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Three Zimbabwean graduates win top innovation award at Oxford University

THREE Zimbabwean graduate students at Oxford University have won the top award and US$14 000 for the “best idea” in the All-Innovate Ideas Competition.

All-Innovate is Oxford’s inter-college competition run by the Oxford Foundry in partnership with Oxford colleges.

Students (undergraduate, postgraduate and DPhil) pitch entrepreneurial ideas for a chance to win a top prize of £10,000 prize money, and two runner-up prizes of £5,000 each.

The budding entrepreneurs’ winning pitch centred on a fast delivery service in Zimbabwe that would accelerate online commerce.

The students who came up with the winning “Takura Couriers” idea are: Tafadzwa Matika (pictured), who is reading for a Master of Science degree in International Health and Tropical Medicine. Oxford’s inter-college contest is open to undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students.

Another member of Team Takura is Chido Chigwedere, who is reading for a Masters in Business Administration.

The third student is Dennis Mazingi (pictured), who is reading for a Master of Science degree in International Health and Tropical Medicine.

The competition aims to encourage ALL students at Oxford, regardless of discipline, to develop an entrepreneurial skill set and generate entrepreneurial ideas. Inclusivity and diversity are at the forefront of the All-Innovate ethos.

Prizes

🏆 Best Idea, awarded £10,000 of grant funding: This is the best overall idea, and can be awarded to a team from either level

🏆 Best Undergraduate Idea, awarded £5,000 of grant funding

🏆 Best Postgraduate Idea, awarded £5,000 of grant funding ■

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