Mathias Yabe: The KNUST Student Who Has Won Four Different International Competitions In 2021

Mathias Charles Yabe

Mathias Charles Yabe, through the work done by his startup – AkoFresh, has been selected as a winner and top innovator in the Generation Restoration Youth Challenge.

To support young ecopreneurs, UpLink – World Economic Forum and launched the Generation Restoration Youth Challenge in response to the rapid acceleration of biodiversity loss and the growing impact of climate change

Mathias will join 13 other ecopreneurs, who were also selected as winners and top innovators, invited to the UpLink Innovator Network which is a growing community of innovators and pioneered by the World Economic Forum.

Mathias Charles Yabe presenting his pitch

Mathias started social impact work during his final year in high school and has since been working with people at the grassroots with a mission to help create a greener and sustainable world.

The passion led him to establish AkoFresh with his co-founders Arina Machine and Dhruvika Sosa from Finland and India, respectively.

AkoFresh is a Green Cold Chain Enterprise, offering farmers practical and affordable preservation services to put an end to post-harvest losses.

“In the coming months, AkoFresh will receive visibility, mentoring support, connections to experts and potential investors from the World Economic Forum and its partners,” Mathias said.

He added: “Myself and the team at AkoFresh are resolute and committed to using Green energy and nature based technologies to restore and conserve nature to help promote food security and reduce the impact of food waste on climate change.”

Generation Restoration Youth Challenge, is the fourth successive international competition which he has won in 2021.

The third-year Communication Design student and his team have won two international competitions earlier this year – the 2021 Fishbowl Challenge and the 2021 OpEx Prize.

The most recent competition he won before the Generation Restoration Youth Challenge was the Community Prize at the finals of the 2021 Techstyle for Social Good International Competition, on September 23, 2021, while competing against twelve other finalists from around the world as the only startup from Africa.

Aside from what he does as an ecopreneur, 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.

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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