The 2016 UniTED Competition was held in August/September. We opened it to entries from students and recent graduates from around Uganda to find the best social project.
Students were asked to sumbit a 3 page summary of their intiative, or a 10 slide powerpoint presentation.
We receive 69 applications from students from 13 different institutions.
We were really happy that the quality of applications was better than ever before. Indeed, all of the 8 projects we shortlisted would have won in previous years.
Many of the unsuccessful applications were subsequently offered to receive our tutorials to be even more competitive next year. The 8 shortlisted projects were all asked to present 5 minutes pitches at our conference in the Makerere Main Hall on the 13th September, where Victor Ochen was the keynote speaker.
The winner was ultimately Vertical Micro Gardens. We were impressed by its proof of concept, the transformative impact it can have on beneficiaries, and its huge potential to scale sustainably without grant funding.