Youth leadership

High Tech High

Google vient d’améliorer son service de gestion de messagerie électronique en ligne inclus dans son offre Google Apps, permettant notamment aux entreprises clientes de définir des règles sur le trafic organique Google !

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Deport-es para Compartir (Sports for Sharing)

Deport-es para Compartir fosters active citizens from childhood by raising awareness about global challenges, cultivating healthy lifestyles, and promoting cultural diversity. Through such interactive activities, the program encourages children to become changemakers in their communities.

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Gyan Lab (ADD-on-GYAN)

ADD-on-GYAN Educational Services Pvt. Ltd is a venture established in order to reduce the many problems present in the Indian Education Sector and bridge the widening gap between theoretical and practical education in India. We began operations as a Start-up Company at Manipal University - Technology Business Incubator on 20th January and registered as a Private Limited company in July, 2011.

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Modest Muslimah

This group aims to offer opportunities to young women to help them nurture, learn and develop new skills that will lead them to become more independent, confident and active members of the community.

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SAMADHAN

“SAMADHAN” (Rural innovators conclave) is an Idea generation platform for rural development by the rural youth. It will give confidence to them to nurture his/her ideas today and become influential leaders of tomorrow.

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Crowdfunding for Young Social Entrepreneurs

HelpingB is the first crowdfunding and support platform for young social entrepreneurs. We believe change is created by a combination of knowledge and passion, not age, which is why we have built a dedicated space for young changemakers to bring their ideas to life through fundraising.

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Raising Little Heroes

Raising Little Heroes aims to nurture innate altruism in our children. We seek volunteer opportunities to be of service in the community and the world as a whole.

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1Billion Africa - Turning Problems Into Project

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YouthsToday.com

YouthsToday.com is a sponsorship matching platform for brands and youths. Currently, YouthsToday.com has over 23,000 registered youth users and 50 brands comes to our platform to help fund youth events. The youth events funded are activities that help increase soft skills and confidence of youths.

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YouthsToday.com

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First Name

Jazz

Last Name

Tan

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YouthsToday.com

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YouthsToday.com

Project Subtitle

Sponsorship matching platform for youth projects

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

Year founded

2013

Is your organization a

For‐profit

Organization Country

Malaysia, KL, Old Klang Road

Country where this project is creating social impact

Malaysia, KL, Old Klang Road

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

YouthsToday.com is a sponsorship matching platform for brands and youths. Currently, YouthsToday.com has over 23,000 registered youth users and 50 brands comes to our platform to help fund youth events. The youth events funded are activities that help increase soft skills and confidence of youths.

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

What if young people could solve world economic and crises issues?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Students without experience find it difficult to secure sponsorships even with great student projects. They have to make hundreds of phone calls to brands and attend hundreds of meeting. That eventually caused them to neglect the quality and impact of the event when they are busy finding funding and resources for it.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

YouthsToday.com provides an online platform for students to post activities and request for sponsorship. The sponsorship will be shared with hundreds of brands in the portal and help fund student activities.

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

Johnshen needed to raise fund for his TedXYouth Conference in Malaysia. He has a small team of 5 people. They are racing against time to coordinate and needed to make many phone calls to secure funding.

Instead, they went to YouthsToday.com and submitted their event online and immediately the system helped him deliver and expose his event to 23,000 youths as well as 50 brands in Malaysia.

The brands bid and responded to his request and ready to get his project funded. Also, the youths in YouthsToday.com begins to register online for his event and start sharing out his event on social media.

Johnshen secures his audiences as well as funding in a matter of days. His team then focus their energy in getting the best speakers in town.

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

YouthsToday.com funded 100 student activities up to date and we would want to grow the base and reach out to youths from other countries. It helps students to be more creative and socially aware of solving key problems in their nation. By providing funding and opportunities for the youths, it will grow its impact and allow other youths to be inspired as well.

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

As YouthsToday.com is online, we are targeting the youth at a global stage to use the platform. It is scalable as internet has no boundaries. With youths from different countries sharing their projects online, it will help inspire and shared ideas to be executed. It is a localised system and we will be hiring software engineers to better match sponsorship applications with the brands.

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

We are taking 10% off every successful sponsorship match and 4% fees of every event ticket sold on YouthsToday.com. Currently, we have over 23000 youths who uses the platform and 80% of them are active. We are looking at increasing the volume and expanding to other states and countries to increase the impact.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Businesses, Customers.

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

We do not have direct competitors, but the indirect ones are eventbrite.com, sponsormyevent.com. We are uniquely positioned as we only target student activities and we create an environment for students to collaborate rather than the mass market.

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.

Jazz Tan's dad was murdered when she was 14 years old. He was involved in a gang fight. That impacted her life. Her father was a bright young man but because of his wrong peers influence, it caused his life. Life was difficult then for young Jazz. Her mother was just a housewife and losing her dad caused financial crisis to her family. Therefore, she pledge to herself that she will build a platform one day that will help to put young people into healthy activities and keep them off the streets. This is where YouthsToday.com was born.

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?

Stanley Chee

Launched previous company of offgamers.com. Raised millions of users and dollars for his previous startup.

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

ASEAN Entrepreneurship Award in Japan – Prestigious Start Up ASEAN
China Shi-On Prize Best ICT Award
MCMC ANT Award by the Prime Minister of Malaysia
Silicon Valley, USA Stanford Program Achiever
Cradle RM150,000 Funding on Technology Improvement
British Council and GAB Best Social Business – Entrepreneur for Good

Where have you learnt about the competition?

GAB

Tell us about your partnerships:

We have partner up with Universities, NGOs and also government agencies.
They help us to reach out to youths in our country and also implement our solutions to help impact more young people.

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

Our current challenges are getting talented software engineers to speed up the process development of the website and adding new features. We are overcoming it now by having a proper timeline of development and close follow ups while we are looking for talents

The Education Tree

The Education Tree is an organization created to foster and facilitate all forms of education with a goal to lay special emphasis on the holistic development of the individual. Learning has come to a standstill, threatened due to a failure of endorsing a holistic approach. It believes in a comprehen

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Share Experience, Acquire Leadership Skills (SEALS)

SEALS venture can be defined as being the simple solution to the question; how can international exchange students inspire high school students in Morocco to build their own path?

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First Name

shama

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Venture Name

SEALS

Venture Website

Country where this project is creating social impact

Morocco, SAF, Safi

Is your organization a

Not registered

Do you work with any social organizations?

No, I am working on registering my own venture as a non profit organization

How did you hear about the competition?

I have heard about it during the study of the US institutes of Social Entrepreneurship which took place in Uconn

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Summary: What specific issue or problem does your Venture address?

According to the survey conducted by the Moroccan High Commission for Planning in June 2011, 54% of Moroccan people aged between 18 and 45 still live with their parents, and have worries about their current situation, and do not have plans for their future.

Misson Statement: What will your venture do?

SEALS venture aims to attract volunteer exchange students that are showing a high academic achievement, from different back rounds and fields of study to Morocco, so as to share their stories, make high school students dream, and discover more about themselves through:
- Discovering their interests through various activities related to different fields (chemistry, physics, business, sports…)
- Trying new experiences (Let young people getting used to be outside of their comfort zone)
- Enhance leadership skills through team work and games.
- And Help them think globally and know more about others.

The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities

We first set this new way of teaching in a school in rural China with other teachers from Taiwan, China, India, Poland and Morocco. We have faced some challenges at the beginning as the youngest students aged between 12 and 14 were not really focused on the content of the courses. We have noticed that students became much more involved after changing the way of teaching from a traditional to a creative way of teaching. We teached scientific subjects such as physics and biology though fun experiments, languages through storytelling, history through theatre, and basic management through sports and team games etc. It is just after seeing the results of our work that the idea of creating the same project in Morocco became certain. 30 out of 60 students were able to manage and to present on their own, two different performances to the community by the end of the program. And 60 students out of 60 were able to express their passions and to talk and write about their future plans. Additionally 40 students out of 60 heard for the first time about other countries during the program.

The Community: Define the community that you work on behalf of. What population is affected? Are there other organizations working in this space?

This program is aiming to enhance leadership skills of young students aged between 13 and 17, living in both urban and rural areas. This project is also aiming to attract international exchange students already studying in Moroccan universities, so as to share stories and teach the young high school students.
There are many other organizations working in the same area of enhancing leadership skills of young students and targeting the same population. Unlike the other competitive solutions, SEALS project is using a creative ways of teaching that are not requiring any technology use or any specific tools. And what is making this project even more competitive is that the program involved is not only working on enhancing leadership skills but it is also working on developing a better world understanding.

Founding Story: What inspired your venture? Why?

During the assessment of the results of our first launch of the project in China, the students were asked to draw about their future using a single pencil. A girl took off chuck from her bag and start drawing the vision of her future. When we asked her about the reason why she used colorful chuck instead of the single pencil we gave her, she simply answered “I am dreaming about a colorful future, I had to use chuck because it is the only colorful pens I have in my bag”. From that moment I realized that everyone deserves a colorful future. This is the story that first inspired my venture and still inspiring it.

Define your Venture in 1-2 short sentences

SEALS venture can be defined as being the simple solution to the question; how can international exchange students inspire high school students in Morocco to build their own path?

Goals

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What do you want to accomplish in your first year?

The short term goals include organizing the first SEALS CAMP collaborating with the Moroccan French Alliance of SAFI which will take place in late August 2015. And also include creating and developing the online platform for exchange between international students in Morocco and the different partner’s schools that might use the platform to deliver courses, or to organize a pen pal programs. We aim to provide up to 576 hours of work and support per a year for each high school student using the platform that will be provided by either school teachers or international exchange students.

Set your first goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

Build a brand name of SEALS project in the region of SAFI MARRAKECH

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

Contact schools and organizations for potential partnerships.

Task 2

Create ‘SEALS’ venture web site.

Task 3

Contact the foreign affairs sections in Moroccan universities for a possibility to create clubs inside schools and universities

Set a second goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

Design the online platform and help connect schools in the region with exchange students

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

Contact the group of students already working on developing the platform

Task 2

Organize meeting with schools and share information about the platform and try to convince them to join the platform.

Task 3

Organize a prior demonstration about the project and the platform in different organizations and schools

Set a third goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

Organize the first SEALS 3 days camp on the theme ‘EXPLORE the world’

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

Define the program of the camp and the budget related to its development

Task 2

Assign functions and tasks that need to be done within a team with a focus on the task of attracting the target market

Task 3

Raise money and look for partnerships

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How will your Venture define success in the short term (1-12 months)?

The short term outcome will consist on small projects that will be presented to the community by the high school students by the end of the program to get them involved in what we are doing.

In the long-term (1-3 years)?

The long term outcome of the project consists on helping youth growing their own path thanks to the advices and support provided by either educators or other university students.

How will you measure success?

In order to measure the outcome of the project it will be useful to use some performance indicators such as:
o the percentage of growth of the number of members
o The number of the projects presented to the community by the end of the program
o A post satisfaction surveys

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How will you recruit new members for your venture?

New members will be recruited based on the degree of their involvement in the project’s vision. The degree of involvement can be assessed in the personal statement that the new members need to submit before the selection process starts. Interviews may be conducted to make sure that the new members are motivated and have written their personal statement by themselves.

How will you appoint new leaders and transfer leadership when the founding members want to leave the team?

New leaders will be elected by all the members of the team each year based on the majority’s choice. All the members of the board need to write their specific tasks and the procedures of work so as to optimize the transfer of knowledge from a board to another.

How will you continue your project in 6-months time or once you have spent all of its initial capital?

