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Forus Health - 3nethra

Forus Health as the name stands for means Affordable health "For us". Our vision is to provide affordable technology solutions including new products that address India's unique health care delivery needs. Forus products and solutions are centered on the premise of enabling preventive screening even in remote villages and serviced by minimally trained field worker.

Our flagship innovation is 3nethra- An intelligent pre-screening ophthalmic solution that can identify common eye problems that is reason for 90% avoidable blindness in India.

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iStartUp

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Harare
Zimbabwe
17° 52' 5.6208" S, 31° 0' 20.7252" E

EntreCorporate will be providing basic business start-up resources to entrepreneurs who don't have a business education, through our program iStartUp.

The AWP Network

The DREAM Project will work with students at Lagos State Model Colleges and teach them how to write a business plan. The project goal is that if more young people learn how to write a concise and strategic business plan, they will understand the process of what it takes to start a business.

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The DREAM Project

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Lagos
Nigeria
6° 29' 45.4848" N, 3° 21' 25.2108" E

The DREAM Project will work with students at Lagos State Model Colleges and teach them how to write a business plan. The project goal is that if more young people learn how to write a business plan, they will understand the process of what it takes to start a business, and in turn rather than wait for a job, think about starting their own businesses. At the end of the training session, we will launch a business plan competition and awpnetwork.com will provide funding to support the best business plan idea.

Roma Scrap Metal Dealers Ltd

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Roma Scrap Metal Dealers Ltd

Project Subtitle

Employment for a Cleaner World

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Growth (your pilot is up and running, and starting to expand)

Year founded

2006

Is your organization a

For‐profit

Organization Country

Kenya, NA, Nairobi

Country where this project is creating social impact

Kenya, NA, Nairobi

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

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Awards: What awards or honors has your solution received, if any?

I have been awarded the Top 40 under 40 2014, by Nation Media Group for being a young and successful entrepreneur; for doing what I do, with passion, dedication and forward thinking. I have also been nominated for the All Africa Business Leaders Awards 2014, though I did not make it to the semi-finals.

Tell us about your partnerships

I have several partners or buyers who purchase the collected metal scrap. Kaluworks Ltd is a well established Aluminium Rolling Mill that uses our collected metal as a raw material.

Hebatullah Ltd, is also a prominent buyer that buys our extruded Aluminium Scrap as a raw material.

We also deal with several steel rolling mills in the country.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Vandalism is a very big problem and we would need to educate collectors as to how we can collect the metal without taking the law into their hands. Logistics can also pose a challenge to collectors, as they may have to traverse long distances to deliver the scrap. However, by establishing depots at strategic locations and sending out collection trucks, we can overcome this challenge.

How does your idea help young people create bright futures and improve opportunities for meaningful and long-term careers?

Entrepreneurship is the best form of employment. Return is directly correlated to effort invested. It requires minimal investment and has impressive returns, both financially and towards the environment. I have tasted the fruits self-dependency can offer and have and would love to continue sharing my experience with youth who would like to grow in business. The scope is limited only by your own mindset and once we realize that opportunities are not limited to a leather chair in an office then we can explore new boundaries.

Target Age Group(s): What age group(s) do(es) your solution target through it's programming?

18-35.

Intervention Focus: Identify which of the following best explain key parts of your solution

Job Creation, Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development, Mentorship, Rural Economies.

Do you have separate programs or initiatives that target the following types of populations?

Boys/Men, Girls/Women.

Impact - Reach: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

0 to 500

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

10-100

Number of Volunteers

Fewer than 10

Does your project utilize any of the innovative design principles below? Select a theme below that most applies to your work. If none of them do, no problem, you can skip this question.

Redefine "Work: create flexible income generation opportunities or formalize jobs that have been historically considered informal or insecure

Is your project targeted at solving any of the following key barriers? Select a theme below that most applies to your work. If none of them do, no problem, you can skip this question.

Lack of youth empowerment

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Spotting a good renting deal

Everybody wishes to have a good equipment renting deal, and maybe you are not excluded from this. The most significant aspects which regulate your quality of the deal are discussed below

High Left-over value: It is well-thought-out to be a very significant aspect by Axis Capital Group, Singapore.

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Publishing a book: Open That Box!

Open That Box - – 8 Steps To Unleash Creativity In Your Organization is a how-to book that guides any type of organization such as small medium enterprises or volunteer groups towards a more cohesive, motivated and creative team working towards a common goal.

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GirlUp

GirlUp,a chic community that empowers and connects girls who have an entrepreneurship ambition and want to live a beautiful, balanced life. We provide a broad spectrum of star entrepreneurs, distinctive speakers, networking opportunities and cross-industry resources for dynamics driven young women.

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Enterprise Education-4-Change (Ee4C)

10 Maseno University students shall be trained on transparency and accountability gaps in the running of CBOs' businesses. This knowledge will be imparted on existing CBOs for better management, creation of awareness on transparency and accountability and creation of employment in rural Kisumu

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Promoting Community Accountability through the positive power of Business

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Start-Up (a pilot that has just begun operating)

Year founded

2014

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Kenya, Kisumu

Country where this project is creating social impact

Kenya, Kisumu

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

10 Maseno University students shall be trained on transparency and accountability gaps in the running of CBOs' businesses. This knowledge will be imparted on existing CBOs for better management, creation of awareness on transparency and accountability and creation of employment in rural Kisumu

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if CBO businesses had better management? Would they grow stronger and provide employment fo rural populations?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

32% of Kenya's active labor force is unemployed. The greatest hindrance in employment creation is endemic corruption that has affected small businesses in Kenya, and Kisumu in Particular. Small scale businesses have been the main source of income for the people of the County and the development of these businesses will enable Kisumu to sustain its population and attract more investment through an entrepreneurial culture.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

The project shall establish a think tank of students from the local University and train them on transparency and accountability concepts of grassroots democracy and life skills. The Think Tank will practically implement a business with these concepts in mind then train ten community based groups on ethics in management and a strong entrepreneurial culture in order to enable them better manage their businesses. This will create awareness on the importance of transparency and accountability in the medium term and provide long term employment for members and young people coming from Universities while promoting rural economies in the process. Within three years, 5 such Think Tanks will be developed to scale the project and enlarge the scope.

