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Ubabio Biomass Energy Solutions

Background Story

The first thing that came to my mind when I got to the factory of Ubabio Biomass Energy Solutions in Trans Ekulu Enugu was, “Oh no! “Not in this age, not soot and charcoal again, we can’t go back to the era of dealing with black smudges in our homes and our environment again”, but as I took time to tour the mini factory and listen to Ikenna Ubah talk about his product, my opinion and perspective changed completely. Really on a very serious note, this particular product is different. This is not charcoal; neither does it come with all the potential harm that firewood and charcoal pose. The Ubabio Biomass Briquette, a product of the UbabioBiomass Energy Solutions Company is a unique solution to deforestation, excessive carbon emissions and environmental waste. It offers a much better alternative to charcoal, firewood and Kerosene as Ikenna Ubah the founder of the company took time to explain to me.

Ikenna Ubah a 27 year old graduate of Chemical Engineering from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka in Anambra Statein Nigeria did not just stumble in to study Chemical Engineering by accident.Afterlosing his grandmother to respiratory health conditions due to constant exposure to carbon monoxide emissions through firewood and experiencing harsh conditions himself in the process of cutting down trees for firewood and even missing school constantly (2 days in a week) every week, Ikenna was determined to find an alternative and less hazardous method of cooking in the Rural areas. The use of Firewood posed various risks and threats to the well-being of those who practiced it. These threats include the problem of deforestation, the problem of children missing school and the problem of respiratory health challenges and conditions. This pushed Ikenna to study hard to make good grades that enabled him to qualify for a course such as Chemical engineering that gave him the background he needed to conduct researches in the field of Biofuel, Biomass and Biogas. He made interesting discoveries as he continued to conduct various researches in this sector, this influenced his choice of topic during his final year project.

The Ubabio Biomass Energy Solution

This is a product that comprises of two major components, the Biomass Efficiency Stove and the Biomass Briquette. Together these components present a good alternative to kerosene stove, charcoal and firewood which all emit carbon monoxide that are harmful to the environment and one’s health.

The Biomass Briquette is a blackish product that looks like charcoal but is quite different. It doesn’t emit smoke or carbon, it is made from natural and biological waste such as sawdust and agricultural waste (banana peels, coconut shells, palm kernel shells, pig dung e.tc). These wastes aregrinded,mixed with organic binders, andthen passed through a process that decarbonizes it furtherto give the end product which is known as briquettes.These briquettes are then dried in the sun. The materials used in the production process of these briquettes are 100% organic and natural. The Ubabio Biomass Briquettes are of two types, the Stick Briquette and the Honey Comb Briquette. The Honey Comb Briquette serves the industrial needs of hoteliers and restaurant owners,while the Stick Briquette issuited more for home use. These briquettes are the substances that fuel the efficiency stove which has been specifically designed as a device on which the briquettes burn. This also carries the various cooking pots. The control of the heat is regulated according to the size of food being cooked,and by increasing or reducing the quantity of the briquettes being used.

The Accelerates Labs Training

A major factor that led to the birthing of the Ubabio Biomass Energy Solution Company was Ikenna’s contact with Barr Ezeh -Ifedy Ralph of Maisematrix Consulting who in collaboration with The Future Project Nigeria conducted a 3 months business acceleration training program in Awka in Anambra State for the eastern part of Nigeria in September 2017. The Accelerate Labs project is an initiative of the Future Project Nigeria supported by Microsoft. I am glad to say that I was part of this project for the South East zone. Ikenna found this opportunity via an online advert. He made sacrifices and traveled from Enugu to Awka regularly in order to participate in the training.  This is where Ikenna Ubah found the courage to launch his biomass idea into a business venture and project. Through the guidance and trainings he received, he conquered his fear of the unknown and the uncertainties of being an entrepreneur. Prior to this time he did not understand some basic business principles and procedures, the Accelerate Labs training drilled him on setting up a good business structure and exposed him to other opportunities for trainings and accessing grants. Ikenna pitched for the Diamond Bank BET competition and came out top 5. He has also experienced the FIIRO House Reality TV show for innovators. The Ubabio Biomass Energy solution is aunique product that stands out anywhere it is presented, because of its social impact elements and its ability to mitigate environmental hazards. It is very affordable and operates through a simple technology. With N3500 you can purchase the Efficiency stove and just refuel with N1500 biomass briquette, this cannot be compared to the cost for purchasing Liquefied Cooking Gas (N5000) , and using its equivalent in kerosene monthly. The product has been recognized by Leap Africa’s Social Innovators Program. The Nigeria Climate Launchpad Actionhas also recognized them and will be sponsoring Ikenna to the Climate Action Conference in Uk for March 2019.The product is being used currently in various parts of Enugu State, Abuja,Port Harcourt and various cities in Nigeria. It is also available for sale and distributorship. Its social impact potential is huge both for the rural communities and outer cities. We are proud to identify with this initiative and watch as a revolution to deforestation unfolds.