The SEALS team launched a package called “10 $, Double impact”. The schools in urban areas need to buy the package so as to be considered for the program. The price of the package is symbolic and will not exceed 10 $ per a student. The 10 $ will help cover the costs of the program of two high school students, one in the urban area and one in the rural area. The amount of money collected will help run the organization and will probably grow proportionally as their projects grow.

Ladify

About 30% of young Cameroonian girls are uneducated and lack skills in areas of leadership and trade. Ladify will be a local initiative empowering ladies via free basic education, tailoring training and business-leadership courses from volunteers. They will also gain practical business skills.

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Ladify

Ladify empowers young Cameroonian Ladies through free inspirational instruction and practical tailoring trainings to make them excel in society.

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ALVINE MIREILLE

About Your Organization

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LADIFY

Venture Website

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Country where this project is creating social impact

Cameroon, SOU

Is your organization a

Hybrid

Do you work with any social organizations?

Yes: Africa Progress Alliance

How did you hear about the competition?

Through participation in SUSI 2014

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Summary: What specific issue or problem does your Venture address?

70% of Cameroonian women never get exposed to leadership and entrepreneurship development courses. Also, about 30% of them lack professional skills in at least one domain. As such, they are discriminated upon in employment proceedings; they are generally abused and never have the courage to stand up and “fight”; and sometimes, the only option that is left for them is prostitution whether out rightly or in a hidden manner”

Misson Statement: What will your venture do?

Our mission is to provide free sustainable and innovative assistance to young underprivileged Cameroonian girls in areas of leadership, business and academic development. We trust that our efforts and dedication will help young girls to flee from poverty and social ills.

The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities

Imagine Aminata, a 16 year old Muslim girl who loosed both of her parents in a car accident.. She went to live at her uncle’s house where she was treated as a “slave maid” for 1 year since she had nothing doing. One day, on her way to the market, she falls on a group of women who say they “help young girls to be stronger, gain some skills and intellectually fit“. She decides to follow them and gets to attend their weekly trainings on business, female leadership, and tailoring/design and works at their showroom. After 1 year of training, she had gained some money, business and leadership experience, and went out to create her own tailoring shop and impact in their own way.

The Community: Define the community that you work on behalf of. What population is affected? Are there other organizations working in this space?

The community we are engaged with is principally the Buea community. Specifically, we will focus on underprivileged ladies between 11-29 in terms of low income, abuse and discrimination of all kind. We see to empower them and they will have the obligation to empower others. Some organizations like Africa Progress Alliance are already working in these areas but there is still a great need for female assistance because these associations offer general support and not specific assistance to women.

Founding Story: What inspired your venture? Why?

I had a very close friend whose father died when we were just 13. Slowly, financial difficulties forced her out of school. Life was so miserable in her home that she fled to her aunty’s home where she was maltreated and “used” as a slave . She ran her aunt’s place and went staying with her boyfriend. Then came the day when she felt pregnant and her boyfriend threw her to the street. Due to her financial conditions she had nowhere to go so she returned to her aunt’s place. Her aunt even maltreated her more to the point that she had a miscarriage. She escaped from the house and became a prostitute. Seeing her in this state, I decided to act.

Define your Venture in 1-2 short sentences

Ladify empowers young Cameroonian Ladies through free inspirational instruction and practical tailoring trainings to make them excel in society.

Goals

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What do you want to accomplish in your first year?

Legal Registration: 20th December
Acquiring rented premises: 28th December 2014
Official Launching: January 1st 2015
Obtain partnership with two volunteer institutions: 20th January 2015
Launching showroom: 1ST of February 2015

First enrolment of 16 trainees and launching of training program: 2nd February 2015

Obtain support with 2 sponsor companies: 30th March 2015
Hold 2 seminars on female empowerment between 8th march and 30th November 2015
First Graduation of “Ladified” girls: December 2015

Set your first goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

launching the Training program

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

Obtaining all equipments like sewing machines and projectors necessary for trainings

Task 2

Establishing curricula in the various specialties

Task 3

Finding partner tailoring shops for trainees’ internship

Set a second goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

opening the showroom

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

Identifying business premises that have ideal location and low costs

Task 2

Launching the business and putting merchandise for sale

Task 3

Making massive publicity of our business to attract customers

Set a third goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

Getting at least 5 partners and sponsor

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

Contacting a wide array of NGOs and Social enterprises/entrepreneurs for partnership and volunteerism assistance

Task 2

Contacting governmental organizations for institutional support

Task 3

Contacting enterprises for sponsorship

Impact

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How will your Venture define success in the short term (1-12 months)?

We will define success in terms of 4 main criteria
Having at least 16 ladies engaged and fully committed in our program

Increase in the tailoring skills of our trainees as manifested by high quality designed dresses and jewelry form the trainees

Having at least 80 recurrent customers and appropriate sales and income from our showroom

An increase at least one partner and one sponsor for the project every trimester

In the long-term (1-3 years)?

In a long-term, we will define success in 4 main areas:
Obtaining our own office to host our showroom and training center
Obtaining another branch in a neighboring town, Limbe
Getting permanent partnerships with companies and organizations
Having more than 100 girls touched directly through our program

How will you measure success?

First, using questionnaires addressed to all our stakeholders: Trainees; partners; sponsors; volunteers; and community agents. These will address the effectiveness and impact of our actions.
Second, we will keep a track record of the evolution of all Ladify Alumni and seek how far our training has helped them to be better people and impact the community.
Third, we will measure the number of people trained and compare it with the plans we have.
Fourth, we will form an evaluation committee made of volunteers from among the trainees, trainers and partner organisations. This committee will constantly measure and control activities of Ladify
Fifth, we will measure success based on the number of people who attend our open seminars

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How will you recruit new members for your venture?

Recruit:
First, by working with the national employment fund, a state HR agency, to get recruits without paying any charge.
Second; by advertising any vacancies on websites related to social/community works and related issues.

How will you appoint new leaders and transfer leadership when the founding members want to leave the team?

The leading members of Ladify will be elected via open elections Previous leaders can recommend the next leaders for general elections.. In case of transfer of leadership, the previous administrators will have to transfer all documents and information to the next elected administrators.

How will you continue your project in 6-months time or once you have spent all of its initial capital?

First, given that our main source of income and the pillar of our sustainability lies in sales of shoes, jewelry and clothing in general, we will use the revenue of sales from the showroom to fund our future activities
Second, we will also use funds from our sponsors. A key strategy is to build a strong brand and establish lasting relationships with sponsors. As such, we believe they will support us as we proceed with activities

Youth Empowerment Center

AiM works to foster youth leadership and reduce school dropouts by providing to high school students trainings in order for them to have higher chances of being eligible for job or scholarship opportunities and to become great entrepreneurs after school.

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Sophie Eusebe

About Your Organization

Venture Name

AiM

Venture Website

N/A

Country where this project is creating social impact

Senegal

Is your organization a

Not registered

Do you work with any social organizations?

Dalberg Global Development Advisors

How did you hear about the competition?

Fellowship of the Summer Institute for Social Entrepreneurship - Uconn

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Summary: What specific issue or problem does your Venture address?

1) School dropouts. Given the crisis related to the educational system the country is currently going through.
2) Youth unemployment. Young people most of the time do not have skills required to employed right after school. Leading them to be hard to hire since most companies are looking at their own benefits, not all of them are willing to pay much money for internships. Which is not the fault of students since they are not aware of their condition.
3) Loss of faith in education, students becoming lazy and wanting to gain money the easiest way possible; being exposed to temptations like drugs, alcoholism, which likely lead to vandalism. That hopelessness about education plus the fact that young people are becoming lazy is already leading us to a massive will of young people to become either dancers, singers, or practice body building to become wrestlers
4) Gender Equity. Encourage students (mostly boys), to know the importance of valuing the intelligence of women and giving them equal chances to succeed. Encourage students to drop the negative misconceptions about the role of the women in our society.
5) Women empowerment. Making women be aware of their capacities and strengths that will help them become good leaders. To help them have enough confidence to stand for themselves and be independent; and to encourage them be effective actors of the economic development in our country.

Misson Statement: What will your venture do?

At AiM, we will foster youth leadership and reduce school dropouts by providing to high school students trainings about leadership, Professional skills development and entrepreneurship; while also raising their awareness about the importance of Gender equity and women empowerment. In addition, we will invite students to meet local social entrepreneurs and leaders to learn from their stories, take advises from them and enlarge their network. Our services will allow students to have higher chances of being eligible for job or scholarship opportunities and to become great entrepreneurs after school.

The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities

1) We will identity top students in 11th and 10th grade, in our target high school, with the help of the counselor.

2) Offer trainings to students 2 times a week in addition of one day when our mentees will be encouraged to tutor their classmate, not doing well in class for them to improve their grades. Take one Saturday per two weeks to organize workshops and student talks about their passion and goals, and about topics related to development in our country.

3) During summertime: Invite leaders and social entrepreneurs to have talks with students and inspire them. Organize volunteering activities for students.

The Community: Define the community that you work on behalf of. What population is affected? Are there other organizations working in this space?

The young people are affected. Teenagers in high school that are good students but not exploiting their potential to the maximum as well as students discouraged by the current crisis within our educational system and are likely to dropout. Yes they are a few organizations of young people working in this space but within their own community.

Founding Story: What inspired your venture? Why?

When I was in high school experience. I decided to learn English. During my learning, my motivation was that it opens further opportunities, such as exchanging with people living overseas and working in an international environment. While I was aware of the opportunities available to me, I also noticed that many young students inside the school did not have the same chances, although they had promising potential. Then, I realized that young people were not exploiting their potential at the maximum in my school. Since I was frustrated after observing this situation, I grew the desire to change the way young people think. I want to give them chances to explore their potential. I want to also give them the opportunity to think creatively and be aware of their role in the development of our country.

Define your Venture in 1-2 short sentences

AiM works to foster youth leadership and reduce school dropouts by providing to high school students trainings in order for them to have higher chances of being eligible for job or scholarship opportunities and to become great entrepreneurs after school.

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What do you want to accomplish in your first year?

In our first year, we want to first have the success rate in 10th and 11th grade of the school higher then the previous years. Secondly we want to have our mentees share projects they would like to achieve, to select the most promising and feasible in during the first year and help in realizing it.

Set your first goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

Start our trainings

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

Settle a curriculum and schedule for the year with Venture team

Task 2

Identify top students in 10th and 11th grade in target high school

Task 3

Agree with school counselor for him to make a classroom available for trainings and encourage students to participate in them

Set a second goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

Have local sponsors to support our activities

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

Contact local bakeries for them to provide us with snacks during trainings to encourage students and mentors' attendance

Task 2

Contact the community town hall representatives for them to provide us with materials (T-shirts with our logo, etc)

Task 3

Contact firms working in transportation for them to provide us with a bus during our activities out of classrooms

Set a third goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

Have the students inspired to realize one project idea and raise the success rate in 10th/11th grade of the high school

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

Encourage our mentees to tutor to their classmate not doing well and help them improve their grades

Task 2

Contact local entrepreneurs and success stories for them to meet with our students to give them advises and inspire them

Task 3

Organize workshops for students to share their project outlines.Organize then in teams to realize the most feasible one.

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How will your Venture define success in the short term (1-12 months)?

By the decrease of school dropouts from the high school and the improvement of students grades.

In the long-term (1-3 years)?

By the number of our mentees participating in exchange programs and the number of projects they will settle to develop their communities at their turn. Also by the number of students that will be employed after school. By creating a co-working space for former mentees who became entrepreneurs.