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

By training 10 groups we provide the future leadership with ethical knowledge. Taking them through a pilot business project provides experience in running enterprises. Exposing them to community enables them to learn and impart their knowledge to the community. Creating stable community businesses empowers people to promote their own enterprises and have businesses that can create employment for different people and reduce rural to urban migration while also increasing the volume and value of services that people have access to. Scaling the project ensures that societal transformation is achieved in the long run

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Within Six months: 1 Think Tank, 10 students, 10 community based groups (approximately 100 people)
24months: 4 Think Tanks, 40 students, 40 community based groups (Approximately 400 people)

All these are direct beneficiaries. These beneficiaries will experience change in different levels. Students will learn skills including:
Having knowledge on transparency and accountability
Gaining practical skills and experience in managing small scale enterprises
Managing diverse social groups and professional networks

Community Based Groups will learn:
Managing ethical environments for businesses
Creating awareness on the importance of transparency and accountability
Creating employment for young people and women in rural economies
Curbing rural to urban migration which denies rural areas the needed skills for promoting development

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

The first line of impact is within the county in which after 24 months the project is expected to directly impact 450 individuals and over 10,000 indirectly through marketing and benefiting on services and goods provided. Secondly, as a policy document, the project shall be presented as a public interest project for debate in county assembly for county government funding to enable expansion. After four years we shall propose it as a policy document for the national government through the ministry of devolution

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Within the first six months, the project shall be sustained through small donation and contribution of office resources from the parent organization. Within the 24 months, the project will draw in fundraisers for operational expenses and use profits from the businesses through contribution of community based groups then after the four months we shall target county government funding and national government soft loans for businesses

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations, NGOs, Businesses, Regional government, National government, Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

NGOs in Kisumu have been working on this initiative and the government has also released funds to support youth enterprise. However, in spite of the heavy spending, embezzlement of resources is rampant and youth groups have lost in ethical principles in either funds distribution or fair play. In addition, the current programs are addressing the symptoms which are shown through lack of operational capital by providing money or poor governance by restricting use of money. However, by establishing a relationship where thy have to work without funding, they will learn and appreciate their value.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

While at Maseno University I had formed a Think Tank to generate ideas and promote them on social media. A video of the same is part of this presentation. We were successful back then and were able to get 17 community projects running. However, after campus, we went in different directions and lost touch. Nevertheless, when I came back to my county, the situation was deplorable and there was absolute lack of transparency and accountability while grassroots democracy had died with respect to enterprise hence leading to the idea that its government to provide jobs. This broke my heart because being a student of government, I know that its the people who employ a government. I hope to bring confidence, hope, and success through this project.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

In the project I have divided roles depending on stages. At the beginning, we shall have an overall manager for the entire execution and he shall undertake administrative functions. A Supervisor who will establish and maintain links with Think Tanks and Community-based groups and an ICT professional who will be in charge of marketing, networking, and overall project visibility. The team will be working full time and grow with responsibilities.

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Awards: What awards or honors has your solution received, if any?

My Project is part of 56 follow-on projects by State Department Fellows of the Community Solutions Program.

Tell us about your partnerships

International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX): IREX is providing the fellowship with a four month practicum in the United States and opportunity for program development. This has enabled me access to a community mentor, a supervisor in a host organization, a group of like-minded community solutions program leaders from 33 countries to network with and contact point to assist me in developing my project

StartUp Africa (startupafrica.org): I work with StartUp Africa in implementing their Diamond Challenge Africa Program in Kenya and Uganda. This has provided me with ground experience and an opportunity to better understand the issues I seek to address in my project. I have a team of volunteers who are part of the program I will be running for the next four years
Barack Omondi Angujo: He is a fellow investor in the project and a partner in our Consultancy Firm (I am the other partner). He is a graduate of Computer Science and Mathematics and is critical in Information Systems Development for this project.
Millennial-Legacy Consultants: Office resources for this Consultancy Firm will enable the project run its activities for the first few months until it can secure funding to establish itself.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Apart from financial challenges which have informed my decision to reach out through this application, I expect cultural challenges, the socialization of corruption as part of life in my country, and the establishment of a negative perception towards Non-profits. I shall address the cultural challenges by ensuring that community groups I work with undergo orientation on community relations and organize project visits for people to visit different projects and share lessons. When i manage to secure funding, I will also establish some networking training to enable the groups keep constant communication with one another to share best practices. The challenge of socialization is what i intend to solve in the medium term through awareness on the economic and social benefits of transparency. Since Non-profits are thought to be enterprises of managers, this project shall utilize grassroots democracy where each community group will be invited to comment on budgets in order to ensure that they are aware of what is developed on behalf of the community. I had tried these ideas on a smaller scale as a student and I shall perfect them in this project

How does your idea help young people create bright futures and improve opportunities for meaningful and long-term careers?

This project provides two important skills for young people. It enables them to utilize critical thinking and analytic skills in developing community solutions through these think tanks. They gain an understanding of their social environment and allow themselves to nurture knowledge for communities. This is an important skill that Corporate Institutions and Non-Profit Organizations I have worked for/with require at all times. Secondly, the project provides young people with opportunities to grow community businesses that will have the capacity to provide them with employment opportunities when they leave Universities as they will be able to gain work and more work experience by working in rural areas. Finally, when young people leave institutions of higher learning, they have little financial capacity to sustain living in cities and instead of going there to live in ghettos, they can invest time and energy in working in relatively affordable rural communities and work there while gaining more experience within the first three years of completing college

Target Age Group(s): What age group(s) do(es) your solution target through it's programming?

