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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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JUAN PABLO

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Gaviria

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Year founded

2014

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Hybrid

Organization Country

Colombia, Bogota

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Colombia, Bogota

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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?

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

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

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

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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Uni Papua Football Community

West Papua has more than 300 tribes with different culture, habit and languange. Project Purpose is to provide foundation and nurture the Papuan Children & Youths, to be able kee them away from alcohol abuse, drugs, poverty, prevention for HIV/AIDS, and positive value of life through Football.

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Spelling Bee Uganda

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Kampala
Uganda
0° 17' 47.1228" N, 32° 34' 56.5932" E

Spelling Bee Uganda is trying to improve education in Uganda in primary schools through a spelling competition. Through the competition, it aims to get children to read more, improve their English and create a reading culture in the country among the young generation.

Exploiting the potential of the area based local food supports community development and environmental conservation Walanae coastal rivers

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Indonesia

Forming a community of women farmers named "Cora Uleng" 30-member Poor People category, the focus of community activities of women farmers through the development of sustainable models of food in the village area Appanang District of Liliriaja Soppeng. to grow vegetables and fruits in the local yard. the result of local food will be processed into food products such as corn chips, chips on the sale of 20% paste for activities
1. Community empowerment and environmental conservation in the coastal Walanae River,
2. For the cost of insurance premi

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Ridesharing Institute

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Catama Borneo

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Rural Tourism in Chile

A group of 60 women engaged with community development because of low employement index. New project to create a new rural turism route at El ROMERO town. We already count with mud houses, goatkeepers, vegetables and crops an antique manor house we would like to keep as a new rural museum.

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Ellen

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Chilemba

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We support and lead innovative, enterprising women to fulfill their potentials

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Established (past the previous stages and has demonstrated success)

Year founded

2012

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For‐profit

Organization Country

United States, MA, South Hadley

Country where this project is creating social impact

Malawi, Lilongwe

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

We are empowered young women overcoming poverty by creating sustainable ventures that transform our communities into flourishing hubs of young entrepreneurs. We aim to support and lead innovative and enterprising young women to fulfill their potentials.

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

One woman's daily income increased by 900%; what if we did it for a million more?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Malawi is the 18th least developed country. Most families cannot afford to finance their children’s education. Girls are even less likely to be educated as they are married off early in exchange for dowry. Over time this cycle has created a large sum of women who are uneducated, jobless and facing extreme poverty. These women see opportunities, however, banks discourage them from innovation by refusing them loans due to their lack of referrals.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

With a large population of women who are uneducated, jobless and facing extreme poverty; our solution is to create more jobs and opportunity for alleviation. Firstly, we have our micro-finance loan program where we host businesses classes, that are followed by a business plan challenge . The plans are proposed to our team and the best ideas are loaned capital to start up. The loans are repaid within ten weeks through weekly audits by the Tiwale team.
Secondly, We host vocational skills training platforms. We are teaching women how to make dye-print African fabrics and also how to rear chickens. These projects employ women and provide them with skills needed to secure jobs or start similar businesses in the future.

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

Our entrepreneurship program has promoted women to see new opportunities. For instance in our 2012 entrepreneurship workshop we challenged women to come up with new business opportunities in their community. Angela and her teammates; Mai Juma and Mai Likobwe constructed a business model for selling chicken pieces. The team noted a strong demand for chicken as food but observed that most people could not afford to buy a whole chicken. With a loan from Tiwale, they purchased chickens, cut them up, and sold the smaller pieces to citizens. They bought a whole chicken for USD $3.65 per chicken and divided it into 20 parts. Each part sold for USD $0.36. For each chicken sold they made at least USD $6.08 in profits.

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

To date, Tiwale has taught entrepreneurship skills to 150 women, aided 40 women to start their own businesses through micro-loans. In the next three years we aspire to have worked with at least 500 women raising their average daily income from USD$1 per day to USD$7 each day through employing them in our fabrics design project. At this income, women will be able to afford more daily expenses and on top of that be able to afford educational fees for themselves and their children. This will mean at least 3000 children will definitely be educated. The fabrics design project will result in the creation of a new market, which will bring in new income into the community from outside the community sales and foreign sales.

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

In 5 to 10 years, we will have expanded to various communities throughout the country, impacting 3000 women and producing 2000 fabrics per year. To do this our strategies are:
Partners/Collaborations: For growth of our design program we will collaborate with designers and shops who can buy our products. This will allow us to venture into mass production expanding our fabrics industry. The collaborations with famous designers will also promote our products.
Woman to Woman: This involves us working with the trained women to train other women which will create a larger fabrics labor force.

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

Our project’s model is that of a social business. We invest in Ntsiriza women and buy production materials. We then produce 400 pieces of fabric. Each piece will be sold at an estimated price of $25 USD that conveys to a total revenue greater than expenditure. The design project is estimated to produce at least 150% profit, which will be reinvested covering all costs, and generating income for our organization and our participants.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Foundations, Other.

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

In Malawi, we have many organizations developing communities and empowering women. Most of these use a aid-based or skills-building approach. Our Design Project is unique because it introduces a new market. Considering that many women in Malawi do wear African-styled fabrics, and yet most fabrics are imported, we want to introduce the skill of making fabrics in the community. The Design Project, introduces a new skill to the women of Ntsiriza community. It allows for the development of a new market of locally produced fabrics in our country.

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 I was 12 years old, I started my own business. I baked cakes and sold them at church on Sundays. I was successful and was able to grow from one cake sold per day to several each day. My profits helped me with my personal day to day expenses. When I was 16 years old, I met a 17 year old woman, who had been forced to marry early and now had three children. She lived in extreme poverty and was unemployed. Her sole source of income was her husband who worked in the city, and did not earn much. I asked her why she could not start a business, and she explained that a bank would not give her a loan and that local village loaners charged insane interest. I was very moved by her situation and dared to create more platforms to empower women.

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 are a team of 22; four of our team members are full-time and the rest work part-time. The roles covered include the project’s director, operations director, educationist, legal adviser, financial controller, secretary and treasurer. We also have a team of curriculum facilitators, social media help, fundraising team and various volunteers for miscellaneous tasks. We are a very strong team; all our team members have unique experience.

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

Pacific University Emerging Leader Award -To be awarded March 2015
Pitch 3: Best Social Entrepreneurship Pitch - March 2014
Under35CEO’s Africa’s Remarkable 30 under 25 - December 2013
International Youth Forum: Young Entrepreneur of the Week - April 2013
Commonwealth Youth Award for Excellence in Development work - March 2013
British Council Global ChangeMakers - November 2011

Tell us about your partnerships

- In the past we have partnered with the British Council and Global Changemakers. We received a grant of 1000 Euros from the two organizations to initiate our micro-loans program.
We also later partnered with We Are Family Foundation, where the foundation granted us with $500 USD to further our micro loans programs.
We currently do not have any partners. However, in the future we are looking to partner with designer Nicole Hanley Mellon, who has already shown interest in using our fabrics for her designs.

