Innovative Food Waste Recycling Device Succeeds at business@school Asia Finals

Passionate student performances, an enthusiastic audience, and a tough decision for the judges made this year's Asian Finals an exciting event that does not rank behind the European Finals. The winning team even entertained us with their school shout-out, and the huge group of supporters from all schools celebrated their teams.

The winning team

Singapore Chinese Girls' School wins for third consecutive year

The winning team comes once more from the Singapore Chinese Girls' School (SCGS). Cheryl Ang, Hannah Lui, Manizah Huq, Priscilla Khong, Samantha Lau, and Vera Yeh plan to supply restaurants in Singapore with a waste disposal system based on the natural process of anaerobic digestion. During this process, the waste is transformed into biogas which is then channeled into the electricity grid. This technique has a proven track record all around the world, e.g., in India, China, and in European countries. The difference to the existing centralized models is that the students plan a decentralized solution which they proved to be more efficient, financially viable for all parties involved, and easier to put into practice. With this innovative business idea, SCGS's "NewEnergy" team impressed not only their teachers, but also the judges.

The participating teams

Jury praised performance of all competing teams

Judge Julie Mathis, Vice President Finance, Worldwide Procurement, Dell Computers, complimented the winning team on their demonstration of teamwork: The six youngsters fielded the questions of the Q&A according to their individual product and industry knowledge. Fellow judges also praised the other three teams during the competition feedback session for presentation skills that showed maturity beyond their years and concepts that could be competitive in the real world.

"From my personal experience, having seen several final eliminations in Europe, I am impressed by the level the schools in Singapore reached within just four years of business@school," says Julian Giessing, a former participant from Europe who had jumped at the chance to witness this year's business@school Asian Finals in his Report from Singapure. "I would love to once see the students from Asia competing with the finalists in Europe. But we should better brace ourselves for this tough competition and keep in mind: These guys are just 15 to 16 years old."

The jury