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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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Open That Box! Training Company

Singapore is a fast-paced society with high cost of living. This project is designed to provide low to mid income earners with relevant knowledge and skills that will help them become valuable assets to the organizations they work for.

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Computer First Jakarta : Tempat Kursus Murah

Computer First dengan semangat First Choice in IT Training Center menyediakan jasa pelatihan Kursus Komputer di Jakarta sejak dari usia dini yaitu sejak anak-anak sampai dengan dewasa. http://taufikirawan.blogspot.com

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The IREDE Foundation

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Adult Literacy

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2000

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

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India, WB, Kolkata

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India, WB

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Changing of the lives of the marginalized community of the Kumirmari Island of Sundarban delta by adult learning opportunity to the illiterate adults with specific objectives of running of 16 learning centres to reach 400 adult illiterate learners

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

The organization started as pilot basis at Jharkhali island during the year 2013 and still it is running, the project has enriched demonstration experiences as regards to running of adult literacy programme and seen remarkable changes of the lives of the beneficiaries in terms of women and girls empowerment, enhanced their literacy skills, able to read and write, capable to open bank account by herself, active participation in Self help groups, to get facilities from Govt. Schemes such Job Card, MNREGA scheme, income generation activities , little guide to their children’s education and opportunities to gain knowledge on various social and health issues . So this demonstration experiences we would like to expand the programme in another remote Island i.e at Kumirmari of Sundarban Delta.

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

The proposed area Kumirmari is one of the very remotest islands of Sundarban delta under Gossaba block of south 24 Paraganas district of West Bengal . According to census 2001 the total population of kumirmari is 16192, of which male is 8256 and female is 7936 and the sex ratio is 961 females per 1000 males which is higher than state ratio (947) and national ratio (940). The riverine rural communities of the project area are very poor, majorities are below poverty line and a significant population belongs to SC/ST community. 90 % of the populations are dependent on agriculture and fishing. The area has no electricity, not availability of the health care services, Lack of safe drinking water supply and Sanitation facilities in the family. Frequent breaching of embankments, recurrent floods and cyclones hinders the normal way of living and the economy of the people. Despite the Govt. efforts on literacy and education, the total literacy rate in Gosaba block is 68.93%, male and female literacy is 80.74 % and 56.60 % respectively that implies lower than national and state average and the gender gap is 24.64.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

The project solution is to changes of the lives of the community by promoting adult literacy skills by operating of 16 adult learning centers in our present School infrastructure during afternoon to cover 400 adult learners (25 Individuals x 16 Centres) during one year project duration

What awards or honors has the project received?

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

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

In Jharkhali, the project has great impact to changes of the lives of the community, about 90% of the learners out of 150 learners are now able to read, write and capable of doing simple mathematics through this programme. This skill is also practiced in their daily life such as opening bank account, to get facilities from the MNREGA Scheme, utility in the ration shop, income generation activities etc. By the project, the community has gained knowledge on various social and health issues. The project also given an employment opportunity to local community resources. The present project will benefit for 400 learners at Kumirmari delta to changes their lives by improving their literacy skills and practice this skills in their daily life. However, the impact of the project will be monitored by the Impact Evaluation Study after completion of project period i.e. after one year.

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

At this moment of the project strategy is to spread the programme at different islands of Sundarban delta

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

Since the Organization has enriched demonstration experiences as regards to running of adult literacy programme and seen remarkable changes of the lives of the beneficiaries at the present location and is also capable to expand the services at other islands of Sundarban to change the lives of the community. As regards to Sustainability point of view the organization will strengthen the capacity of the facilitators through training to run the programme and continuity .Since the organization is running Children’s education programme during morning hours so we can utilize our school infrastructure during afternoon that will reduce the programmatic cost. The local resources are available to involve them with minimum honorarium. The Organization would also influence the Corporate /Private Sectors / donors to raise fund for the programme support and Continuation of the programme.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Foundations, Regional government, National government.

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

The community and Project staff of the organization addressed the problem while working in the present location especially women and girls those lost the opportunity to learn in their child hood and now crossed the age for formal education, they are willing to learn basic literacy for changes their lives in future

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?

We have Professional team with good qualification and expertise in community development works in focus areas of education, health, women empowerment and child development issues. We have 90 full time staff and 50 Part time Staff and more than 10 professional Staff including programme Manager, Education coordinator, Project formulation, Technical Staff, Accounts chief and others designated staff those are working as full time. The organization having 7 board members. The programme Manager, Project formulator and Education Coordinator will be involved for the present project grows to achieve the project deliverables.

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Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

The community people who are illiterates belonging the age groups 15+ to 45 years are the beneficiaries of the present project. The local community resources who are qualified but there is no –employment opportunities in the area, they will be engaged as facilitators for the programme and will be economically benefited

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

The Prize money will be utilized for the programme expanding at Kumirmari of Sundarban delta, the prize money will also support financially to implement the project for the benefit of the community to changes their lives

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

As earlier told that we are running adult literacy programme at Jharkhali , having experiences to run the project with great impact of the community .we ensure that this project experiences would succeed to the present project to achieve the objectives of the project .

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k'angi

K’angi means “Green” in otomí language, it is a project focused in the pillars of sustainability: people, profit and planet. We are developing the project in a community named “San José el Alto” creating furniture using scrap tires, and putting into practice the craft knowledge of the community.

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Diseño Verde / Green Design

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

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2013

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Hybrid

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Mexico, QUE, Queretaro

Country where this project is creating social impact

Mexico, QUE, Queretaro

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K’angi means “Green” in otomí language, it is a project focused in the pillars of sustainability: people, profit and planet. We are developing the project in a community named “San José el Alto” creating furniture using scrap tires, and putting into practice the craft knowledge of the community.

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

What if one day we find us closing a business with a new entrepreneur, a person who created couches and tables 100% green through his/her craft skills

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

-Poverty in communities near Queretaro city
-Scrap tires, which means an environmental problem

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

The project is divided in three steps:
•The creation of furniture using tires, basically, we use the garbage that is thrown in nearly in that zone, with the end to take it and transform into furniture.
•The creation of paint with coffee and nopal (Cactus)
•To sell a full green design service
By this, K’angi is looking for the benefit of the people of lower input of money that don’t have a standard job in which they can reach a profit from their own work.

What awards or honors has the project received?

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

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

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

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

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, NGOs, Businesses, Regional government, Customers.

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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Waste and Packaging, Sustainable Sourcing, Opportunities for Women, Inclusive Business.

Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

In the next two years, we intend to replicate the project in other communities outside and within Mexico. Currently efforts are underway to replicate the project in the state of Veracruz, in another community in Querétaro and Guatemala.

Financial support would be aimed at reducing the cost of production of furniture made ​​by communities, and would take care to make a work of digital and traditional marketing and promotion.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

Unilever Leadership Development Summit Award 2012 - SIFE/Enactus Mexico national champion.

AMANC natura - A sustainable project for AMANC (Mexican partnership to help children with cancer) in Querétaro, México.

G20 Young Entrepreneurs' Alliance Summit 2014 participation in Sydney.

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Weaving happiness

Let's for once think about promoting our local craft. Let's give chance to the underprivileged, to live and work with full zest without any work pressure and bad circumstances. Let's just think about those artisan ladies who work day and night for their living and get minimal wages.

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Time to think where your clothes actually comes from and who makes them

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2014

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For‐profit

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Pakistan, S, karachi

Country where this project is creating social impact

Pakistan, S, karachi

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

Let's for once think about promoting our local craft. Let's give chance to the underprivileged, to live and work with full zest without any work pressure and bad circumstances. Let's just think about those artisan ladies who work day and night for their living and get minimal wages.

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

the Artisans are given the most value than the designers themselves

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Nothing can beat natural talent and skills of artisans and the work of home bound women of Pakistan is a testament to that. 80% artisans from lyari (an underpreviliged area of karachi), work day and night but fail to get their reward in terms of money and acknowledgement. Rich in tradition , with time these products have not been kept a breast with modern market demands thus resulting in poor quality , finish and designs.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

We have taken initiative to revitalize these products that are in sync with the prevalent Urban markets.Key consideration is the design development and that every product retains its original heritage while being a functional product for a modern clintele.We intend to keep the tradition alive by the help of master craftswomen of Lyari. The project is 6 month long in which 50 artisans would be trained by the designers (us) and produce designs to meet with modern market demands.Crafts that they are going to work on are Applique work, Hand Embroidry,Block Printing, Knitting and Natural Dyes.First two months will be their training along with hands on projects. For the next few months they will be making products that will be kept in craft shop

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In an hour, the alarm will ring. Saiba will wake up and make breakfast. .She will think about the times when she had to think twice before buying any item from the bazaar because family had very little money. she will wake her daughter, Warda. Warda has started going to school again, now that Saiba is able to pay her school fee. Warda had to drop out because family had financial issues and had to stay home.Saiba used to do her embroidery projects and get very minimum wage on daily basis. Now that she has started Working with the designers has changed her life and as a charitable deed, she is teaching embroidery skills to young girls. Now and then, she visits crafts shop where her designs are displayed, looking at them makes her feel happy.

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

This would be a good way for women who otherwise face many barriers to showcase their capabilities. If we are targeting 50 artisans at a time than by the years the come to quantity is going to multiply many times as they will teach these skills in their community and hundreds of families will be impacted in one way or the other. This would be great opportunity as Socio- Economically Empowerment of women. Through this project Skill enhancement training will be provided to each and every artisan to develop their sense of designing and what is the requirement of current market

Not only that, such projects will provide who do not know the value of their work with a rare opportunity for self appreciation. and These Artisan needs to understand the worth , value and capabilities if they are to be empowered

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

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

Once the budget is utilized to get the required tools for making crafts than the artisans can make lots of products out of that. This budget will also be utilized in buying a craft shop for these artisans where their items will be displayed. These artisans will get their labour and also the average profit of those products that they have made.So that once we don't have any budget they can further utilize that profit in buying other necessities.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Customers.