How will you measure success?

By making surveys to students at the beginning and at the end of the trainings sessions; by calculating success rates at every end of school year and compare them with the former ones; by making checking at the number of our mentees who created their own venture or participated in exchange programs like SUSI at the end of our trainings; by having a database and following up on how our former mentees are evolving.

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By contacting people in my network of young social entrepreneurs and ask them for people they know who would be interested in working with me. Then do the screening of profiles of the candidates and select those with significant number of experiences in mentoring students and recruit them following interviews to measure their knowledge about leadership end entrepreneurship as well as their motivation to helping students.

How will you appoint new leaders and transfer leadership when the founding members want to leave the team?

By evaluating members twice a year and give them feedbacks, following their progress, we will transfer leadership to those who have a quicker mastery of the responsibilities founding members hold.

How will you continue your project in 6-months time or once you have spent all of its initial capital?

By reaching out to potential local sponsors before my initial capital ends.

Relax Time Foundation

Our vision is to empower the young people to be critical thinkers and positive change makers in our society through Talent utilization,Networking, Sports, Education and Skills transfer from one generation to the other.

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Teach to Reach

Teach to Reach is a unique educational initiative combating illiteracy in the Yemeni lands while enriching people with needed practical skills. We are concerned about gender equality and education quality.

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Hani

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Teach to Reach

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Country where this project is creating social impact

Yemen, SN

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Do you work with any social organizations?

Yes

How did you hear about the competition?

As I'm a SUSI alumni

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As education is the key success to any nation's prosperity nowadays, and as illiteracy stands as a big stumbling block towards Yemen's development and economic empowerment, I have come with my venture "Teach to Reach" which aims to combat the widespread illiteracy in the Yemeni cities and rural territories, while enriching the targeted people with practical skills in order to maintain a good job for them after completing the program. What's more, we will be promoting reading as a daily activity in our beneficiaries' life as engaging it in our daily courses.

Misson Statement: What will your venture do?

We will be organizing with different governmental sectors as well as sponsors in order to use some of the governmental schools as "Illiteracy Centers" and provide us with the needed logistic services.
On the other hand, we will engage different youth volunteers in our venture, as they will gain the needed experience while contributing towards one of the most sophisticated national problems simultaneously.
Moreover, we will add some useful information(which we think that it can be beneficial to our beneficiaries in terms of technology, internet usage, economic empowerment,health,etc)
We will be attracting beneficiaries by several diverse ways such as food for education programs for poor and needy people, as well as providing agricultural needs (incentives) for farmers.

The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities

Well, in a country like Yemen, many people are illiterate(especially in the northern and rural part of the country) which represents a big challenge in terms of economic empowerment and prosperity.
But what about if we taught those people how to use education and technology for their development and progress, as engaging them in the e-commerce process and marketing their products!!
I do believe that if this term has been generalized on a big sector of the community, many people will prosper and we can eradicate a huge percentage out of poverty.
Thus, I do firmly believe that education is the core solution to many sophisticated economic and social problems.

The Community: Define the community that you work on behalf of. What population is affected? Are there other organizations working in this space?

As we begin, I do want to target illiterate people in cities and urban areas, as it is easy to approach them for both of us and our volunteers.
Then, as the second phase, we will be targeting people in villages and rural areas as illiteracy is going higher and higher in those areas and many NGOs can't reach them due to logistics and security problems.
Regarding the second part of the question, Yes, there are other organizations working in this space, but they don't have a clear vision, as they teach people how to read and write and that's it without concerning to engage them in the market and try to find appropriate jobs for them,

Founding Story: What inspired your venture? Why?

Actually I was inspired by Asian countries, as they have given education a very great significance and thus, they had some of the best countries in the world in terms of economies,education and sustainable development even if they don't have natural resources.
If we go earlier a bit in their history, we would see that combating the high rate of illiteracy was their biggest concern, as they thought how illiterate people can benefit their country and contribute to the national economy. And from my own perspective, I do agree with this strategy, as people is the real and renewed wealth to any country.

Define your Venture in 1-2 short sentences

Teach to Reach is a unique educational initiative combating illiteracy in the Yemeni lands while enriching people with needed practical skills. We are concerned about gender equality and education quality.

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What do you want to accomplish in your first year?

I do believe that working individually or with my group only would not be sufficient to get rid of illiteracy, thus, I would like to have some partnerships with other initiatives working on the same issue from different cities and zones especially in villages, as we will be training their teachers and trainers and then give them the responsibility to work on our behalf.
Also I would like to grow the spirit of responsibility towards education in youth, so they can feel that education is the strongest weapon we can have to combat all problems we face currently, and to better our economic and social situations.
Finally, reaching to a specific number set before within a year is considered to be a scale on which we can measure our success and to which level did we fulfill our goals!!

Set your first goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

Begin working with our targeted group/finish all logistics and administrative issues

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

Complete official registration

Task 2

Get the sufficient funds

Task 3

Organize our team/ Choose our volunteers

Set a second goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

Reach to a specific number of beneficiaries

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

Contacting the local community and asking them for logistic help

Task 2

Train the local teachers and volunteers

Task 3

Get the sufficient help and funds

Set a third goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

Sign partnerships with different NGOs to widen our work

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

Train and qualify the NGOs trainers

Task 2

Provide them with the apt tools and needs

Task 3

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How will your Venture define success in the short term (1-12 months)?

As we begin, overcoming the very beginning challenges and obstacles will be the main and the very essential success points we can measure our progress with.
Also reaching to the planned number of beneficiaries within a year will be considered as an optimistic and outstanding point. Moreover, publicizing our initiative in all Yemeni cities will be our main aim of the initiative in order to cooperate and unite together for combating illiteracy and boosting economic empowerment.

In the long-term (1-3 years)?

Making a noticeable change in the illiteracy rate in Yemen and playing a significant role in the entire educational process while maintaining beneficiaries' economic empowerment are our high goals which we do really want to see in the long term of our initiative's establishment.

How will you measure success?

Based on our success scale and points, we will be having a logical and measurable way to find our path. Moreover, societies' response towards our initiative and what does it offer for them is a very crucial factor we have to rely on.
On the other hand, we do have to focus on the economic and social consequences provided by our beneficiaries after their graduation and what impact did they bring to their local societies.

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How will you recruit new members for your venture?

We are having a very transparent selection process, based on picking outstanding university volunteers with special criteria and qualifications in order to contribute actively in the initiative as well as gaining the needed experience simultaneously.

How will you appoint new leaders and transfer leadership when the founding members want to leave the team?

Leadership will be given to members based on the outstanding performance for the project, as well as their general treatment with different members and beneficiaries.
Then, selection will be maintained through a transparent voting process from the selected candidates.

How will you continue your project in 6-months time or once you have spent all of its initial capital?

As we don't have any steady or sustainable income for the project, we will be depending on the sponsors for the first year at least. After that, we will be establishing some micro-projects such as internet cafes and shops in order to maintain our sustainability and continuance.

Youth Empowerment Solutions.(YES)

YES is a recently established youth social enterprise which aims at empowering youths and building A better future.

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Youth Empowrememnt Solutions

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Country where this project is creating social impact

Nigeria, LA, imota village

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Do you work with any social organizations?

Enactus Nigeria

How did you hear about the competition?

SUSI 2014

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Summary: What specific issue or problem does your Venture address?

In Imota town Lagos Nigeria,and later other parts of Nigeria, We would together with our sponsors and partners ,empower youths in these various aspects
1. Acquisition of skills in arts and craft.
2. Photography and Media Coverage.
3. Catering and interior decoration(just basic knowledge)
4. Organize leadership seminars twice a year.
5. Encourage public volunteerism amongst ourselves to orphanage home, old people’s homes, etc.

LONG TERM PLANS.

6. Encourage farming by applying for grants for small garden space from traditional rulers and government
7. Plan and undertake cross cultural trips. both local and international to set the youths mind on broader visions for the future.
we seek partnership with oversee companies in these relevant areas to send our student to for professionalism and perfection afterwards come and share their knowledge.
The last conducted population census showed that Nigeria is a country of over 160 million citizens and counting (2004 population census), now breaking this further down about 100 million are youths and the body system of the government does not have adequate provisions for these youths. Thus there is inadequate affordable universities, and inadequate jobs.
Hence, YES (Youth Empowerment Solutions) seeks to change this fact by drastically reducing the level of unemployed and idle youths in the country through entrepreneurial skills acquisition training, workshops and seminars.

Misson Statement: What will your venture do?

Educate, train, and build skills in young adults to create strong independent citizens of the community. Our goal is to help people to stand without complete dependence on Government. .A people who are not ashamed to make a living from the sweat of their labors and creativity.
A HAPPY AND FREE GENERATION.

The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities

YES makes a differences in an area such as Imota as a case scenario with the reduction of unemployed youths and crime rate also with the gradual increase of input into the economy from youths whom we actively engage, and train and have become successful.
Our Primary assignment is to successfully plan , organize and execute workshops, seminars and trainings for prospective students.

The Community: Define the community that you work on behalf of. What population is affected? Are there other organizations working in this space?

The Population we work on behalf is the youths (16-30), ages when the mind and body is ready and able to work.
YES aims at directly affecting the youths (working population) through skills acquisition, but however it indirectly affects the entire population because the working population is financially stable the dependency population is financial satisfied (0-17,60-80)
No there is no organization doing such at the moment in Imota.

Founding Story: What inspired your venture? Why?

The rate of cyber-crime, moral decency and corruption gives me and my team mate great concern and so we believe when the youths have a meaning full handwork bringing in a legal income, there would be a reduction in crime rate and many would put their minds and brains into creative use instead of the reverse.
Presently, the number of Imota youths who are pursuing self destructive behavior is on the increase and the rate of prostitution is also increasing. In the area our organization works in there currently is no organization working with the youths to empower them.

Define your Venture in 1-2 short sentences

YES is a recently established youth social enterprise which aims at empowering youths and building A better future.

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What do you want to accomplish in your first year?

In our first year what we hope to have successful trained and fully establish at least 20 people/ students from our primary area/ starting up point

Set your first goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

Reduce the crime rate in Imota town and on the long run, affect every town in Nigeria.

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

Do a survey of Imota villagers especially the youths.

Task 2

Draw the plan on how to carryout and run the programmes e.g printing handbills, getting a location, etc.

Task 3

Review and execution of plans.

Set a second goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

Grow and expand the organisation beyond Imota town. Go to Benin city and other parts of Nigeria especially the rural areas.

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

Explore current staff population

Task 2

Explore our database.

Task 3

Survey of new contacts.

Set a third goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

Study the impact of YES on the target population in this various locations .

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

Study the impact of YES on the youths of Imota town.

Task 2

Visit the various towns where YES is operating to know the impact we are making and create an effective link whereby the studen

Task 3

Follow up on past students and build new entrepreneurs.

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How will your Venture define success in the short term (1-12 months)?

YES would define success in 12months when a number of the people we have engaged and trained are established and running on their own enterprise gradually.

For the first six months,we would organize and train our students.
for another six months YES would encourage them to put their knowledge from YES into practice.
We would help them source for funds to commence their own various enterprise, and monitor their progress.

In the long-term (1-3 years)?

Recognitions from youths , organizations and Government.
Organizations begins support the idea, concept and vision of YES to finance it .
Growth in the organization i.e staff strength, financial back bone , partners, sponsors etc.

How will you measure success?

The success and achievements
At least 10 impaction and successful workshops in a year.
minimum of 2 leadership training seminars in a year.
Successful independent youths who are graduates of YES

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How will you recruit new members for your venture?

