full potential. Vision: We enable individuals with limited vision to experience the world around them through various elegant, discreet accessories that are state-of-the-art. Idea: Glasses and related products with an integrated technical solution that assist visually impaired individuals in recognizing various objects, reading texts, handling data, etc., enabling them to lead a fulfilling and independent life through an interactive medium.

Founded: 2024

Location: Cologne

Innovation Phase

Put your own idea into action!

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Every semester, we conduct our idea phase. There, you can develop ideas for sustainable and social startups and exchange ideas with other motivated students. Every field of study is welcome, and you'll receive important skills from us! In the innovation phase, you can develop on a personal level and promote your creative and entrepreneurial thinking. Get a first glimpse into the world of entrepreneurship!

Founded: 2024

Location: Cologne