13-17, 18-35.

Intervention Focus: Identify which of the following best explain key parts of your solution

Job Creation, Professional Development, Apprenticeship, Entrepreneurship, Community, Mentorship, Products or Services, Rural Economies.

Do you have separate programs or initiatives that target the following types of populations?

Boys/Men, Girls/Women.

Impact - Reach: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

501 to 1,000

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers

10-100

Does your project utilize any of the innovative design principles below? Select a theme below that most applies to your work. If none of them do, no problem, you can skip this question.

Put Young People in Charge: provide the experiences and skills needed to be resilient, creative, and take action

Is your project targeted at solving any of the following key barriers? Select a theme below that most applies to your work. If none of them do, no problem, you can skip this question.

Job creation lacks adequate coordination between the government, private sector and development organizations

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Development Connection

We connect change makers to opportunities which help them to strategically grow their businesses and organisations. We do this by supporting them to define their brand and project models and to increase their brand visibility by highlighting their projects/programmes on our website.

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Development Connection

Project Subtitle

Connecting energies for development

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Growth (your pilot is up and running, and starting to expand)

Year founded

2014

Is your organization a

For‐profit

Organization Country

Uganda, KMP, Kampala

Country where this project is creating social impact

Uganda, KMP, Kampala

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

We connect change makers to opportunities which help them to strategically grow their businesses and organisations. We do this by supporting them to define their brand and project models and to increase their brand visibility by highlighting their projects/programmes on our website.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if all young people in Uganda could access business related information and services?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

83% of youth in Uganda are unemployed. Yet, the formal sector can only absorb about 10% of all university graduates and graduates from tertiary institutions. One of the ways of addressing this challenge is by creating a suitable environment for youth to start enterprises to employ themselves and others. Unfortunately, the youth entrepreneurship spirit is being undermined by limited access to capital, business skills and information among others.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

We support start-up organisations and businesses to design project models in respect to their respective needs of their target markets. This includes product and service conceptualisation. We then support these start-ups to formalise their operations by putting in place systems/documents of operation, defining their brands and registering with the authorities. With all this in place, we support these organisations and businesses to generate product/service visibility by spotlighting them on our website. Last but not least, we keep them updated with information on industry trends, opportunities and, policy and legal dynamics through our website.

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The Aye Africa Foundation is a Ugandan Social Enterprise that targets out of school youth in rural areas. The foundation supports youths to create investment and savings groups which go ahead to collectively start enterprises within their communities.
We have supported the foundation to create a three year strategic plan. This was developed through a 2 day strategic design process which helped them to define their model including target group, strategies and goal. We are currently supporting the foundation to design a curriculum to enable them roll out their projects. We are also supporting them to create an action framework and to create funding proposals for submission to donor agencies.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

We have so supported 2 NGOs to develop communication and education materials and 2 businesses to increase product visibility and to develop education and communication materials. We have profiled over 4 social entrepreneurs and posted over 100 opportunities and business articles on our website. Our website is visited by over 400 visitors every day.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

We are increasingly being sought after to support companies and NGOs to support communication/branding/education materials. By the end of 2015, we want to be able to reach over 2000 youth with information and opportunities.
By the end of 2015, we want to have reached over 50 youth start-up businesses and organisations.
We want to establish a business incubation hub attached to our website. The hub will offer mentoring and other related services to youth who have started or intend to start businesses or organisations.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

We are a business and we charge for our services. However we subsidise our rates for youth start-ups. Using a percentage of proceeds from our projects, we offer some services free of charge for youth start-up businesses and organisations.
Our website is envisioned to become self-sustaining in future. We envision an interactive platform which will be used to advertise products and services of youth start-ups at a reduced price.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Foundations, Businesses, Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

We have so far not heard of or seen a company/organisation offering a similar package of services. However, for future learnings, we are looking at building partnerships with Mara Mentor, the Kome Learning centres and the Youth Working Group in Uganda.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

We had been following the facebook posts of an IT business mogul in Africa. His posts helped us to realise how access to information can revolutionise youth entrepreneurship in Africa. We decided to start a branding and communication company but realised that to reach our target audience/possible clients, we had to reach them through a media that would be attractive and engaging. this is how we decided on a website. We started researching companies/organisations implementing similar projects. These have helped us to continually better our services and projects.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Our company is governed by an Interim Board of Directors. This is composed of 5 members who are also part of the implementing team. The Board of Directors play an oversight role and ensures that all projects are implemented in an innovative, timely and cost effective manner. The Board of Directors is part time but devotes not less that 2 hours per week reviewing project progress and advising. The Board of Directors changes every after one year.

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None so far

Tell us about your partnerships

Aye Africa Foundation: We have a five year partnership to support them develop communication/branding and education materials for their target audience. Aye Africa Foundation is a youth social enterprise in its first year of operation.

WeConnect: This is a communications company we have partnered with to design communication/education materials for NGOs in Uganda. We have been sub contracted by this company on several occasions. This is another youth-startup that has a lot of experience in communication and branding. We believe that this partnership will help us to deepen our understanding of communication and branding.

Kenya Green Supplies: We have posted a call for suppliers for this company's products on our website and we are yet to enter into partnership to advertise their products on our website. This company is also a youth start-up; our primary target clients.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Our major challenge is limited and experienced human resources to create innovative and practical content for our projects/products/services.

How does your idea help young people create bright futures and improve opportunities for meaningful and long-term careers?

We inspire young people to be agents of change in their communities by sharing stories of change makers who have made it.
We provide information on opportunities, business creation and job search tools which can help young people to either create or find their dream jobs.
We support start-up companies to formalise their operations by putting in place the necessary systems and tools to function smoothly.
We provide business monitoring and coaching for youth entrepreneurs.