New members would be recruited from successful and committed graduates from YES, Some would be part time workers.

How will you appoint new leaders and transfer leadership when the founding members want to leave the team?

How will you continue your project in 6-months time or once you have spent all of its initial capital?

Income from organisation/ individual that support financially
Income from participant registration
Sales of works of participant
Sales of motivational and inspirational materials
Sales of manuals and guideline for participants

the job show

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Nigeria
6° 30' 0.1764" N, 3° 25' 24.7836" E

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The Jobshow, Nigeria

Providing employment to Nigerians at no cost!

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Project Subtitle

Every Job is a part time.

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Established (past the previous stages and has demonstrated success)

Year founded

2013

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Nigeria, LA, ikeja

Country where this project is creating social impact

Nigeria, LA, lagos

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?

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 the project received?

over a thousand thank you from job seekers that got jobs from us free.

Where have you learnt about the competition?

A job show listener

Tell us about your partnerships:

Presently, The Job show is a 90minutes radio show on Top radio 90.9FM every Monday from 7pm – 8:30pm, City105.1FM every Monday, Wednesday and Friday by 10:30am and on NTA2 every Wednesday 8pm. The show is targeted at stakeholders in the employment market (Job seekers, Employees, Employers and Entrepreneurs)

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

I need funds to convert the dedicated line toll free line and expand my television stations to all states in Nigeria.

Vazy Music

Investing in the future of talented artists by using the power of music to empower and unlock artists inner potential with high quality music production is the vision of vazy music.We plan to create an innovative platform that will allow artists to spread their message globally

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takachar.blogspot.com

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Freeing rural farmers’ unhealthy dependence on expensive imported fertilizers

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

Year founded

2011

Is your organization a

For‐profit

Organization Country

Kenya, Nairobi

Country where this project is creating social impact

Kenya

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

Safi Organics presents an alternative fertilizer called fortified biochar from organic waste. We have developed technologies enabling farmers to make their own fertilizers in 30 minutes, thus saving them 40% of the cost of traditional fertilizers (US$100/year) while counteracting soil acidity.

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

What if rural farmers can make their own fertilizers in 30 minutes?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Africa’s fertilizer price is 2-4 times more expensive than the world price because most fertilizers are manufactured using capital intensive processes abroad and then imported. At the same time, by 2040, the world fertilizer price is predicted to rise by 500%. This adds to the cost of food production for farmers, driving them into a vicious cycle of poverty. The use of some fertilizers may even acidify the soil, leading to long-term yield loss.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Safi Organic’s fertilizer relies on two innovative steps to break farmers’ dependence on imported fertilizers. First, by converting locally available farm waste, farmers can produce their own biochar, a carbon-rich solid material. Secondly, while biochar alone is insuffient as a fertilizer replacement, in conjunction with our unique fortifying recipe, it can replace chemical fertilizers at a cost 40% lower. Notably, our MIT-developed, field-tested biochar converter is designed for extreme affordability: it costs less than $20 to manufacture, and can be repaired/replaced completely locally. Safi Organics enables every farmer to locally produce their own fertilizers under 30 minutes without relying on expensive imported fertilizers.

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

James is a 30-year-old rice farmer in Mwea whose land has become degraded by ammonium fertilizer overtime. He earns an average of $40/month and spends $5/month on improving land. At the same time, he needs to set on fire most of the excess post-harvest farm waste, which is a nuisance. Through the Irrigation Board, he becomes aware of our conversion process, which makes use of the waste he has in plenty to make biochar in 30 minutes. We supply him with a unique recipe to blend with the biochar to make the nutrient complete. The flowering on his farm becomes earlier and yield is slightly increased, but more importantly, he just saved 120 kg of chemical fertilizers. This saving is enough to afford a nice bicycle or send 4 children to school.

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

So far we have sold more than 15 tons of our product, which has shown to be profit-making. We actually have farmers who are willing to drive more than 50 km to pick up our product. This has helped the community save more than US$500. Not only that, our project has also managed more than 60 tons of discarded farm waste, which would otherwise have been set on fire to create toxic pollution and contribute towards urban smog. This is equivalent to roughly 80 tons of averted greenhouse gas and particulate emissions into the atmosphere. Furthermore, we have also engaged in extensive training and dissemination of our biochar converter in various communities such as Rumuruti, Nairobi, Machakos, Meru, and Mombasa. One community, for example, pooled together their resources and invested in more than 70 biochar converters amongst themselves.

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

To maximize our impact, we have made our $20 biochar converter open-source without patents, so that any farmer can locally manufacture the converter from his/her village metalworker. This helps us eliminate the barrier in setting up our own manufacturing process and distribution channel. On the other hand, our unique fortification recipe is being made at a central facility and will be distributed via agricultural partners and anchor institutions throughout Kenya and beyond. To scale beyond Kenya, we will use the commissioned agent model, and are already talking to potential partners.

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

Our primary profit-making source is the revenue from our fortifying recipe, which we distribute to the farmers to mix with their fertilizers to complete the soil. On the other hand, the dissemination of low-cost biochar converters is being done on a cost-recovery basis (e.g. not-for-profit) and is designed to maximize reach. We need a 150 tons/month production to be cash positive, and in the meanwhile, we rely on grant money to bridge the gap.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations, Customers.

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

re:char (now defunct) tried to make and sell biochar in Kenya using an organic recipe, but their biochar converter is 4 times more expensive than ours. The use of organic compost is being promulgated by companies such as Sanergy, Takataka Solutions, as well as many community-based or NGO-funded projects, but the problem is that organic compost or manure is not only labor intensive, but also takes long time and much land area to decompose. Use of agricultural lime (e.g. Famicare, Athi River, Elgon Kenya) incurs an additional cost of $90 and is beyond the affordability of most 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.

Samuel and Kevin have been working together for more than a year now, exploring the potential uses of farm waste in rural Kenya. The team, for example, has managed to sell more than one million low-toxin mosquito coils (made from agricultural waste) to a supplier. We were originally making the rice waste in Mwea into fuel briquettes, but since rice is high in ash content, this proved an unsuitable product. We had a panic moment with tons of rice waste but no market for it. Samuel, in consultation with the local agricultural research institute (KARI) and laboratories, devised a recipe to make fortified biochar from farm waste. Kevin was at first sceptical, but the increasing data from user experiences has made him excited too.

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?

Samuel Rigu has been an agricultural manager in Kenya. In the past, as an entrepreneur, he has partnered with a large mosquito coil manufacturer and successfully sold more than one million mosquito coils. Kevin Kung is a current MIT PhD student whose research focuses on making better biochar from waste. Kevin has had 3 years of business experience in Kenya, and currently sits on the advisory board of Greenchar (a Kenyan company).

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

Two peer-reviewed publications, three conference oral presentations
Winner, 2014 MIT IDEAS/Global Challenge Competition
Awardee, 2013-2015 Legatum Fellowship
First Prize, 2013 Tufts Extreme Inclusion Competition
Second Prize, 2013 Walmart Better Living Business Plan Competition
Second Prize, 2012 Orange African Venture Prize

Where have you learnt about the competition?

Email solicitation from Ashoka

Tell us about your partnerships:

Both Innovators and Inventors Association of Kenya and Kenya Wildlife Fund trains the local community in new income-generating activities. We reached an agreement with the head of the organization to include our biochar converter as part of their portfolio. Research is done in partnership with University of Nairobi and Kenyan Agricultural Research Institute. We are talking to potential distribution partners such as One Acre Fund, SOS Energie.

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

As we scale beyond Kenya, some countries have strict laws on businesses from outside. Likewise, some countries have specific (and different) standards of what constitutes fertilizers. Moreover, subsidies for fertilizers are in place in some countries. These subsidies could be either a curse or a blessing. All these details must be researched beforehand, and our product must be packaged and branded appropriately. Our first rule of engagement in a community is to always ensure relevant authorities are on board with the project and its community benefits, as we have done so in Kenya.

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In response to our annual theme, young people can share their environmental ideas, concerns and visions by making super short films (under 50 seconds long) in our moderated and searchable online video gallery.
2015 theme is 'Light - what can we do with it'

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International environmental film competition for young people

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

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2013

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

United Kingdom, London

Country where this project is creating social impact

United Kingdom

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

In response to our annual theme, young people can share their environmental ideas, concerns and visions by making super short films (under 50 seconds long) in our moderated and searchable online video gallery.
2015 theme is 'Light - what can we do with it'

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

Young people communicated about climate change through film and inspired behaviour change

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Lack of awareness and action on cutting carbon and saving vital resources, such as water, in the general population. People don't like to be told and inaction is becoming entrenched - the ostrich effect. The current communicators are people who the population have no emotional connection to, so the subject is considered dull. Popular culture has conveyed science as conveniently flawed, creating a 'get out' clause, so no one needs to worry.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

By making super short films young people will be sharing their ideas with peers, family and community, stimulating discussion on how we should protect the environment and possible mitigation actions.

By our own children showing they are going to be affected the most by climate change - they will own the subject of climate change and 'pester power' coupled with adult concern for their offspring will reboot behaviour change.

These films will, by the law of averages, start to generate viral films with messages that will cut through the cynicism, helping to open the way for the changes we have to make before 2050 globally.

The International reach and free entry means global youth are already participating.

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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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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

London Leader for Sustainability 2014. London Sustainable Development Commission. Greater London Authority.

Where have you learnt about the competition?

Social Enterprise UK

Tell us about your partnerships:

Cause you Can, empowerment programme in Brixton, South London. CyC will run free film workshops in Brixton Library to share environmental learning team work, film & communication skills with hard to reach young people in Lambeth and Southwark boroughs.
Sustainable Development Commission - Sowing the Seeds campaign 2015, shared objective of encouraging outdoor play.

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

Communication: we need a marketing professional.
Technology: we need to upgrade the website to enable Vine and Instragram to upload.
Administration: we would like a PT administrator

We strongly believe we deserve grant funding as the cost saving and benefit to the environment far outweigh the cost of running this very lean programme.

We are approaching ethical sponsors.

iNERDE Inc

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Smart School Councils Community

The Smart School Councils Community is a charity based in Tottenham that helps all young people play an active, conscious, democratic role in their communities.

We work with schools to provide the opportunities and learning to enable this by helping them to set up smart school councils.

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Making school councils fun, inclusive and powerful

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

Year founded

2014

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

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United Kingdom, London

Country where this project is creating social impact

United Kingdom, London

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

The Smart School Councils Community is a charity based in Tottenham that helps all young people play an active, conscious, democratic role in their communities.

We work with schools to provide the opportunities and learning to enable this by helping them to set up smart school councils.

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

schools actually listened to young people? How could they improve and what skills would young people learn?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

School councils are elected groups of students in schools - they exist in 95% of the UK's 33,000 schools.

But many are tokenistic, don’t get anything done and only involve small groups of the most able young people. Often they are chosen by the teachers.

Young people learn that democracy is something that you can get involved in if you are clever, confident and agree with those in authority. This can embed disaffection from an early age.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Our work helps schools to embed truly inclusive school councils that create real change in our schools. This allows students of all ages, abilities and interests to get involved.

The solution involves building two elements into a school's culture:

Firstly, a universal class council structure that takes place in form time in a secondary school, and in class time in a primary school. This means that class-based issues and ideas can be regularly discussed, and we deliver training, resources and advice to support these meetings.

Secondly, a model of self-organising interest groups that any student in the school can set up and run themselves. This could be a LGBT support group or a maths club - students receive training to lead these

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

Our model was developed from an amazing school council in Dagenham that gets 350 students directly involved.

