RISE Showcase 2023-24

About RISE

RISE supports students in developing their ideas for social enterprise. It can be difficult to take innovation beyond small-scale, local implementation and into something bigger. RISE helps students to realise their goals and create a global impact. The programme provides access to an international audience of potential supporters – people just like you.

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Maja Sonesson and Fredrik Carlsson
  • Lund University
  • In today's food and wine industry, we face several challenges that negatively affect both consumers and businesses. A significant lack of transparency and traceability undermines consumer trust and increases the risk of counterfeit products. An estimated 20% of the world's wine is counterfeit, leading to significant losses. The recently introduced EU directive, Digital Product Passport, imposes further requirements on companies in the wine industry. Journy ensures it's not just about transparency;we tell a story. A story of sustainable grape cultivation, fair compensation, and an ethical supply chain that enhances the experience of drinking fine wines.


    Malin Eriksson and Hampus Hammarbäck and Martin Arvidsson
  • Lund University
  • We're revolutionizing the storage of solar energy! Every night the sun sets and 60% of the time the wind is not blowing, therefore we can’t rely fully on only these renewables. Today this shortcoming is backed up by a planned energy source, usually fossil coal, oil or natural gas. The natural alternative is energy grid storage, which today costs 4000 SEK/kWh limiting its adoption. Solstice utilizes a highly efficient solar collector with an innovative transfer medium allowing the efficient use of low cost thermal storage in sand. This lowers the cost of storage by 89% making energy storage competitive.


    Guillermo PablosMurphy, Acorán Quesada Díaz, Aastha Upadhyay and Sissi Chen
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Amsterdam
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • University of Delhi
  • Four students from four U21 universities are building a dataset containing data on four cities' pressing needs in building towards sustainability. The data will inform a report on the research's findings and a policy recommendations document with the intended audience of stakeholders, policy-makers, and drivers of change.

    Calculation of the Death Index of the Most Catastrophic Wildfires

    Marialina Tsinidis
  • University of Glasgow
  • A case study of Portugal’s greatest wildfires, derives and creates the Death Index, which is the magnitude that predicts the deaths by wildfires on that specific area, implying the severity of a potential wildfire in the future. A multi-layer approach is implemented with satellite data. Wildfires have effects on climate change, people’s lives. The death index may be used as a preventative approach to mitigate the effects of the wildfires. I aim to expand this research for worldwide coverage and by changing the wind and temperature data daily, to be able to predict the Death Index on a daily basis.


    Michelle Akem
  • University of Maryland
  • Dialectable is a cultural app that includes conversation-based minigames, goal trackers, and cultural articles for immigrants to learn or relearn their native language using ancestral knowledge. The minigames simulate scenarios with relevant phrases, allowing users to pick up diction effectively. The app also enables users to write about their progress and set specific goals for accountability, bridging the gap between immigrants wanting to learn their native language using accessible resources like native-speaking relatives.


    Saurabh Chapagain
  • University of Maryland
  • BetterU is centered on empowering individuals with its habit-tracking solution, and addresses the challenge of promoting and sustaining healthy lifestyle habits. By providing users with tools to track and improve their wellness, the platform contributes directly to the goal of ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages. BetterU's focus on encouraging consistent and positive health habits enables individuals to take proactive steps toward their well-being. This not only supports personal health outcomes but also contributes to the broader objective of creating a healthier global population.

    InSight+: An Visually-Impaired Accessibility App

    Xiaoyi Qi, Yuxuan Huang, Lan Wei, Xin Ai, Yimeng Wu and Chenle Zhan
  • Fudan University
  • Recognizing the huge market of designing profitable app for the visually impaired and after detailed user interview, we developed the Accessibility-Focused Lifestyle Companion App—InSight+. We aim to solve their life problem of going out individually, reading small fonts on bottles, and to diversify their means of entertainment by offering rich audiobook/movie resources and an online community. We are committed to the well-being of the visually-impaired, promotion of equality, innovative infrastructure, and sustainable city development. With support from two tech companies and more future fund, we will increase long-term societal awareness in a sustainable and profitable way.


    Shantha Kumar Parameswaran, Ashly Antony and Reem Awad Hussein
  • University College Dublin
  • This innovative energy management software model by En’ Mirai seeks to minimize incurred charges by strategically managing the timing of energy consumption and charging processes. The proposed model takes into account current trends in electricity usage and the associated charges. The project's primary objective is to curtail expenses associated with peak-time consumption given the temporal variability in electricity costs, particularly during peak hours. This is done by notifying consumers of optimal times for conducting their daily chores, aligning with periods of lower demand, not only mitigating individual costs but also reducing overall traffic and bulk electricity consumption during peak hours.