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

Our main fear is the market we are venturing into. Fashion is ever-changing, we fear that designers may show an interest in african fabrics today but in the future, their interest might change. We plan to tackle this challenge by collaborating with various industries instead of just clothing industries. For example we will look into using our fabrics for various purposes such as table clothes, baby carriers, hammocks and phone covers.

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

We work with young women who are unemployed and not enrolled with school. They do not have any of those two opportunities at hand. We create a platform for them to develop skills and also to be employed. This will allow them an income to afford basic necessities, and also to invest in education which for the future is essential to build careers.

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

13-17, 18-35.

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

Job Creation, Education - Extracurricular, Professional Development, Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development, Community, Online Learning, Mentorship, New industries, Products or Services, Rural Economies.

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

Girls/Women.

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

0 to 500

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers

Fewer than 10

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

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Lack of youth empowerment

YONER-LIBERIA

YONER-LIBERIA has been involved with Primary Waste Collection from households, and small businesses, buying and selling of Recyclables over a period of approximately two years in Paynesville City.

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YONER-LIBERIA

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YONER-LIBERA YES PROJECT

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

Year founded

2010

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Liberia, MS, Paynesville

Country where this project is creating social impact

Liberia, MS, Paynesville

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YONER-LIBERIA has been involved with Primary Waste Collection from households, and small businesses, buying and selling of Recyclables over a period of approximately two years in Paynesville City.

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

Youth Sustainable Waste Management Business Assistance Program.

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

This Project has two key goals, first to provide empowerment opportunities/income for youth from socially, economically and politically marginalized groups between ages 18-25 years and second, to deal with the problem of improper waste disposal and environmental protection. In order words, the project aimed to clean up the community by means of proper waste control methods and prevent diseases/germs from spreading.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

So far, I have significantly addressed idleness among the youth within the target communities, through this project and other projects implemented and ones still ongoing. I have provided full-time jobs for 10 youths and part-time for 15 (who are recruited on a rotational basis) for the collection of garbage from homes and small businesses and removal of bad log -garbage piled up at unauthorized places in the communities. Youth are now able to provide support to the income of their households, and afford to provide their basic social and educational needs. Also, the target communities environmental and health conditions has significantly improved over the times; households and small business in target communities learned to control waste.

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.

Collecting garbage from more than 100 households and small businesses and provided jobs for over 35 full-time and part-time youths from socially, economically and politically marginalized groups aged 18-25 years.

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

In the next five years, I foresee continuous employment opportunities and growth as well as expansion in the project. Specifically, to provide at least between10-50 full-time jobs; extend to 400-1500 homes and small businesses in 10 communities within the Municipality.

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

In the future , I foresee continuous employment opportunities and a guaranteed salary and other benefits including medical, education and transportation allowances for employees and youth volunteers. To provide 10-50 full-time jobs; extend to 400-1500 homes and small businesses;funds generated portion will be reinvested to establishing a scholarship foundation as component of the initiative to benefit less fortunate children and youth to acquire human development skills. There will also be opportunities for the start-up of micro-enterprises in waste collection and setting up of community based

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

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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

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

Established 2008 and Incorpoated in 2010, by a passionate Young Liberia Youth Leader, Jarius Andrew Greaves, YONER-LIBERIA is a Legal Youth NGO based in Paynesville, a suburb of Monrovia, Liberia’s capital, with some social innovative ideas committed to the vision of assisting children, youth, and local community develop a sense of self-esteem and moral integrity for future leadership roles in society through business empowerment initiatives. The organization is owned and managed by its Founder and Executive Director, Jarius Andrew Greaves and does not have a shareholders but being run by a team of young people who focus to help provide job and empowerment opportunities to the youth of Liberia supported by prominent individ

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?

Ms. Era Jappha, Board Chairperson
Mrs. Letitia A. Reeves, Former Mayor of the City,
Garmondyu J. Saydyu, Waste Project Manager
Patrick Nyoun, Jr., Director of Finance
Ms. Charlesetta P. Harron, Project Accountant

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

In 2011, YONER-LIBERIA received a competitive grant for six months in the tone of US$11,185.00 from CHF-international/Liberia under its YES PROGRAM funded by Bill and Medina Gates Foundations to empower urban youth and community-based organizations throughout post-war Liberia.

Tell us about your partnerships

Besides, CHF, we have not had any partners. But, we have competitors which including, but not limited to: LIBRA sanitation, Inc., NC Sanitor, and other groups operating illegally within the municipality that are financially position to acquire modern equipment and pay staff better compensation and fringe benefits.

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

My major challenge will be with my competitors including LIBRA sanitation, Inc., Paynesville Waste Enterprise (PAWE), NC Sanitor, and other groups operating illegally within the municipality that are financially position to acquire modern equipment and pay staff better compensation and fringe benefits. But, I will overcome them because mine is not for profit. Its primary goal is to empower youth from socially, economically and politically marginalized groups between the ages 18-25 years and to improve the health and environmental condition of communities and their residents; as well as intended to improve on my existing local scholarship program to a Scholarship Foundation to better position me to empower more children and youths in Liberia. It has reduced idleness among the youth, and it is a youth initiative that is managed and run by the youth themselves leading to them learning new skills and serving as another alternative mean to make a living and not waiting on Government.

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

My social innovation is different from my competitors in that, its primary goal is to empower youth from socially, economically and politically marginalized groups between the ages 18-25 years and to improve the health and environmental condition of communities and their residents; as well as intended to improve on my existing local scholarship program into the Scholarship Foundation to better position me to empower more children and youths in Liberia. It has reduced idleness among the youth, and it is a youth initiative that is managed and run by the youth themselves leading to them learning new skills and they have identified another alternative mean to make a living and not waiting on Government.

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

6-12, 13-17, 18-35.

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

Job Creation, Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development, Community.

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

Marginalized/Minority, Boys/Men, Girls/Women, Disabled (physical/mental).

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

0 to 500

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

10-100

Number of Volunteers

101-250

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

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Lack of youth empowerment

RISE (ROYAL INDIA SOCIAL EXCELLENCE)

Rise aims at forming the biggest base of a Pyramid social structure where every member of the network is Socially, Financially secure with the Basic requirements of Food, Shelter, Clothing and opportunities. The idea is not to pump in support from outside but to generate the same within the network.

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Sure Steps Nursery School

Sure Steps Nursery School is a private initiative hoping to bridge a gap in current Zanzibari society. Namely of ambitious youth seeking income generating activities, and families with young children struggling with childcare issues. The concept that comes together in a social enterprise model.

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BuyAfricana

BUYAFRICANA.COM is a social enterprise within the e-commerce industry. Its primary goal is to encourage and promote production and patronage of indigenous goods by creating a platform for SMEs who have enterprises based in Nigeria and across Africa, to share their products with the rest of the world

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ILICIT AFRICA

Rucomp - Rusokoni is Rucomp is a community based solar powered ICT Infrastructure that leverages on internet to provide internet access to rural youth and farmers while accessing real prices of farm producer allowing them to create new prices while accessing new markets for there produce.

