National University Of Science and technology students are representing Zimbabwean universities at the ongoing Enactus World Cup virtual competitions being held in the Netherlands, Chronicle reports.
The ingenious students earned a spot to represent Zimbabwe after they designed a platform to assist vendors and farmers to sell their products during lockdown restrictions.
The innovation designed by the student saw them connecting platforms such as WhatsApp to enable farmers to directly deliver their produce to vendors who were locked at home.
NUST Marketing Manager and Director Of Communication Thabani Mpofu spoke to the publication and shed more light on the NUST Enactus team and the competition at large and said:
The 24-member Nust Enactus team made up of students from various faculties was inspired by the impact of Covid-19 on vegetable market vendors, who used to operate in city centres across the country but were displaced as local authorities moved into decongest the urban centres. The team used WhatsApp and SMS messages to create innovative online platforms for vendors to market and sell their products while operating from home during the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions,
The NUST team has however, not managed to make it past the group stages at this international event, after they lost to Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and China’s Southwest Minu University, but a job well done for being national ambassadors, our next generation of entrepreneurial leaders and social innovators,” he said.
The Enactus network has 72 000 entrepreneurial students across 1 730 campuses in 36 countries, who are positively impacting the lives of over 1, 3 million people each year.