Target Age Group(s): What age group(s) do(es) your solution target through it's programming?

18-35.

Intervention Focus: Identify which of the following best explain key parts of your solution

Job Creation, Job Search, Professional Development, Entrepreneurship, Community, Online Learning, New industries.

Do you have separate programs or initiatives that target the following types of populations?

Impact - Reach: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

1,001 to 10,000

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers

Fewer than 10

Does your project utilize any of the innovative design principles below? Select a theme below that most applies to your work. If none of them do, no problem, you can skip this question.

Put Young People in Charge: provide the experiences and skills needed to be resilient, creative, and take action

Is your project targeted at solving any of the following key barriers? Select a theme below that most applies to your work. If none of them do, no problem, you can skip this question.

Education isn't preparing young people for the evolving job market

My.Open.CampusSA

My.Open.CampusSA is a powerful web-tool that allows potential, current and past students of higher learning institutions to hold their institution accountable, report fraudulent colleges, review them, have a live report tool which will assist the student and institution with applications tracking.

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Project Subtitle

Creating new opportunities

Select the stage that best applies to your project

Idea (you're poised to launch)

Year founded

2014

Is your organization a

For‐profit

Organization Country

South Africa, GT, Johannesburg

Country where this project is creating social impact

South Africa

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

My.Open.CampusSA is a powerful web-tool that allows potential, current and past students of higher learning institutions to hold their institution accountable, report fraudulent colleges, review them, have a live report tool which will assist the student and institution with applications tracking.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

Mobile devices could be used to improve access to quality education in Africa resulting in millions getting access.

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Thousands of youth that finish high school have no idea what they are going to do post high school. Most youth are unable to find a place to get career advice, make an informed career decision and follow up on the institution and courses they both apply for and qualify to do.
Most parents in rural and urban areas are working hard to get their kids to higher learning institution only for their kids to register at an unaccredited institution.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

My.Open.CampusSA is a powerful web-tool that allows potential, current and past students of higher learning institutions to hold their institution accountable, report fraudulent colleges, review them, have a live tool which will assist the student and institution with applications and all other queries. My.Open.CampusSA empowers parents with the knowledge on accurate costs, accreditation status, books and accommodation. This tool will help us run global analyses to see how universities are responding to their students and potential candidates holding them accountable and helping with cost analyses which will improve access to higher learning for all kids.

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Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Imagine Thabo, Thabo just finished his 11th grade and he's just recieved his final mark. In order to make a decsion about his career the best thing he can do is to use Google, the first thing that comes up is the biggest universities with their ever complex and large websites that don't fit on his mobile phone screen. He can't immediateltly see what course he qualifies for as he needs to go through each faculty not really knowing what he is looking for. On My.Open.CampusSA he can easily punch his marks per subject, he will get the courses he can qualify for, which institutions, how much it will cost and the bursaries. He will see the accreditation status, what students and community have to say about the institution and its community rating

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Users: Primary users of our product are students, looking for an institution they can study in with the best fees, good reviews and responds to the needs of their learners. South Africa has about 59 million mobile phones that are active and 1.5 million 11th and 12th grade learners. Learners that are actively searching for an institution. We aim at retaining 20% of that market, our marketing and public relations efforts can help us get up to 300-000 high school learners, about 1.7 million parents, universities students, postgrad students and community tracking complaints and stories from higher learning institutions. Through our efforts we aim at reducing the information gap between urban and rural areas, helping 300-000 kids make informed decisions about their careers and colleges get a tool to help them attract top talent.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

My.Open.CampusSA will launch in South Africa featuring all public universities and paid for listings of private universities. We will feature and make accreditation statuses of private colleges available on our platform. Our data will be tracked online using software consolidated with the database of the university to see how many of the learners that go through our website get into the university. We will monitor the impact of holding institutions accountable to their learners and community via the resolution of complaints by institution. Regulation and transparency of fees is monitored.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Consumers get to use the site for free and basic acknowledgement that an issue is resolved is free. My.Open.CampusSA makes revenue from higher learning institutions that sign on for basic functionality that costs about $100 a month, From website advertising, private accommodation listings, private universities and data mining for targeted marketing. More sophisticated digital tools for better institution management are sold for profit.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Regional government, Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Careerportal.co.za:

Website for all the information you need to find bursary and scholarship information, manage your career, access training, internships, learnerships and other work experience.

My.Open.CampusSA is different in that it is more of a tool that works with Universities, media and the community to have make great choices for kids, better foreknowledge for parents and hold institutions accountable to their students.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

The founder did Analytical Chemistry. Graduated in 2007, went to work and realized just how much he didn't like his career. In the year 2013 after working as a scientist for 6 years all he could think of was how he made the decision to study the course based on what his neighbor had said and how fancy it sounded. Looking at his little brother and family all round he knew he couldn't let them suffer the same fate as he did. He realized there was a need for learners to have a certain degree of knowledge about their career choice, the institution and a life after graduation. At the same time, getting community to be the biggest stakeholders of their higher learning institutions holding them accountable, growing the much needed transparency.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Mr. Murendeni Mafumo is the founder of My.Open.CampusSA. A Mandela Washington fellow from Yale University and qualified scientist with 6 years working in a scientific institution. He started his first company at the age of 16 selling concentrated juice after struggling township challenges with alcohol and substance abuse. He is a fulltime director of My.Open.CampusSA and is working on creating this to be the biggest education portal in Africa.

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Mandela Washington Fellowship, 2014
Spark* South Africa Change-markers 2014.

Tell us about your partnerships

PenIT: PenIT is an award winning digital media agency based in Limpopo province, South Africa. Part of our economic development is identifying companies within at-risk areas in South Africa that are qualified to work with us in our project so we can maximize their potential at international scale. PenIT will offer us digital media support, graphics and a footprint within our target areas.

