Prague, Czech Republic – A Czech entrepreneur and innovator has won the prestigious Outstanding Young Person Award 2019.
Pavel Podruh, founder of the Czech start-up Self Sufficient Houses committed to building eco-friendly housing and sustainable homes, is the first Czech to ever win this prestigious prize.
The Outstanding Young Person Award has been delivered by the Japanese branch of the Junior Chamber International (JCI) for almost forty years, to honour outstanding achievements by young innovators, entrepreneurs or leaders who strive to bring a positive and disruptive change in their respective fields.
Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak ranks among the most famous recipients of the award.
“I nominated Pavel Podruh for his visionary approach to the open sharing of information and know-how with the public within his Self-Sufficient Houses project, which brilliantly boosts and speeds up innovations”, Miroslav Rys, vice-president of JCI Czech Republic said, as quoted by the Czech News Agency. “I am glad that it is him whom the Japanese JCI has chosen among the proposed young innovators, entrepreneurs and social leaders from all over the world”.
Every year, JCI selects six winners, invited to give lectures and conferences in Japan, out of forty nominees from all over the world to promote and support groundbreaking ideas that advance environmental protection and social equality.
Apart from the Czech Republic, this year’s laureates of the award come from Thailand, Zambia, Estonia, New Zealand and Indonesia.
Founded four years ago by Pavel Podruh and three other partners, Jana Horicka, Jakub Horicky and Karolina Dostalova, the start-up Self-Sufficient Houses aims to connect firms and individuals to build eco-friendly and sustainable housing. The firm is, for instance, currently developing a green neighbourhood project near Plzen, in western Bohemia.
“Our aim is to accelerate the transition to more sustainable technologies in our households”, Podruh told Radio Prague. “If the award helps us to accelerate the transition to sustainable technologies, then I would be grateful for that”.
You can learn more about their exciting initiative on their website.