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Rucomp - Rusokoni Project

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

Year founded

2013

Is your organization a

Not registered

Organization Country

Uganda, Kampala

Country where this project is creating social impact

Uganda, Oyam

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

Rucomp - Rusokoni is Rucomp is a community based solar powered ICT Infrastructure that leverages on internet to provide internet access to rural youth and farmers while accessing real prices of farm producer allowing them to create new prices while accessing new markets for there produce.

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

Farmers can get new markets for their products and change from subsistence to commercial farming using technology?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Agriculture supports the livelihoods of 80% of the African population and it is the least funded and looked at a backward sector. 83% of Ugandans have limited access to the internet technology. Smallholder farming accounts for about 75 percent of agricultural production. 85% of smallholder farmers have a challenge of lack of access to markets and information, and technology access to market their produce.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Rucomp is a community based solar powered ICT Infrastructure that leverages on internet to provide internet access and network technologies to farmers. The Rucomp acts as a gateway to new farm markets through the Rusokoni platform. “Rusokoni” platform (Ru = Rural ; Sokoni – Swahili word meaning market” will be accessed through the Rucomp

We solve the market challenge by providing new markets for the farmers linking them to potential buyers of there produce.

Under Rucomp there is Rusokoni - an all in one system that consists of a farmer market platform. The Rucomp also allows farmers to view real prices of farm produce. Through the Rusokoni platform, the farmer can monitor the prices of the crops and the needs in the market.

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

Having traveled to Oyam on my personal visit, a need arose to charge my phone and check my email and access my documents. I walked 3km to charge the phone. No computer to check email. However there was no internet connectivity with the pain and stress pressure of reports.
My grandpa had alot of maize to sell but he wasn't sure of price selling it at 200/- per kg. Being illiterate he didn't know the market prices.

The Rucomp which is a Rural community solar power infrastructure hosting the Rusokoni market platform links farmers to new markets, , accessing real market prices while charge there mobile phones, and helping the brokers identify which farmers have produce that they need - was a solution developed to improve livelihoods.

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

The immediate beneficiaries of the project are the youth and farmers who are currently in Oyam. The project targets atleast 20youths and 30 farmers who will use the Rucomp to access the Internet and Market information through the Rusokoni platform to enhance their skills and ability in CIT.

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

Strategy is to pilot and measure reach within Northern Uganda before reaching on. It will have an incremental model driven by number of farmers access the platform and using the platform.

Expansion will be based on the number of farmer groups accessing the platform and brokers/consumers using the platform.

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

Farmers subscribe to recieve SMS alerts of realtime market prices and status of there produce on mobile
Advertisement of market produce and companies/partners who are dealing in Agro inputs and produce like fertilisers, agro chemicals, etc
Consumers can also subscribe to receive notifications on there orders

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Businesses, Customers, Other.

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

mfarm which is kenya based differs in region and further more does not provide realtime market analytics of farm produce.

farmis which looks at record keeping but has not identified resilience for market prices.

In Uganda, there are no agro market platforms.

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.

Having traveled to Oyam on my personal visit, a need arose to charge my phone and check my email and access my documents. I walked 3km to charge the phone. No computer to check email. However there was no internet connectivity with the pain and stress pressure of reports.
My grandpa had alot of maize to sell but he wasn't sure of price selling it at 200/- per kg. Being illiterate he didn't know the market prices.

The Rucomp which is a Rural community solar power infrastructure hosting the Rusokoni market platform links farmers to new markets, , accessing real market prices while charge there mobile phones, and helping the brokers identify which farmers have produce that they need - was a solution developed to improve livelihoods.

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?

Ruud Janssen - Business Consultant and Advisor – building business models of the Rucomp - Rusokoni platform

Ajok Caroline - Training Lead
She will be responsible for training the locals and farmers practices of using the computers and Internet.

Opio Solomon - Technical Lead - will be responsible for setting up network infrastructure and maintenance of the Rucomp Units with support of Project Lead

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

Impact Business Leader Fellow 2014

Tell us about your partnerships

I have partnered with Outbox Technology Hub who are providing Incubation Support

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

Internet Connectivity remains a risk based on the current challenge that Uganda faces. Partnership with ISP for example MTN will be done to make sure that the Rucomps always have Internet hence an appropriate mitigation measure for constant connectivity

There is a risk of Theft which might hamper the smooth running of the Rucomps. This will be mitigated by community placements of the Rucomp under the management and supervision of the community leaders whose responsibility will guarantee safety of the Rucomp units.

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

Creation of Jobs for the youth,
Enhancement of technical skills for the maintenance of the Rucomp units
Creating market opportunities for the farmers by linking farmers to brokers as the immediate buyers

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

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

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

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

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

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

0 to 500

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers

10-100

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

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Lack of youth empowerment

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Ohannessian

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Project H.E.A.L.

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

Year founded

2013

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Government

Organization Country

United States, CA, Los Angeles

Country where this project is creating social impact

United States, CA, Los Angeles

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

Project HEAL is an interdisciplinary service project which provides health education, nutrition education, and mentorship to high school students in underserved communities in Los Angeles. It aims to close the gap in health disparities and healthcare workforce needs of the large and growing Hispanic communities in California. It is a collaborative project involving the David Geffen School of Medicine, the Fielding School of Public Health, and LAUSD.

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

What if we all had equal access to healthcare regardless of race or socioeconomic background?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

According to the CDC’s 2011 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey, Hispanic high school students are more likely than black and white students to be approached by individuals offering drugs at school (33.2%), not use any form of contraception during sexual intercourse (18.5%), and feel sad or hopeless (32.6%).

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

By addressing common diseases, risky behaviors, nutrition, and mental health in a non-judgmental setting, we hope to educate and empower our students to close the gap in health disparities that exist for the Hispanic population.

Through engaging health education activities, we aim not only to promote well-being, but to also foster a sense of excitement about careers in the health sector. The practical skills and professional pathways component of our program are directed at bridging disparities within the healthcare professions. Thus aligning with the CDC’s goal of eliminating social barriers to health and promoting workforce diversity to better serve our nation’s increasingly diverse demographic.

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?

Currently approved for grant funding through the General Mills Corp for the nutrition education portion of Project HEAL.

Currently applying for expanded grant funding through the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Song-Brown state sponsered grant funding.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Businesses, Regional government.

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?

Janet Leader, Nutrition Education Lead Faculty;
Elyse Guran, Medical Student Co-Lead Coordinator;
TJ Nguyen, Medical Student Co-Lead Coordinator;
Aleksi Saarela, Medical Student Co-Lead Coordinator;
Yohualli Balderas Anaya, Lead Resident, Mentorship Coordinator

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The partnerships involve the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, the Department of Family Medicine at UCLA, and the Fielding School of Public Health on the academic side; with our community partner being LAUSD and Esteban Torres High School in East LA. We have been partners for the past 2yrs. We conducted a pilot project last year which involved medical students from UCLA providing health education lectures to junior and senior high school students at Esteban Torres HS, under the guidance of UCLA faculty. They also provided college and career counseling workshops, and facilitated a health and education fair for 150 students as well as their families. In addition, a community garden was built on the campus of Esteban Torres HS, which is maintained and harvested by the students and local community.