Department of education: Vhembe district, South Africa. In order to develop a working a relevant platform we realize it is important to work with and through local agencies to bring in local solutions, the department allows us access to their schools, their learners and increases our credibility.

Spark* International: Spark* International offers us strategic insight, they head our strategic sessions and mentor us in order to be as best as we can be from their experience

Dimension Data: Dimension Data Holdings is a South African company specializing in information technology services, with operations on every inhabited continent. They will offer data analytic solutions in order to maximize our input and output.

Via Afrika(Media 24) : Via Afrika controls several independent business units in the book-publishing and distribution and niche retail sectors. It consists of two divisions: Publishers/Agents and Retail/Distribution. Publishers/Agents focuses on editorial activities which involve purchasing or developing content, creating or reworking and packaging or repackaging textual content. We will partner with them on creating university books database by consolidating their databases in order to make procurement easier.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Financial Challenges: In order to launch and have the portal work perfectly it will require capital and as a small company cash flow will be a great challenge, we will therefore use the minimum viable product model in order to maximize our potential, the portal will be launched through multiple milestones.

Lack of manpower: We intend to recruit both volunteers and part-time students to work on the initial data collection project as we limited in funds.

How does your idea help young people create bright futures and improve opportunities for meaningful and long-term careers?

My.Open.CampusSA is a powerful tool that is meant to be the first point of call for all kids in making the right and best career choice. My.Open.CampusSA helps all kids regardless of socioeconomic status to foreknow the views held by alumni of a certain institute or course before they make the career move. By creating a continent where all young people have access to, and can hold their higher learning institute accountable we can create a new way of thinking, a new field where all young people can influence key decision when it comes to the biggest decision of their lives, choosing and getting a career while empowering them to connect with other students from other institutions in the same course.

Target Age Group(s): What age group(s) do(es) your solution target through it's programming?

13-17, 18-35, 36-64.

Intervention Focus: Identify which of the following best explain key parts of your solution

Job Creation, Education - Curricular, Professional Development.

Do you have separate programs or initiatives that target the following types of populations?

Marginalized/Minority.

Impact - Reach: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

Not Applicable - yet! (we are at the idea stage or start-up)

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers

10-100

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Create New Industries: recognize opportunities in the marketplace to build new professions or new markets

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Lack of youth empowerment

The Youth LEAD Project

The Youth Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Development (Youth LEAD) project is an after-school project for secondary school leavers and out-of-school youth between 15 and 24 years, that is geared towards educating, engaging and equipping them with relevant skills to become leaders and entrepreneurs.

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DUHEM

Duhem is the first Peruvian and Latin American community commerce for social consumers and cause- oriented brands. In Duhem you can find thousands of products and services from different brands, all curated, whose common factor is the social or environmental contribution to the world.

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BESTABO FUNDS

Young farmers living in remote places need support in more than one area. We provide a complete set of services within walking distance of the farmers we serve. Our service bundle includes: Distribution of seed and fertilizer, Financing for farm inputs, Training on agricultural techniques etc

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2012

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Hybrid

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Cameroon, Buea

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Cameroon, Buea

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Young farmers living in remote places need support in more than one area. We provide a complete set of services within walking distance of the farmers we serve. Our service bundle includes: Distribution of seed and fertilizer, Financing for farm inputs, Training on agricultural techniques etc

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

All educated young people turn to agriculture

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

In recent years, poverty, youth employment and famine has been the order of the day. Most educated people live in cities with no jobs and some die of hunger. There is vast uncultivated land across Africa and entrepreneurship is still a dream.
Poverty and vandalism is the order of the day and young people are in the mist fear of the future.
even when youths are involved in Agriculture, harvest/yields are very low

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

A Business Solution for young Farmers

Young farmers need support in more than one area. We provide a complete set of services within walking distance of the farmers we serve: Distribution of seed, Financing for farm inputs, Training on agricultural techniques, Market facilitation to maximize profits from harvest sales
Farming is the dominant economic activity of the world’s poor. Bestabo Fund makes that act
When farmers improve their harvests, they pull themselves out of poverty. They also start producing surplus food for their neighbors. When farmers prosper, they eradicate poverty and hunger in their communities.

And our farmers will produce enough surplus food to feed another 5 million of their neighbors.

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Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

A Business Solution for Smallholder Farmers.
Young Smallholder farmers l need support in more than one area. We provide a complete set of services within walking distance of the farmers we serve. Our service bundle includes:
Distribution of seed and fertilizer
Financing for farm inputs
Training on agricultural techniques
Market facilitation to maximize profits from harvest sales

Farming is the dominant economic activity of the world’s poor. Bestabo Fund makes that activity significantly more productive. We are growing as fast as possible to capture an incredible opportunity
-We shall use Mobile Technology to Benefit Smallholder Farmers through SMS and constant contact using telephone.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

When farmers improve their harvests, they pull themselves out of poverty. They also start producing surplus food for their neighbors. When farmers prosper, they eradicate poverty and hunger in their communities.

Bestabo Fund will grow quickly and we are proud will shall represent Africa’s largest network of smallholder farmers. By 2020, we will serve at least 1 million farm families - with more than 5 million people living in those families. And our farmers will produce enough surplus food to feed another 5 million of their neighbors.
When millions of farmers speak with one voice, we can more effectively pursue collaboration together with government and the private sector to broaden our reach.
Bestabo Fund anticipates growing by 50%, to serve ~300,000 farm families, with pilots in Cameroon
Fund seeks to put $135+ of incremental income into the hands of each farm family.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

How We Grow
We designed Bestabo Fund to grow.

Our field staff are organized into operating units of 15 staff. We are constantly adding new operating units, while also growing existing ones.

