KNUST’s Mathias Charles Yabe Wins The 2021 Techstyle For Social Good Community Prize

Mathias Charles Yabe

Mathias Charles Yabe, a third-year Communication Design student at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has achieved another feat this year, winning his third successive international competition in 2021.

On September 23, 2021, Mathias’ startup, AkoFresh, was adjudged winner of the Community Prize at the finals of the 2021 Techstyle for Social Good International Competition, while competing against twelve other finalists from around the world as the only startup from Africa.

The Techstyle for Social Good International Competition seeks to award students who are innovating for social good globally through ‘techstyle’ (technology + lifestyle) innovation that can create positive environmental and social impact and incorporate textiles or agrifood technology.

Together with his co-founders Arina Machine and Dhruvika Sosa from Finland and India respectively, Mathias started AkoFresh which is a Green Cold Chain Enterprise offering farmers practical and affordable preservation services to put an end to post-harvest losses, with Ghana as a pilot country.

Mathias and his team had won two international competitions earlier this year – the 2021 Fishbowl Challenge and the 2021 OpEx Prize.

For winning the Community Prize, Team AkoFresh will receive a cash prize and some valuable insights and support from the Techstyle for Social Good community.

Mathias Yabe is also a member of the KNUST chapter of Enactus – an international organisation dedicated to creating a better world while developing the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders and social innovators.

Mathias Charles Yabe is a Millennium Fellow

In 2019 he was selected to join the Millennium fellowship class which is an initiative of the United Nations Academic Impact and Millennium Campus Network (MCN).


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