Call for Applications: 2014 Sustainable Solutions Showcase


tpc logoThe economic future of Africa is driven by access to finance by its ever growing population of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). As part of the 2014 edition of the Africa CEO Round-table & Conference on Corporate Sustainability & Responsibility (AR-CSR™); ThistlePraxis Consulting is pleased to announce the third edition of theSustainable Solutions Showcase, an initiative that seeks to promote, expose and connect innovations and inventions of social entrepreneurs with potential investors, partners, clients, customers and collaborators. Due to the fact thatgrowing investments and ideas will continue to depend on financial support to actualise and promote innovative dreams, SSS 3.0 will showcase best ideas, goods, services and inventions of various types that are original and creative, ecologically friendly, capable of meeting specific social and economic needs and having potential for enterprise and return on investment.


The entries will be screened by a Project team of experts from Thistle Praxis Consulting, AR-CSR™ conveners and Sponsor organisations. Products, services or initiatives must be unique, practical and must useful in solving an existing problem, or meeting the needs of the public. The best three entries will be selected to participate at the 4thedition of the AR-CSR™ and will present their initiatives at the CEO Round-table to leading business leaders, captains of industries, CEOs and C-suite professionals in the private and public sector. Also present at this session will be the 2014 Keynote Speaker and Lead Discussant, Dr. Donald Kaberuka – President, African Development Bank Group (AfDB) – and Brian Kuwik, Vice President and Africa Regional Head, Accion International amongst leading business leaders and corporate executives from reputable organisations and financial institutions.

If your innovation or business fits these descriptions and can readily be presented to business leaders for possible investment opportunities and collaborations, then this opportunity is for you.Interested individuals are encouraged to enter for the challenge by registering at the event website: http:/// or sending an email to: Deadline for submission of entries is Midnight, Central African TimeMay 15, 2014 to The entries will be screened by a project team of experts from ThistlePraxis Consulting and only successful candidates will be notified by May 29, 2014.

Entries should contain the following: Product description details showinga detailed description of your product and an explanation on how it meets the criteria stated above, a brief profile of the organisation, social enterprise or individual, including structure and size. A short video of not more than 5 minutes in length showing a demonstration of the product may be an added advantage and is strongly encouraged. The conveners of the AR-CSR™ assure all interested individuals that details of applicants’ intellectual property will be treated with utmost confidentiality and respect. However, conveners are not liable for consequences which may arise after the presentations, exhibition and subsequent interaction with potential funders and/or partners.

The 2014 edition of the AR-CSR™ scheduled to take place at the Tinapa Business Resort, Calabar, Cross River State from June 19-20, 2014 is presented with support from Shell Nigeria, Diamond Bank, Heritage Bank, Obubra/Etung Federal Constituency Office and hosted by the Cross River State Government. Ventures Africa and Leadership Newspapers are Media Sponsors. Registrations have commenced in earnest for the event whilst the impressive live up of speakers and further details can be obtained from

Hence, the 2014 edition will seek to interrogate the intersection where financial inclusion fosters economic sustainability and enhances societal benefit. The financial industry plays a critical role for society at large: serving individuals, families, businesses, governments, civic institutions and other stakeholders. The sector performs indispensable functions such as enabling financial inclusion, facilitating saving and investment, providing protection from risks and supporting the creation of new jobs and enterprises. It is critical that the sector operates to provide these functions for society in a stable, sustainable way, and increases awareness of its activities in this area.

In its annual tradition, the AR-CSR™ will again feature a series of events such as: CEO round-table sessions followed by a one-and-a-half-day conference, Sustainable Solutions Showcase (an exhibition of eco-friendly products and service solutions), Eco-Tourism, Sustainable Investment Forum (hosted by the Cross River State Government), Networking cocktails & Gala Dinner amongst other inspiring and intellectually stimulating activities. Leaders from a variety of sectors from far and wide within and outside the continent will gather to share their expertise and experiences on an array of Business and Development sub-topics and try to identify what is missing: the pooling of the most available heap of investable funds possible from all nooks and crannies of the economy and how to channel the pooled funds to attractive production activities, particularly those of small-to-medium size enterprises which are established as the main engines of economic growth and job creation across countries, thus enhancing and increasing societal growth.

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