Most of our staff are regular farmers. Through our leadership development program, we are helping our staff to build meaningful and fulfilling careers.
Our field staff are supported by professional headquarters
Fund seeks to put $135+ of incremental income into the hands of each farm family, from our crops and add-on products such as solar lights and cocoa trees.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Micro loans and seed grants will be given to young farmers. After training and mentor ship, the farmers will harvest, transform and sell produce and repay their loans with a very minimal interest to meet the expenses and grow our network
We are going to set up Bestabo fund farms to be used for training and research purposes and to test recent technologies. These crops will be harvested and sold and raise further income.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Businesses, Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

There are big government agencies addressing the problem with big and well established farmers

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Looking at the rate of youth unemployment and the prevailing rate of hunger and suffering in Africa, and owing to the fact that agricultural development has great potentials for growth and expansion. Secondly I have been a ONE campaigner for 2 years advocating for young people to take on agriculture so I decided to take action and promote them directly by providing funds and technical expertise

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Tengsa Tonfoh has a MS in horticulture from the University of Buea. He previously served with the Cameroon development Corporation. He is the Senior field officer.
General Partner/ Kenya Country Director

Martins Yangange -Director Engagement-joined One Acre Fund in 2013. He earned his BS and MS from Stanford University in Geologic and
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We shall create strategic alliances with local companies and youth groups
and other government agencies

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Our major challenge will be finance and seed capital

How does your idea help young people create bright futures and improve opportunities for meaningful and long-term careers?

Our idea will serve young people to start small-scale farming. In everything we do, we will place the farmer first. We will measure success in our ability to make more young farmers more prosperous.

Target Age Group(s): What age group(s) do(es) your solution target through it's programming?

18-35.

Intervention Focus: Identify which of the following best explain key parts of your solution

Job Creation, Professional Development, Training/Skill Development, Products or Services, Financing, Rural Economies.

Do you have separate programs or initiatives that target the following types of populations?

Boys/Men.

Impact - Reach: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

0 to 500

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

10-100

Number of Volunteers

Fewer than 10

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Put Young People in Charge: provide the experiences and skills needed to be resilient, creative, and take action

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Lack of youth empowerment

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People-First Tourism

People-First Tourism is a marketplace for genuine tourism experiences. This project links tourism micro-entrepreneurs trying to pursue dignified and sustainable livelihoods with adventurous and conscientious tourists interested in unique experiences and in making positive impacts.

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Companies, both small and large, require the best security for their electronic communications possible. Without it, costly information leaks are likely to happen, whether unintentional or intentional. Leaks like these cost businesses millions of dollars every year.

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N.E.W.

N.E.W. seeks to address inequity and injustice in the only sustainable way - by helping people to help themselves. By being immersed within in the community it is trying to change, N.E.W. assist entrepreneurs by incubating their small business ideas during an 18-month process.

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Start-Up (a pilot that has just begun operating)

Year founded

2014

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For‐profit

Organization Country

South Africa, WC, Wellington & Paarl

Country where this project is creating social impact

South Africa, WC, Wellington & Paarl

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

N.E.W. seeks to address inequity and injustice in the only sustainable way - by helping people to help themselves. By being immersed within in the community it is trying to change, N.E.W. assist entrepreneurs by incubating their small business ideas during an 18-month process.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if we can irradiacate unemployment in South Africa by helping entrepreneurs to help themselves?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Considering South Africa's past, the legacies still prevalent in communities are inequity and unemployment, an unemployment rate of 25.3% clearly shows this. Unsavory behavior (gangs/drugs/crime etc.) are birthed because of this and this has the potential to ruin a community and its people. Finding sustainable/scaleable solutions to address this problem has proved to be difficult, with education levels not aiding in the fight for redemption.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

The solution to the root problem in our communities lies with the youth of our beautiful country. If we can engage the youth in a manner that helps them to help themselves, we create a sense of pride and confidence that has been lacking in the past. This can be done by creating an environment where new businesses can be established and assisting entrepreneurs in navigating the first - crucial - 18 months of the start-up. The primary drive in business is to be profitable, but with N.E.W. it is much more than just about the money, it is about creating a sense of ownership and drive that will have impact on generations to come. When a community becomes the solution to its own problems, it becomes sustainable, the answer lies within us.

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Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Five local entrepreneurs have already been earmarked to join N.E.W. and their businesses include:
1) A mobile car wash (Investor already sourced)
2) Clothing manufacturer (Established business, with great potential. Were responsible for manufacturing the teams kit - see below)
3) Chicken/Meat distributor (contact with local producer to get discounted prices)
4) Cleaning Services (Husband & wife partnership - initial start-up phase)
5) Coffee Roasting brand (Local professional Barista, wanting to start own business)
** We also dream of establishing a Street vendor corporation that will give bargaining power and basic business services to the vendors, currently selling on the street.
The possibilities are endless.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

I became involved with the community by coaching and organizing a rugby tour for the local primary school (www.wellingtonprimaryrugbytour.com). I am also fortunate enough to be involved in other cultural projects in the community (www.facebook.com/ASYDWellington). The result of becoming involved has been overwhelming in that I have had the privilege of shaping the lives of youth in the community, but also engaging with adults that want to change their circumstances. I have learned that lasting, sustainable impact can however only be achieved if the community becomes their own solution. By creating a space where local entrepreneurs can grow and have an impact on their community will leave an impact over generations.
The reality of earning a decent living for the entrepreneur has a wide raging impact on the entrepreneurs own family, his neighbors and the people he/she employs.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

N.E.W. dreams of one day becoming accessible to all young entrepreneurs in South Africa, but in the short to medium term we would like to establish 100 small businesses in 5 years and employ 1500 people in new businesses. This will mean that the unemployment level in the region amongst youth will decrease by up to 15% (Data: STATSSA). The goal is to exponentially grow the following 5 years and also establish other N.E.W. branches in other previously disadvantaged communities. Impact can also be measure by the educational value in schools and the impact of the non-profit trust in the community.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

