Tochukwu Uwakeme's New Entry

Tochukwu Uwakeme's New Entry: Eradicating hunger and poverty through Agriculture and Renewable Energy

Aba, NigeriaAba, Nigeria
Year Founded:
2013
Organization type: 
hybrid
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

We provide complete renewable energy/ aggro export brokerage services including purchase contracts, shipping, warehousing, and delivery scheduling. We offer designs and invent innovative renewable energy solutions, rendering advice to consumers regarding environmentally sensitive conditions.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if our environment is devoid of floods, emission of harmful gases and local farmers are empowered to become leading entrepreneurs?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Chronic Power Outage, Harmful emission of green house gases, Substandard quality of aggro produce and Inadequate market access for rural farmers.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

It is the mission of KemResource to provide complete renewable energy/ aggro export brokerage services including purchase contracts, shipping, warehousing, and delivery scheduling. We intend to offer designs and invent innovative renewable energy solutions, rendering advice to consumers regarding environmentally sensitive conditions as well as recommendations for energy consumption. KemResource also plans to provide trade consultation services to newly started farms within the coastal and northern areas of Nigeria.

Awards

Winner: Diamond Bank Building Entrepreneurs Today (Season 4)
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The politics of oil have caused most of the international conflicts in the last few decades and left millions of people dead and many more disabled. Emission of greenhouse and other poisonous gases has been a real issue of concern in Africa as it is having negative impact on our environment. Climate Recently the EU banned exportation of some food items from Nigeria till January 2016 due to quality concerns. The primary objectives of the innovation centers on developing a technology to produce and use renewable energy that will create fuel options that can positively influence and establish a safer, cleaner and sustainable alternative to petroleum while ensuring aggro produce conform to acceptable international standards.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Our plant a palm project has really saved about twelve farms from impending erosion in Uzuakoli, Abia State, Nigeria. We have partnered TradeKey, a leading E commerce firm in securing promising contracts for about 15 clients. We are about to develop a technology that uses palm kernel oil to produce bio fuels, using a base catalyzed trans-etherification process, with methanol and sodium hydroxide as alcohol and base respectively. This technology will be rolled out in schools to equip students with requisite skills to make money using bio fuel technology while presenting to the society at large fuel options that are environmental friendly without sacrificing operational performance.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

• Differentiate our services to our niche clients so that they realize that we are better able to serve their needs than a more generic competitor. • Keeping close contact with clients and establishing a well functioning long-term relationship with them to generate repeat business and create a top notch reputation. • Establish a comprehensive service experience for our clients that include consultation, product/client search, purchasing contracts, warehousing, shipping, delivery, and follow up service analysis. We intend to have our presence across all local government areas in Nigeria.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Our business strategy is to enter into a focused or niche market where we can offer a higher standard of service to our specialized clients. This will allow us to charge a slightly higher fee to our clients for these differentiated services. We develop sales by establishing close contact with potential clients. We have started by offering a free consultation in terms of overall cost, service, and delivery.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Haran Resources Limited and Quality Gates Farms. We are unique because we have been be able to develop a comprehensive ''SWOT'' analysis of the business sector, in order to identify the key problems and proffer innovative solution, not just to put company's interests ahead of the overall gains of the masses and our environment. We provide proven cost-benefit analysis environmental approaches to structure building, maintenance and energy consumption and this is lacking in the aforementioned companies.
Team

Founding Story

During the course of working on a project titled ''The effects of blending on the characterization of palm kernel oil based bio-fuel'', I discovered that many renewable energy agencies in Europe, America and Asia are running short of palm kernel shells needed for efficient operations. Back home, these shells are burnt and disposed by farmers as they constitute waste to farmlands. I was challenged to find means to connect these farmers to buyers abroad and empower them. Winning the Diamond's Bank Building Entrepreneur Today with a relatively new technology also inspired me to see how we can be able to save and sustain our environment. These motivated me to commence the innovation.

Team

Company officers include our founder, Mr. Uwakeme Tochukwu, our head of exports Ms. Ukpabi Delight, and our head of renewable energy, Mr. Mbonu Chukwuemeka. KemResource management brings to the company strong capabilities in all aspects of trade relations, logistics, contracting and selling. Mr. Uwakeme Tochukwu is a former master distributor with Quality Gates farms, one of the nation's largest agro allied firms. During his time at Quality Gates he worked exclusively on trade contracts with TradeKey partners. Mr. Uwakeme is currently undergoing a Masters Degree program in Industrial Systems and Designs and has a (B.Eng) in Mechanical Engineering. He is a passionate social entrepreneur who has been decorated with several business accolades. Ms. Ukpabi Delight graduated with honors from the Abia State University, Nigeria having earned a Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Economics and Extension in 2011. She is a dynamic and hardworking young lady with vast experience in agro allied business having worked with the National Root Crop Research Institute, Umudike, Nigeria prior to joining KemResource while Mr. Mbonu is a Mechanical Engineering graduate, with major specialization in automobiles and renewable energy options.
Background
Please confirm how you heard about the Unilever Awards:

I heard about the opportunity from a friend

Please confirm your role in the initiative (eg Founder/co-Founder) and your organisational title:

Founder

Which of the 8 UN Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) pre-selected for this competition does your solution relate most closely to? [select all that apply]

No Poverty, Affordable and Clean Energy, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Climate Action.

Leadership and the Unilever Awards
Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.

I orchestrated the creation of the Center for Creativity and Entrepreneurship during my undergraduate studies at the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria.

Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?

Enterprise Development Center, Pan-Atlantic University , Lagos State, Nigeria.

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