The Award Ceremony of the ICT Innovative Business IDEA Competition 2017- 2018 for University Students held on Thursday 25th October 2018 at R. Burenchobay Lecture Theatre, University of Mauritius, Réduit.
The Honourable Yogida Sawmynaden, Minister of Technology, Communication and Innovation was the chief guest of the 2017- 2018 edition of the ICT Innovative Business IDEA Competition. His presence to the award ceremony was a clear indication of the Ministry of Technology Communication and Innovation commitment’s towards creating a Techno-entrepreneurship culture in Mauritius as from University level.
The Honourable Minister mentioned in his address that he was happy to note that this competition was organised for the University students as they have the credentials to be our future pool of Technopreneurs. He also encouraged them to be involved in the development of innovative ICT-enabled solutions with the potential to make a long lasting impact in national regional and global economies. With this mind set new jobs will be created for our youths in the current knowledge economy and hence supporting the conversion of Mauritius into a high income economy.
According to the Honourable Minister, Technology is a field which is creating new business models and thus creating job prospects for many youngsters. He refers to the examples of Smart Health Ltd and Order Manzer which were in the 2016 edition of the ICT innovative Business IDEA but have now turned into reality and is benefitting the whole country. Moreover he mentioned of Smart Logic supported by the Technopreneurship Unit, is providing the OnTime Mobile app which is a first of its kind in Mauritius as you can in real time know when your bus will reach your stop.
The Minister congratulated all teams and winners who have dared to show their innovative minds by challenging their creativity and capacity to come up with innovative business ideas in ICT for this 2017- 2018 competition and concluded his address with the following “My Ministry encourages the establishment of such competitions which can open the door of opportunities for many young Mauritians in the national, regional and global market.”