”It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting” and ”When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” — Paulo Coelho, in his book The Alchemist

Luvo Gugwana



Organisation / Company

Green Arch Innovations


Luvo Gugwana, 29, founded and leads the Green Arch Innovations company in pioneering sustainable solutions in the agricultural sector. His company is an aquaponics micro-franchise that focuses on creating franchises for low-income communities to promote sustainable agriculture, enhance food security and support local economies. He told Farmers’ Weekly that aquaponics “offers supportive and collaborative methods of vegetable and fish production and can grow substantial amounts of food in locations and situations where soil-based agriculture is difficult or impossible”. His job encompasses strategic planning, business development and overseeing operations. Luvo, who has a qualification in medical orthotics and prosthetics, spearheads the development of climate-smart technologies and practices, fostering collaborations with universities, communities and industry stakeholders. His job includes driving innovation, research and product development. Among his challenges was gaining community buy-in for new agricultural practices. He addressed this by fostering relationships with people, demonstrating the benefits of climate-smart gardening, and incorporating indigenous knowledge systems.


Medical Orthotics and Prosthetics, Durban University of Technology


Gaining significant recognition by winning the 2022 Engen Pitch & Polish competition. This annual event is designed to support and promote entrepreneurial talent in South Africa. 
Being recognised by Indalo Inclusive. 
Winning the South African Climate Adaptation awards. Winning the Green Youth Indaba. 
Winning third place in the SAB Foundation Social Innovation awards.