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

One of the very famous organisation that is been running here under the ministry of governemnt is AHAN. They have been doing the similar project but their artisans are spread all over pakistan. Since this area (Lyari) where I am going to target is a huge residential area where people are underprovilged and education is very rare. I think such kind of projects must be introduced in areas like this which can have a great impact overall. We can collaborate with Ahan for further discussions and internal projects together since they have been in this field for past many years.

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

We have seen similar projects done by several organisations here in Pakistan where I have done internship in Product development. They have been successfully running this program in interior parts and rural areas. Where the city underpreviliged areas are untouched and considered as poor economically and socially. So we are just targeting this area of our capital city Karachi. We have seen this project run by others throughout Pakistan. I am 100% sure this can work in this area as well if we don't give up and keep on our spirits high to work for Artisan women and their communities.

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?

Naila and I have been working from past 9 years in an Organisation where we have initiated lots of community service projects. I have done bachelors in Textile designingaAnd my aim was not to just study art but somehow connect these two fields together and bring something unique that can benefit others.That's how I was thinking to train these artisan ladies so that they develop their communities and empower their skills according to market demand

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Sustainable Sourcing, Fairness in the Workplace, Opportunities for Women.

Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

We are thinking to open a craft shop for whoever wants to come and visit the shop and buy local craft accessories and clothes. There is no targeted audience or perticular age group whom we are focusing. It's open to all buyers and visitors.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

First of all in two years I can see hundreds of families being impacted from this project directly and indirectly. We are going to choose around 50 ladies from different communities of Lyari. The profit we get out of the products is going to be given to them along with their labour so that they can continue teaching their learnt skills to their family members and community people. So this project can grow in number from years to come. They will be improving their handicraft skills and will be passing on their experiences and learnings to their neighbours and relatives. If we can buy a shop to raise awareness regarding promoting local craft, than that would be just perfect to sell our items made by the artisan ladies.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

We,as a team have done hundreds of community service projects both in U.S and in Pakistan.I ran YouthCan project for around 3 years and have done 15 to 17 projects to bring positive change in our environment related to recycling and plantation. Last year I did internship in an org which is run by Govt of Pakistan. Their concept was mesmerizing and this is how I wanted to do similar project for the ladies in karachi's area who are underpreviliged

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Lobo Roomie Magazine - Ecological information

We must satisfy the needs of students and tenants offering their services near the university. Communication between suppliers and demandants should be strategic and sustainable with low-impact advertising through a Special Magazine and Web site with complete information about the services.

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Less advertising flyers and paper contamination during periods of enrollment

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2014

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Mexico, PUE, Puebla

Country where this project is creating social impact

Mexico, PUE, Puebla

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

We must satisfy the needs of students and tenants offering their services near the university. Communication between suppliers and demandants should be strategic and sustainable with low-impact advertising through a Special Magazine and Web site with complete information about the services.

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

What if finding a home for students were as easy as using a booking site?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Every year, we see thousands of college applicants around the country realize the opportunity they have to study in one of the best universities in Mexico, the BUAP. Upon completion of the admission process, the new foreign students are impacted by dozens of flyers with information on places to live during their stay at the university. Many flyers end up on the floor instead, increasing pollution.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Communication between suppliers and demandants should be strategic and sustainable with low-impact advertising.
Magazine and Web site with the Need for a broadcast medium (physical and digital) with complete information on services, location and price of housing near their institution but with less impact on the environment / less use of paper.
The solution is to create a magazine with full information on student housing options in the area. Services, location and price, wearing this information via Web (such as a booking site). The magazine will be delivered through strategic points of our market (inscription place). the information updated will be every 6 months. scoring, statistical records and consumer quality will be presented.

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

This year John was accepted into BUAP university, he doesn't have family in town and needs a place to live during his career. He has received many flyers but doesn't have the time to review the choices. During his wait for his university documentation, he received the Lobo Roomie magazine, which contains all the housing options near the university (address, price and services). with this information, he's able to go online and visit the magazine's website where he can check out the location, view images and other characteristics for each housing option. Now John can schedule some appointment to visit the options that convinced him the most and previous renters rated as the best options, all at the side. Also we reduce the pollution by paper

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

Using independent flyers as away of advertising has caused unnecessary expenses for tenants, and also causes an increase in daily pollution.
Most rooms do not cover the necessary information, therefore students are not satisfied.
It takes a student from 2 to 3 days to find a suitable option that fits their needs, expendited by transportation and time.
Suppliers spent cost in manufacture and distribution of flyers.
With the creation of a magazine. We will be removed over 50% of pollution from advertising flyers.
The magazine will be created Alliances and a system of fair competition between suppliers.
With the presence in Website data of each service will be updated and will be present for future residents.
It will increase the quality of services through the publication of scores rooms and houses.
Students will have access to analyze the information in a comfortable way.

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

Puebla is known for being an educational cluster with aproximately 360 institutions.
The market for foreign college students increases each year. the last year it was estimated that 20% of the 15,000 students that were accepted were foreign.
The dissemination and publicity generated flyers fail to communicate all of the services.
Our job is to fulfill the needs of higher education students who require a place to live during their college classes, maximizing the supply of services and creating a record of the best places to enhance the college experience of future students in the city.

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

To maintain a magazine with complete information of the bidders in the area about 6000 dlls (200 bidders, 5000 copies per magazine, via web presence., Specialized design image) is required.
we decrease the presence of garbage advertising during these periods and provide full information on the supply of housing in the area.
We can assure a cluster of housing services for college students thanks to the proximity between suppliers and university.

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?

Every time people build more rooms for students but continue to use mass advertising.
Other bidders resort to publish their information on the Internet.
But the truth is, that there isn´t an advertising strategy focused on satisfying the needs of the real market is increasing every year with the opportunities that the university offers.
Many students don´t know any place in the city and need a special service that connect them with the suppliers and their 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.

Every year, I see how the streets near the university was filled with junk advertising, on the way home after school and during times of admission I see many young faces eager and scared to choose a profession. In the process they should consider being part of a population that needs housing and transportation services necessary to survive college life. Offerors have not found a way to advertise their services in a sustainable way: reduce paper use.
we need to reduce environmental pollution. making more effective advertising strategies with sustainable practices.
At the same time, we can help meet the housing needs of the new students with complete information on the services offered in the vicinity and detonate the local economy.

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 team is comprised of graduates students and former students of the BUAP with professional profiles in Tourism, Graphic Design, political science and industrial engineering. Capabilities to visualize each project in terms of efficiency, economic forecast, economic development, convenience of tourists and residents running, supply and demand needs, expectations of the product (magazine / website).

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Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

First with the local community the impact of pollution is very important.
Second, the new students require complete information through strategic media as a magazine and a website with social networking presence.
Third, media service providers require assertive and full disclosure that convey necessary information and allow them to position themselves in the market at an appropriate cost.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

The supplier participation is very important in the idea, have the support and approval of an award like this enables our customers to give credibility to the idea and the project. Our actions will be supported and the development of the local economy will be seen from a positive perspective, where fair competition, clarity of information and credibility will the product / service in addition to sustainable, benefit to the community.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

This my first idea for a personal project, I have all my energies on it. :)

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Promoting Community Ranch

To fight against conflicts due to animals rambling, under exploitation of land, desertification and diseases, NGO HABED has initiated a project to promote Community Ranches. All identified cattle are introduced by the owners in the fence under control of the breeding committee and the chief ranch.

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LINCOLN EDUCATION SERVICES

Lincoln Education Services offers vocational training to disadvantaged youth and women who lack opportunities for training and employment.
We have a career incubation center that provides internships and career placements to our graduands.
We also help incubate their entrepreneurship ventures

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Vocational Training and Career incubation

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

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2012

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Kenya, NAIROBI

Country where this project is creating social impact

Kenya, MOMBASA AND NAIROBI

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

Lincoln Education Services offers vocational training to disadvantaged youth and women who lack opportunities for training and employment.
We have a career incubation center that provides internships and career placements to our graduands.
We also help incubate their entrepreneurship ventures

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

Everyone with an opportunity helped elevate the disadvantaged in society?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Youth unemployment is threatening to deny Kenya the benefits of its demographic dividend and the prosperity and creativity that young people offer. It is also a sure route to marginalization, disaffection, crime and instability.
The problem is bigger in other parts of the country as compared to others.In Mombasa,the rate of youth unemployment is at 44%, which is more than double the national average of 21% and the city's economy is poor.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Quality of vocational training is a big driver of job creation.Training should not only impart the skills, but also ensure the skills are applicable after the course. Quality Vocational curriculum should include a life skills and entrepreneurship module and IT literacy, to give students a competitive advantage both in the job sector and in private ventures and prepare students for the real business environment.
There should exist strong industry partnerships to support disadvantaged students through job provision and entrepreneurship support.Support for youth initiatives from the government and other stakeholders is very vital in eradicating this unemployment epidemic that is now prevalent in not only Kenya,but Africa at large.

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

1.We offer vocational training.Our Curriculum includes other industry important modules like entrepreneurship,and Lifeskills.
2.We have formed partnerships with companies for employment placement of our graduates.
3.We offer our tailoring students internship,and get orders from uniform distributors and schools to make uniforms.These orders are carried out by our interns for income,and also gets them employed by clients who like their work.
4.We have partnered with Youth Enterprise Development Fund,which funds our students entrepreneurship ventures at incubation stage
5.We forward our youth to the above fund for employment abroad,under their youth employment scheme abroad
6.Our career Incubation center takes interns from other colleges

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

1.We have so far trained a total of 280 students since we started.
2.Our Career Center currently has 22 students,and has successfully placed 46 others in employment and entrepreneurship
3.We have assisted project incubation of 12 students with the help of youth fund
4.We currently have a total of 58 students,most of who are undertaking trailoring courses.
5.We have 3 schools and 4 uniform distributors that we are supplying with uniforms
6.We have offered internship to 8 students under the Kenya youth empowerment program,a government initiative
7.We are hoping to expand our career center to cater for at least 200 interns at any given time.
8.We are in the process of negotiating with the export processing zones to offer employment to our graduates
9.We are looking at opening one training center in vihiga,and a big one in,Nairobi which will accommodate 200 students,if we get funds

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

1.We are targeting government youth training programs, and have already applied and been pre-qualified by 3 county government,including Machakos, Kilifi and Kwale County.
2.We are looking at opening one training center in vihiga,and a big one in,Nairobi which will accommodate 200 students,if we get funding.
3.We are sourcing for Partnerships with stake holders e.g. the world bank through the Kenya Youth Empowerment Programme
4.We are also targeting approval as a county training centre by the National Industrial Training Authority, for students from the smaller colleges.