This year we collobrated with School of Public Health, to add a nutrition cirriculum to the lecture series and have public health students and medical students at UCLA collaborating in the creation of education materials, and instructing the lecture series to the high school students.

We recieved great feedback from the studnets, community, and high school staff and admin regarding the services we provided through our small pilot last year. We have fostered those relationships and are working closely with LAUSD to ensure the students needs are best met.

How does your project enhance community engagement for UCLA Health and/or the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA?

Project HEAL directly enhances community engagement for UCLA Health/DGSOM by having students, residents, and faculty directly engage in health education for adolescents in the East LA community. We specifically partnered with Esteban Torres HS, because it is a designated Title I school, meaning a 95% of the children attending the school are from low-income households. A majority of these students will be the first in their family to have the opportunity to attend college. Project HEAL aims to provide these disadvantaged youth access to health education and mentorship mentorship. These are incredibility valuable assets to young students who rarely have the opportunity to interact with professionals and academics in the medical community. In addition, by stepping outside the comforts of Westwood, UCLA Health/DGSOM will be working in the heart of East LA, engaging the large Latino community that resides there directly. This is paramount for the future of healthcare as the demographics of California are changing, where Latino's will be/are the majority. Their healthcare needs have historically not been adequately met, and engaging in youth from that community and offering avenues to pursue careers in healthcare are paramount for the success of California and the nation as a whole.

Project Health Education and Leadership

Project HEAL is an interdisciplinary service project which provides health education, nutrition education, and mentorship to high school students in underserved communities in Los Angeles. It aims to close the gap in health disparities and healthcare workforce needs of the large and growing Hispanic communities in California. It is a collaborative project involving the David Geffen School of Medicine, the Fielding School of Public Health, and LAUSD.

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Community Development Trust in Zimbabwe

Community Development Trust in Zimbabwe (CDTZ) is an organization meant to capacitate youth for their total empowerment so that they positively develop Zimbabwe into a democratic country and where everyone participates in the political, social and economic development of the nation.

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Tobias

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Saratiel

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Community Development Trust in Zimbabwe

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Skills Development and Entrepreneurship: A highway to youth employment.

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

Year founded

2014

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Zimbabwe, MD, Gweru

Country where this project is creating social impact

Zimbabwe, MD, Gweru

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

Community Development Trust in Zimbabwe (CDTZ) is an organization meant to capacitate youth for their total empowerment so that they positively develop Zimbabwe into a democratic country and where everyone participates in the political, social and economic development of the nation.

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

What if all youths are employed, what kind of the world in the 21st century would be?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

The project is addressing the problem of high levels of unemployment which has hit Africa. In Zimbabwe the recent statistics has shown that the unemployment rate is at 85%, the most affected are the youths. Most of the youths are in vulnerable employment, an indication of poverty among the young generation in Africa especially, Zimbabwe. Unemployment has made many youths idle and so succumbing to drug abuse, promiscuity and crime.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Our project believes that youth entrepreneurship and skills development are the keys to the problem of unemployment. This can be achieved by consciously directing resources to uplift the youths. The Community Development Trust in Zimbabwe therefore provides youth training programs on social entrepreneurship and skills development training's on carpentry and joinery, bakery, hairdressing, welding, building and garment tailoring. These programs are made to prepare the young people into employment where at the end they will be able to create their jobs and employ others. This is in a bid to have a broad based, more inclusive and employment intensive growth path.

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

The first skills development program was done during the period May to August, and the training's included hairdressing, bakery, garment tailoring, welding, carpentry and joinery. The products which are being made are being sold in different communities to which they live. People in the communities are appreciating their products and now the students are making a living that is above the Poverty Datum Line of $1/day. The students whom we are training have also marketed our programs and this has saw large numbers of young people from urban and rural areas coming to our organization to register and receive the skills development and entrepreneurship programs. This shows a big difference that we are creating in our community.

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

Through this project, we have reached 80 youths to date. The project is exposing youths to innovative profession routes through leadership skills, skills development and entrepreneurship skills mentoring. Through our effective curricula in skills development, we have managed to reach 80 youths and these youths are helping us through cascading information about this effective project and recruiting other youths in the periphery to come for skills development mentor-ship. The expected impact in the next 5 years is to reach more than 5 000 young people in the Midlands province of Zimbabwe so that the human-rights strategy to development is achieved. It is necessary to fully integrate the non-formal economy into the mainstream of the economy to ensure a broad-based, inclusive growth strategy (equity-growth approach).

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

As Community development Trust in Zimbabwe, we anticipate that, this project is going to grow regionally and nationally. As an organization, our growth strategy includes that: we are going to increase more partner programs that will use our skills development and entrepreneurship Curricula. The organization believes that, the "Virtual School" is going to attract more funding partners so that the project will benefit youths across the country, region and the globe. The organization's Strategic Plan of 2014-2018 is going to help this project to success.

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

For the organization to ensure financial sustainability, the project is going to rely on self-sustaining. The students whom the organization is going to enroll are going to pay a monthly subscription of US$10.00 to US$15.00. This will enables them to have access to the organization’s resources and curricula.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Foundations, NGOs.

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

Other organizations that are offering skills development training include Vashandiri Training Center and Chikwingizha Seminary. However the location of these sites are far kilometers away from the city center which makes it impossible for many youths to have access to these institutions. However, Community Development Trust in Zimbabwe has come up with what we call “Virtual school” which is an online education that allows the young people across the country to have access to the Entrepreneurship curricula and skills development training. This makes us different from other 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.

The poor youth participation in influencing democratic processes is as a result of youth poverty which is as a result of bad governance. 24000 youths graduating from tertiary institutions every year into a non-existing labour market indicates youth vulnerability and potential for apathy.
It is against this background that as young people to start a civic organization which meant to offer skills development, leadership and entrepreneurship programs with the desire to see a wealth community. Eventually, the w made it a success.

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?

Tobias Saratiel, the co-founder, Director. (Full-time).
Tanyaradzwa Mutongwizo, Programmes Manager (Full-time)
Charity Hodzi, Finance & Admin Manager (Full-time)
Paul Juru, Board Chairperson.
Kudzai Kwangari, Board member.
Maxwell Mugwagwa, (Sponsor).
Arthur Chikwadzi, Advisor, (Part-time)

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

N/A

Tell us about your partnerships

The organization is making moves toward partnering with the following organizations/institutions:
• Youth in Development
• Ministry of Youth Empowerment and Development
• Tertiary Institutions in Zimbabwe.
• Small and Medium Enterprises Companies in Zimbabwe.
• National Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (NANGO).

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

Inadequate funding will be the major challenge that might hinder the success of this project. In overcoming this problem, the organization is going to seek funding from different donors so that the project will reach its set objectives to the completest. Strong partnerships with other responsible stakeholders that will help with other resources will be created.

