09 Dec 2015 12:50pm
WINDHOEK, 09 DEC (NAMPA) Eleven young innovators on Tuesday received grants worth N.dollars 5.5 million from the National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) in the capital.
The recipients responded to the NCRSTs fourth national call for youth innovators who focus on manufacturing technologies, and information and communication technologies (ICT).
These areas have been identified as priority technology enablers in the national programme for research, science technology and innovation for 2014/15 to 2016/17.
Handing over the grants, NCRST Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Eino Mvula said they are happy that young people have taken advantage of these opportunities to unleash their creative potential in devising conceptual solutions to the challenges facing society.
He said the NCRST recognised the challenges that some of the innovators might face and are working on modalities to support them through mentorship.
For this reason, the NCRST has concluded an agreement with a team of experts specialising in small and medium enterprises (SME) mentoring, coaching and business development services to provide business development and management training to youth innovators.
The 11 young innovators are Freeman Ngulu, who owns Cuvelai Media; Lameck Amugongo with Open Data Portal for Namibia; Sandra Mwiihangele with KiyomiSandz Beauty Products; Homateni Kapewangolo with Pula24; Ndeshipewa Hamatui with NSVP Scientific; Gabriel Ikena with TicketBooth Namibia; Nabot Natanael with SaveMyCity; Aron Hamukwaya with Owela Game; Desire Gaoas with Eco Climate Smart Education Advancers; Christy Shakuyungwa with Lipitua Linen; and Aska Orlale with M&O Decor.
Shakuyungwa told Nampa after the event that she wants to use the grant to expand her business locally by becoming the main supplier of bed linen to all the hotels and lodges in the country.
She also specialises in traditional dolls.
Shakuyungwa currently imports her black dolls from South Africa, which she said is very costly, and is looking into other opportunities through which she could purchase them cheaper.
Currently, Taati the doll is dressed in OWambo traditional attire.