TULIP had the privilege to be part of the jury at the 2019 Young Social Entrepreneurs Pitching Competition. This event, organized by the International Trade Centre as part of the World Export Development Forum (WEDF) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, awarded innovative business models with the best social impact and market potential.
A recycling and waste management company based in South Africa won the panel of judges over with its impact on poor people through employment creation and for presenting a business model that can easily be replicated.
This highlights the importance of entrepreneurship in the context of sustainable development, to leverage opportunities in new sectors like the circular economy. TULIP believes it is crucial to invest in innovative, bottom-up solutions to leverage opportunities in emerging economic models such as the circular economy.