First prize winner – Turbodega

Turbodega, a team of McGill University students, won first place. Turbodega is a social enterprise project that developed management software to help small grocers in emerging countries. With the help of real-time sales data, the software reduces the grocers’ costs and gives them better access to investment funds and credits.




Second prize winner Mom&Me Care

Second place went to Mom&Me Care a team from the Centre Franco-Vietnamien de Formation à la Gestion (CFVG), a governmental Franco-Vietnamese co-operative program. This social enterprise offers integrated support services for women throughout their child-bearing years.





Third prize winner MWorks

Lastly, MWorks team from the University of Monterrey, Mexico, won third place. Their project is focused on building sustainable housing made from recycled plastics.

First prize winner – Kajou

Kajou support cashew farm-holders and their communities increase and diversify their revenues while creating more jobs and reducing environmental footprint by processing the waste of the cashew fruit into nutritious beverage and food derivatives in Cote D’Ivoire.

Team from McGill University, Canada.



Second prize winner – Biobook

3R model: 1) Reduce; Biobook gives schools recycling notebooks that are paid by companies with advertising pages inside, communicating environment-friendly messages. 2) Reuse: They use them and make consciousness about their proper use because it’s made with recycling paper. 3)Recycle; Then they put it on the recycling bin or give them back (if they want) and the paper is reused again

Team from Universidad Anáhuac, Mexico.

Third prize winner – Medisure

Medisure: Portable medical and medicine services to rural area through a van. This van will go for different areas.

Team from Daffodil International University, Bangladesh.

First prize winner – TrekHub

TrekHub has developed a new digital bracelet which contains all the technological accessories instead the previous product (the industrial safety boot). The new product has an advance of 60% in terms of development.

Team from Universidad Veracruz, Mexico




Second prize winner – ViREd

ViREd is a registered business in Karnataka, India: Vired has launched three ViREd centres in Karnataka: one in Yadgir and two in Gulbarga.

Team from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India

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Third prize winner – Connect Afya

Connect Afya is a registered business in Tatsuno, Japan: Yoichi Shimada is in Kenya for the business development. The business is now scaled up to treat African Cancer and Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Its slogan remains “Connect patient and diagnosis / treatment with technology and data, and build the foundation of tomorrow’s society”.  In June 2018, the team won the Excellence Award in the Fifth 4 Billion Business Idea Contest whose aim is to solve problems in developing countries (  Find Connect Afya here :

Team from HEC Paris, France.


First prize winner – ProtERA

ProtERA offers a wide spectrum of sustainable and eco-friendly nutrition solutions for poultry farming, aquaculture & agricultural land. It completed its major financing rounds and started production in summer 2017. Below are a few milestones of its major achievements after the competition.

Team from University McGill, Canada

Second prize winner – Pedicare

Pedicare helps malnourished children by selling low-cost complementary weaning food whose major ingredients are collected from local origin and also processed using local extrusion technology. PediCare is steadily developing. At present, it is using Daffodil International University’s Food and Nutrition Lab to develop the weaning food (Professor Dr. Bellal Hossain is the lead researcher). It has signed a contract with Givensee Group and Polly Bodhu Foundation who are its distribution channels. It has also entered an agreement with OXRagro that provides Pedicare with organic ingredients.

Team from Daffodil International University, Bangladesh.


Third prize winner – El negro está de moda

El negro está de moda helps Afro-Colombians overcome poverty and exclusion and ensures their effective integration into local communities by changing the perception that local communities have on their black comrades. El negro está de moda was selected in October 2017 by CEMEX-TEC ) to be among the 15 finalists from more than 9,000 thousand applications. In May 2017, the founders were invited to participate as speakers in the 3rd edition of the International Congress « Otro Mundo » , organized by the Colegiatura de Medellin (Colombia). It was selected by the Inter-American Development Bank to manage (a platform with more than 3,000 followers designed by the Bank to promote the participation of black communities in local development). Its efforts to fight racial discrimination have been shared several times during the past year by traditional and alternative media. Here are some of the examples on social media and radio (In Spanish).

Team from HEC Montréal, Canada.

Radio enterviews – El negro está de moda: Radio RCN Voces RCN La W Radio

Newspaper and Web - El negro está de moda

El Colombiano: “Detrás de esto están dos hermanas de Bogotá, Andrea y Mabel, preocupadas por las problemáticas que afectan a las comunidades afro. “Estamos orgullosas de nuestras raíces y de la diversidad de donde venimos, y sabemos que podemos contribuir a la igualdad”, afirman”.





Cartel Urbano: “El Negro Está de Moda lanza la convocatoria para construir la Lista Negra de mujeres de Colombia. Esta iniciativa social busca apoyar a 20 mujeres negras emprendedoras, en un programa de formación integral que le dará sostenibilidad y robustez a los proyectos, en un período de cinco meses”.

Pacifista: “Piénselo: ¿Qué se compra en el mercado negro? ¿Armas? ¿Drogas? Para Andrea González, líder afro, es la hora de derribar ese imaginario, pues, según ella, ser la oveja negra está bien y, aún mejor, estar dentro de la lista negra porque ‘El negro está de moda”.

El Tabloide: “El Negro Está de Moda es un proyecto que pretende recuperar la dignidad de los afrodescendientes y resignificar la palabra “negro” dentro del lenguaje cotidiano. Universidad de la Sabana”

Supermujeres: “Cuando alguien le diga que su nombre hace parte de La Lista Negra, alégrese, porque lo han reconocido por sus valiosos aportes como miembro de las comunidades negras, al desarrollo del país”. Este es uno de los mensajes que invita a ser parte de una gran iniciativa de El negro está de moda, la campaña de movilización, transformación e igualdad que visibiliza y reconoce el aporte de las comunidades negras al país. ¡Aquí te lo contamos todo!”

El Espectador: “Las muñecas uramberas, se llaman. Y son, como otros 17 proyectos, una de las propuestas que llegaron a El Negro Está de Moda, una iniciativa que busca recuperar la dignidad de los afrodescendientes y resignificar la palabra “negro” en el lenguaje cotidiano. Para ello, lanzaron una convocatoria llamada La Lista Negra, donde 20 líderes afrodescendientes serán seleccionadas para recibir capacitación en emprendimientos sociales”.

Techcetera: “Expresiones como “lista negra“, “mercado negro” y sobretodo “trabajar como negro” afectaron profundamente a las hermanas Gonzalez cuando volvieron a Colombia después de vivir en el exterior, en ciudades verdaderamente multiculturales y donde de una manera u otra la diferencia se respeta. De esas interrogantes alrededor del uso del idioma y sus connotaciones racistas, nace esta idea de poner el negro de moda en todos los ámbitos de la vida y no solo en la ropa o los zapatos.”