In 2014, we started our Year to Change programme with ten local primary schools to move towards the model. This involved training for the school council to become more inclusive and to better represent the views of others.

For example, as a result of the training, Lea Valley Primary school now has 'the most proactive school council they have ever seen'. They have successfully completed their 'buddy bench' project where children who don't have anyone to play with can go to the bench to play with someone. This was a child's idea, that school council implemented themselves - to the benefit of the whole school!

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

Alongside our work locally, we deliver short training sessions across the UK to help school councils with specific skills like running meetings, public speaking and project management. This training is making young people more active and confident in their school communities.

In 2014, we have worked in 97 schools across the UK and directly trained 1,015 students and 167 teachers. 95% of the students said that the training made them more likely to get more involved in school life.

Our training for teachers is a key part of our work - 85% of the 167 teachers we have trained said it has significantly improved their school council three months after the training. 100% would recommend it to a colleague.

Recently, we employed three local unemployed 18-24 year olds to lead our training. This is boosting their skills and confidence to get into work, and creating peer-led training.

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

Our spread strategies and methods to scale include:

- To create a clear and engaging set of resources for schools to take on our Year to Change programme.

- To create a network of freelance accredited trainers across the UK.

- To take on more young unemployed people to deliver local London training.

- Increasing our suite of resources to sell to schools. Our shop at www.smartschoolcouncils.org.uk/shop/ has a range of popular resources for schools, which also helps us to generate some unrestricted income. We are fundraising to develop these into a full resource suite.

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

We aim to:
- Increase sales of resources to schools (badges, handbooks and posters) through direct marketing.
- Increase training sales to schools by online marketing using videos we are currently producing.
- Secure grant funding for the development of our Year to Change programme.
- Set up employee volunteering schemes for companies to support a local school council. We are talking to two large corporates about this at the moment.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Foundations, NGOs, Businesses, Regional government, Customers.

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

There is no other charity in the UK that works solely with school councils. There are some other organisations that occasionally work with school councils, however they tend to congratulate schools for tokenistic practice, rather than challenging them.

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.

Greg and Asher started the Smart School Councils Community because they were disillusioned with the what young people in the UK are learning about democracy through schools. They saw that 'listening' to young people can sometimes mean 'consulting with occassionally', or often 'picking some clever kids who adults allow to get involved'.

Our charity challenges schools to break that tokenism, and to truly listen and involve young people. Schools that do that create young people who are better learners, and better equipped for the world of work.

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?

There are two co-founders in our team; Greg Sanderson and Asher Jacobsberg. We are both part time at the moment, as we don't have the funds to go part time yet.

We have three amazing part-time young trainees; Margaret Olukoga, Emma Asante and Gabbi Walters. They lead our local training in Haringey.

We have an experienced board of trustees; Laura Campbell, Kai Thomas, Annie Doubledee and Donna Nicholas.

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Despite being at an early stage, I was lucky enough to win a place on the School for Social Entrepreneurs Scale Up programme this year. This has helped me to develop the organisation quickly.

In October, we were also awarded a Social Enterprise Development Award from UnLtd.

Where have you learnt about the competition?

I have learnt a lot about some of the other great projects who have entered the Makers of More competition. I've been amazed by the two projects that were the Early Entry winners of the competition and was particularly impressed with the sustainable forest honey business in Indonesia. The breadth and impact of projects across the world is something I'm very keen to learn more about - especially ones that are challenging real problems in creative ways.

Tell us about your partnerships:

A recent partnership is with Tottenham Hotspur Foundation (the charity arm of the premiership football club that our office is near). We held a joint event at the stadium to showcase local youth volunteering opportunities. We're now helping the Foundation to get into new schools, and crucially for us, the event attracted lots of young people who don't usually go to an event of this kind. They're seeing that creating change is great.

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

There are several challenges that we could face. Our core project to further develop our core Smart School Council model into more schools is difficult. We could make it too easy to achieve, this would risk reinforcing the tokenism that we have set out to challenge. Alternatively, we could make it too difficult to achieve and nobody will be interested.

We plan to overcome this by continuing to develop the model and accompanying resources alongside students and teachers. We have secured an ex-head teacher to advise the project too.

Delta Api

Delta Api which is a top mechanism to climate change adaptation and development bias anticipation, especially in an islands. Delta Api is Climate change adaptation mechanism at areal scope and consist of landscape, sea-scape, cultural-scape or more socio-ecosystem in coastal and small island.

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Ecologically Resilient Village and Adaptive to Climate Change

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Scaling (the next step will be growing impact on a regional or even global scale)

Year founded

2012

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Indonesia, Mataram

Country where this project is creating social impact

Indonesia, North Lombok District, Jembrana, Middle Sumba District, Morotai Island

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Delta Api which is a top mechanism to climate change adaptation and development bias anticipation, especially in an islands. Delta Api is Climate change adaptation mechanism at areal scope and consist of landscape, sea-scape, cultural-scape or more socio-ecosystem in coastal and small island.

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

what if Delta Api could affect the policy and change the way of Indonesian Development?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

the target of Delta Api is growth of 5000 youth leader in 1000 villages of Delta Api in 2019. the recent challange (might be a Problem) are replication and scalling up in more Lesser Sunda Moluccas Islands. within in the islands, there's difficulties in communication (text, email, and phone), it's impact to a less-capacity of islands youth to know and gain information and technology. this condition seems a problem to make a coordination strategy

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Delta Api's all around teams, have an agreement of multi-sector collaboration with a government to look forward these agenda. although, we have to push the local and national goverment to commited the rights of information, knowledge, and technology access for coastal and island community. this isn't a short-term range agenda, while we push the government, we still manage optimically to gain a communication and make a collaboration. thus, we have to keep find a way to replicate and scaled up Delta Api in other area of Lesser Sunda-Mollucas Islands.

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

The formulation of Delta Api based on Eco-climate Village in North Lombok District and examind-implemeted in North Mollucas. Generally, the Delta Api’s activity is intended to born young leaders at the same time designing the governance of regional development (natural resources and living space. For this purpose, the activities carried out consisting of: (1) training and increasing capability for youth (who are considered leadership talent), (2) participatory mapping and analysis, (3) preparation of a master plan in a participatory approach, and (4). Escort implementation and sustainability assurance through internalization and integration of government regular mechanism, enhanced capabilities in accordance with the escort requirements

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

In Lombok, Delta Api has become the benchmark of coastal and marine spatial planning North Lombok, while in Dompu, this mechanism is called one of the best methods of planning approaches in the world, namely the youth perspective planning one applied in the Netherlands. In Sumba, these activities had the full support of the secretary of the regional and local governments, local governments are ready to escort the fire delta activity. In Bali, a collaboration with CI (Conservation International) and BPOL (Agency for Marine Research and Observation) into its own characteristics. whereas in North Molluccas, Delta Api become a stimulant towards youth to gatherd an institution of Delta Api of Morotai District Island. It means, Delta Api is getting good response by local government Sukma a partially initiation and institutional mechanisms.

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

A reflection and consilidation of Lesser Sunda-Mollucas (SUKMA) community held in Mataram in October 2013, have the agreement to Delta Api become a priority agenda and program in SUKMA. The target of the Delta Api’s Program is ensure the birth of 5.000 youth leaders from at least 1.000 Delta Api villages (approximately 330 Areas) in 2019. It means, the effort should be more systemically, massively, and seriously design for the target happening. Until now, Delta Api Programe has replicated and scalled up in 5 locus, North Mollucas, North Lombok, Bali, Dompu, and Sumba.

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

first, Delta Api sohuld become a part of govenmental sollution for village and climate change adaptation plan. so, the masterplan of delta api should be a comprehensive one. the output of 5.000 villages and 1.000 youth of Delta api, the national government and lower must take an action.
second, in 2019, delta api must be able to support youth and community of Delta Api in Finance system and mechanism.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Foundations, NGOs.

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

The Ministry of Marine and Fisheries initiate the Development of Coastal Resilient VIllage (PDPT) . Delta Api become one of the perspective toward this develpment. so do the PDPT become the refernce of Delta Api sustainable concept. we have comunicate each other and inform the progress of Delta Api. the relationship with the ministry should be a sustainable, and scaled up, so we can communicate also with other minister.

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.

development occurs massively in Indonesia seemed to abandon that principle of sustainability. The Islands condition has uniqe characteristics may have lesser support to gain sustainable development. Small budget must be distribute to government working units. No doubt if the right to education, health, access to information and public transparency of the islands is very limited. As a strike of Development bias, climate change become a major challenge for Indonesia’s Islands. Lesser Sunda-Mollucas Island Community Congress in 2010, due to conference in 2012, initiated a renewable agenda called 2015 Agenda++. One effort to realize this agenda was development of alternative model of climate change adaptation and development bias is Delta Api.

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?

The "Simpul" of Presiden
Ni Putu Ary Pratiwi (The President of Delta Api Bali)
Evi Susanti (The President of Delta Api Sumbawa)
Gerarda Sandra Anamuli (The President of Delta Api Sumba)
Amina Failisa (The President of Delta Api North Molluccas)
Liza Hani Saroya Wardi (The President of Delta Api Lombok)
Kurniawan Nomeanto
Agus Kusumahadi

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the spatial plan expert of Dompu Governance said that one of best planning is spatial Planning based and youth perspective. it have implemented for a long time in Netherlands.
the Delta Api Implementation seems like the Netherlands perspective of planning. so, what we have been doing also the best perspective of spatial planning. we also make a best coastal and island planning with youth towards the climate change and development bias perspective.
this is the first in Indonesia.
indonesia spatial planning always used the natural resources and economic development perspective.

In Lombok, Delta Api has become the benchmark of coastal and marine spatial planning North Lombok, while in Dompu, this mechanism is called one of the best methods of planning approaches in the world, namely the youth perspective planning one applied in the Netherlands. In Sumba, these activities had the full support of the secretary of the regional and local governments, local governments are ready to escort the fire delta activity. In Bali, a collaboration with CI (Conservation International) and BPOL (Agency for Marine Research and Observation) into its own characteristics. whereas in North Molluccas, Delta Api become a stimulant towards youth to gatherd an institution of Delta Api of Morotai District Island. It means, Delta Api is getting good response by local government Sukma a partially initiation and institutional mechanisms.

Where have you learnt about the competition?

i've got the invitation email from Eveline, the Network Coordinator of south east asia Changemakers who communicate fluently with my organisation Santiri Foundation.

i read the incitation from my organisation email, and then make this call and invitation
hopefully, it might be great opportunity to join this program for me and for my organisation, also for Delta Api

Tell us about your partnerships:

this might be a good opprtunity to integrate with another organisation or institution, so we can move forward sustainably. we can make a symbiosis and have more impact for our program and concept

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

first, the way of our communication in Delta APi, because of unstable signal in the islands. second, most of Delta APi Youth have lesser Education than youth in big island. so we have to communicate as simple as we can. the way it seems with using techology

what we are going to do is make an integration with youth instituion to make better signal frequency. and build a mechanism of "school of Delta Api" in each Area of Delta Api. in the future, we planned to build a "long-distance School of Delta Api". then, we would make an integration with Ministries of education for giving a scholarship

Young Volunteers for Environment

To better living conditions for future generations, Sena transforms young people into environmental champions to support the creation of a green economy. Young Volunteers for Environment, “JVE,” is Africa’s largest youth organization working for the protection of the environment.

