Eighteen years old Ludwick Marishane devised a plan to produce an anti-bacteria cleanser that could be used to bathe as opposed to the regular gallons of water. The idea to create an anti-bacteria cleanser came to him when one of his friends refused to shower after they had both sunbath.
Today, Marishane now age of 21, is the first sub-Saharan African to win the Global Student Entrepreneurship Award (GSEA) as a result of his innovation.
A native of South Africa, Marishane is the founder of Headboy Industries and a final year student at University of Capetown, South Africa- majoring in accounting and finance.
The battle for the GSE Award, which began with nearly 2000 students from 42 countries around the globe and ended with 30 finalists competing for over 8 hours in presentation and answering questions from judges at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) during the Global Entrepreneurship week(GEW).
The GEW is the world’s largest celebration of innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and human welfare. It features the Global Student Entrepreneurship Award- a premier international competition for High School, College, and Graduate students who have founded and are operating revenue generated business.
The aim of the award is to inspire students to adopt entrepreneurial endeavour by bringing global visibility to student business owners that are socially responsible.
Marishane won the award with his flagship product – Drybath- the world’s only bath substitute lotion for the whole body.
It was first designed for sleepy college students who are lazy to shower but today its greatest application is for millions of people who have on access to clean water.
The contest which was run by Entrepreneur Organisation and sponsored by Ewing Marion Kauffman foundation and the NYSE earn Marishane the chance to share in the half a million dollar prize and in-kind business services, including a mentorship from Redbox founder, Mike Delazzar.
“Who would have known that a lazy friend not wanting to bath would lead to this”, Marishane said after being named as the winner of the competition.