The Ferd Award for Social Entrepreneurship 2012
The Ferd Award for Social Entrepreneurship is a worldwide competition which aims to celebrate current or past participants of JA entrepreneurship programmes from anywhere in the world, who through their JA enterprises have created a positive social impact in various fields of activities. By introducing new products, services or technologies, contestants demonstrate a passion and ability for creating systemic social change and individual human impact.
The winner, Andrew Mupuya from Uganda impressed the jury with his company which promotes sustainable packaging while offering job opportunities to people in need. Youth Entrepreneurial Link Investments (YELI) manufactures environmentally friendly paper bags and envelopes to replace use of polyethylene plastic bags that are non-biodegradable taking 15 to 1000 years to break down compared to paper bags that decompose. (Presentation video here).
The Jury made up of Johan H. Andresen, Chairman, FERD, Oscar Lundin and Benjamin Kainz, FERD Award for Social Entrepreneurship Winners 2011 and Jarle Tømmerbakke, Senior Advisor, JA-YE Europe commented on the winner: “You have shown a great strategic insight, and the fact that you spread your idea for others to use and then capitalize on the market created, to the benefit of local communities and the environment says a lot about the social impact created. You are a true entrepreneur with a great mindset and a big intellectual capital. Focus on your growth strategy and keep your mindset of sharing the idea!”
The award is in its second year of implementation. During this time, we have identified more than 60 social entrepreneurs worldwide.
The entrepreneurial spirit of these individuals is amazing! We would like to congratulate and to thank all the candidates for what they are doing and for making such a big difference in their communities.