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Deejay Linx Resouces

Most successful business men in Nigeria are accidental entrepreneurs, some businesses have had to suffer avoidable losses in financial capital invested before finding a sound footing. our goal is to identify, train, support and integrate informal youth Startup entrepreneurs into the formal sector.

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DLR Enterprise Clinic-Integrating the Informal business Community

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

Year founded

2011

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For‐profit

Organization Country

n/a

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n/a

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

Most successful business men in Nigeria are accidental entrepreneurs, some businesses have had to suffer avoidable losses in financial capital invested before finding a sound footing. our goal is to identify, train, support and integrate informal youth Startup entrepreneurs into the formal sector.

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

What if small businesses could begin, grow and succeed without initial capital losses and failure?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

The rate of failure in Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in Nigeria is alarming, resulting to a deepening youth unemployment and restiveness. Informal traders, Vendors, Artisans and retailers constitute more than 60 percent of the businesses in our communities and largely operate with little or no business entrepreneurial skills.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

This project seeks to provide training, Seed capital and support to local informal traders, Vendors, Artisans and retailers who constitute the bulk of the businesses in our communities and largely operate informally with little or no business skills. Our goal is to identify women and youth Start-up entrepreneurs, provide them formal training on Business Planning and entrepreneurial skills and to also provide seed capital and support to grow and integrate small informal businesses into the formal sector. Nomanini is our technology partner, who provide the means that enables earning opportunities for these informal vendors. Nomanini has designed & built the point of sales terminal for use in informal markets.

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

Well, across the continent, $60 billion in airtime a year is already being traded by someone- mostly informal vendors. Our goal is to organize these informal vendors into cooperatives and a formal agency network. One example is Bamba Kenya, Nomani's partners in Kenya They are now using Nomanini system to distribute prepaid mobile airtime instead of using scratch cards. We acquire the prepaid pins that are loaded into the system and administer a cash-collection using a network of agent locations, whether that be banks, mobile money credits, energy units or airtime. This increases the agents earning potentials while at the same time providing purchasing convenience to people leaving in these communities.

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

The typical amount an agent can make a month, Let’s say, at 5 percent commission is about N10,000 a month, which is about $55 a month. Something to bear in mind is that there are two reasons for an informal trader to sell prepaid mobile or energy units. The first is, of course, that it earns a profit. The second is a draw-card that attracts footfall to the point of sales and enables a merchant to increase sales of other, usually higher margin goods too. Some informal retailer's overall sales dropped 40 percent when they had stopped trading airtime. I think it’s important to understand that $50 sounds like very little, but the median income for an entrepreneur in the informal trade in Nigeria is about $160 per month overall, so it’s a sizeable jump on a very low base.

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

We are currently active in Kaduna State- Nigeria. Scratch cards are a big form of purchasing airtime and energy units in Nigeria. We are also looking to expanding into Abuja, the federal capital Territory. To date, DLR has purchased 50 terminals from Nomanini and given the success of this deployment intends to scale the deployment to a total of 1000 terminals by the end of 2015. DLRs provides earning opportunities for informal vendors and service provider access in these large, yet very underserved markets.

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

DLR intends to replicate the success of prepaid electricity distribution in Kaduna State that has already been adopted by Eko, Ikeja, Ibadan and Abuja DISCOs.

The DLR proposal to KEDC involves deploying Nomanini terminals that will service the circa 400k prepaid electricity customers in the state.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations, NGOs, Businesses, Customers, Other.

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

DLR's strategic goal is to metamorphose into a micro finance outfit in the next 10 years. We have therefore initiated partnership discussions with big industry players like Union Bank Nigeria. • Financing the capital purchase of the 1000 Nomanini terminals. DLR requires capital to purchase terminals from Nomanini. A close partnership between Union Bank and Nomanini will ensure that these rollouts are not impeded by an upfront capital requirement and in return a substantial financing revenue to Union Bank, guaranteed by electricity sales.

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.

Deejay Linx Resources Enterprise Clinic is an idea that was conceived out of the drilling of volunteers on business plan and proposal writing at Hope Builders Foundation for Entrepreneurial Education. The need to also provide informal businesses and vendors with basic entrepreneurial training, seed capital and business support in order to become sustainable is what triggered the idea.

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?

The company's management team lead by an MD/CEO in person of Geoffrey Jonah. Geoffrey holds an MBA in Finance. Our Principal Partners have acquired training in Mobile Money Agency from our Operators; we have also developed ourselves in the rudiments of ecommerce and Mobile business. We also have experience in GSM scratch Cards Sub-Dealership and Sales of Accessories. The company is governed by a board of directors, CFO, and Commercial Officer.

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

‘’Youth Social Enterprise of the Year’’ from Hope Builders Foundation for Entrepreneurial education

Tell us about your partnerships

Currently, we are working with Hope Builders Foundation for Entrepreneurial Education in Nigeria

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

The challenge is basically financing. We are already connecting partner organizations for financing.

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

It creates jobs, train people to be self-employed and employers of labour as well.

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, Apprenticeship, Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development, Community, 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

10-100

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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

The Bridge Project

BRIDGE is in its pilot stage, and will empower youths to go from no experience to gainful employment. The Bridge Project will be an online platform and youth center run by youth to enhance their potential. It aims at 'building bridges' between organizations and youth, and seek to build pathways to employment for young women and men aged 18-24 through volunteer opportunities, innovation hubs, access to mentors and sponsors, as well as social entrepreneurship.

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Tapping into youth talent. Building opportunities and pathways

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Year founded

2014

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Congo (Kinshasa), Kinshasa

Country where this project is creating social impact

Congo (Kinshasa), Kinshasa

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

BRIDGE is in its pilot stage, and will empower youths to go from no experience to gainful employment. The Bridge Project will be an online platform and youth center run by youth to enhance their potential. It aims at 'building bridges' between organizations and youth, and seek to build pathways to employment for young women and men aged 18-24 through volunteer opportunities, innovation hubs, access to mentors and sponsors, as well as social entrepreneurship. Recognizing that volunteerism is an important component of any strategy aimed at youth empowerment, we aim to build long-lasting partnerships to engage youth in social and economic change through sustainable projects, while enabling them to acquire new skills and experience that will increase their employability and social entrepreneurship.

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

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

According to the Global Employment Trends 2014 Report of the International Labor Organization, the labor market outlook for young people worsened in nearly every region of the world. The global youth unemployment rate rose to 13.1 per cent in 2013, from 12.9 per cent in 2012 and 11.6 per cent in 2007.

The DRC is no exception. The Youth Map Report (2013) revealed that ‘more than 7.3 million out-of-school young people are left even further behind in achieving their full potential’. Youths have potential, but more than 80 percent of young Congolese are underemployed, and 58 percent are unemployed. The DRC’s labor market is out of balance. Finding work is a real challenge for youths in Kinshasa. Another study has also revealed that ‘barely 5% of youths in DRC find employment corresponding to their ability’. Rising youth unemployment has reached critical levels that require our urgent attention. In the absence of any real employment policy in DRC to help the youths, the Bridge Project will build an advocacy coalition for youth policy development and implementation, including the integration of volunteerism and social entrepreneurship into the legal framework.

Obviously, there is a need for youths to have decent work in Kinshasa in order to actively participate to the social and economic advancement of their community. This need must be met as soon as possible because youths represent the future of Congo. The DRC is a country full of natural resources, but human resources are still a problem. Youths have great potential for growth, and the Bridge Project will invest on this potential. We need to start somewhere, because it is a process. Youth unemployment rates in Kinshasa are unknown, but they are really high. It is a fact that we see every day in Kinshasa. One of the reasons of this phenomenon is the fact that formal education in DRC does not always equip youths with enough knowledge and skills for the 21st century job market. As a result, there is a mismatch between formal education and the real world of work. The other reason is the lack of career services in universities to prepare students for the job market, which impedes their ability to do basic things like writing a resume or getting ready for a job competency-based interview.
Despite the high number of youth centers in DRC, they do not specifically address the issue of youth unemployment. One of the challenges that youths face when filing a job application after their graduation from university is their lack of experience. Yet, society does not always give a chance nor does it help youths get this required experience. Even internship opportunities are not always available because getting an internship opportunity in Kinshasa sometimes implies knowing someone who knows someone who knows someone who can help; and this does not necessarily mean that a positive feedback will be given.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

While there is also a need for a reform in the educational system in Congo, which will take time, the good news is that the Bridge Project is there to try and solve youth unemployment by creating partnerships and volunteer opportunities for young women and men in order to increase their employability. The Bridge will also provide training on social entrepreneurship and soft skills. The priority of the Bridge Project is to answer to the immediate needs of youths who finish high school, who want to gain experience through volunteerism, entrepreneurship and access to mentors before they decide to continue their studies at higher education, on one hand, and those who have recently graduated from university and are still struggling to find a decent job, on the other hand. These youths have the potential to actively participate to the social and economic development of their community, and the Bridge Project aims at investing on their potential and increasing their employability. There is a need to be fulfilled. There is a gap to be filled. There is a Bridge to be built.
Organizations always have a project that has never been started or an assignment that is not yet completed, which do not necessarily need an intern. There is still a lot to be done in terms of agricultural projects in remote areas of Kinshasa. The Bukanga Lonzo project is one of these opportunities where youths could volunteer and have access to employment later on. We build partnerships with existing organizations in the non-profit sector, public sector and private sector. We get to know their needs and upcoming projects and offer them cost-effective ways to solve their problems: volunteers. We recruit volunteers from high schools and universities to work on short-term projects based on the needs of these organizations. We train these young people on life skills, professional skills and entrepreneurship. We also partner with another social enterprise to train youths on leadership to help them to become change agents..

For the first three months of this pilot project, targeted youths will develop technical, professional, and social entrepreneurship skills. They will then apply those skills during the second three months on a volunteer assignment at one of our corporate partners. During this time they will be supported by professional mentors and a powerful network of community-based partners and ongoing training and mentorship. Organizations such i-JetNet, an Apple reseller, have already been contacted and will host some of our volunteers.
Based on the assumption that youth unemployment is a major threat to DRC’s stability and development, and recognizing that skills development and volunteerism are important components of our strategy, we will engage youths in volunteer assignments, while enabling them to make a difference in host organizations and their community. By the same occasion, they will increase their employability, become competitive in the fierce labor market and enhance their social entrepreneurship and ability to create jobs.

What awards or honors has the project received?

The Bridge Project was recognized by Clinton Global Initiative in New York as a winning idea for a youth employment challenge

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

• Establish a youth center that trains youths and builds a pathway to employment through volunteerism
• Partner with key organizations to help youths gain experience and skills
• Train youths on career and entrepreneurship skills to prepare them for decent work
• Place youths on short-term volunteer assignment to gain employability skills
• Provide youths with career services, information and other resources.