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

At Community Development Trust in Zimbabwe, our goal is to capacitate youth in the local communities for their total empowerment so that they positively develop a wealth Zimbabwe. This is through offering skills development and entrepreneurship programs to meet the demands of the 21st era. Our idea is that, to sustainably address the challenges posed by unemployment, it is necessary to fully integrate the non-formal into the mainstream of the economy to ensure a broad-based inclusive growth strategy. This can be achieved by offering skills development and entrepreneurship skills to uplift the youths thereby creating self-reliant development.

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

18-35.

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

Job Creation, Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development, Online Learning, Mentorship.

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

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

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

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers

10-100

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

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Lack of youth empowerment

BEYOND YOUR CERTIFICATE

Beyond your certificate is aimed at helping people, especially the youths, to discover and maximize their potential by empowering them with skill on how to use technology and entrepreneurship as a tool to advance their career, reduce unemployment and contribute to the society.

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Olajumoke

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Project Subtitle

Entrepreneurship as a viable solution to unemployment

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

Year founded

2008

Is your organization a

For‐profit

Organization Country

Nigeria, LA, Lagos

Country where this project is creating social impact

Nigeria, LA, Lagos

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

Beyond your certificate is aimed at helping people, especially the youths, to discover and maximize their potential by empowering them with skill on how to use technology and entrepreneurship as a tool to advance their career, reduce unemployment and contribute to the society.

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

What if the youths can be empowered to reduce unemployment in Africa?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), 54 per cent of Nigerian youths were unemployed in 2012. As at April 2014, no fewer than 5.3 million youths are jobless in the country. This figure, we believe, is a conservative estimate of the actual number of unemployed youths in the country, going by previous statistics released by NBS, which put the number of jobless Nigerians at 20.3 million.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

We seek to empower the youths, both graduates and undergraduates on business development. Statistics from various sources shows that most businesses (especially SMEs) do not leave beyond 3 years in most cases. Also, most of time, businesses in this part of the world are built around one man, hence, the business dies after his demise. We seek to orientate the youth on the need to embrace entrepreneurship, and build global businesses in order to reduce unemployment. More so, expose them to people who have several years of experience who can mentor, encourage and support them. At the end, they will be able to create more jobs, reduce unemployment and become useful to themselves and the society.

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

The youth will be able to create jobs and reduce unemployment in the country. Take for example, most of the graduates who are seeking for jobs could learn how to use their talent, passion and opportunities around them to add value to the society. Instead of complaining about the problem, they can acquire practical skill such as web design, computer repair, mobile application development, programming and many others. While those who already have a skill can learn how to build a sustainable business structure to ensure the business outlive the owner.

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

25 youths have been trained with practical skills on how to build websites. Some of the have registered their business and planning to employ other people soon. Over 200 youth corpers have been trained on entrepreneurship. 10 NGO platforms have been used to train youths on business development and skill acquisition. We hope to extend the training to higher institutions, up to 25 states in Nigeria and further to other African countries with hope that those being empowered can in-turn empower others.

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

By next year, we hope to partner with other agencies for maximum impact and also the state government. We plan to get establish business men to mentor the aspiring youths interested in building their own business and employing others.

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

We hope to seek monetary and non monetary support of other organizations. Also collaborate/partner with NGOs of like mind for maximum result.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Customers.

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

Most of the solution preferred presently in Nigeria are target towards how to get job. Though the federal government has started some initiatives like YOUWIN and SMEDAN but they are not enough. That is why we decided to provide practical knowledge on entrepreneurship and skill acquisition to reduce unemployment.

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 grew up in a place full of juvenile delinquencies. However, based on my passion for helping people become better, I have always seek for ways to promote youth development and entrepreneurship. Gradually, NGOs and organization started inviting me to train their youths/groups. Some started paying for the training. Moreso, the rate of unemployment in Nigeria is so huge, which necssiate the need for ways to reduce unemployment. Then, I decided to register the organization and commence training fully.

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

1. Wale Olajumoke - Project head, BSc (Full-time)
2. Niyi Ajayi - Organizer (Full-Time)
3. Abiola Anofiu - Secretary , OND (Full-time)

We have about 10 volunteers with various skills from ICT, Marketing, Administrationand so on. who work with us and willing to work to achieve the goal of the project. We can also recruit more people as the project grows.

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

I received an award as one of the upcoming entrepreneur in Africa by Under35CEO

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

Lack of fund. Fund is needed to support participants after they have acquired skill and knowledge needed to get started. It will also help participants to acquire necessary tools to get started and facilitate training logistics

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

Yes. The idea helps young people to create bright future because it help them understand themselves, strength, opportunities and how to maximize them. It help them focus on how they can be an asset in their environment/nation irrespective of the prevailing challenges.

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

18-35.

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

Training/Skill Development.

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

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

501 to 1,000

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers

Fewer than 10

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

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

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Salvonaris Africa

Salvonaris Africa is a non profit social enterprise that focuses on delivering ethical, skills based volunteer experiences. We seek to put the power of the volunteer industry back into the hands of African youth and introduce a global exchange of knowledge and skills at grassroots level.

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Project Subtitle

volunteer with purpose

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Idea (you're poised to launch)

Year founded

2014

Is your organization a

Hybrid

Organization Country

Kenya, Malindi

Country where this project is creating social impact

Kenya, Malindi,Nairobi, Kilifi

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

Salvonaris Africa is a non profit social enterprise that focuses on delivering ethical, skills based volunteer experiences. We seek to put the power of the volunteer industry back into the hands of African youth and introduce a global exchange of knowledge and skills at grassroots level.

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

you nurtured young talents, merge Africa's unique community spirit and create a social enterprise movement which regenerate Africa's Economy?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

World bank 2014 estimates that eleven million youth are expected to enter Africa’s labor market every year for the next decade.

To fulfill this demand new industries and innovations will need to be pioneered by African youth. Traditional education systems have shown inadequacy in providing young Africans with the necessary confidence, initiative and problem solving skills to venture into new markets on a global stage.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

The solution is recruiting young talented Africans to take part in a 2 year paid programme where they work as volunteer coordinators, assisting social ventures in their local communities. This gives them the opportunity to harness their leadership, problem solving and entrepreneurship skills and gain confidence with the ultimate aim to inspire them to start-up their own social ventures.

We were inspired by Ashoka's research on youth employment which states education is not a "cure-for-all" and that youth have to cultivate and exercise the skills of the future that help them create solutions for complex problems while in turn bringing value to the labor market and creating a demand for their skills.

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

A hypothetical example: Mary is 23 and from a low income Kenyan family. Although educated, Mary was forced to take on menial work to support her family.

By employing Mary as a volunteer coordinator, she gets the chance to build networks with social projects in her local community, she can exercise initiative by discovering the need of the projects and finding ways to fulfill this demand with volunteers from abroad. Mary's interaction with fellow young people from all over the world will give her a global awareness, massively boosts her confidence and hones her leadership skills and problem solving ability.
This experience sparks the inspiration and creates the skillset and confidence needed to go on and start her own enterprise.