    Happy Autistic Lady Ltd

    Iveta Pudilova, Sarah Aray, Rosemary Burningham and Vera Pudilova
  • University of Birmingham
  • Happy Autistic Lady is a start-up, helping organisations deliver empowering, engaging, and inclusive student spaces and workplaces. Happy Autistic Lady was launched in 2020 when co-founder Vera was diagnosed autistic. Since then, Vera and her sister, Iveta, have been on a mission to raise awareness about neurodiversity and foster a society where everyone thrives. Known for their neurodiversity training, consultancy, campaigns, and branded merchandise with an inclusive twist, their team provides a unique opportunity for organisations to boost retention, reputation, and student and employee satisfaction and create meaningful change in the lives of the +1.5 billion neurodivergent individuals worldwide.

    Equal Opportunities Project (EQOP)

    Kritesh Bisht, Lalitha Pragnya, Faisa Syahla Sabila and Olivia Randhawa
  • University of Birmingham
  • Equal Opportunity Project (EQOP) bridges educational equity gaps by delivering high-quality learning opportunities to underrepresented students. Our flagship initiative is a co-curricular mini-course series developed collaboratively with schools. These WhatsApp-based courses introduce students to new career paths and hone essential skills like critical thinking and communication. Students engage with video lessons, complete interactive tasks, and culminate in a global competition, fostering well-rounded development.


    Magdalene Lim
  • National University of Singapore
  • Careforwe (https://www.care4we.com/) is a healthtech startup which aims to foster an environment that enables caregivers to provide optimal care for their loved ones. We are looking into alleviating the problem of caregiver burnout and revolutionising homecare through three key strategies: (1) digitising healthcare education training, (2) forming up a stronger neighbourhood caregiver network and (3) empowering caregivers to deliver guided and trackable caregiving services for care recipients;fulfilling SDG 3, 8, 10, 11 and 17.


    Taehyun Chun, Jungyu Kim, Sungbeum Hong and Yejin Han
  • Korea University
  • Our project aims to revolutionize urban transportation with shared e-kick scooters, enhancing first and last-mile connectivity. Aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we offer energy-efficient, autonomous e-scooters powered by repurposed solar panels to promote clean energy and sustainable cities. Our innovative design includes foldable seats and three wheels for safety and comfort. We plan to launch officially in 2025, backed by key tech partnerships and a dual revenue model. Join us in forging a sustainable and inclusive future through innovative mobility solutions.


    Minju Cha, Nayeon Kim, Minjun Ha and Suhhyun Kim
  • Korea University
  • As society increasingly prioritizes convenience over nutritional content in eating habits, PixelPlate was developed to guide users toward healthier food choices by offering personalized dietary feedback based on meal images. The application leverages comprehensive nutritional databases and advanced deep-learning models to identify food ingredients and assess their nutritional value. It then provides tailored consumption recommendations, considering individual factors such as age, health conditions, and medications. This approach effectively addresses specific dietary needs, allowing PixelPlate to empower users to make informed food choices that support their overall health and well-being.


    Jian Hui See
  • National University of Singapore
  • In the last decade (2010s), the world produced 441 million metric tons of electronic computer waste. That is equivalent to forty-five thousand times the weight of the Eiffel Tower! ReviveRigs is a sustainability tech startup, building PCs with previous generation parts which can still last for long periods of time, reducing electronic computer waste. UN SDGs addressed are: GOAL 4: Quality Education;GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth;and GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production. ReviveRigs is currently exploring business expansion plans such as workshops, e-learning centers for frontline workers and entertainment hubs.

    Hands in the Earth UC

    Catalina Miranda and Ignacio Mansuy
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • "Hands in the Earth", a project by the Roots organization, promotes sustainable communities in Chilean slums through construction and education on small-scale gardens, rainwater harvesting systems, and composting. This initiative not only enhances the quality of life for residents but also empowers them with tools and knowledge through educational activities tailored for both adults and children. By promoting learning and environmental awareness, the project enables these communities to pursue ongoing food security.


    Amanda Rauner and Rebecca Clapp
  • University of Auckland
  • CycleMate is dedicated to improving the quality of life for menstruating people by making sanitary care accessible in challenging environments, such as the trades and hiking industries. We are developing innovative sanitary disposal kits that ensure safe and hygienic waste disposal, regardless of location. Our kit is self-managed, with hygiene components such as sanitary wipes, hand sanitiser, and disposal bags. Our mission is to empower women and all menstruating individuals by addressing their unique needs and promoting equity in sanitary care.


    Ricardo Barajas, Luis Macedo, Paola Cárdenas, Selena Díaz, Rogelio Díaz, Paulo Guízar and Joel Hurtado
  • Tecnológico de Monterrey
  • CultivArte empowers rural Mexican girls, boys and adolescents through its educational program that integrates art and human rights, developing their soft skills that help them build their dreams and the common good. To date, they have taught the program to more than 4,600 children in 45 schools and taking their children's talents to art exhibitions worldwide. For its social impact, the organization has received awards and recognition from various international organizations. With a sustainable model and the support of companies such as Biokrone, Agrobal and Mr. Lucky, CultivArte has in its spirit to make the impossible, possible!