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

1.Through small payments by students
2.Through Registration fees at the career center by external students.
3.Through orders from clients to makes uniforms and other clothing.
4.Consultancy fees paid from other bodies e.g government on vocational training.
5.Examination fees paid by students from other colleges to sit for our exams,
6.Examination fees paid by students to use our center for the national exams

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals.

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

Government polytechnics offer vocational courses,But in Mombasa there is only one which can only handle a limited capacity,and is not easily accessible by students from remote parts.
There are also people who run tailoring and carpentry shops,who offer practical training.They do not have a structured curriculum like what we do,neither do they offer career support to students on course completion.Most of them are also located in the slightly better off locations economically and not remote areas.We have a curriculum consultant,who is widely experienced and has a masters in curriculum

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

The business was started in 2006 as a computer training college in Mombasa, under the name “Kenya Institute of Computer Studies”. In 2012 we started the vocational training center, and merged the two. Our success as a computer training school has been very key in leveraging our IT expertise to add value to our student courses.
The decision to form a vocational center was informed by the observation of rampant unemployment in the area,and lack of a developed job market.We wanted to offer a course that would get our students employed,and the computer college was no longer doing that.
We therefore decided to start a vocational college,whose skills could also be applied in private entrepreneurship in case of lack of jobs.

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?

Mrs. Sophy Mwale-Director
Qualifications:MBA-business and Leadership,BCOM Marketing.
Mss.Diana Atonya-Branch Manager(Full Time)
Qualifications:Diploma in Business Administration
Mr. Robert Rabasa-Curriculum consultant(Part-time)
Qualification:Masters in Curriculum Development
Linet Riziki-Lead Trainer;Tailoring(Full Time)
Qualification:Government trade test Grade III
Mr. Patrick Mrenje-Lead Trainer;IT literacy(Full time)
Bachelor of IT

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Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

Our customers are mainly youth and women who are unemployed.We engage them in different models,either Business to customer,where they directly pay for our services,or through stakeholder agencies e.g the governments and county governments to help the needy ones.Some of them are also able to pay through the internship programme,where we source for work for them from clients who in turn pay them for work done

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

We would open two other branches in Nairobi and Vihiga to access other markets.We would also expand the career center to accommodate more students and interns.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

1.We have done finisher training for 8 students from the Kenya youth empowerment programme,which is an initiative of the world bank together with the Kenyan government.
2.We also incubated a chicken rearing programme for a group of youth in Joska,Machakos county.
3.We are also currently in the early stages of opening an early childhood development centre in Siaya county

Are you are eligible to attend the Accelerator event in Cambridge and subsequent events in London, UK in January, 2015?

yes

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yes

Are you are a current Unilever employee?

no

ADULT LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES AT KUMIRMARI ISLAND

Changing of the lives of the marginalized community of the Kumirmari Island of Sundarban delta by adult learning opportunity to the illiterate adults with specific objectives of running of 16 learning centres to reach 400 adult illiterate learners

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MakeSense

MakeSense is a global community of thousands of individuals and groups who share a common passion for social change. We support social entrepreneurs connecting them with individuals ready to solve their challenges, through a web application and creative workshops.

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Hoballah

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Year founded

2010

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Hybrid

Organization Country

France, Paris

Country where this project is creating social impact

France, International

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

MakeSense is a global community of thousands of individuals and groups who share a common passion for social change. We support social entrepreneurs connecting them with individuals ready to solve their challenges, through a web application and creative workshops.

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

people work together to support or set up concrete projects tacking social and environmental issues

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

How to best utilize the skills of individuals having the desire to be actors of change in order to overcome the obstacles for the development of social entrepreneur projects? How can we effectively mobilize these skilled individuals? How can we support social entrepreneurs in their journey using peoples'goodwill?

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Our solution is to create a community which will accelerate the impact of social entrepreneur projects empowering individuals in building and spreading collaborative tools to solve their real challenges.
At a larger scale, MakeSense creates rapidly a sustainable ecosystem around social entrepreneurs : detecting very early stage social entrepreneurs ; connecting social entrepreneurs with existing & trustworthy resources thanks to the community ; helping social entrepreneurs to understand and assess better the market potential of their concept ; accelerating innovation enabling them to prototype their ideas.

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

The members of the community organise challenge solving events, called hold-up.
A Hold-up is a creativity workshop organised to find innovative ideas to solve a particular challenge faced by a Social Entrepreneur. It is a 2-hour event gathering around 15 people from diverse backgrounds. The outcomes of the workshop are 100 ideas and 4-5 concepts solving the challenge, presented as video-prototypes (short drawing based videos explaining the solution) created by the participants.
These workshops bring many benefits :
- Challenges resolution for the social entrepreneurs
- Awareness about social business for the participants
- Skills improvement for the organisers
And personal fulfillment and inspiration in general

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

So far, 15,000 people in the world have helped 520 social entrepreneurs
during 700 challenge-solving events in 100 cities on the 5 continents.

Entrepreneurs we helped said :
91% “The challenge-solving event organized by MakeSense helped me solve my challenge.»
51% “I have implemented one of the ideas from the workshop.”
The members have learnt and developed key 21st century skills :
community management, problem solving, collaboration

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

In early 2014, 15,000 people were mobilised to solve social entrepreneurs'challenges, we aim to mobilise 300,000 in 2018.
In order to reach this goal, we focus on 3 main pillars :
- the game : deliver efficient and scalable tools (web, mobile and manuals)
- the world : strenghten the model in Europe and continue the international expansion.
- the model : boost the businesses "powered by MakeSense" in order to receive a secure revenue from them.
In 10 years, we expect to have full-time community manager in different part of the world.

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

MakeSense is built on a hybrid economic model around its asset base and a developing system of licenses to spread even wider.
3 companies are labelled "powered by MakeSense" and give a part of their revenues to MakeSense. MakeSense also raises money from foundations.
To reach our objective in 2018 - mobilisation of 300,000 people - we have already secured half of the budget thanks to these 2 sources of revenues.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Foundations, Businesses, Other.

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

The concept of connecting people already exists but MakeSense does not just connect people, it empowers them through participation and organisation of useful challenge solving events that directly help social entrepreneurs within their community.
MakeSense goes beyond the connection service by building united and collaborative communities formed of social entrepreneurs and enthusiasts who inspire and help each other respectively. It is a two way benefit engagement that does not exist in other services, which is brought to methodology to crack challenges.

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.

In 2010, Christian Vanizette embarked on an adventure in Asia to meet first-hand social entrepreneurs on the field and find out the specific challenges they face while developing their projects. He creates a blog and uses social media tools extensively to reach out to people across Asia. Thanks to this, they have got to discover and meet at least hundred social entrepreneurs in India, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, China and Japan. This adventure has garnered a lot of attention and enthusiasm among the followers of their social media channels and the number of people following their journey grew quickly. They eventually formed the MakeSense community.

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 team is formed of 2 co-founders and 2 community developers.
Christian, co-founder, created the community animation model based on challenge-solving. The other co-founder is Leila, in charge of the management of the team, product development planning, administration and finance. Chloé (paris) and Lorena (Mexico) are the two full time community developers. We expect to hire a product manager, a partnership manager and a developer.

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Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

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Will you require a visa to enter the UK?

Are you are a current Unilever employee?

Global Heroes

Every day people around the world die for a lack of timely medical care, although they may be surrounded by people who are in a position to help them. Our Heroes app will link people in need with others nearby who have the skills and/or resources to help. (e.g., CPR, inhaler, EpiPen).

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Itsy Bitsy

Itsy Bitsy helps increase recycling by rewarding households for the amount that they recycle. Our users put recyclable material into our bags and give it to us to earn points. These points can be redeemed for deals being offered. All users progress/deals are managed through a smartphone app.

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Genteng Healthy Market

Genteng Healthy Market is an economic-social initiative launched by young generation within the management of Setia Bhakti Foundation. This market development stems from motivation to look for the most effective solution in poverty alleviation with the provision of broader enterpreneurship.

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Brduch Kingdom

Creating home-made food by women over 50, with organic grown products of small farmers, wrapped in traditional way we ensure that our clients get the best possible food, both health and taste wise, while improving the livelihood of vulnerable societal groups and contributing to the cultural values.

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Housewives cooperating with small farmers to create home-made traditional food

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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

Armenia, Yerevan

Country where this project is creating social impact

Armenia

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

Creating home-made food by women over 50, with organic grown products of small farmers, wrapped in traditional way we ensure that our clients get the best possible food, both health and taste wise, while improving the livelihood of vulnerable societal groups and contributing to the cultural values.

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

housewives and small farmers could be inspired to make their and clients lives healthier, tastier and better?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

The fall of Soviet Union brought numerous problems for the generation caught between two systems. Two vulnerable groups appeared in Armenia: educated women who became housewives and are still far from pension age; and villagers used to work in collective farms lacking the skills to proceed on their own. Additionally, while traditions started to be reappear, the benefits of local cuisine are not yet fully appreciated.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

The business model is to provide with opportunities for both groups to come together and sustain themselves financially, doing what they are good at while having the opportunity to promote good quality traditional organic grown food as well as creating an extra value of cultural background. As the target market of local population is still relatively small, the primary market is travelers. That gives the guests of the country the opportunity to try actual home-made food, which seldom have the chance to sample in the majority of cases, usually going to restaurants or buying products from supermarkets. Our business is cooperating with travel agencies to provides lunches for travelers on the road, with excellent so far reviews.

What awards or honors has the project received?

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

We hired 2 women over 50 allowing them to do something they are really good at without having to abandon other responsibilities, We are also cooperating with 2 families from villages by buying products from them: one for the fruits/vegetables, the other - meat products as well also trying to provide training in organic growing practices, .we are striving to eliminate plastic packaging which is used in Armenia in the majority of cases. Paper packaging especially recycled is hard to find and needs to be custom ordered usually at great expense which accounts for the low penetration rate of 'Eco-packaging'.