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

The primary target group that will benefit from the prototype of a longer term endeavor will be 50 unexperienced youths aged between 18 and 24, including high school graduates with limited resources and unemployed university graduates in various areas of study, including agronomy, law students, information technology, and environment. These students will be carefully selected based on potential for growth.
• Result 1: Increased youth experience through volunteerism
• Result 2: Increased youth employability and entrepreneurship skills
• Result 4: Entry to the job market after the short-term volunteer placement
• Result 5: Volunteerism is integrated in the national youth and labour policy as a pathway for youth employment

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

Expanding on the previous answer, we will measure impact by:
• Number of partnerships built with organizations
• Number of youths trained on employability skills and placed on volunteer assignments
• Number of volunteers who enter the job market (entry-level positions) after the volunteer placement
• Volunteerism policy developed

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

The sustainability and viability of the Bridge Project is viable because we believe it will make social impact and make in difference in the lives of many youths in DRC if it gets funded. Unexperienced youths will have the opportunity to gain additional skills and experience that will make them more employable. Moreover, the Bridge Project was selected as the winning idea by the Clinton Global Initiative for its Youth Employment Challenge that was launched a few weeks back.
To ensure the sustainability of the Project, a youth center (non-profit organization) for youth leadership will be established. Establishment procedures are ongoing. Since the project is deemed self-sustaining over the long run, strategies are in place to ensure that after the six months of the implementation of this pilot project, it will continue to make impact on Congolese youths. An income-generating activity will be carried out in order to ensure the impact continuity of the program. The vision of the youth center is to become the premiere innovation center that bridges the skills and employment gap in Congo through volunteerism, and it will be run by youths for youths. A long-range fund-raising plan will also be put in place to achieve social impact, as well as long-term partnerships with key stakeholders.
TIMELINE OF MAJOR IMPLEMENTATION STEPS
• Step 1: Conduct a situation analysis to determine the nature of the skills gap (October 2014)
• Step 2: Build partnerships with key stakeholders (October 2014)
• Step 3: Recruit youth volunteers at universities and churches (November 2014)
• Step 4: Train youths on employability skills and social entrepreneurship (November – December 2014)
• Step 5: Place volunteers in host organizations (January – February 2015)
• Step 6: Monitor, evaluate, and revise the project strategy where necessary (October 2014-March 2015)
• Step 7: Share Lessons Learnt and Best Practices (April 2015)

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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?

Each project team member brings unique skills and experience in implementing this pilot project, and covers the spectrum of technical assistance required for the success of this innovative project.

Gloria Mangoni (Project Team Leader) is a 2014 Mandela Washington Fellowship alumna. She followed the public management track at Florida International University. Since December 2012, she joined the Prime Minister’s office as research analyst in the department of agricultural and rural development policy-making. She has a BS in Geography and Urban Planning from the University of Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo). She also did an intensive training in GIS and Remote Sensing. Gloria is fluent in English, French and Lingala. She is the BRIDGE project leader.

Roger Mbuyu (Advocacy) is a lecturer at Panafrican University of Congo. He is graduated in Law from University of Kinshasa and masters in International Development from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies of Seoul. He works as program officer at Koica Office and he is very involved in Youth activities especially supporting highschool students in some schools of Kinshasa. Roger is also deeply involved in fighting against corruption and child protection with a local NGO. He is in charge of advocacy in the implementation of BRIDGE.

Soraya Aziz Souleymane (Partnership manager) - is a development specialist. She has intensive experience in good governance and community development fields around mining and industrial projects in the DRC. She received a Masters in Development studies from the University of Sussex (Institute of Development Studies) in addition to a post graduate degree in International Relations specializing in conflict resolution and international diplomacy which she completed in Kenya, and a bachelors’ degree in public law from Université Catholique de Bukavu. Soraya is fluent in English, French, Swahili, Lingala, and enjoys building online networks, cooking, traveling long distances by road, reading and writing. She is in charge of networking and managing corporate partnerships for the BRIDGE project.
Jean-Marc Mercy (Training Coordinator) is a human resources specialist by profession. He has actively participated in the design and implementation of national capacity-building programs in various organizations within the UN system. Jean-Marc went to University of South Africa to receive a BCom in human resource management. He also earned a diploma in Project Management from Ashworth College, and a Master Certificate in Human Resources from Cornell University. He is expecting a Master’s degree in Human Resource and Training from University of Leicester in 2016. Jean-Marc is fluent in English, French, Haitian Creole, Lingala, Spanish and Swahili. He is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). He is responsible for coordinating training activities and budget monitoring. He also teams up with Soraya for the partnership management side of the project.

Orphée Tamba (Monitoring & Evaluation). With an experience of more than six years as head of youth platforms, with strong diversified background, Orphée Tamba Lusakumumu worked as volunteered in youth organizations while studying at the University of Kinshasa. Orphée is a medical doctor currently working with Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (an American International NGO) at the Monitoring and Evaluation Department. Despite his current occupations, he is engaged for his community and known has a motivational speaker encouraging young people to live in integrity in all aspects of their lives, discussing issues of citizenship, leadership and civic engagement. Orphée is in charge of monitoring and evaluation of the BRIDGE project.

David Kandi (Webmaster) brings 7 years of experience in the field of new technologies. David received a bachelors’ degree in network and database administration at Esmicom Institute. He also undertook a number of training, including a CCNA certificate (Cisco Certified Network Associate) at the University of Kinshasa and a verified certificate in Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies from University of Maryland via Coursera.org. David’s role in the project will be that of designing and administering a website for the BRIDGE project.

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

The Bridge Project was recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative in New York as a winning idea for a youth employment challenge

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

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

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

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

Girls/Women.

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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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SelflessMinds

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Building a generation of conscientious leaders; fostering community involvement.

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2014

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Hybrid

Organization Country

Nigeria, LA, Lagos

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Nigeria, LA, Lagos

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

The organisation is focused on fostering a sense of community, giving culture and building conscientious leaders. Achieved by connecting people who are willing to support a cause, sponsor a project, and volunteer with a variety of charities and non-governmental organisations via an online platform.

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

We the people build a strong sense of community, contribute to social and cultural development ?We build a communal approach to tackling issues?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Lack of an avenue to foster community engagement. A sense of communal interaction is absent between individuals, private firms,and nonprofits/NGOs.Furthermore, the absence of a well cultivated charitable culture in the country affects citizens' social contribution toward social ills. People and organisations willing to support worthy causes are often unsure how to proceed or trust the process of donating/working with nonprofits on projects.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

SelflessMinds is a solution, providing an interactive platform that connects social needs with those who desire to help. This is addressed by creating an online portal for both individuals, private organisations and nonprofits to share their current needs. Its a cross between Craigslist, America's Charities and VolunteerMatch; combining funding with volunteer opportunities and matching needs to available resources. The process also includes monitoring and evaluation, assuring donors of effective use of funds and legitimacy of organisation. For the organisation, it ensures project funding and greater impact from program implementation. The platform allows each group to create a profile, the other groups can interact with.

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?

The organisation impacts on 3 levels: community engagement, youth development and effective corporate engagement all geared towards building social capital and sustainable development. The project has the potential to connect over 80 million youths, 6 thousand companies and hundreds of NGOs across the nation to engage them in community building and projects addressing social ills within and outside their immediate communities. It also has the potential to enlighten the next generation of leaders about community leadership and social engagement, connecting corporations with individuals and opportunities through collaboration on projects to improve the society in general. The aim is connect at least 10 NGOs to project sponsors and volunteers quarterly while also improving their operation and organisation development plan in each city.

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

The organisation pilots focusing on Lagos, aiming to grow and expand to other cities. The organisation will extend to two other cities within two years, with an expansion plan to new cities every 2.5 years based on feasibility. Ultimately, the organisation is envisioned to grow to support other nonprofits/ NGOs as well, serve as a nationwide network of support for home grown initiatives, mentorship for youth development and future leaders, and a link between NGOs, communities and volunteers for sustainable social development and impact.Creating conscientious leaders & communities.

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

Currently the project is self-funded. Upon launch we expect more financial support from member private organisations and grant applications to sustain its operations. The long term financial sustainability plan is to internally generate funds for maintenance and project sponsorship, through offering volunteer memorabilia for sale such as pens, t-shirt, charging private organisations a small annual membership fee, and project consulting fees.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals.

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

The major market contenders in the Nigerian context are AIESEC and 234give. However, SelfessMinds differs based on its ultimate goal of creating a sense of community and giving while creating a conscientious generation of leaders. Structural difference also abound. These organisation have a limited/lack market targets and program range. SelflessMinds has been created with a multilayer range of targets (corporations, young adults and schools) and incorporates cash donations, project funding, work experience & volunteering and mentorship as its core programs.

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 have always been aware on my environment's limitations, with age I realized the power of community and important roles individuals play. After my studies I returned home desiring to contribute at the grassroot level. Finding organisations and programs in need to volunteer with was challenging;the concept was alien. Fundraising efforts revealed a lack of trust of organisational legitimacy. Conceptualized in 2013 from the realization that Nigerians have a desire to give,but high mistrust of legitimacy and impact of contributions;the organisation was created to afford people the opportunity to give back to their community via a method that provides the best level of assurance. Either through cash donations, volunteering or project execution.

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?

Team members work part-time pending funding. Olatawura Ladipo-Ajayi (Msc Intl.Development):Founder and Program Director;Dubem Arah (MBA, MSc Finance): Financial manager & advisor;Olaronke Ladipo-Ajayi( LLB,LLM Corporate Law): Legal Advisor;Oluwafunbi Sowande(Bsc Intl. Relations): Communications and Outreach Manager;Babajide Akeredolu(Msc Engineering): Website and Platform Administrator;Peter Adeyeye(Bsc. Social Science): Volunteer Coordinator.

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The project is still in the idea phase and is yet to launch.

Where have you learnt about the competition?

The idea is relatively new in the Nigerian context with little to no activity/competition in the volunteering sector with the exception of organisations like AIESEC and 234give. It is apparent the competitions weakness is a very narrow target audience and an untargeted broad Nigerian market. AEISEC squarely focuses on university students, with less emphasis on volunteering and contributing within the nation; but more on paid internships with private firms, and international volunteering. This alienates the population which want to serve but cannot afford to travel. 234give on the other hand has no specific target; it is open to the general Nigerian public, and focuses squarely on monetary donations for fundraising. This model does not cater to the skeptics, makes it hard to promote the organisation to target segments and poses threats to sustainability of the organisation and its causes.

"SelflessMinds" has drawn strengths from the weaknesses these organisations exhibit. The model is to target 3 core groups. The first group are students, focusing especially on secondary school teenagers through summer and winter volunteer programs. The approach is to embed in their curriculum through the school administration. This encourages and foster a sense of community contribution within students at a young age while simultaneously introducing them the world and allowing them gain work experience.

The second group comprises of private companies and charitable organisations and individuals who are willing and often interested in supporting a cause be it for corporate social responsibility reasons or benevolence of the heart. The platform will provide these group a one stop hub of organisation in need of support, their programs and how to support them. It has been found that benefactors are often at a loss of where and how to contribute to their society especially in Nigeria.

The third group are young adults. This includes the working class as well as university students. This group are young and action oriented and often looking for a way to contribute to society, "SelflessMinds" platform will provide a convenient way of meeting this desire.

The three target groups, as a triumvirate create a sustainable pool of volunteers and sponsors for nonprofit sector projects and a wheel upon which to build a volunteer mentoring program for leadership and youth development.

Tell us about your partnerships:

The organisation is poised to launch in Lagos, Nigeria; as a result of its pilot location target partners include a stream of private secondary schools such as Cable group of schools, a group which runs educational institutions at all levels of education providing a wide range and reach for two out of the target groups and Google Global services Nigeria,a company committed to creating impact and runs yearly Google serve projects. Also the NANGOs.

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

Lack of trust in the nonprofit and non-governmental organisations processes often hinders benefactors from contributing towards worthy causes. To overcome this issue, member NGOs and nonprofits will go through a thorough vetting process before validation as members.Registration and project audits with registration details publicly accessible on their cause pages. The organisation will also provide the option of inkind donations, where volunteers, organisations and benefactors, can self implement projects for a cause or organisation of interest instead of funds; allowing for greater involvement

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CCREAD-Cameroon

Within Bangem Council area, more than 300 teenage girls are victims of unwanted pregnancies with more than 90% of them abandoned and drop our of schools. This project through a vocational training center trains 100 teenage mothers on ICTs, tailoring and hairdressing as empowerment alternatives.