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

We hope to reach thirty under 30 year olds every cycle. We will recruit these young people on a two year, paid work placement as a volunteer coordinator. They will have training prior to commencing work and then go on to have a refresher training session every six months. They will receive regular mentoring from their regional manager and sessions to inspire enterprise and leadership.

As the end of the cycle approaches, the volunteer coordinators will be encouraged to begin thinking about their own social enterprises, they will move on to a transitional period where they work part time, allowing the new cycle to be introduced and allowing them to commit time to researching and planning future ventures. We aim to have 100% of our coordinators in 'meaningful' employment after their cycle and at least 50% of these starting their own enterprise.

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

We will begin in Kenya and Tanzania and hope to expand into 5 countries across the rest continent within five years. At the end of 10 years we hope to replicate the same model in at least twenty countries across Africa.
We also hope to develop the the policy of encouraging youth entrepreneurship, particularly with regards to social enterprise through developing a social fund and being able to give grants to talented aspiring innovators in the sector.
Ultimately we would like to run an African social enterprise hub and training school which trains young people in leadership and innovation.

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

We generate revenue by selling volunteer experiences to young Europeans. Research shows 'voluntourism' is a robust market which has grown exponentially over the past decade. We offer a commercial, high quality product, with an ethical core. We believe this is the best of both words and that our branding will appeal to the western market. All surplus revenues will be used for the encouragement of African youth entrepreneurship.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Foundations, Businesses, Customers.

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

We are pleased to see that African youth entrepreneurship is becoming a common conversation and companies are beginning to develop training and education schemes to address the shortfall in practical experience. Where we differ is that we incorporate the global exchange of ideas and cultures, we prepare young Africans to compete on a global stage, not just within Africa.
Another important factor is that unlike other organisations (like VSO) we are financially independent and do not rely on government funding, or donations to operate, therefore we are not at the mercy of spending cuts.

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.

Tina Ochsner from rural Kenya and Danielle Saunders from the UK met when Tina hosted Danielle’s volunteer trip in a local orphanage. The pair both agreed that traditional volunteer organisations often lacked focuse on social impact and seemed more concerned with profit margins. They set out to challenge the traditional approach to volunteer placements by creating an organisation based on the meaningful exchange of skills and culture, with the aim of leaving a sustainable impact. In testing the model, Tina realised that as a young graduate herself, she had spent too long struggling to find meaningful work and the experience of starting her own enterprise helped her recognise that this was the route forward for many talented young people.

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?

Tina Ochsner: co-founder/director, works full time. BA in International Management. Responsible for overseeing volunteer placements programs in Africa.

Danielle Saunders: co-founder/director, works full time, First class BA degree in Marketing. Responsible for operations and marketing.

We are aiming to recruit an experienced team to sit on the board. Moving forward, we will hire experienced regional managers to oversea our project.

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Tell us about your partnerships

We work with a number of small non-profit organisations based in the local area. These organisations focus on innovative solutions to tackling education, employment and poverty. What they share is the common need for more resources and fresh ideas.

Although they are run by passionate and committed leaders, these leaders often lack global experience, thus limiting their approach to progression, such as gaining support from beyond their local area.

We are continuously looking to expand our network of quality organisations to work with. The following are a few of our established partnerships:

1. Malindi Aids fighters
Malindi Women’s Aids Fighters is a community based organisation comprising of women living in abject poverty who are HIV positive or have been directly affected by the epidemic. These women make handmade products from recycled materials which they sell in order to support the project.

The project is headed by a lady called Esther who was diagnosed with HIV in the 1980’s. Esther’s ultimate aim is to run a home which provides palliative care for HIV positive patients in the final stages of their life. Volunteers can contribute to the realisation of Esther’s aim by providing business and marketing expertise, as well as project management. Salvonaris Africa facilitates this by overseeing the project so each volunteer can pick up where previous one left off, with guidance from both Salvonaris Africa and Malindi Women’s Aids Fighters.

2. Kesho
Kesho is a registered Community Based Organisation in Kenya as well as a registered charity in the UK. Their aim is to improve the life chances of children in Kenya through their holistic approach which includes financial support for education, academic and literacy support, enrichment, training and child protection.
As a charity dependant on donations, their capacity to employee staff is limited. Volunteers with social work skills, child protection and education fulfil the necessary assistance required for them to meet their aims.

3. Haki Disabled Group
Haki Disabled Group is a small non-profit NGO which works to empower and educate the local disabled community. Disabled people from small villages in Africa are often stigmatised and alienated from their community. In a society that lives so close to the bread line, disabled people can often be viewed as a burden and as lacking the ability to contribute.
Haki works to change this perception by teaching its members skills and crafts so they are able to produce commercial goods. Haki provides its members with purpose and creates useful members of society who realise their own value.
The role of volunteers within this organisation is to assist with the empowerment of Haki’s members, this may take the role of basic education, or coming up with more commercially viable products to sell in order to facilitate the sustainability of the Haki Group.

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

A challenge we face is balancing the commitment to recruiting young Africans as volunteer coordinators with the need to ensure we deliver a consistent and professional service to our volunteers. We will tackle this problem by ensuring we deliver ongoing training for our employees.

It is challenging to ensure each placement leaves a measurable impact to the host organisation, otherwise we risk losing our social focus and becoming just another commercial volunteer organisation. We aim to dilute this risk by setting aims and objectives for each placements and organising an effective itinerary of how to achieve these objectives, we then have a way to measure our social impact and can react swiftly if we do not meet these objectives.

Attaining the right volunteer for the right placement is a challenge. We tackle this through our extensive pre-departure interview process. This ensures each volunteer has the necessary skills to make real impact on host organizations.

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

Primarily we will achieve this goal through our employment methods. We are committed to recruiting young Africans as volunteer coordinators as we believe they will do the greatest job of showcasing the brilliance of their local community. We also believe the mutually beneficial exchange of ideas, culture and experience will create young people with greater global awareness, confidence and the ability to push themselves to compete of a global scale.

The youth of Africa are ready to compete on the global stage and we are passionate about moving away for the idea that Africa needs saving and moving towards the idea that Africa has the capacity to teach as well as learn.
Giving young people the power to coordinate the exposure of Africa's talent and innovation, will help to install a sense of pride and empowerment.

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

18-35.

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

Professional Development, Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development, Community, Mentorship.

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

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

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

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers

Fewer than 10

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

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Lack of youth empowerment

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Ubuntu Youth

The Ubuntu Youth Project is an after-school program investing in motivated secondary school students through tutoring, mentoring, entrepreneurship training, and postgraduate opportunities.

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Providing opportunity to motivated youth where opportunity is limited.

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

Year founded

2011

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

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United States, OK, Oklahoma City

Country where this project is creating social impact

South Africa, KN, Cottonlands

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

The Ubuntu Youth Project is an after-school program investing in motivated secondary school students through tutoring, mentoring, entrepreneurship training, and postgraduate opportunities.