N.E.W. intends to partner with regional government to provide a venue and utilities to house the entrepreneurs during the first 18 months. Funding for each entrepreneur will be sourced via public/private economic investment vehicles. The running costs of the project will be covered mainly by a corporate parent company as well as minimal contributions from the entrepreneurs, once their companies have become profitable.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Businesses, Regional government, Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Various other incubator models exists within the market place, but none of them are as hands on as N.E.W. During the first 18 months of start-up, the entrepreneurs will undergo personal development (skills, mentorship, training etc.), but also delve into the shared services (accounting/marketing/comm.) platform offered by N.E.W.
The main difference however still remains in that local entrepreneurs are developed to address the issues in their own community. The partnership between Public, Private and the entrepreneurs are also unique in that all are focused on solving the same problems.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

I first got involved in the community, by volunteering to coach cricket at a very poor local primary school. What started out as throwing a few balls and teaching the kids how to hold a bat, grew into a significant relationship with the school and the community. I realized that something had to be done to ensure that opportunities were available for the kids of the community to give alternatives to joining gangs, becoming involved in criminal activities and dealing drugs. My skill set, education (MBA) and passion led me to helping local entrepreneurs to grow and develop their businesses. This has now grown to the point were we can achieve this within a structure environment by supplying basic business services and advice to entrepreneurs.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Ivan Swartz - Founder - Full Time - MBA, Industrial Psychology & Comm. degree
Jurgen Smith - Advisor/Member - Economics
Renier Zandberg - Consultant - Marketing expert/Graphic designer
Mari Janzen - Advisor - MBA, Engineer
Charl Ackerman - Advisor - Law degree
Stefan Jansen van Vuuren - Advisor - Statistician
Marius du Preez - Advisor - Chartered Accountant

Team will be constructed on a consultant basis at first to save overhead cost

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Awards: What awards or honors has your solution received, if any?

The solution is currently in its start-up phase, so no awards have been won yet.

Tell us about your partnerships

Drakenstein Municipality: Drakenstein has selected N.E.W. to be one of the drivers of Social/Economic change in the region. They have agreed in principle to assist with the start-up funding, a location for the business, access to funding for entrepreneurs and networking opportunities for the entrepreneurs. The partnership has been verbally agreed, but not formally yet.

The Grape Company: Grape Co has been approached to be the corporate parent for N.E.W. They will provide start-up capital and running costs as well as mentorship and advice during the start-up phase. The partnership talks are at an advanced stage, but no formal agreement has been reached yet.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Skill Shortage of Entrepreneurs - Most of the Entrepreneurs will have no formal qualification in terms of business, therefore local tertiary institutions will be accessed to assist with basic skills.
Experience of Entrepreneurs - In some instances it will be the first time the entrepreneurs venture on starting their own business, that is why we will connect them with seasoned business individuals in the region to mentor them during this process.
Entrepreneurial project funding - Developing Business plan/Proposal to investors and public funding vehicles.

How does your idea help young people create bright futures and improve opportunities for meaningful and long-term careers?

On Three Levels:
Level 1) By establishing sustainable businesses in the local community to create jobs and generate income for the unemployed.
Level 2) By contributing to a non-profit trust, that will seek to uplift the community and create opportunities for self-employment.
Level 3) By partnering with local schools in a yearly Entrepreneurial competition for the learners, which will help to lay basic foundations for the learnings to grow in business.

Target Age Group(s): What age group(s) do(es) your solution target through it's programming?

13-17, 18-35.

Intervention Focus: Identify which of the following best explain key parts of your solution

Job Creation, Education - Extracurricular, Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development, Mentorship, Rural Economies.

Do you have separate programs or initiatives that target the following types of populations?

Marginalized/Minority, Boys/Men, Girls/Women.

Impact - Reach: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

Not Applicable - yet! (we are at the idea stage or start-up)

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers

10-100

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Create Role Model Connections: ensure mentors are accessible, relatable, and committed

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Job creation lacks adequate coordination between the government, private sector and development organizations

Africa Rural Development Support Initiative

Use Agribusiness value chains development management and finance that will contribute to mainstream small scale subsistence farmers into the global economy. Small scale farmers will be empowered to change their mindset, attitude, to embrace farming is business, value addition, pay/paid on performan

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YIHA is a Nigerian based organization that educates and trains aspiring African entrepreneurs. The goal of the group is to establish a pool of local jobs in Africa that will in turn facilitate wealth creation.

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2013

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Nigeria, OG, Abeokuta

Country where this project is creating social impact

Nigeria, OG, Abeokuta

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

YIHA is a Nigerian based organization that educates and trains aspiring African entrepreneurs. The goal of the group is to establish a pool of local jobs in Africa that will in turn facilitate wealth creation.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if we could empower young people to create the job they want to see in the world?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Rising youth unemployment in Africa has reached critical levels that demand urgent attention. Millions of skilled young Africans do not have access to economic opportunity because of where they live. Over 1M graduate from secondary&tertiary institutions each year&enter stagnant job markets with up to 60% unemployment. This situation increases instability&cripples economic growth as it limits young people’s capacity to contribute to the economy.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

YIHA brings two basic services into the community:
1. YIHA ACCELERATOR: an Incubator/accelerator program that provide training, investment and mentoring for aspiring young entrepreneurs with the goal of creating globally successful companies that create wealth and jobs locally in Africa.
2.YIHASource: a basic service that brings technology skills training, paying digital work (microwork), and provides wages via the Internet to youth who were previously earning less than a living wage. YIHA do this by connecting youth living off less than $2 a day to microwork: small, digital tasks taken from a larger project that can be performed using the Internet thereby creating knowledge jobs for skilled, economically disadvantaged people.