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NGIDE

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CCREAD-Cameroon

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Give abandoned teenage and single mothers an opportunity to emerge

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

Year founded

2010

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Not registered

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Country where this project is creating social impact

, Bangem

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

Within Bangem Council area, more than 300 teenage girls are victims of unwanted pregnancies with more than 90% of them abandoned and drop our of schools. This project through a vocational training center trains 100 teenage mothers on ICTs, tailoring and hairdressing as empowerment alternatives.

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

"What if young girls were to get better economic and social opportunities to emerge rather than turning them into victims of circumstances"

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

In Kupe Muanenguba Division of Cameroon, one of the most marginalized divisions in Cameroon, more than 300 teenage girls drop out of school due to unwanted pregnancies each year. 80% of these victims of circumstance end up becoming abandoned single mothers with no families to help out since most of them are sent out of the house. Under these circumstances, only skills which can fern off poverty are of help, reason for which this project started.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Haven established the need to empower abandoned teenage and single mothers with no alternative source of assistance through a baseline study, CCREAD-Cameroon's charity vocational training for teenage and single mothers in Bangem focuses on training on computer applications, Tailoring and Hairdressing with the hope of assisting teenage mothers to emerge socially and economically. Each since 2010, at least 100 are trained and more than 50% of trainees open their small scale enterprises, 30% get jobs with other business and enterprises while 20% decide to advance in their training each year. As a follow-up, these teenagers are educated on family planning at school and community level while the volunteers at the center defend their rights.

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

December 2011, one of the trainees from the charity vocational training center with 3 children at the age of 23 finished her training in Tailoring. CCREAD-Cameroon negotiated a micro loan and bought for a start up capital. By 2013, her tailoring shop is effective, all her children are effectively in school, while she is training 5 other teenage girls at her tailoring shop and other trainees are placed in her tailoring shop on internship. Before being trained, she was constantly violated by men, but today ends more than 150 USD/month from her business.

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

From 2010-2014,
- 182 teenage and single mothers have graduated from the charity vocational training center on tailoring and 83 of them are running their independent tailoring shops while the remaining are working as employees in bigger tailoring and designing shops
- 53 college level trainees on ICTs have graduated and 40 are currently serving as secretaries in enterprises and companies while 13 currently run documentation units offering paid services to the general public
- 60 teenage and abandoned single mothers have graduated from the hairdressing unit and 40 are running their own business while 20 are working with other business owners.
- 20 colleges within the council area have been engaged by our team to deliver family planning, human rights educational programs

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

- As from January 2014, CCREAD-Cameroon has developed a plan to expand the center to 3 other needy divisions in the South West Region of Cameroon
- There is a strong plan to include training on project and financial management within the training programs
- CCREAD-Cameroon is also mobilizing to set up a savings and loan facility for trainees to enable them get start up capital for their ventures upon graduation. These measures will make the project more sustainable with greater outreach

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

CCREAD-Cameroon is working on a plan to set up a micro finance facility for the project to build on the revolving fund which currently supporting the project though at a very small level.The ICT unit of the center has started opening a cyber space to the general public to generate income for maintenance and volunteer costs. The tailoring and hairdressing units have also started serving the public on weekends to raise running costs.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Foundations, NGOs.

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

The government had started an empowerment center before 2010 which stopped functioning because of poor management and huge fees demanded from trainees. Within the same geographical space, no other organizations or individuals are providing the same services.

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.

As a young development activist, I found credible evidence from a baseline study in 2009 that women and girls in most rural parts of Kupe Muanenguba Division do not have equal rights with men. At the end of the study, evidence showed that young girls as young as 10 years are introduced into sexual relationships with no knowledge and end up having unwanted pregnancies which marks that start of frustration, humiliation and stigmatization. By 2010, I had prepared ground works to assist these abandoned teenage mothers through the education of their children and the creation of a charity vocational training center to give life and generational skills to abandoned and marginalized single and teenage mothers.

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?

1. Team Leader: Hilary Ngide (9 years of work experience, MS.c degree in environment and development, Dip in Leadership, PGC in Project management and BS.c in Geography and planning)
2. Belinda N.M: Supervisor of the charity vocational training center, trainee mentor, counselor and community mobilizer. She has a BS.c in sociology and anthropology and 4 years of similar work experience
3. Remitus Enah Ntungwe 4. Lyn Tim 5. Etienne Mponne.

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

In 2012, The Council of Bangem and The Delegation of Women's Empowerment and Family warded this project a certificate of recognition for the successes recorded.

Where have you learnt about the competition?

Have email subscription with Changer-makers and received alert from fundsforNGOs

Tell us about your partnerships:

The Council of Bangem supports the project administratively, the Kitchen Table charitable trust provided a micro grant for the purchase of some equipments, the Feminist Review trust funds the human rights/violence on women and girls to address root causes of the problems CCREAD-Cameroon is addressing. These partners have laid a foundation which the project is working on. The Bangem Credit Union is also providing micro capital.

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

At the moment and at this stage of the project, our trainees need alternative training on financial management, project management which is still developed at a slow pace. Many teenage girls approach us for training more than we can accommodate given the limited training space and equipment. However, we have continued approaching different stakeholders such as this competition hopping to expand the training center.

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AiM works to foster youth leadership and reduce school dropouts by providing to high school students trainings in order for them to have higher chances of being eligible for job or scholarship opportunities and to become great entrepreneurs after school.

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AiM -Make it happen-

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Senegal, Dakar

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Hybrid

Do you work with any social organizations?

Dalberg Global Development Advisors

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Fellowship of the Summer Institute for Social Entrepreneurship - Uconn

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Summary: What specific issue or problem does your Venture address?

1) School dropouts. Given the crisis related to the educational system the country is currently going through.

2) Youth unemployment. Young people most of the time do not have skills required to employed right after school. Leading them to be hard to hire since most companies are looking at their own benefits, not all of them are willing to pay much money for internships. Which is not the fault of students since they are not aware of their condition.

3) Loss of faith in education, students becoming lazy and wanting to gain money the easiest way possible; being exposed to temptations like drugs, alcoholism, which likely lead to vandalism. That hopelessness about education plus the fact that young people are becoming lazy is already leading us to a massive will of young people to become either dancers, singers, or practice body building to become wrestlers

4) Gender Equity. Encourage students (mostly boys), to know the importance of valuing the intelligence of women and giving them equal chances to succeed. Encourage students to drop the negative misconceptions about the role of the women in our society.

5) Women empowerment. Making women be aware of their capacities and strengths that will help them become good leaders. To help them have enough confidence to stand for themselves and be independent; and to encourage them be effective actors of the economic development in our country.

Misson Statement: What will your venture do?

At AiM, we will foster youth leadership and reduce school dropouts by providing to high school students trainings about leadership, Professional skills development and entrepreneurship; while also raising their awareness about the importance of Gender equity and women empowerment. In addition, we will invite students to meet local social entrepreneurs and leaders to learn from their stories, take advises from them and enlarge their network. Our services will allow students to have higher chances of being eligible for job or scholarship opportunities and to become great entrepreneurs after school.

The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities

1) We will identity top students in 11th and 10th grade, in our target high school, with the help of the counselor.

2) Offer trainings to students 2 times a week in addition of one day when our mentees will be encouraged to tutor their classmate, not doing well in class for them to improve their grades. Take one Saturday per two weeks to organize workshops and student talks about their passion and goals, and about topics related to development in our country.

3) During summertime: Invite leaders and social entrepreneurs to have talks with students and inspire them. Organize summer camps plus volunteering activities for students.

The Community: Define the community that you work on behalf of. What population is affected? Are there other organizations working in this space?

The young people are affected. Teenagers in high school that are good students but not exploiting their potential to the maximum as well as students discouraged by the current crisis within our educational system and are likely to dropout. Yes they are a few organizations of young people working in this space but within their own community.

Founding Story: What inspired your venture? Why?

When I was in high school experience. I decided to learn English. During my learning, my motivation was that it opens further opportunities, such as exchanging with people living overseas and working in an international environment. While I was aware of the opportunities available to me, I also noticed that many young students inside the school did not have the same chances, although they had promising potential. Then, I realized that young people were not exploiting their potential at the maximum in my school. Since I was frustrated after observing this situation, I grew the desire to change the way young people think. I want to give them chances to explore their potential. I want to also give them the opportunity to think creatively and be aware of their role in the development of our country.

Define your Venture in 1-2 short sentences

AiM works to foster youth leadership and reduce school dropouts by providing to high school students trainings in order for them to have higher chances of being eligible for job or scholarship opportunities and to become great entrepreneurs after school.

Goals

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What do you want to accomplish in your first year?

In our first year, we want to first have the success rate in 10th and 11th grade of the school higher then the previous years. Secondly we want to have our mentees share projects they would like to achieve, to select the most promising and feasible in during the first year and help in realizing it.

Set your first goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

Start our trainings

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

Settle a curriculum and schedule for the year with Venture team

Task 2

Identify top students in 10th and 11th grade in target high school

Task 3

Agree with school counselor for him to make a classroom available for trainings and encourage students to participate in them

Set a second goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

Have local sponsors to support our activities

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

Contact local bakeries for them to provide us with snacks during trainings to encourage students and mentors' attendance

Task 2

Contact the community town hall representatives for them to provide us with materials (T-shirts with our logo, etc)

Task 3

Contact firms working in transportation for them to provide us with a bus during our activities out of classrooms

Set a third goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

Have the students inspired to realize one project idea and raise the success rate in 10th/11th grade of the high school

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

Encourage our mentees to tutor to their classmate not doing well and help them improve their grades

Task 2

Contact local entrepreneurs and success stories for them to meet with our students to give them advises and inspire them

Task 3

Organize workshops for students to share their project outlines.Organize then in teams to realize the most feasible one.

Impact

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How will your Venture define success in the short term (1-12 months)?

By the decrease of school dropouts from the high school and the improvement of students grades.

In the long-term (1-3 years)?

By the number of our mentees participating in exchange programs and the number of projects they will settle to develop their communities at their turn. Also by the number of students that will be employed after school. By creating a co-working space for former mentees who became entrepreneurs.

How will you measure success?

By making surveys to students at the beginning and at the end of the trainings sessions; by calculating success rates at every end of school year and compare them with the former ones; by making statistics of the number of our mentees who created their own venture or participated in exchange programs like SUSI at the end of our trainings; by having a database and following up on how our former mentees are evolving

Sustainability

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How will you recruit new members for your venture?

By contacting people in my network of young social entrepreneurs and ask them for people they know who would be interested in working with me. Then do the screening of profiles of the candidates and select those with significant number of experiences in mentoring students and recruit them following interviews to measure their knowledge about leadership end entrepreneurship as well as their motivation to helping students.

How will you appoint new leaders and transfer leadership when the founding members want to leave the team?

By evaluating members twice a year and give them feedbacks, following their progress, we will transfer leadership to those who have a quicker mastery of the responsibilities founding members hold.

How will you continue your project in 6-months time or once you have spent all of its initial capital?

By searching for funding from potential local sponsors before our capital ends.

Delivery Services in Dar es Salaam

Location

Dar es Salaam
Tanzania
6° 49' 50.7612" S, 39° 17' 8.7972" E

The Let God Be You foundation has been empowering young people in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for over three years. They provide education, skills training and employment opportunities to youth in need in their community. The Let God Be You Foundation was founded by David Edward Mwendele who faced many challenges in his youth and is dedicated to helping others from his community.

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