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

4 families are already benefiting from this enterprise. and by now around 400 people had the opportunity to enjoy healthy home-made organic grown food.

The relatively new packaging is greatly appreciated by European travelers, as they are used to environmentally friendly items and create the ideas to follow to other local enterprises. Reducing the use of plastic.

The other important factor: travelers are starting to appreciate the traditional way of eating in the country, which brings them to start telling to locals about it. Consequently, locals start being proud of their own traditions and try to preserve them. Staying at home to continue doing something they are good at helps to reduce migrations: from village to urban area, from the country to other destinations.

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

Impacts are planned in 3 directions:
1. To involve as much possible women all over the urban areas into cooking their favorite dishes, which will provide sustainable employment and income for the households
2. Micro-firming development in Armenia, if we would be able to involve and provide training. As villagers do not using pesticides yet, but the tendency is going there, we would be able to stop that development and try to stay as a country on organic food produce.
3. Reducing the plastic waste by introducing environmentally acceptable packaging

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

As it is a for profit business, it aims to be sustaining itself . However, to expand coverage and involvement, it is planned to get grants and private contributions on board in the coming 3 years.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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

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

There are travel agencies promoting the village tourism or providing lunches in the houses of villagers. In the capital, Yerevan, there are several cafes, which are positioning themselves having organic food and being generally eco-friendly. However, there are no projects targeting the urban women over 50 to be involved in the process as well no competition in the market of picnics/bus lunches with home-made food.

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.

When work takes up most of your time, it's your diet that most often suffers, you start to rely on fast food, forgetting the value of a well cooked home meal,this by no means infrequent conversation among family is what brought one evening the realization for the need of an alternative to fast food in Armenia, the home-made food, made by parents, who have years of experience, care about the quality of products, often bought from small farmers and wrapped in traditional Armenian way and packaged in paper to reduce the environmental foot-print.

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?

Marina Saryan is the organizer and trainer, and works on a volunteer basis. She has large experience in project management, and has a strong background in tourism and sustainable community development.

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Improving Nutrition, Waste and Packaging, Opportunities for Women, Inclusive Business, Smallholder Farmers.

Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

Target audience splits in several categories, we are successfully co-operating with local businesses to provide traditional, organic grown, food to travelers allowing them to appreciate something different from the classic restaurant experience, response has been overwhelmingly positive and helped us expand till now on word of mouth alone.
We are providing to local population who are aware of the benefits of traditional diet a healthier alternative to fast food and provide information to raise awareness.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

Both prize and publicity would accelerate the growth of our project by bringing additional awareness to the general public on the benefits of local organic food, as well as allowing us to provide incentives and training to small hold farmers to continue on organic produce, pursue certification as organic food provider, as well as to bring on board more stakeholders as our market share grows

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

Are you are eligible to attend the Accelerator event in Cambridge and subsequent events in London, UK in January, 2015?

yes

Will you require a visa to enter the UK?

yes

Are you are a current Unilever employee?

no

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Paris
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48° 51' 1.7136" N, 2° 21' 58.5108" E

MakeSense is a global community of thousands of individuals and groups who share a common passion for social change and engage with the goal of solving specific challenges for social entrepreneurs.

Shabaash Agri Tech Ltd

Shabaash Agri Tech Ltd currently owns 250 acres of land near the Mikumi National Park in Tanzania. We currently grow sunflower, soybean, and various vegetables and plan to expand very rapidly and diversify our products. We hire locals exclusively, and assist farmers in filling staple good deficits.

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Texas Technical University

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Sustainable Commercial Commodity Production

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Year founded

2014

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For‐profit

Organization Country

Tanzania, Mikumi

Country where this project is creating social impact

Tanzania, Mikumi

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

Shabaash Agri Tech Ltd currently owns 250 acres of land near the Mikumi National Park in Tanzania. We currently grow sunflower, soybean, and various vegetables and plan to expand very rapidly and diversify our products. We hire locals exclusively, and assist farmers in filling staple good deficits.

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

What if old fashioned venture capitalism addressed malnutrition better than NGOs and inept intergovernmental agencies?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

There is a great production deficit for staple agricultural goods throughout Tanzania. As a consequence cheaper goods are imported resulting in domestic rural unemployment and dependence on subsistence agriculture as well as higher prices for the consumer. Farmers lack capital, viable means of irrigation, and market access to adequately fill said deficits or participate in larger scale commodity production without being exploited.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

The intervention of capital holding investors is necessary in irrigating and commercializing Tanzania's vast unused arable land to adequately provide for domestic consumers. By providing capital and employing only locals various methods of redistribution can further be taken. For instance land can be provided to laborers and community members as incentives for productive harvests in order to join said investors as out-growers. This could potentially employ thousands of small scale farmers and provide market access. Further assistance in terms of training, bulk buying of inputs, micro-credit, venture capitalism, or provision of livestock could transform entire villages and target profitable agricultural sectors of varying regions.

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

As soon as we purchased our land and began production, we hired 110 local subsistence farmers whom we consider friends and who had no previous source of income before our arrival. We pay a wage higher than any nearby company and pay on time unlike the rest as well. In the area agricultural production is limited to low yields and being rain fed. After work is done on the field we listen to the ideas of our laborers in order to start their own businesses or more likely to join us. We have assisted in providing farmers means to irrigate small gardens for now and intend to provide groundwater irrigation and dramatically expand local farmer lands and assist them in large scale commercial production in the near future.

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

The average farmer has roughly 2 hectares of land in the villages where we operate and grows for subsistence. By employing said farmers and growing a product consumed domestically we aid in regional agricultural development. By establishing a production base of particular commodities we also provide farmers unprecedented access to our commodity markets. Through assisting farmers by the provision of land, discounts on inputs, and providing training we give livelihood opportunities and spur agrarian development. Continual reinvestment of our profits targets other unexploited, profitable economic sectors as well as community development in the forms of schools and clinics. By investing in the economic potential of economically neglected subsistence farmers we transform unused local talent and lands through wealth redistribution and also realize a viable profit as well.

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

Within 5 years we expect to employ more than 1,000 people and own over 2,000 acres of land in the region of Morogoro and diversify into over a dozen staple products ranging from sunflower to beans to cabbage. Optimally, we would expect to have the majority of our laborers as out-growers with 10,000 acres of land for the purpose of viable commodity production of which at least half was granted by our company and all of it irrigated freely by us. By also exploiting apiculture and sustainable forestry in the near future we can further expand and diversify our employment base and opportunities.

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

This is a profit making enterprise operating at over 300% profit margins.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals.

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

Tanzanian sunflower production as well as production in other staple goods such as beans, soybean, cassava, and sorghum is typically below 20% of production potential and is characterized by millions of farmers owning between 2 to 4 hectares of land. In the case of our primary commodity, there is no similar company or project as sunflower production is uncharacteristic of the region. There are no large scale socially conscious agricultural investors in any sector of commodity production in the region. Government initiatives addressing issues are rife with mismanagement and corruption.

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

While conducting environmental research for a British university in Morogoro, Tanzania I came to the conclusion that a more relevant issue other than deforestation was occurring in the region. Subsistence farmers who use only rain fed irrigation owned very little to no land and had continually low yields. After having conversations with groups of farmers, I was told there is a need for someone with capital who can provide access to inputs and expanding markets otherwise they risk exploitation from local processors. I ended up writing a business plan for a commodities production company with a socially conscious agenda that could transform the communities around us. After conversing with an old friend we bought land in Mikumi.

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?

I am currently in the process of receiving my PhD in Agricultural and Applied Economics from Texas Technical University in the USA and I am the CEO. The President of the company is Abhinandan Dhakal who is currently managing the land and labor and has a MSc in Environmental Economics and Management from the University of York in the UK. The managing director is Fadhili Njilima and has a MSc in Environmental Science from Sokoine University.

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Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

Our recipient groups are primarily the 110 laborers we currently employ. We expect to hire over 1,000 individuals within the next 5 years. Our presence also benefits local consumers as we lessen import dependency and lower prices of the major staple goods we produce. With expected profits we plan on investing into the renovation of orphanages and schools and the creation of a new curriculum as well as investing in farmer input assistance in joining our large scale commodity enterprise.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

Over the next two years the primary expense is the purchase of new land in order to cultivate an increasingly diverse array of staple crops starting with sunflower, soybeans, cabbage, and onions. The expense of irrigation is also of top priority as we will need to dig new boreholes for adequate pumping to new lands. Other relevant expenses include labor, agricultural inputs, and the provision of land and inputs to our local out growers.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

During my undergraduate degree I designed a budget proposal for water pond irrigation in the arid, hunger prone areas comprising of South Kitui in Eastern Kenya. I conducted interviews and surveys myself and presented said proposal to the Ministry of Water and Arid Lands. I also consulted with the provincial minister of the Volta Region in Ghana on the construction of apiculture processing facilities through an Italian soft loan.

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Will you require a visa to enter the UK?

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Are you are a current Unilever employee?

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Kapwa Travel

We are a resource hub and booking platform in support of meaningful and fun travel in Philippine coastal areas. We promote community-based ecotourism (CBET), a fair and fabulous form of tourism that directly benefits the local community, environment and economy!

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Kapwa Travel

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Promoting Community-Based Ecotourism to the Balikbayan Market

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

Year founded

2014

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Philippines, Quezon City

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Philippines

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

We are a resource hub and booking platform in support of meaningful and fun travel in Philippine coastal areas. We promote community-based ecotourism (CBET), a fair and fabulous form of tourism that directly benefits the local community, environment and economy!