Ubabio Biomass Energy Solutions is now incorporated as Ubabio Eco Solutions Nig Ltd. They are diversifying to other eco-friendly products like bio – ethanol fuel, organic fertilizer in addition to biomass energy.

Written by IfeomaAjumobi (Ify Melody)

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– Kafilat Adedeji

South-West | Beneficiary, Accelerate Labs

I am an Agrotechnopreneur. My specializations are crop production (agronomy) and protection (plant pathology), PhD. I am also a trained business and software developer. I run an integrated farm where we produce cocoa, plantain, fish, rice, organic vegetables and mushrooms and develop urban micro farm kits for household organic vegetables needs. I am the founder of Prudent Associates Agroindustry. where we render consultancy services on: urban micro farm kits, simple farm tools and equipment fabrication locally using 3D printing technology, vertical farming, aquaponics technology and mushroom cultivation technology; integrated farm management and establishment and mushroom cultivation technology.   

Accelerate Labs have really helped me in developing and making me better in my business marketing skills (an area where I so much lack and could say is my major business skill weakness before).  They have also given me an exposure I can’t even imagine beyond my expectations.  It was through accelerate labs, I got nominated for the future awards Africa,  and through accelerate labs, I have been able to meet and network with different people of related business minds,  I have met potential investors and mentors through the program which has made me a Bette person all round. 

Bright Peter Osimomoh

North-West | Beneficiary, Accelerate Labs

My name is Bright Peter Osimomoh, I studied public Admin and business management, a diploma in innovation and entrepreneurial financing from the Kaduna business school. I am an entrepreneur with a high sense of purpose and destinyself driven and motivated, my personal dream is to be a reference point in entrepreneurial innovation. My business interest is in Agriculture, rice processingI process and transform paddy into rice as an end productAccelerate Labs has been rewarding for me, it is a timely and laudable initiative, the training content were on point, the Accelerate hub objectives in my personal opinion is  SMART and by that I mean, the project is sustainable, measurable, attainable, reliable and time-boundIt has improved my negotiating skills and helped me understand business scaling. say tombs up to the partners; Future Project Africa, Accelerate Hub And Microsoft  for the opportunity they gave to us participants, as the knowledge gained may not be quantified.  

– Mrs Chioma Udoh

South-East | Beneficiary, Accelerate Labs

I’m Mrs Chioma Udoh, Co-founder and Chief executive of Recyclepro Innovations where I guide the vision and strategy development of the company. Recyclepro is a tech based recycling startup that is using innovative incentives to revolutionize young people’s attitude to waste while collaborating with them to fight climate change. I’m very passionate about making impact through Mentorship and Public Speaking. Before The Future Project, my business was still at the idea stage but after The accelerate labs, I acquired cofounders and assembled a team and we have gained traction within two months of launching the business. The future project gave me a confidence boost and the validation I needed to take a step towards achieving my goals. Accelerate labs was a great mentoring opportunity for me. My best workshop sessions were business development and Successions planning. 

The networking was also phenomenal because of the amazing entrepreneurs I met there of whom most constitute my support system. 

We really hoped that there would be grants or business funding like Accelerate labs promised. It was quite sad that a lot of participants dropped out after hearing there were no available funds 

We also hoped that we would have the Technology workshop with Microsoft Nigeria as promised but that was also missing. But in all it was for me a good learning and networking experience. 

Ihedimma Kawekwune

South-South | Beneficiary, Accelerate Labs

My name is Ihedimma Kawekwune, I’m a Food Science Technologist and a Project Management Professional. I own a start up Food Processing and Packaging company called EMISK Foods. Our maiden product is packaged dried catfish. We have a Modern fish processing facility located in Obaretin, Edo State. 

