Praveen: Thanks for having me, Spiffy! Volcanoes Safaris and its non-profit arm, Volcanoes Safaris Partnership, work jointly to connect our lodges to support the conservation of threatened gorilla and chimpanzee populations and increase economic livelihoods for communities who live around our lodges. This has included setting up the Bwindi Bar, a hospitality training school for underprivileged youth; the building of the Gahinga Batwa village for over 100 disenfranchised Batwa who were evicted from Mgahinga National Park; and creating a three kilometer buffer zone near the Kyambura Gorge to help safeguard the threatened chimpanzee population.
Ishveen: Glad to be here, Spiffy—thanks for inviting me! We know that sports has the power to unite people and nations; but how many realize that sponsorship is the financial backbone of sports helping athletes, teams, and events to exist? We are using technology, data, and innovation to make the sponsorship industry more efficient and effective. In the 60-billion-dollar sponsorship industry, the non-top 5% of athletes and properties often have a tougher time finding sponsorship. We focus our attention on them.
Diane: Thanks for having me, Spiffy! Did you notice how during the pandemic nearly everything we usually did transferred over to a screen? Even school? For most of us we were using a screen for work, school, entertainment, and staying in touch with our friends and family that we couldn't see during those difficult times. But, whilst we all appreciate screens, it's also really good to get off them when we can and be as active as possible! We thought that it would be a great idea to create something fun and active that helps our learning but also has technology involved. That's when we thought of Rock Stepper. The technology allows us to connect with and compete with our friends, measure our movement and progress, but without the heavy reliance on a screen!