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

What if tourism was a global and local convergence to catalyze sustainable development?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Tourism accounts for 1 out of every 12 jobs and 5% of global GDP (Towards Tourism 2030, UNWTO). Unfortunately much of the growth in tourism fails to include local communities. Philippine coastal areas suffer high inequality, home to both the 'poorest of the poor' fisherfolk and prized beach destinations. This reality of coastal poverty is compounded by decades of overfishing, habitat destruction and continuing resource conflicts.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Support community-based ecotourism (CBET) as a scalable model that puts fisherfolk associations at the helm in tourism. From overfishing to climate change, our coastal areas are facing a convergence of crises. But the good news is that there are solutions that have been quietly developing for decades. In particular, community-based coastal resource management (CBCRM) is an exciting form of community-led development that is already working! By supporting the practitioners of CBCRM through CBET, we are supporting sustainable resource management and community empowerment in our coastal areas.

Through a web platform (think: agoda.com meets solidaritynyc.org) and offline engagement we will inspire Filipino-Americans to choose CBET!

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

Masinloc, Zambales holds the distinction of being the first marine protected area in Luzon managed by a local fisherfolk community. For 10 years they have worked together to rehabilitate and manage their once-dynamited coral reefs. Through partnership with nature enthusiasts they have developed a way to finance their stewardship efforts by promoting their important coastal habitats as ecotourism destinations. In particular, Bluewater Consultancy has trained and capacitated community members in guided snorkeling, river touring, catering, accommodations and other facets of tourism.

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

In the context of mass tourism, which usually benefits outside investors who are wealthy enough to buy prime beachfront property, community-based ecotourism offers an alternative development model for over 1 million fisherfolk families nationwide struggling to make an income from a declining fisheries sector. In Masinloc, the income from tourism provides an alternative livelihood for fisherfolk families and sustains the crucial fish habitats (seagrass, mangroves and coral reefs) that make fisheries productivity possible. In addition, the ability to earn an income and pay local taxes as a business, empowers community members to begin to confront historic political marginalization. For example, during the last election,another tourism association in Aloguinsan, Cebu comprised of 50+ families invited local candidates to explain their platforms and stances on important issues.

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

Philippine tourism is growing, up 10% in 2013 to 4.7 million international arrivals. Capturing even 10% of the market (or 1 day of the average stay of 10 days) amounts to potential revenue of $440 million direct to community-based enterprises in far-flung areas. This is enough money to fully rehabilitate mangroves that protect coastal communities from storm surges, improve sanitation for 6 million families without toilets and create a real resilience fund for future disasters. Successful community-based enterprises will be able to challenge patronage politics common in coastal communities.

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

Marketing and booking are folded into the cost of the tourism experience. For example, a tour in Aloguinsan costs Php1000/ person of which 2% revenue generated (Php20) goes to marketing. Given our target market for year one, this amounts to Php 1,952,117. Affiliate marketing (esp. cross-border payments) contribute another $83,940 for year 1. The funding for new sites will come from a combination of revenue, and impact investment.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, NGOs.

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

Our target tourism market is an independent traveler segment- initially Filipino and Filipino-American. While there are a number of responsible tour operators (Route +63, Travel Tales), the majority of tourism purchases still happen through booking platforms such as Tripadvisor. Currently, these platforms do not offer community-based and ecotourism experiences. Initially we plan to frame and market our destinations through a social media and a booking platform for US-based travelers. Our high value, low volume philosophy encourages scaling through model replication not tourist inundation.

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.

Kapwa Travel emerged out of TIGRA's 1-year research to understand the links between ‘balikbayans’ (Filipinos abroad) and responsible tourism. Then, in April 2014, we forged an agreement with Tambuyog Development Center to work together in Bantayan Island on Community-Based Integrated Coastal Resource Management. At the same time, we have been discussing CBET with Bluewater Consultancy, and defining our market profile, particularly through a pilot 'Resilience Tour' with 10 Filipino-Americans in June. Now, we see the urgent need and opportunity to promote CBET and CBCRM through active diaspora engagement. The DENR project with 22 CBET initiatives and still no marketing strategy, is a major opportunity as these areas are ready to sell!

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?

Melissa Gibson, Director of TIGRA Ph (FT-Sales and Marketing); Erin Sinogba of TIGRA Ph (FT-Communications); Alfred Dicioco of Kaya Collaborative- Fil-Am college network and TIGRA Ph intern (Comm); Taks Barbin, cultural worker and TIGRA vol (Sales); Leo Esclamado of TIGRA-US (Comm); Chen Mencias of Bluewater Consultancy (Advisor); Dinna Umengan of Tambuyog Development Center (Advisor); Engr. Eric Raymundo, environmental practitioner (Advisor)

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Inclusive Business.

Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

Our target market are young Fil-Ams (18-40) and first-generation Filipino-Americans (40-65). The young Fil-Am is interested in cultural appreciation and Filipino identity as a core aspect of their travel in the Philippines and are open to new experiences, even adventure. The older immigrant Fil-Am is nostalgic for Filipino cultural, heritage and nature experiences. We plan a social media presence for youth as well as tapping into hometown assoc and church orgs using presentations and print.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

Our initiative is primarily about good communication and effective customer-community feedback. For years, coastal communities have been stewards of their environment through the grassroots organizing work of CBCRM. But they have few reinforcements and many active challengers. We believe that a communications strategy focused on meaningful and fun travel can change this. We will use the prize money and publicity to amplify the call for 1 day of CBET on your next vacation! If we can succeed in changing behavior of 20% of the Fil-Am market (representing $13.4 milion/yr), it will change the game, empowering coastal residents to transform mass tourism by ex. negotiating w the accommodations sector for supply-chain and sustainability shifts.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

In 2011, I helped found TIGRA's Manila office and have steered it into an organization. One of our first projects was making intro videos. While a colleague waited for a prod company to do it pro-bono, I drafted a script and circulated it by email. Then armed with feedback I approached some freelance friends about taking on the project. They agreed and we ended up making 3 short videos under budget and creatively filmed in a single location.

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Ankara Tiftiği / The Sof Cloth of Ankara

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The Sof Cloth of Ankara must be an asset for Ankara Again!

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Year founded

2014

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For‐profit

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Turkey, ANK, Çankaya

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Turkey, ANK, Çankaya

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

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

What awards or honors has the project received?

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

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

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

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

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

The visitors of Ankara Castle are the customer to our social enterprise.
This castle has been gaining reputation especially in the last years and the inhabitants are poor and sell cheap and nondurable souvenirs to the visitors. The sof cloth was once upon a time was very famous but now it has lost its value and you have to go S. Africa to buy Sof Cloth. We revitalize the reputation of Sof Cloth again in Ankara.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

We found an association on Sof Cloth and raise awareness on the importance of rural development. We set up an website, soical media accounts. We also educate women in the castle suburban inhabitants to produce Sof Cloth. Also, we want to replace cheap local souvenirs with sof cloth souvenirs in the local sellers.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

I, Bayram, had worked for TEGV (Foundation for Education Volunteers of Turkey) between 2005-2012. In 2012, we set up an association with our friends named Hayat Sende Youth Academy Association. With this association, we were selected as changemaker of Sabancı Foundation. Video link is below. We also selected as Bilgi Young Social Entrepreneur Awards in 2013. http://www.farkyaratanlar.org/site/en/fark_yaratanlar/86/Alev-Zehir.html

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Suspended Groceries

Suspended Groceries (SG) aims to facilitate the equal access of all members of a local community to fresh, healthy food for their families. By encouraging community members to shop for each other, we hope to engender a self-sustaining cultural shift in the way communities view food insecurity.

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Community Food Support Network

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2013

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United States, MA, Williamstown

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United States, MA, North Adams

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

Suspended Groceries (SG) aims to facilitate the equal access of all members of a local community to fresh, healthy food for their families. By encouraging community members to shop for each other, we hope to engender a self-sustaining cultural shift in the way communities view food insecurity.

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

What if each and every community member was empowered to take responsibility for alleviating the food insecurity and improving the nutrition of his/her neighbor?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

49 million Americans are food insecure, which means they lack access to sufficient, nutritious food--that’s 1 in 7 households and over 16 million children. Meanwhile, the $8.7 billion cuts to food stamps will cause 850,000 households to lose an average of $90 per month from their food budgets, further decreasing their ability to purchase nutritious foods. In Berkshire County, MA, where SG has its roots, about 12% of residents are food insecure.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Suspended Groceries allows shoppers to suspend (pay for an item without taking it home) fresh, nutritious foods (eg. eggs) at the grocery store. Stores track suspended purchases and turn them into coupons. Food-insecure shoppers can pick up these coupons at local food pantries and redeem them in store for the nutritious suspended groceries. As this concept becomes ingrained in a community’s shopping culture, it fosters a sustainable network around food support because it becomes natural to think of others when shopping for oneself. Suspended Groceries normalizes food support and creates communities in which alleviating food insecurity is seen as a community responsibility for which empathy and neighborly support are necessary solutions.

What awards or honors has the project received?

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

Real story: One food-insecure mother we met at the Berkshire Food Project told us how she often skipped meals so that her daughter could eat. Now, using Suspended Groceries, she picks up coupons from the Berkshire Food Project on a weekly basis and is able to feed herself and her daughter nutritious foods such as broccoli and eggs that had previously been inaccessible to her family. When this woman, who is currently pursuing her MA in education, completes her degree and establishes herself as a teacher, we hope she will reach a point where she is no longer food insecure. Then, in a virtuous cycle, we hope that she will draw upon her experience with Suspended Groceries and pay it forward by suspending groceries for others in her community.

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

Since May of 2014, Suspended Groceries has been operating at Wild Oats Market, a food cooperative in Williamstown, Massachusetts, in partnership with the Berkshire Food Project (BFP). Already, Wild Oats has sent 349 suspended coupons to the BFP, with each coupon representing a high-quality, healthy food item. Valerie Schwarz, our local partner and the director of the BFP, relates excitement and positive feedback from her constituents who have been using the coupons. Currently, about 15 families are receiving sets of coupons on a weekly basis. We are looking forward to growing our capacity and positively impacting the lives of more families at the BFP.

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

In the next decade, we envision Suspended Groceries becoming a habit of people’s daily shopping routines and a key tool for food insecure individuals to improve their nutrition nationwide. Our team is putting together a handbook that details the process of implementing our initiative, which we will make accessible on our website. We will continue to seek out new partners in both grocery stores and food assistance agencies, foster cooperation and communication between the two organizations, and work with both to address issues relevant to the community in which the initiative is located.