I got to know about Accelerate Labs while surfing the internet, i participated in the training sessions in October, 2017. The training imparted a lot in me and out of so much that was taught, I can tell I have remarkable improvement in three areas of my business; 

  1. social media marketing and advertising
  2. Presentation skills and ability to pitch my business.
  3. Negotiation skills

I would recommend accelerate Labs Training for both intending and budding entrepreneurs. 

– Obiora Chikwendu

Owerri | Beneficiary, TFESS Photography workshop

I really enjoyed the training. I got to hear about the training on Facebook while in Owerri and had to fly in to attend the training and it was worth it. Now I am able to use what I ave learnt in my

business as photography is a crucial element I was lacking. Thanks to the team that handled this training. I was also privileged to attend both the branding and digital master class, all in Lagos.

– Chinweuba Ezeigwe

Beneficiary, TFESS Digital marketing training

Business as photography is a crucial element I was lacking. Thanks to the team that handled this training. I was also privileged to attend both the branding and digital master class, all in Lagos.
I heard about the training on Facebook. As a novice from Port Harcourt, I was afraid I won’t be able to understand or put to use what was being taught but by the end of the training, my skill level has been upgraded and I have been able to apply what was learnt at work. I will like to be updated on further trainings by TFESS.

– Frank Nnadozie

Fashion Designer- Royal Academy of Design and Arts

I applied for Accelerate Labs to help develop my business and so far, the training has helped me to understand systems and structures of businesses. It has opened my eyes to more opportunities and access to technological tools to help develop my business.

It has exposed me to like-minded people, and I have made connections and collaborations with co-accelerators. The platform made me understand what it takes to run a business as opposed to trading which I have been doing before now. My horizon has been broadened, and I can project and scale better for my business.

– Onajin Olutobi

Beneficiary, Small Medium Enterprise Clinic

– I would like to express my most sincere gratitude to The Future Project and the opportunity to attend this training.

It was also through the organisations’ nomination I was able to attend the Africa Business Conference at LBS. Both trainings provided tremendous personal development and networking opportunities for me. I am delighted with your organisation’s sworn mission to build a network of empowered citizens who can transform system and societies through leadership and enterprise.

– Edith Ijeh Umeugochukwu

Founder- Home Keepers Nigeria LTD

I resigned as a lecturer from Benin Republic to start my business here in Nigeria. I came cross the Accelerate Labs project online where I registered and I was chosen as part of the participants for the first stream.

I can say that since the commencement of the training, I have had fresh insights into running a business. I have worked on my elevators pitch, and the pool of participants has been so resourceful as I have learnt a lot from them and they have helped me develop my business better than it was, which is why I came for the accelerator program.

– Benjamin Eloke

Benin City, Edo State

I registered for the Port Harcourt #Code2Earn since it was close to my state, initially I had no basic knowledge of coding and also with the belief that coding was difficult, I was quite scared. But with #Code2earn training I was able to execute to start the project I had always dreamed of.I came up with an idea on the first day of the training about an App that could be used to connect students in

I came up with an idea on the first day of the training about an App that could be used to connect students in tertiary institution all around Nigeria and on the second day we began implementation and work on the Mobile App.
With the tools and skills learnt from the #Code2Earn training in Port Harcourt using Intel XDK.

The app ‘campushub’ turned out to be a success. It has been launched and is currently running on play store with lots of downloads and users presently. I am very happy.

– Olorunleke Opeyemi

Ibadan, Oyo State

It was an exciting moment at the #Code2Earn Ogbomosho training. I was introduced to computer programming and I earned skills on mobile application development using the Intel XDK. I was able to discover new ways to develop ideas into products and build great solutions for my community.
At the training, we were given hands on experience in HTML5 and JavaScript using the Intel XDK to build prototype mobile applications for cross platform operation systems e.g Android, Windows and iOS.
I was able to successfully build an app – Imei Generator after participating in #Code2Earn Ogbomosho,I earlier had an idea but lacked the necessary skills to turn the idea into a well-developed product. I earlier thought coding was a complicated subject. I got motivated and inspired by the scopes and methods used in intel xdk to develop mobile applications during the code2earn training sessions.
After 2 days intensive training with other participants, I became familiar with HTML5 technologies and the Intel XDK platform and decided to build an app based on my initial idea.
Currently, I built an app called “IMEI generator” which generates cross platforms. IMEI has successfully undergone testing in several smart phones and has been uploaded in various stores to be downloaded for use including the Google Play Store and am making money now that is helping me in my other projects.

