WEBC Member Wins At The Second Youth Co Lab Summit
Female entrepreneur Nakita Bingham-Irvin won an international award for gender equality for her start-up Tasty Kitchen Collective at the second Youth Co: Lab Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam in early April 2019, after winning first place at the UNDP Youth Co: Lab SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) Innovation Challenge in Fiji.
A UNDP and Cities Foundation initiative, Youth Co: Lab Summit is the biggest entrepreneur movement in the Asia Pacific region. There were over 20 countries from Asia/Pacific and Ms. Irvin represented Fiji along with the two other Fiji winners. Other Pacific Island representation included Samoa and the Solomon Islands. The Youth Co: Lab Summit’s purpose was to hold discussions with UNDP, government, and other regional orginizations on how to strengthen and empower entrepreneurs in policy and decision making. 34 entrepreneurs competed by pitching their start-up to a panel of esteemed judges for 9 different categories of awards. Tasty Kitchen Collective won the gender equality award for the best business model structured to empower and employ women.
Before winning the Gender Equality award in Hanoi, Nakita was the 2nd place winner for the Total Startupper Challenge and will receive seed funding to establish Tasty Kitchen Collective which is a platform to support local food entrepreneurship and promote healthy locally grown eating through education and awareness. Tasty Kitchen Collective is a social enterprise that is made up of a network of women growers, producers, and suppliers aimed at helping them achieve economic empowerment while creating an enabling platform to mainstream good healthy local eating.