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

SG is self-sustaining as a system in which each party is incentivized to participate. Shoppers suspend groceries because they see the impact their kindness has on others. Stores benefit from increased consumer base and good press, so produce their own ads. Food relief agencies participate to give their constituents access to healthier foods. SG does not need our team or investments to run. Our team is here because we wish to grow the movement.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Businesses.

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

There are countless organizations trying to tackle food insecurity - many are policy based or service based. Recently, the idea of recapturing food waste has incited some exciting projects, such as the Daily Table. Yet, Suspended Groceries is unique in that it strives to change the culture around which Americans view and respond to food insecurity by encouraging neighbors to shop for neighbors. It works within the existing framework of grocery shopping, yet changes fundamentally how it is executed -- not just for oneself, but always with others in mind.

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.

In the spring of 2013, six members of Kinetic at Williams formed the Food Insecurity Design Team and dedicated the semester to researching and brainstorming about food insecurity in America. One day during this time, teammate Catharine Parker was scrolling through Tumblr and read a post about the Italian tradition of Suspended Coffees. She brought the idea back to her team. “What if we could adapt this concept to a grocery store setting?,” they asked. The idea took off. In the Fall of 2013, Jessica Bernheim, Catharine Parker, Lucas Elek and Meg Richardson moved Kinetic’s Food Insecurity team into its Implementation phase. They took their Suspended Groceries concept, adapted it as feasibility demanded, and set their vision in motion.

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?

Catharine Parker, Jessica Bernheim (Co-Leaders). Lucas Elek. Meg Richardson.

We are four Williams College students, big thinkers who are passionate about social change and dedicated to the concept of Suspended Groceries. Together, we have energy, momentum and commitment to excellence. Our team is consistently supported by our parent organization, Kinetic, which is lead by a fantastic executive team of eleven social entrepreneurs.

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Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

We form partnerships between grocery stores and food relief agencies (FRA’s), and together we advertise and support Suspended Groceries. SG engages four populations: 1. Those who use suspended coupons gain access to nutritious, perishable foods less readily available in food pantries. 2. Those who suspend groceries have an easier, more transparent way to support their community 3. Grocery stores gain customers and positive press. 4. FRA’s are able to provide more healthy food to their constituents.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

Financially, prize money would help us increase our marketing, build our website, and improve our evaluation capabilities. The publicity of winning this award would benefit us in two key ways: first, towards our goal of building capacity in existing locations, it would get people excited about our concept and encourage people to suspend groceries. Second, towards our goal of expansion, it would help us gain legitimacy as we reach out and partner with more grocery stores. With these improvements in place, we are confident that we can expand the program to new locations, and build capacity at existing locations, within the next two years.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

Catharine Parker and Jessica Bernheim are both founders and executive team members of Kinetic, the student run, action-oriented think tank, founded to promote innovation and social entrepreneurship on college campuses, that was the birthplace and incubator of Suspended Groceries. In addition to being the co-leaders of the Suspended Groceries initiative, they advise the 7 other Kinetic ventures from their positions on the executive team.

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Adding value to help farmers

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

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2011

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For‐profit

Organization Country

Egypt, Shebin El-Kom

Country where this project is creating social impact

Egypt

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

The x factor project is to help poor farmers in rural villages increase their income from cultivating Egyptian clover through improving its quality and vertically increasing the production without consuming more water for irrigation and increase milk production of cows eating this clover.

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

Farmers can gain more profit from cultivating Egyptian clover by decreasing its expenses and increasing its revenue.

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Farmers in Egypt gain only 10,000 EGP (1,300 USD) in 6 months from cultivating 1 acre Egyptian clover this considered low profit because of low acre production and high prices of chemical fertilizers. But they have to cultivate it because it is the cheapest cattle feed. Beside low daily milk production of cow which is 6 litters compared to the global average production which is 35 litters; all this led to the increasing prices of meat.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Our project is to increase farmers’ profits from cultivating Egyptian clover by providing them with new fertilizer cheaper and safer than chemical fertilizers, increase acre production and improve the nutritional value of clover to increase milk production of cows. All this without consuming more water in irrigation to solve the water scarcity that Egypt is facing after Ethiopian dams construction over the Nile that will lose Egypt 25% of its annual water supply. Increase in production of clover and milk and therefore farmers’ profits will account for decreasing prices of meat for the whole community.

What awards or honors has the project received?

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

We partnered with experts from faculty of agriculture and genetic engineering institute and after 2 years of research and experiments,we invented new bio-fertilizer “Delta1” which is 92% cheaper than chemical ones and safer as it is free from nitrous amine compounds which is carcinogenic on long run usage. We used it in cultivating clover in land for research experiments belongs to the faculty and found that it effectively increased acre production without consuming more water and improved the quality of clover as its protein contents increased by 38%. After that we obtained the license to use it from the ministry of agriculture and started our advertising campaign in 9 governorates to market Delta1 and help farmers to increase their profit

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

We targeted 4500 poor farmer in 7 governorates who own 3000 acre of cultivated clover. We made field visits to teach them how to use Delta 1 to provide the maximum benefit. We provided them with the needed amount of fertilizers. The crops grown faster led to double the cuttings from 4 to 8 times. Also, cows gained 120kg, abortion levels decreased by 200% and milk production increased from 5 to 12 liters daily which increased their income by 5,100 EGP in 6 months. Eventually the net income of cultivating 1 acre of land increased from 10,000 EGP to 22,000. Also, we worked with animal development society NGO in Qutor district (one of the biggest milk collecting points in Egypt) own by 34,000 farmers, as we provided them with the new clover, the milk production of the 4600 cows they own increased by an average of 6 liters per cow daily. This increased their monthly income by 3,312,000 EGP.

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

We established 2 outlets in faculty of agriculture in Shebin and faculty of veterinary in Sadat to market Delta1. And for sustainability, we with the experts who invented Delta 1 established company called (Royal Green Technology) and signed contract with the farmers union and the Bank for Development & Agricultural Credit which will enable us to target more than 1 million acres in the next season which will make Egypt self-sufficient of clover while decreasing annual cultivated land with clover by 1,5 million acres to be cultivated wheat to decrease wheat imports by 80%.

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

Our project didn’t need huge budget as it is a win-win situation, as we sell the fertilizer to farmers which is 92% cheaper than chemical ones and this also give us profit to sustain our work. And our university was paying all costs of Delta1 production and experiments and it gained 165,000 EGP from selling Delta1 this season. But from now, Royal green technology Co. will produce and sell Delta1 the next season for its own profit.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Foundations, Businesses, Regional government.

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

Many others invented organic fertilizers to increase production of land but they never reached to double the production of any crop. Also, our fertilizer is specific for Egyptian clover which is the main component of agriculture-cattle-human chain as it is the cheapest cattle feed and affect milk production and meat prices. Also, our project can be applied nationwide as it addresses solving real problems we are facing such as the huge wheat imports and prices of meat. And we established a company to sustain this social enterprise in a win-win situation and signed contract to spread the impact.

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.

Founding story return to 2007, when 2 university students connected with a worldwide NGO office in Egypt called SIFE “Students In Free Enterprise” and got agreement from its CEO and Menoufia University president to establish a team in our university. And they started to recruit students to help our community and change the world. In 2012 its named changed to be ENACTUS “Entrepreneurial, action, us). We have a specific criterion that each project must achieve which is to consider the relevant economic, social and environmental factors and effectively empowering people in need by applying business and economic concepts and an entrepreneurial approach to improve their quality of life and standard of living.We implemented 20 projects.

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

We have Board members, academic advisor and business advisory board members but still team members from different fields are the main potential that helps us achieve our goals.
President of team: Noran Sakr
Vice President: Mostafa Anter
Academic advisor: Dr.Mohamed Salem
Project team leader: Mohamed Nada
Fundraising Team leader:Mohamed Essam
HR Team Leader:Menna Elshazly
Presentation Team Leader:Sara Madany
Media Team Leader:Mohamed Karem

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Improving Nutrition, Water Use, Smallholder Farmers.

Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

We identified our target audience to be poor farmers in rural villages who cultivate Egyptian clover as they suffer from low profit they gain from cultivating it. Another audience is the animal development society NGO which has 4600 cow and considered one of the biggest milk collecting points in Egypt. We engaged them by organizing advertising campaign and routinely field visits and providing them with cheap fertilizer increasing their production.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

Winning the award and the prize money will help us to make the needed amount of Delta1 fertilizer for farmers who own 1 million acre that we contracted with through farmers union and bank for development and agriculture credit to provide them with fertilizers. And will help us to target all farmers and Egypt and reaching new markets outside Egypt also

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

Beevelop:We empowered 9 unemployed youth to start bee keeping project and increased their income 85%.
Recycling project:We organized 2 months awareness to residents of kafr el-sheikh ibrahim village on sorting garbage,recruited 4 unemployed youth to collect sorted garbage daily,provided them with small vehicle (tricycle),increased their monthly income 55% and reworked recycling factory in Quesna that produced 450 tons of compost fertilizer.

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The x factor project is to help poor farmers in rural villages increase their income from cultivating Egyptian clover through improving its quality and vertically increasing the production without consuming more water for irrigation and increase milk production of cows eating this clover.

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Ferrocement Load Bearing Floor System

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A Cost Efficient, Sustainable and Calamity Resistant Building System

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Idea (you're poised to launch)

Year founded

2013

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Philippines, MOR, Cagayan de Oro

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Philippines, MOR, Cagayan de Oro

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Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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Water Use, Sustainable Sourcing, Smallholder Farmers.

Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

Based on the groups that has been identified, the water Use, the sustainable sourcing and smallholder farmers, a solution is presented to cater the the ever changing climate and natural disasters, in which, the project is aimed to produce a product that could compete with the strength of Reinforced Concrete but is efficient in terms of the usage of raw materials and cost to build as well as environmentally friendly and easy to build.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

The prize and the publicity would greatly help on our project in two ways. The first one is to promote and to give knowledge to the people especially to the rural areas that our product could help in the development of their agricultural technologies as well as a construction system which provides a cost and material savings. The price would help the project to be able to develop improvements on the current idea, the testing and research on possible ways and processes that could enable the project to be manufactured or built in a faster pace to provide to the people and a source to enable the project to be developed and studied to expand its current applications.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

The previous entrepreneurial initiatives that i have pioneered are the Development of a Food Product from an Invasive species of fish found in our Local Lakes; The use of Polyethylene waste products as construction material and lastly; The Utilization of indigenous plant by products as a raw material for a particle board/ plywood material.

