Business Cases

During the NBC you work on a business case of a company. The cases for 2021 edition will be published in April 2021. See for inspiration the cases of the 2019 below.

Closing the Loop

Scaling up collection network

Closing the Loop (CTL) collects phones for recycling to prevent that those phones ending up on a dump or in nature in i.a. Ghana . To enhance the impact of CTL it’s necessary to increase the collection of phones. This will help to “fix” illegal trade in phones, which have bad consequences for the environment and young people who work . However, scaling up the collection network of CTL is a challenge since there is illegal competition, and there are various types of people in the network that can be considered. Therefore, CLT is looking for innovative idea to scale up its collection network to collect more phones for a stable and acceptable price.


Reliability of Customer Service Experience

Allianz is an insurance company that seeks to indemnify its clients when they incur financial losses as a result of unforeseen circumstances, such as motor accidents, theft, etc. Day in day out, Allianz Ghana have been striving to improve the customer service experience for their clients, but the current service is not as reliable as it supposed to be. For example, if the claim occurs outside working hours, clients should wait for working hours till the claim can be reported. Next to that, clients don’t know which documents they need to present, which slows down process as well. The result is that people sometimes cancel their insurance and are not insured at all. Therefore, Allianz is looking for innovative ways to improve the reliability of their service for clients who have a claim.


Reliable farmer distribution network

Farmerline is a Ghanaian social enterprise that provides innovative technology and data to transform millions of farmers into successful entrepreneurs. Most farmers live in rural areas, out of the reach of relevant resources that improve their productivity and income. With the current systemt the distance to some of the farmer communities and limited operational resources, increases the delivery time and operational cost of the distribution system. Next to that, Farmerline’s expected stock of farm inputs is not always adequate with the real-time stock. To support farmers in increasing their productivity and income, Farmerline needs to improve the distribution to a successful last mile distribution system. Warehousing and local distribution hubs seems to be a proven concept. However, Farmerline is not having this system yet and is looking for innovative and cost-effective ideas to set up a reliable distribution network for supply agents and farmers with warehousing.


Living wage for farm workers

Solidaridad provides training, advice and research for stakeholders in i.a. the cocoa sector. In this sector they support small holder farmers who own land, and SMEs who farm the land. To excecute everything that is needed to farm on the land of farmers, SMEs employ farm workers. However, those SMEs haven’t the business case yet to guarentee the farm workers living wage, which results in poverty for the farm workers. Therefore, Solidaridad is looking for innovative ideas how they can support the SMEs to guarantee living wages for the workers. For the challenge participants can use EMFED Farms as an example SME.


Low-cost sustainable housing

Tempohousing designs and builds prefabricated container homes and hotels, from small to big, in cities all over the world. To resolve the enormous housing problems in Ghana and other countries, Tempohousing wants to implement its concept of modular, low cost, self-contained and sustainable housing to those countries as well. The container housing that Tempohousing proposes are way cheaper than houses by bricks. However, still the costs of the purchase of the container, the transport to a location for transformation into live space and to transport to final destination in the current concept is still not affordable for households with low income. Therefore, Tempohousing needs ways to lower or rather cover the costs of purchasing and transporting these houses for the low income people that need them.