    Giuseppe Rubulotta, Valeria Macías, José Cano and Daniela Sánchez
  • Tecnológico de Monterrey
  • Chinampac is an innovative project that arises from the collaboration of a multidisciplinary team of young, highly qualified students and entrepreneurs. Our mission is to address two of the most critical problems of today: food safety and environmental sustainability, through the implementation of various disciplines such as biology, mechanics, and electronics. We have designed an automated aquaponic system that allows the cultivation of fish and plants simultaneously with a yield of up to 150 kilograms of food per cubic meter while saving up to 90% of water.

    Citizenship Ping-Pong UC

    Mariana Gonzalez Gonzalez and Alanis Romero
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • The Citizenship Ping-Pong project offers theoretical and practical citizen education workshops in low-income schools across Santiago, Chile, employing the popular education methodology. The project's core objective is to inspire young people to actively participate in the decision-making process and become agents of change through workshops focused on topics such as democracy, participation, equity, and sustainability. These workshops are led by university students who undergo a training program of at least 5 sessions to develop interactive and engaging activities tailored to each context.


    Yingqi Wang, Ran Ju, Xiaoran Luo and Jiayi Hu
  • The University of Hong Kong
  • SAGA is committed to developing educational support for children with leukemia, ensuring they continue learning during the treatment and protecting their right to quality education. We teach online to convey high-quality teaching concepts and educational methods to children and their families, hoping to create good education and learning environments for them. By partnering with U21, we look forward to building a community that supports the development of young volunteers worldwide. We invite you to join us to explore, support, grow and work together for positive social change.

    FS Workshop

    Guyan Chen, Si Wan Cheang and Xinchun Zhao
  • The University of Hong Kong
  • FS WORKSHOP, an innovative NGO in China, promotes sustainable fashion and lifestyle. Through its unique platform integrating education, commerce, and community engagement, it implements projects like Trashion Show, FS Journal, FS BUYER, and more. These aim to raise awareness, offer sustainable fashion options, and foster responsible consumption/production among post-00s youth. FS WORKSHOP leverages its campus network to drive impactful solutions for a sustainable future.


    Rudrakshi Dhar, Khushi, Priyanshi Anand, Aadit Pahuja, Aarushi Anand, Ansh Garg and Rachit Gupta
  • University of Delhi
  • Introducing "Project Phirban", "Phir Se Ban," our transformative initiative at Enactus Hindu College's initiative. We upcycle PPE scraps into sustainable pet beds and eco-friendly mattresses, sourcing materials from Sterikare with production hub at Noida in the state Uttar Pradesh. Beyond products, we empower underprivileged women through financial aid and skill enhancement, in collaboration with My Loktantra Foundation. Our pet beds sell for Rs 500, mattresses for Rs 400, with profits directly benefiting these women. With numerous sales to date, we aim to expand our product range, explore alternative materials, and engage new communities for ongoing advancement.

    My Moment of Makeover (MYMOMA)

    Meghal Jain, Falak Kalra, Aashna Lidder, Vidushi Shankar, Kirtana Chadha and Khushali Malhotra
  • University of Delhi
  • My Moment of Makeover is an ecosystem builder, impact accelerator, and leadership springboard for women and LGBTQIA+ entrepreneurs. Our vision is to cultivate a world where every woman and LGBTQIA+ entrepreneur enjoys equitable access to opportunities and resources. We break down barriers to success by providing essential resources, mentorship, and funding, enabling them to grow and scale their businesses. With the support of a dedicated team of over 30 passionate students and industry experts, we've propelled more than 55 entrepreneurs across 10 industries, generating over 7 lakh rupees in revenue.

    SHARE(Surplus, Hunger And Resource Exchange) Platform

    Ting-Hsuan Lee, Ya-Hsin Pai, Jing-Zhi Miao and Cheng-Yen Liu
  • Fudan University
  • SHARE is a platform that shares information about discounted surplus food nearby and also an app that can provide social welfare support to vulnerable groups. People can know where they can get discounted surplus food conveniently via SHARE. In this way, we can improve and promote the effective utilization of surplus food while helping those in need and reducing inequalities. So far, we have connected with the government and some stores and made a basic app function structure.

    GUEST (Eco Hub)

    Laila Elaasar, Molly Davison, Anna Brown, Julia Martinez, Sophia Kustatscher, Callum MacLeod and Kira McDonnell
  • University of Glasgow
  • The Glasgow University Environmental Sustainability Team (GUEST) is working on the development of an Eco-Hub, a space on main campus to pilot centralising student and staff sustainability activity, and to catalyse a broader culture of practical environmental action on campus. The aim is to create a permanent space for the activities already carried out by GUEST in order to upscale capacity.