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

What if students were able to create their own jobs and become the hero of their own story, instead of relying on government handouts?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

With 80% of schools considered dysfunctional and only 18% of teachers properly trained to teach, South African has one of the worst education systems in the world. The country routinely shows up near the bottom of international rankings in literacy, science, and math. Poorly educated students graduate into near 40% unemployment without the necessary skills to be a competitive job candidate or the resources to start an entrepreneurial venture.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

We invest in motivated, promising secondary school students by providing a strong educational and life-skills foundation often overlooked in rural schools. Tutoring services and educational resources like textbooks, computers, and access to the Internet are provided to assist students in their studies while in secondary school; our commitment to students, however, does not end when they graduate. Our goal for each graduate is to have a university bursary, a microloan and entrepreneurship training to start a business, or the professional skills to obtain a job upon graduation. We commit to walk alongside students into their twenties to help them achieve their goals, both personal and professional.

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

When we met Sipho, he was dangerously close to dropping out of school. His three older brothers had already dropped out, he was working at a car wash for the equivalent of $3 a day on weekends to make enough money for the next week’s transportation to and from school. Mentors at the Ubuntu Youth Project invested time in Sipho, and convinced him of the importance of education. Now, Sipho boasts the highest attendance of all Ubuntu Youth learners. Every day, he comes to the Ubuntu Youth Center after school to study. Ubuntu Youth has provided Sipho with the resources (including capital, graphic design mentors, and business training) to start his own greeting card business, which he currently owns and operates.

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

Ubuntu Youth takes a holistic approach to impact. We have provided students access to quality supplemental education resources while in secondary school, to university education, and to business training to start an entrepreneurial venture. Ubuntu Youth maintains a selective application process to ensure students are committed to their education, future, and community. We accept a small group of 20 learners yearly to maintain a small mentor to student ratio.
We have outgrown our current facility and are transitioning to a new facility. With a larger space, a full computer lab, an extensive library of textbooks and novels, and more room for agricultural projects, we will be able to serve a larger group of students. As the organization continues to grow, we will have access to additional monetary resources for student scholarships, curriculum development, and microloan disbursement.

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

The Ubuntu Youth model is scalable to any rural community; the essentials to establishing a branch are simply a facility and personnel to serve in administrative and mentorship capacities. After the current Ubuntu Youth Project completes the “established” phase, we will begin to evaluate potential communities for an additional Ubuntu Youth branch. Communities with strained school systems and high unemployment are target communities for a branch center. Sustainability for individual branches will depend on fulfilling local economic market gaps through microbusinesses and equity investment.

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

Ubuntu Youth’s overhead operating cost will be covered by income generation projects run by students enrolled in Ubuntu Youth’s programs. Project will include a bakery, chicken coop, and other agricultural ventures. Additionally, Ubuntu Youth plans to buy equity in companies students initiate following their training from the Ubuntu Youth entrepreneurship program. Money generated from equity will be re-invested into microloan capital.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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

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

To our knowledge, we are the only organization in South Africa taking a holistic approach to youth development. Instead of just mitigating the vulnerability of at-risk youth by providing a safe environment to study, or fighting against broken school systems by providing tutoring, or tackling high unemployment by providing youth microloans to start businesses, we integrate all of the above into a single project.

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.

After working for three years with an after-school program that provided a safe place for students to go after school, Alyssa Peterson realized the need for after-school programs that went beyond simply looking after children. The program cared for learners during schooling years, but after the students graduated, they were phased out of the program to make room for new participants. Alyssa started the Ubuntu Youth Project in 2011 to provide secondary students access to mentors, tutoring, textbooks, and other educational resources to ensure their success while in school and to make sure each student had tangible opportunity to be successful after finishing school.

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?

On-site leadership consists of five full-time directors (two holding university degrees, two pursing degrees, and one with experience in his field) and one part-time volunteer. Business, nonprofit, agriculture, and entrepreneurship sector leaders with experience in development comprise the Ubuntu Youth board. As we grow, we will phase out international director involvement for Ubuntu Youth to be run for local youth by local directors.

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

The Ubuntu Youth Project has received recognition in the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association “State Magazine” and the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources publication “The Cowboy Journal.” Alyssa Peterson, the Ubuntu Youth Project founder, has presented a TEDx Talk on international development and received recognition in “The Daily Oklahoman” for her work with the Ubuntu Youth Project.

Tell us about your partnerships

The Ubuntu Youth Project partners with organization in both United States and South Africa. In the United States, Ubuntu Youth works hand-in-hand with Pros for Africa, an organization dedicated to connecting professionals in their field to those in developing African countries who could benefit from their expertise.
Ubuntu Youth has forged multiple partnerships with Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. We are ongoing partners with the Center for Ethnical Leadership. The Center for Ethical Leadership President’s Leadership Class has hosted a school supply drive and a book drive for the Ubuntu Youth Center. Additionally, Ubuntu Youth summer interns from Oklahoma State have received college credit for their experience with Ubuntu Youth. Furthermore, In July 2014, Ubuntu Youth hosted a study abroad group from OSU’s Office of Scholar Development. The group tutored at the Ubuntu Youth Center and had the chance to learn about education, entrepreneurship, and community development in the developing world. Furthermore, the Ubuntu Youth Project has an ongoing partnership with The Mentoring Project in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Mentoring Project provides on-going mentorship training and materials for Ubuntu Youth. We are excited about an upcoming video exchange between TMP mentees and Ubuntu Youth learners.
In South Africa, Wakaberry Frozen Yoghurt Company serves as the corporate sponsor for the Ubuntu Youth Project, providing legal, consulting, and graphic design advice. Wakaberry sponsors various aspects of the Ubuntu Youth Project operating cost, including company car insurance.

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

Reliance on government handouts in rural South Africa is rampant. These handouts often incentivize dropping out of school and unemployment. Additionally, working against a handout culture is challenging when neighboring nonprofits engage in community feedings schemes and free giveaways of clothing, blankets, and more. The hand-to-mouth mentality of poverty leaves little room to think long-term when one’s main goal is to endure the current. We work to alleviate the pressures of poverty to enable people to seize actually opportunities that generate long-term benefits.
Turning around a handout culture is an enormous challenge, but we believe Ubuntu Youth has the opportunity to promote a self-sustaining lifestyle through Ubuntu Youth learner’s participation in entrepreneurial ventures coupled with solid, long-term mentor relationship that begin in secondary school.
Ever-present “red tape” in South Africa is an extreme barrier to success of any grassroots initiative. Navigating tangled municipality government systems to legally establish an Ubuntu Youth Center in a community is a lengthy, complicated, and confusing process. But, because Ubuntu Youth staff has braved the system to establish the first youth center, we now know the process for future centers.

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

The Ubuntu Youth Project paves the way for youth to be the heroes of their own stories. We understand that long-term, meaningful, and unique investment in each Ubuntu Youth student is the key to ensuring each young person is successful. We understand that student’s aspirations, dreams and goals are as unique and different as the students that possess them; we know taking a one-size-fits-all approach to our work won’t work. We understand not all students will qualify for or want to go to university. We understand not every student will want to start their own business. We understand not every student wants to work for a large corporation. But, we also know that’s okay. At the Ubuntu Youth Project, we supply students with the necessary resources to achieve their desired employment. But, just getting and keeping a job is a small part of our definition of a “bright future.”
We firmly believe in the concept of “ubuntu” for which the organization is named. “Ubuntu” means “I am who I am because of who we all are.” By empowering a group of students in a community, Ubuntu Youth is creating a culture of motivation that doesn’t rely on handouts. This culture will not only affect Ubuntu Youth learners, but their parents, siblings, families, friends, and neighbors.