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VIDAL MARTINS: A REMAINING QUILOMBOLA COMMUNITY

This project aims to create job opportunities and financial resources for 26 slave descendant families. It includes the production of a thousand handmade embroidered shirts and also the purchase of all required equipment. Subsequently, an organic agriculture project will be implemented.

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Electrification through green solar systems

We are convinced: development has to come hand in hand with sustainable policies and respect for the environment.We aim to tackle this challenge: Uranga, a small town in Argentina suffers continuously from power shortage problems:we want to fix it, greenly.

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Eco Innova SRL has an environmental conscience for sustainable living.

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2012

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For‐profit

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Argentina, Capital Federal

Country where this project is creating social impact

Argentina, Uranga, Rosario

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

We are convinced: development has to come hand in hand with sustainable policies and respect for the environment.We aim to tackle this challenge: Uranga, a small town in Argentina suffers continuously from power shortage problems:we want to fix it, greenly.

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

What if every community or even city that currently suffers from energy shortage would live from renewable energy and autonomously, in harmony with their environment?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Uranga, with a population of 1,000 inhabitants, is exposed to extreme weather conditions (strong winds and torrential rains). Therefore they constantly suffer from power cuts from the public network. This is seriously hurting the quality of life of the whole community.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

The reality of the lack of state support they have is remarkable. Displaying all the problems they have today we developed a proposal to install solar systems for electrification and hot water generation through the village so that it will be possible for the entire population to be fed on solar photovoltaic energy systems.This would guarantee autonomy from their government that fails to provide them with decent energy feed and from other sources of energy (private sector) that often charge them outrageously.We developed not only the solar solution but also a financial one that would allow them to be owners of their own energy feed within a reasonable 1 to 2 years period.It is not only an environmental solution but also a social one.

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

40 km from the city of Rosario is located Uranga;a town with a population of 1,000,with and officially estimate of 200 residential homes, a school,a health center,a sports club and senior center.According to our business plan we would be able to provide this town with a full circle of renewable energy allowing them to face the climate adversities without any energy cut and to be autonomous from their government which fails to provide them with a decent lifestyle and energy supply.The costs will be recovered through long-term payment part of the inhabitants of the houses, very similar to the costs they have today from fossil fuel for their generators:but now living sustainably and autonomously!*Time of implementation will depend on funding*

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

The impact of this project would be to implement a full circle of population fed by solar energy, owners of their own energy supply, fully environmentally respectful and autonomous from any other agencies that are currently generate profit from energy supplies that are not even satisfying their basic needs. This could mean that in a 2 years process 200 households, a school, a health center a social club: an estimate of 1000 individuals will entirely supply themselves of green energy and be owners of their own energy supply. This would make a difference for every single individual in the town that has no access to hot water, every child that cannot go to school due to energy shortage or ill person that is not provided properly with health services. Our proposal involves the community to be self sufficient which is a social change we truly believe in.

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

Uranga would become the first town in LatinoAmerica to meet their energy needs entirely by renewable systems.This project involves the independence of the residents of a centralized system of power and freedom that implies.The "Uranga Project" aims to prove that a community CAN live without resorting to exhaustible energy sources.If we can empirically demonstrate that 1,000 people can live without requiring energy from the core network,this scale model will become a case study worldwide as a poor village that turned it´s energy crisis in a opportunity for thriving susaintably.

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

€200,000 would cover the three centers (school, health, retirement) and 30 homes.Installation costs will be recovered through collection of long-term payment from the beneficiaries(similar to leasing),at a charge very similar to the costs today afforded by them for the fossil fuel for their generators.The money recovered will be re invested to meet the needs in other towns with similar problems.A 400.000€ budget would mean a 2 year implementation

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Other.

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

There are cases in other countries (Güssing, Austria; Gotarrendura, Spain; Arab Emirates).In those cases the populations always depend ultimately on a power generator park. This project involves the independence of the residents of a centralized system of power and the autonomy that it implies. Our project differs, not only in the technical approach, but also in the social one. We aim to act as providers of a green technical alternative to their energy shortage and implementing a social autonomous approach that gives populations a sense of realization, independence and thrive.

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.

This project started in June 2014, when we were approached by a neighbor from this community and explained their current power problem stressing their urgency for a solution.We have contacted the government representatives in the area and presented them with a draft covering all the basic needs of a typical family. Given that we have the knowledge to create direct impact and solve their crisis we decided it was time for our for company to get involved and be a part of the solution.Involving ourselves in our society's problems with a socially responsible and environmentally respectful approach is part of our mission and this is just one more way to pursue it.

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?

Ours is a diverse team that works collectively complementing each others areas of main expertise.It is composed by a senior full time engineer, a stakeholder full time architect, a senior lawyer, current minority shareholder. Alongside with a junior lawyer that does the heavy legal work, communications and fundraising, a graphic designer and a NGO consultant. The team plans to expand including a variety of social sciences experts and technicians.

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Health and Hygiene, Improving Nutrition, Sustainable Sourcing, Inclusive Business.

Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

We have identified as our recipient groups every small town in Argentina without access to energy on daily and reliable basis.We have been approached by neighbors from some of these towns to present our project;they are significantly interested in implementing our alternatives for their energy problems.Our proposals give them autonomy from weather disasters (that leave their schools, health centers and households without energy) and from the main core network, whose authorities remain careless.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

The price money would secure the implementation of the full realization of the project and guarantee to 1,000 inhabitants to be fed by green energy,independent from weather conditions and safe from energy shortcuts,shortages or lack of governmental energy policies.This would state a precedent that it is absolutely possible for an entire population to depend solely on green energy sources,that it is doable and profitable in the mid term.This,combined with the publicity, would guarantee the interest of major investors and government sectors giving us the exposure and the precedent we need in order to gain visibility and investing possibilities.A town fed by green energy in our region could be the scale model every city needs to turn green.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

Our team has extensive experience in developing sustainable alternatives for energy supply to households.We have also worked in developing irrigation solutions for threatened or destroyed crops by climate change, waste disposal for rural communities and other environmental and social issues our society currently suffers from. We are part of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Helleno-Argentina and work alongside with different foreign agencies.

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no

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Nagarkot Community Homestay Village Tourism

The committee operates Homestay project, a first Brahmin Homestay in Nepal. With just about an hour drive from Kathmandu, one can get the experience of village life along with cultural programs, local delicacies, jungle walking, waterfall, and meditation, away from the hustle bustle of the city.

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Nagarkot Community Homestay

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Year founded

2011

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Nepal, Nagarkot, Bhaktapur

Country where this project is creating social impact

Nepal, Bastola Gaun, Nagarkot, Bhaktapur

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

The committee operates Homestay project, a first Brahmin Homestay in Nepal. With just about an hour drive from Kathmandu, one can get the experience of village life along with cultural programs, local delicacies, jungle walking, waterfall, and meditation, away from the hustle bustle of the city.

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

What if the project attracts thousands of local and foreign tourists and increases the economic activity hundred times more in Bastola Gaun?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Almost 50% of Nepalese households have at least one member working abroad due to lack of employment opportunities and the trend is ever growing. Paradoxically, almost 2500 tourists arrive per day in Nepal to enjoy nature and culture but they are not catered well. This evokes a head scratching question as how to discourage the migrating trend and also provide income generating activities at local level by satisfying the growing number of tourists?

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

The committee has registered NCH that operates 13 homes out of 17 homes with capacity of 60 beds as homestay. NCH offers unique setting of Brahmin community with wide range of activities such as cultural programs, meditation, jungle walking, waterfall, and local delicacies. This has not only encouraged male but also female to actively engage in homestay.
Since the homestay is managed by the tourism committee, all the houses are given equal preferences on revenue sharing based on the capacity. The price is fixed and certain percentage of the revenue is retained by the committee for operating expenses. Apart from revenue from agriculture, each household are currently earning almost Rs. 50,000 (around £280) annually from this project.

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

Laxmi Bastola, aged 48 and literate, was a housewife taking care of her family. She used to spend most of her time in kitchen and household chores and help her husband in agriculture. Their major source of income was sales of agricultural products such as corns, potatoes and rice and earned around Rs. around £1250 annually. Once she registered her home as homestay along with others, in an initial year she is able to increase her earning by around £280 by serving around 65 guests. Now she looks after management of homestay such as cooking delicacies, maintaining sanitation, decorating rooms, and participating in cultural programs. She says “I feel more happy and satisfied as I am able to economically contribute towards my children’s future”.

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

Quantitatively speaking, NCH has been able to increase the income source by around £280 in a first year of operation of homestay (capacity utilization of 2.78%). 100% of the community members are contributing towards the community homestay. Almost 50% of the Committee members are female and they are groomed to take leadership roles. The homestay has served 600 guests (around 25% international tourists) in its first year of operation.
Qualitatively speaking, the homestay has contributed towards the growth of tourism in Nagarkot. It has discouraged youth to look for job opportunities abroad and build a sense of responsibility towards the community. Simona and Aivia from Switzerland after their stay in Nagarkot Homestay wrote “We really liked to stay here at the Nagarkot Homestay. The family with whom we stayed was so nice and everything was perfect. The view is so beautiful.”

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

Currently, only 2.78% of the capacity has been utilized. The project has potential to reach to 15% in coming year up to 50% in next three years. Moreover, the project intends to include all the households of the community in homestay. Eco-tourism along with horticulture can be explored and developed in this location as attraction for homestay. Moreover, the location is also suitable for paragliding, bungee jumping, hill cycling and rock climbing. Adventure tourism will also increase the flow of tourists in the area and also boost the capacity utilization of homestay.