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

YIHA is an organization born out of the C:F Make.it.Work Competition 2013 providing two integrated services. It works as an enterprise incubator/accelerator & also Africa’s first truly distributed Business Process Outsourcer (BPO). It is a social business that connects youth with innovative business idea with mentorship, contacts, space, and network of angel investors and also brings dignified, computer-based work to women, youth, & refugees living in poverty. By solving serious business needs through simple services, like data entry, transcription and quality assurance testing, YIHA creates opportunities. We are enabling marginalized people, from the youth communities in Nigeria to receive life-changing work opportunities via the Internet

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Firstly, YIHA has incubated and accelerated 10 viable youth owned businesses in Nigeria that are currently employing 5-10 people. Secondly, YIHA has also trained and introduce over 1000 youths to micro-work via our partner platform such as: http://microworkers.com, http://samasource.org, http://microflowers.com/, http://odesk.com/, and supporting over 200 youth entrepreneurs in various forms through our Consultation processes, Platforms, Space and Camp programs. Thirdly, YIHA also launched the “Techie Girls Campaign” in over 20 schools and with over 100 participants to improve the capacities of the girl-child in the technology space and turning them into problem solvers, and solution providers within their local communities. Thanks to the grant from CF and TMK, YIHA drew more attention from the community and individuals, which results in increased number of visitors and supporters.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

A strong collaboration between the YIHA and other organizations working towards sustainable job creation in Nigeria has been established, which, on its turn, brings new opportunities to the community (currently, the YIHA’s partner organizations are discussing opportunities to start a new community development project in south-western region of Nigeria, in which YIHA can be also involved as an implementing partner. This will help us to spread quickly and innovate locally.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

YIHA sustainability plan is based on 6-10% equity we take in the businesses we incubate/accelerate & the consultation fee charged in the process. YIHA also charges affordable amount for its various ICT training for youth which in turn gives them the capacity to market themselves on our partner platforms. We also gain support through grants & competitions. In the long term we hope to build a platform that would transform African youth for better.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Foundations, NGOs, Businesses, Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

There are few incubators/accelerators available in Nigeria such as CChub, Passion Incubator, Wennovation etc these platforms are basically technology based. However, we are different in that we provide room for all ideas be it technology or circular ideas, as long as it has economic potential and can survive in the market. Secondly, we are the only one in the region that’s presently also training youth in the ICT domain to have access to microwork. No other organization is using this integrated methodology at this point in time.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

YIHA was created by Rainbow Gate Foundation team that participated in Challenge Future Make.it.Work competition. The team emerged the overall winner and as since then made impact in Africa.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

YIHA, presently have 6 operational staffs -3 web developers, 1 front desk, a business and 2 development personnel. In addition, YIHA has over 30 dedicated mentors from around the world who engage the founder teams from time to time based on availability. As YIHA scale up, we will employ more operational staff.

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Awards: What awards or honors has your solution received, if any?

Grand Challenge Winner for Challenge Future Make.it.Work Competition 2013 Slovenia

Tell us about your partnerships

YIHA came into existence because of the partnership agreement between the operator (Rainbow Gate Foundation Nigeria) and the grantor (Challenge Future & TMK). RGFN provides staff, space and facilities for the hub, while CF & TMK provides the grant for operations. We have other partnerships with Almonsour Foundation and Mike Omotosho Foundation among others. Many top flight secondary schools and higher institutions have one form of partnership with us; these include Landmark University, University of Agriculture Abeokuta, National Open University Nigeria, Convenant University and Al Hikmah. These are not partnership for the sake of partnership, but that which makes us effective.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

YIHA’s major challenges to success are inadequate funding and space to operate and scale. nonetheless, since YIHA provide an avenue for both entrepreneurs and investors; and scaling the platform will be profitable in the long run we believe we can overcome this challenges with increased partnerships across sectors.

How does your idea help young people create bright futures and improve opportunities for meaningful and long-term careers?

Youth Innovation Hub Africa (YIHA) is where change goes to work. Part innovation lab, part business incubator, and part community center, Youth Innovation Hub Africa offers young people a unique ecosystem of resources, inspiration, and collaboration opportunities to grow the positive impact of their ideas. We believe a better world evolves through the combined accomplishments of creative, committed and compassionate individuals focused on a common purpose. By joining our diverse community of members and collaborators young people are inspired, connected, and enabled to develop their best ideas every step of the way.
Our goal is to create platforms and experiences that inspire, connect and enable young people and institutions in Africa to sustainably impact the society. Through our direct and collaborative efforts we support young entrepreneurs on many different levels. Our pilot result reveals that more than 10 new ventures have been started by our members, while our Digital Job (microwork) initiatives have created more than 1,500 new jobs and generated solutions in the many diverse fields of activity. Our participants felt inspired to take positive actions, connected to a supportive community and enabled in their own journey of creating positive impact.
Our work to impact has only just begun. In order to further advance our impact efforts, we are currently taking a closer look at our Theory of Change, over the course of the next months we will continue to build our internal practices and further advance our close collaborations with and learning from leading sector partners. Our future prosperity depends on giving young people the right skills, experiences and supports they need to succeed in today’s global economy. That is why we’ve developed an unprecedented Youth Jobs Strategy that aims to help young Africans develop their career skills, find employment, or be their own boss. And to help tackle this challenge and ensure success, we’re partnering with employers, educators, industry, labor and not-for-profits.

Target Age Group(s): What age group(s) do(es) your solution target through it's programming?

13-17, 18-35.

Intervention Focus: Identify which of the following best explain key parts of your solution

Job Creation, Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development, Mentorship, Products or Services, Financing.

Do you have separate programs or initiatives that target the following types of populations?

Impact - Reach: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

501 to 1,000

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers

10-100

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Create New Industries: recognize opportunities in the marketplace to build new professions or new markets

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