– Jolade Adeyeye

Beneficiary, Basic ICT Ogbomosho

I got a hint of the basic ICT training by Aiki via a broadcast message on blackberry messenger, fortunately I had time to spare and a renewal of my knowledge on the basic Microsoft office tools felt like an added advantage as I’m just venturing into the labour market as a new graduate. I enjoyed excel and power point session. Few weeks after the training came my final first degree project defence, I was able to use the Microsoft PowerPoint effortlessly. I was also able to come up with a good resume with the help of Microsoft word.

– Abraham Okoedoh

Beneficiary, Basic ICT Ogbomosho

The training was educating as it expanded my horizon regarding the basic office packages, and also how I can leverage on the internet to help my career and academics. I also liked the fact that there were support instructors besides the facilitator that was in the hall to put some of the participants through during the excel training.

– Onajin Olutobi

Beneficiary, Small Medium Enterprise Clinic #SMECLINIC

I would like to express my most sincere gratitude to The Future Project and the opportunity to attend this training.

It was also through the organisations nomination I was able to attend the Africa Business Conference at LBS.

Both trainings provided tremendous personal development and networking opportunities for me. I am most delighted of your organisation’s sworn mission to build a network of empowered citizens who can transform system and societies through leadership and enterprise.

– Omotola Adesanyai

I really enjoyed the training. I am student of economics but I have been looking forward to learn basic skills on coding to be able to deploy web solution for one of my ideas and also develop a mobile app in the process. When i saw the publicity, i was excited and i registered for the training. I was able to develop my first app and website using HTML 5.

– NgozI Nnekwezu

I have always wanted to take classes in P.M.P, but the Aiki portal has afforded me this opportunity at my convenience, the ease of access is impeccable and so is its usage. Now i can say i have a diploma in project management and also the credibility to further develop this and pursue my dream

– Ikechukwu Ikega

The Aiki employability portal is rather engaging, I took particular interest in the English test and too think i underestimated its sophistication. Its more than imagined. I know what my proficiency in English language thanks to Aiki

– Nonye Okolie

Building a resume that is of global standard seemed like an impossible task on until i discovered the Aiki portal, It has helped to understand the basis upon which resumes are built and i have enjoued increased feedback from the applications i have sent out

– Christopher N. Morris, Head of Strategy, Bravehearts Entertainment

I attended #SURULERESTARTUPS because of the solid track record of the organisers. It was yet another opportunity to take advantage of life enhancing training from them. I had earlier participated in previous trainings from the organisers such as

  • Picture-perfect (Intensive Training for TV Presenters & Actors by The Future Project)
  • Young Writers Network (THE FUTURE PROJECT)

#SurulereStartUps was a melting point of the knowledge garnered through the years I have tagged along with their several Projects/Event. Listening to ChudeJideonwo, at different sessions, I realised that to become successful in the business world the following needs to be nurtured:

i. Risk Taking and Management

ii. Making business decisions based on sentiment can adversely affect your business.

iii. Don’t compromise salaries of staff for anything

iv. For every decision you take as a business owner, the bottomline (profitability) of the business is ultimate.

I particularly benefited from the networking platform as well as the session where facilitators from REGCHARLES FINANCE & CAPITAL discussed business plans and financing. The emerging entrepreneurs had quality time to Hack businesses at different times with practical solutions that could work in this terrain proffered.

– Oluwamuyiwa Adeyemi

I recently attended #SURULERESTARTUPS and would gladly admit that the scope and variety of issues discussed were very key and useful for startups& growing businesses. The rich content in the presentations reflected the experienced and knowledgeable

individuals on the panel, all of whom were young and successful. They were very open and helpful in their conversations with the participants. Thank you to all concerned for their time and effort. I think many of us benefited from the event.

– Timi Adebayo

#Surulerestartups has expanded my horizon and thoughts on how to avoid and cope with teething problems,aspiring entrepreneurs make. It was a wonderful, informative and motivating platform that was well structured, planned and focused. I found the contents practical and easy-to-follow, as well as very useful for my business and growth as an entrepreneur. Kudos!!!