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

13-17, 18-35.

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

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

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

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

0 to 500

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers

Fewer than 10

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Lack of youth empowerment

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Capital Commons

Capital Commons provides investments, consulting services, tools or expertise for all early-stage startups and social projects involved in culture, environment, health and education. We provide access to funding and tools for what matters most to people.

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Fatuma's Voice

Fatuma's Voice is an ideal platform where people meet to talk about social issues revolving around their lives. We do this through poetry, live music, motivational talks, and open forum discussions where people air their views on a certain chosen topic of the week.

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The Young Nigerian Show

The Young Nigerian is an inspirational TV & Web series focused on the Nigerian Youth– sharing inspirational stories of young Nigerians of different backgrounds and vocation. I believe that these testimonies will inspire viewers and also provide insight to opportunities in Nigeria.

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Inspirational TV & Web series focused on the Nigerian Youth– sharing ideas

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

Year founded

2014

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Nigeria, LA, Ikeja

Country where this project is creating social impact

Nigeria, LA, Ikeja

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

The Young Nigerian is an inspirational TV & Web series focused on the Nigerian Youth– sharing inspirational stories of young Nigerians of different backgrounds and vocation. I believe that these testimonies will inspire viewers and also provide insight to opportunities in Nigeria.

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

What if the Naira becomes the strongest currency in the world

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Tarnished image of the Nigerian Youth to the international community. Lack of inspiration and direction among youth in Nigeria & Over-reliance on the government for economic empowerment.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

The show reflects the purity and true identity of the Nigerian and takes a total departure from the constantly regurgitated message we have often heard or seen. It is packed with the journey of the average yet extraordinary Young Nigerian who has embarked on a journey of discovery. We understand the power of a testimony, especially how it can stimulate the human mind to reproduce and build on existing concepts.
Through visual and social media, we take on the task of renewing the minds of young Nigerians all over the world. In addition to this, we work on providing insight to opportunities, for young Nigerians, in various sectors of the Nigerian economy with the aim of reducing unemployment in the country.

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.

Our Youtube channel has recorded over a thousand views and over 40 subscribers with little or no publicity. Our Linkedin page has over 1000 connections with a lot of positive feedback in form of comments & messages received across all our social media platforms.

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

An episode of our premiere season is released every two weeks as from June, 2014 and will run till December, 2014. Special editions will follow till the second season commences. Promotion on social media platforms will commence in October, 2014 and we are aiming to record about 100,000 views per episode on our Youtube channel by the end of 2014.
We have a year round website which includes a wide variety of information about the show, its partners, and exhibitors, and is featured on all appropriate media promotion and publicity.

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

Our media and promotional campaign will be aimed directly at the following demographic and psycho-graphic groups:
1.Young Adults, 18-35 – The major focus of this program is to reach out to people in this age group in line with our goal of inspiring the average Nigerian.
2. Teenagers - we have plans of sharing the DVDs with school children so as to present them with insight to the various vocations through featured talents on the show, with the hope of inspiring them to discovering their talents.
3.Nigerians outside the country
4.Others– Investors, and consumers.

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

Our potential to reach a wide range of individuals increases our chances of securing sponsorship deals from organisations that are looking to leverage on our "projected" huge follower-ship. The Young Nigerian Series team will also remain dedicated and ensure that content featured on the show evolve to become more engaging and inspiring with time; and stay relevant.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family.

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

Ndani TV's "Young CEO"(www.ndani.tv) - Focuses on CEOs. However, in addition to featuring CEOs, we also focus on extraordinary individuals who have excelled at their work place in the private and public sectors.

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.

Being a patriotic Nigerian, I have always looked for the opportunity to make a difference. I am an IT professional and my journey here started 3 years ago. I heard the testimony of a friend who quit her banking job to follow her passion for Acting. This challenged me and created a restlessness which led me to discover my passion for cinematography. Unlike my friend I didn't leave my 9-5 but started what would become an alternative source of income. And over time I developed myself in various aspects of the art. Sometime in March 2014, the idea for this show came up while I was on a business trip. Since then, it has grown and is very special to me because I am proof of the same concept of the power of a testimony!

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?

Tomi Orunmuyi- Founder
Ayotunde Orunmuyi- Adviser
Omotayo Otitoju- Head of Video production unit
Iyanu Odebode- Business development manager
Omotosho Taiwo- Content generation/Public relations
Omotosho Kenny- Researcher
Temi Oshinowo- Legal counsel

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Tell us about your partnerships

The show is partnered with a video production company based in Lagos, Nigeria, Cliq entertainment. Cliq entertainment is owned by the Primary innovator of the show. This partnership is responsible for the seamless production of the show till date.

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

The major challenge is funding. Funding is required to secure airplay on Nigerian TV stations. In addition to this, there is the need to employ full-time team members to handle various aspects of the show like production, concept development, promotions, and so on. Most of all these tasks are currently being handled by the primary innovator.
To overcome this challenge, the need to source for sponsorship & partnerships is mandatory. The show has a unique potential to create enormous amounts of awareness to multiple demographics ranging from teenagers and young adults, aged between 18-35 years old and their parents too (30-55 years old). All of which will receive equal exposure to products and services of sponsors and partners.

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

The show captures the “journey to success” of featured young talents, highlighting their methods, acquisition of the skill-set, family background, and so on; in order to provide the viewers with direction, in additional to inspiration. The show continually cuts across a broad spectrum of vocations so as to increase the possibility of impacting lives.

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

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

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

Job Creation, Education - Extracurricular, Professional Development, Entrepreneurship, Community.

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

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

1,001 to 10,000

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers

Fewer than 10

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

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Lack of youth empowerment

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Sub-Saharan Africa faces a paradox that has global relevance and implications: it will be home to the largest youth population in the world by 2050 and although literacy rates (by 6%) and education enrollment rates (by 9%) have been on the rise, youth unemployment continues to hover above 60% across the region. How will African youth create or secure sustainable and meaningful livelihoods? And more specifically, who is responsible for youth employment in Africa? 

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 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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Year founded

2000

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Organization Country

India, WB, Kolkata

Country where this project is creating social impact

India, WB

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

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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Mora Godoy

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La Loma Querétaro

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k'angi

Project Subtitle

Diseño Verde / Green Design

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

Year founded

2013

Is your organization a

Hybrid

Organization Country

Mexico, QUE, Queretaro

Country where this project is creating social impact

Mexico, QUE, Queretaro

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

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.

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?

no

Are you are a current Unilever employee?

no

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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sarwat

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murtaza

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

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Idea (you're poised to launch)

Year founded

2014

Is your organization a

For‐profit

Organization Country

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

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

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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