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

The project received donations from various government bodies and individuals. They have provided commitment to provide financial assistance in future for development of infrastructure such as pathways, welcome gate, and waste collection. However, the project relies mostly on self generated revenue. The committee retains 15% of the revenue to invest in homestay activities. The project intends to generate revenue of £50,000 in fifth year.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Regional government, National government.

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

The project does not have direct competitors in the market but it is affected by the nearby guesthouses, resort, and hotels such as Club Himalaya, Hotel Country Villa, and Hotel View point in Nagarkot. Even though the services offered by these competitors are different than the services offered by the project, the tourist traffic is higher in Nagarkot. There are few small hotels in the area but the project collaborates with these hotels for parking spots, rooms for additional guests and supply of local produce.

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.

Basudev Lamichhane, then CEO of Bhaktapur Tourism Board, seeded an idea of engaging community in tourism sector to few influential members. Suraj Bastola, a restaurant owner in the area, was influenced by Lamichhane’s idea of promoting homestay. The idea further sprouted after Suraj Bastola and other founding members visited Homestay related program organized by Nepal Government. They further visited Ghale Gaun and attended program in Kathmandu to understand the operation and management of homestay. Once they realized that Bastola Gaun provides unique setting for homestay, they established NCHVT Management Committee in collaboration with New Star Youth Club Nagarkot. Initially the project started with 30 beds which have grown to 60 beds.

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?

We have a president (Suraj Bastola, Post Graduate in Business Studies, vice president (Shiva Bastola, Post Graduate in Business Studies), secretary (Rajkumar Lamichhane, Graduate in Business Studies), treasurer (Rajaram Bastola, Graduate in Business Administration) and eight executive members in the committee. We plan to involve female in leadership roles in future and also include independent members such as hotel operators, and experts.

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Health and Hygiene, Sustainable Sourcing, Opportunities for Women, Smallholder Farmers.

Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

The target customers are local and foreign tourists who enjoy peaceful environment along with culture. Most of the tourists are satisfied with the environment and services as well as idea of merging agriculture, tourism and culture. Most of them suggest promoting the idea to larger audience and investing in the infrastructure. Most of the customers act as word of mouth advertising for us. The satisfied customers usually promote the idea in their social circle. We have almost 25% of repeated customers.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

We would use the prize money to establish a “Information Center” where information related to the homestay would be disseminated. Moreover, we will invest in promoting the homestay to larger audience. We will invest in some infrastructural projects such as erecting a welcome gate, farewell gate, pathways, waste management and sanitation. Some part of the money will also be invested in providing training to community members related to homestay. In next two years, we expect to increase the bed capacity as well improve the services standard. We target to increase our capacity utilization to around 25% in next two years.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

I am currently engaged in operation of successful restaurant in the project area. The restaurant provides local delicacies along with other food demanded by the customers. One can see the view of hills, mountains, jungles, and eastern part of Kathmandu. Currently, the restaurant also serves as Information Center for Homestay and also has a exhibition stall where local agricultural products are displayed for the attraction of tourists.

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HackerNest

HackerNest is a grassroots, volunteer-run citizen sector (nonprofit) movement with a holistic approach to poverty alleviation: we build local tech communities & empower them with more relevant/accessible peer-based tech education.

Feb 2013: 1 city.
Jul 2014: 16 cities, 9 countries, 4 continents.

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building local tech communities & making tech education more relevant/accessible

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

Year founded

2011

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

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Canada, ON, Toronto

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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.

HackerNest is a grassroots, volunteer-run citizen sector (nonprofit) movement with a holistic approach to poverty alleviation: we build local tech communities & empower them with more relevant/accessible peer-based tech education.

Feb 2013: 1 city.
Jul 2014: 16 cities, 9 countries, 4 continents.

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

What if every city in the world had a strong, thriving tech community just like Silicon Valley does - wouldn't that be the end of poverty?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Poverty. Countries are poor. Jobs are scarce. People are hungry. Outside of things like conflict/disasters, we believe that deficits in technology/education are most of what keeps countries poor - not enough "profitable" labor skills, jobs, businesses, innovation, commerce.

Sadly, development aid, subsistence farming, & resource exploitation have yet to produce stellar results in sustainable, egalitarian economic development & wealth creation.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Poverty alleviation needs holistic approaches that affect economy, society, trust, & many hard-to-quantify things. While popular (& measurable!), band-aid programs offering symptomatic relief don't last; they lack self-sustaining DNA.

By building/uniting local tech communities (120+ events!), HN permanently & increasingly makes it easier to enter tech, find collaboration/innovation partners, recruit/get hired, find mentors, & share knowledge.

That feeds into the learn.HackerNest.com student/instructor marketplace, which empowers local tech workforces with more accessible & relevant peer-based, on-demand, in-person tech education.

Bigger, smarter tech workforce > better businesses > more money > more food on the table > end poverty.

What awards or honors has the project received?

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

Sue just graduated and wants to get into tech, but doesn't know many nerds. She hears about HackerNest's super-welcoming, down-to-earth Tech Socials and attends one. She talks to tons of friendly developers/engineers who answer all her newbie-questions and even introduce her to a sponsor. They're hiring PHP coders, but Sue only knows Fortran. Bill, overhearing, tells Sue about the great "Intro to PHP" workshop he took that he found on learn.HackerNest.com, his go-to since he's an entrepreneur and can't do school full-time (the curriculum is a decade out of date anyway). Excited, Sue signs up. A few weeks into her new job, Sue's new pal Bill pitches her on an innovative life-saving product he wants to build at HackerNest's next hackathon...

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

Accomplishments:
- 15,000+ in-person attendees over 120+ events in 16 cities
- largest/fastest-growing tech meetup in Canada since '12
- Canada's largest hardware hackathon Feb '14 (seen on WSJ)
- recognized for building Toronto's tech community by Deputy Mayor
- produced Hack'N'Talk with Ryerson Uni Jun '14
- producing dementia hackathon with British government Sep '14

Countless friendships/startups/partnerships/collaborations - even acquisitions have arisen as a result of our events. Trust built, culture shaped. Tons of jobs created. Hundreds recruited/hired/contracted. Most, we'll never hear about, because we never thought to measure/document impact; to us (and everyone who attends) it was always obvious. That said, we'll fix that moving forward.

We literally JUST opened the live beta of learn.HackerNest.com a few days ago so we don't have much to show there yet. Soon!

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

There's huge demand for HackerNest. The only reason we're in 16 cities instead of 60 today is that we're spread too thin; we'd crumple under the weight. With negligible resources (sponsorship isn't enough & we redline credit cards every month), we spread our mission/vision/conviction to 9 countries. We've gone so far with so little.

We've hooked up so many people with friends, work, partners, clients. And we haven't even started to push learn.HackerNest.com yet; there's still so much more we can do.

With funding, we could easily be the next Startup Weekend. 2015 goal: 60 cities. Doable.

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

We hope to eventually be sustained by commissions from learn.HackerNest.com (HN will take a percentage of class fees), but we'll likely always need sponsors and/or the likes of a Kauffman or Bill & Melinda Gates foundation backing us.

Current revenue:
- 90% sponsorship
- 10% donations

Future revenue will include:
- hackathon production services
- fundraiser events (e.g. tech job fair)
- grants
- sales of HN paraphernalia

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Other.

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

Samasource focuses on outsourcing women/youth to work for companies in richer/developed countries.

Engineers Without Borders brings people in from richer/developed countries to help fix local problems.

HackerNest is different: we focus on building up local tech/innovation communities/ecosystems and developing local economic capacity so they won't need to work for other countries for decent income or have people from other countries come in to help with their problems.

Our theory is that growth and development may be more sustainable coming from within a community, not extrinsically.

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 was born to a loving family that gave me everything: good food, good schools, safety. I realized early on how lucky I was, because someone in a poor country probably wouldn't have that. It wasn't fair.

I made it my life's mission to become worthy of my luck and of my family's love. I started in nonprofit but quickly got lost in the private sector. It took a motorcycle accident destroying my world for me to find my way again. Even bitter and angry, I realized I got to live because of Canadian EMS and healthcare, and how lucky I was, because someone in a poor country probably wouldn't have. It wasn't fair.

It took months to come up with HackerNest. The theory? Pushing tech community and education is the surest path to killing poverty.

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?

We're ALL volunteers. 3 directors are JJ (banking/marketing), Shaharris (software/marketing), and Robin (biomed/software). JJ/Shaharris are full time. Robin builds learn.HackerNest.com part time. We have 60+ organizers and a couple hundred volunteers running splinter cells worldwide. A dozen-ish volunteers help with web/social/marketing/legal/etc. Sustainable growth will require full-time salaried admin/fundraising/operations/etc staff to scale.

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Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

We cater to people in technology or ancillary industries - really, anyone who is interested in tech in some way. The reason we have such a loose definition is because we're trying to inculcate as many people as we can into the tech community - there's no other way to grow it. Our Tech Socials are super welcoming and nonpartisan - so you don't have to be a tech person to join or hang out with us - you just have to not be a jerk. :)

Nobody wants to join a community that's elitist, pretentious, or greasy.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

Prize money will go towards a few things.

1) Paying very basic salaries so our very passionate people can afford to eat, pay rent, and therefore continue the good work that they do. Our first 4 hires would be in sponsorship, operations, fundraising, and global on-boarding (for difficult time zones) so we (founders) can focus on expansion, replication, and partnerships.

2) Funding splinter cells and events.

3) Marketing, advertising, and PR.

4) Expansion flights/accommodations.

The publicity would help us by making it easier for us to get more sponsors/supporters/partners as well as aiding our global expansion/proliferation by providing international exposure and associated credibility.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

I've not-so-spectacularly tanked 3 companies.

1) Tech startup - product/service recommendation engine; think "Yelp" but without reviews - just up/down voting. Fatally flawed.

2) Web development firm - somehow thought it was a good idea to compete in the most irritating industry in existence.

3) Coworking space - this was actually pretty good - it was where HackerNest was conceived, housed, and developed.

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yes

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no

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Technology has only taken us so far and we seem to forget about the basics.... this is where Think Green, Act Green comes into action. Back to the basics of agriculture. For every plane that leaves an airport, a tree will be planted within that very community.

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