2021 Competition results

Competition Finalists

Co-Farm Capital

Co-Farm Capital

1st Place

Imperial College London

BeeBank and Brokerage

BeeBank and Brokerage

Runner Up

Oxford University

REIT-RO

REIT-RO

Finalist

Cornell University/ Harvard University

Hydronos Impact Infrastructure

Hydronos Impact Infrastructure

Finalist

University of Zurich/ Oxford University

Solar REIT

Solar REIT

Finalist

NTU Singapore

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Competition Snapshot

370

Students participants

124

Proposals submitted

5

Finalists

59

Global Universities represented

21

Countries Represented

Competition Results

Winner – £10,00 

CoFarm Capital

Imperial College London

Proposed financial loan and operational development scheme to enable farms to replace unsustainable, intensive monocultural systems of farming with an alley cropping system.

Alley cropping means trees and crops are planted in rows to preserve habitats, prevent soil degradation, and increase crop yield over longer periods of time. 

 

Runner up – £5,000 

BeeBank

University of Oxford

BeeBank & Brokerage wants to create climate and social impact by ensuring beekeepers have the working capital, contracts, and resources needed for sustainable pollination. Where pollination increases crop yield by up to 200%, the benefits go beyond the promising ‘beeconomics’ for both beekeepers and investors.

 

Finalists

Hydronos

Oxford University/Zurich University

Hydronos looks to lower the barriers to entry of hydro power projects, circumvent the lack of capital and investable projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. They proposed a bespoke decentralised financial tool, leveraging blockchain technologies and cryptocurrency.  The Hydronos team are already implementing their vision, and have recently been awarded the rights to tokenise a $2.6 million project in Rwanda and have more lined up. 

REIT-RO

Harvard University/Cornell University

REIT-RO have utilised a REIT in order to fund the retrofitting of commercial buildings across London, leading to the reduction of building emissions, which account for 30% of total GHG emissions. In the UK alone, commercial buildings are responsible for 5% of the country’s GHG emissions. 

 

 

Solar REIT

NTU Singapore

The Solar REIT proposes a two-pronged approach to solar PV energy in proposing not only a REIT to fund the construction and equitable maintenance of such projects, but the use of the solar field to act as agricultural land in a bid to re-green the Kubuqi Desert in northwestern China. 

The Judges

Adityadeb Mukherjee

Adityadeb Mukherjee

Climate Risk Head

Standard Chartered

David Scaysbrook

David Scaysbrook

Managing Director

Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners

David Czupryna

David Czupryna

Head of ESG Development

Candriam

Rhian-Mari Thomas

Rhian-Mari Thomas

Chief Executive Officer

Green Finance Institute

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