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Sustain My Future – Student ‘Ecopreneurs’

Secondary school students considered the UN Sustainability Goals as the catalyst for business ideas that would benefit people and planet. Teams are  supported by volunteer ‘Business Coaches’ from industry and academic research programmes. After 3 one hour sessions students pitch their ideas and field questions from their peers and a panel of expertd. Pitches are judged on the relevance of the need for this business idea, its viability and the benefits to people and planet..

This project is funded by WECA Careers Hub with a view to creating a repeatable format for businesses and environmentalists to engage with young people on emerging career opprtunities and the skills and attitudes that will be needed in the future.

To find out how you can get involved as a school or a business coach contact info@myfuturemychoice.

Backwell School Year 9 (13 year olds)

UN Goal

Sustainability Business Idea 

Business Coach

Life Underwater and On Land

Box Bandits.  Cardboard Boxes for reuse –

3 sizes of Boxes will be  supplied to manufacturers of goods for super-markets, retailers empty the box contents on shelves and can reduce these boxes flat with one quick action. Flat boxes goes in a dispenser at the checkout for customers to select the right size box for their shopping. The box can be recycled or re used on return.  

Katie McAfee

Nuclear Industry

Marianna Fidalgo

Environmental Management student UoB

No Poverty

A non profit organisation. Clubs for adolescents with a supportive transport and bike scheme. Activities will be run by trained volunteers in spaces donated at low cost.  Cooking skills and financial management will be provided along with counselling services on request.

Homeless people can use the club as an address to open a bank account and interest free loans to enable people to escape homelessness and poverty are available. 

Asia Pryjda

Phd Student Environmental Science

Hannah Marsden

Off shore wind – manufacturing / chemist

Climate Action

Rubbish 2020, Smart Bin with a user App. The Bin can analyse and reward users. The bin moves to the user if summoned on the app.

Solar powered.  Can be used in parks or in community streets opting to share the bin

Neils Schneider

Senior Lecturer in Business and author of Ecoprenuership 

Peace and justice

Peace for Pupils. Less stress for adolescents in school with a digital application that enables them to link with each other and to link to businesses and real world learning activity. The App encourages greater security and collaboration. Changes learning from the front to learning in a 360 degree environment relevant to te

Stefan Ciaki

Geography student at University of Bristol

Climate Action

Winner

Climate Crew. An app that rewards recycling. Use of Barcodes to monitor what is entered into bins by specific users. The app will also log purchases and check and reward what happens to the packaging.

Carys Thomas

Coral Evans

GWR

Winner of Week 1

Peace and Justice

Hydration Manifestation. An industrial plant for developing countries that filters fresh water from sewage and creates energy from the gas and solid waste matter.

Asia Pryjda

Phd Student Environmental Science

Life Under Water 

Saving Nemo! A social media influencer campaign raising awareness of the plight of farmed and wild fish species. Legislation change was predicted that would mean they could manage the images applied to fish sold to the public. These images would be a represenation of the fishing processes and environmental damage caused. (As with tobacco products). The business would be headed up by an animated fish character capable of expressing emotion and building up a social media following. 

Hannah Marsden

Off shore wind – manufacturing / chemist

Chloe Coglan – GWR (Apprentice)

Peace and Justice

Track and Report. A phone ‘app’ to report emergencies as well as a sense of danger or something that is not right. Videos can be sent to the police rather than social media. The app would provide self defence information and the business would run sessions in schools and advocate changes to the curriculum. 

Katherine Manfred

Post Graduate Researcher at York University – studying air pollution.

Clean Water and Hygiene

Water Straw. A kit for disaster areas aimed at school groups to enable them to gather water and for individuals to filter water with a straw. Could incorporate rain collection and distillation equipment. The main kit comprises pumps, buckets,  cups and individual filter straws.

Marianna Fidalgo

Environmental Management student UoB

Inequality and Poverty

Winner

Eleminating Gender Poverty Gap An ‘app’ for business that ensures.

  1. Job interviews are conducted with no gender or ethnicity bias. 
  2. A business can analyse gender and diversity across their staff.
  3. A retail or service industry can analyse gender bias in their offer and potentially their customers.

Stefan Ciaki

Geography Student

University of Bristol

Life Underwater

Underwater Aquarium. Reusing barren quarry sites as nature reserves with visitors viewing through underwater tunnels or pods on rails. Education displays raise awareness of species loss. The flooded land will be populated only by species from nature and will enable access to/from the sea for migratory fish.

Asia (Joanna) Prydja

Post Graduate – Environmental science student UWE

Clean Energy

Deep Solar. Reusing mining sites to generate power using  geo-thermal energy /heat source pump. Energy is used on site to manufacture solar panels for dew eco housing projects.

Neils Schneider

Lectureer in business studies and author of Ecopreneurship, Business Practices for a Sustainable Future

Broadlands Year 7(11 year olds)

UN Goal

Sustainability Business Idea 

Business Coach

Good Health and Wellbeing

Sports Facilities

Public awareness campaign for better public sports facilities. Focussing on arranging charity rugby matches

University of Bristol

Elian Tago

University of Nottingham

Luca Bussandri

Sustainable Cities and Communities

Tree house bike shed. A mechanical tree that scrubs carbon from the air. With a platform for ‘hanging out’ on while waiting for buses and a bike park underneath the platform. Reduces congestion and pollution as well as making an eco- statement outside a schoo. Also elimanting a school's bike shed issues. 

University of Bristol

Frank Patton

Life under water

Public awareness campaign to reduce and eliminate waste reaching the seas.

University of Bristol

Jad Daas

University of Bristol

Sahasmeancheytheary Tov

Life on Land

Snake Hostel. Homes for wild snakes and a PR campaign for snakes (similar to that for bees) so that people don’t see them as a threat.

The business will supply a basic home for non-poisonous snakes and a people safe zone for venemous snakes. 

Jack Honour

Nuclear Scientist

Responsible Production and Consumption

Eco bag. Using organic waste fibres from local vegetation to create reusable and recyclable bags.

Charlene Chung

Atkins Global

Life Under Water

Public awareness campaign to reduce and eliminate waste reaching the seas.

David Owen

Independent Consultant

Lauren Thomas

Nuclear Industry

 

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