Economic development

Lyari Community Development Project (LCDP)

Sabiha combats discrimination against women by nurturing their business ventures, empowering women to spearhead economic growth in their communities as they foster their own initiative and independence.

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Glowork

Khalid Al-Khudair is promoting employment opportunities for women in the Saudi Arabia though the use of online platforms that connect employers to qualified women looking for work.

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KASHF Foundation

Roshaneh Zafar founded the KASHF Initiative to develop a women-centered and women-managed initiative that combines a micro-level lending and savings operation with related training and support activities at the community level.

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Association for Behavior and Knowledge Transformation (ABKT)

Shad Begum formed Anjuman Behbood Khawateen Talash (ABKT) to build a grassroots women’s movement in the isolated tribal areas of Pakistan. Using group activities and micro-credit to empower women, Shad builds their capacity to become politically active.

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Punjab Skills & Development Fund

Improve income generation opportunities for the poor and vulnerable population of selected districts of Punjab by enabling skills development through promotion of a competitive skills training market.

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Palestinian Center for Communication and Development Studies

PCCDS is economically empowering women in rural areas of the Levant by implementing a grassroots venture capitalist approach adapted for the cultural context. In doing so, women become active, visible members of society working to improve socioeconomic development in their country.

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Sakhrah Women’s Society

Zeinab Al-Momani is supporting women's economic empowerment by founding the first agricultural union for and by women in the Arab world.

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Souktel

Mohammad Kilany and Lana Hijazi are changing Middle Eastern labor markets and economies from opaque systems that exclude most job seekers, to transparent systems that empower all, by using simple and accessible mobile technology.

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Kaarvan Crafts

Aysha Saifuddin is creating production houses for Pakistani women and providing foothold access to national and international markets by creating a shareholder company: Kaarvan.

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First Step Women's Cooperative

Senem is building a self-governed community of diverse women by training and organizing them to act on the issues they care about. In doing so, she creates participatory processes so that women can develop the self-confidence and leadership skills to bring lasting change to their neighborhoods.

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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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When it comes to genetic food engineering, claims are often made about farmers ability and interest to adapt. And how about vitamin-rich rice? ... Are these realities or misrepresentations? Tell us what you think here

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organizing social and solidarity economy network

we are building social and solidarity economy network to boost a cooperative movment in Cameroon and we making roads by paving them in a participativ action in with communities are involved this bring a "bottom-up"development "all changemakers"

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Enhancing agricultural markets in Cameroon through a food cooperative.

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2010

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Cameroon, SOU, Buea

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Cameroon, SOU, Buea

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

AGRO-HUB is a food cooperative that seeks to create wealth for farmers, enhance agricultural markets and bolster food security and food safety in Cameroon. AGRO-HUB is on a mission to setup a chain of convenient fresh food stores (AGRO-MART) owned and staff by cooperative members across the country.

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

What if farmers have a ready market for their produce even before they harvest?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

The traditional open-air market system in sub-Saharan Africa is fragile, dysfunctional and inefficient. Farmers are seeking opportunities to maximize their economic output by reducing the economic loss suffered at the hands of collusive, anti-competitive, self-interested market players. On the other hand, the weekly shopping trip is a consumer pain point and yearns for an alternative to the open-air market for their grocery shopping experience.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

In the current open-air market system, power and control are in the hands of the local government or council who are not the market players (farmers and consumers). As a result, these players lack a sense of ownership and disconnect themselves from management responsibility of the market.
Our solution is to shift power and control over to the market players through a food cooperative which is owned and manage by these market players. This sense of ownership and benefit sharing will bolster community involvement, coordinated management, communication between cooperative store branches, market information sharing, discipline and shared burden. This we believe will enhance our agricultural markets a million times.

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

Mr. Takwa(aka Pa Takwa) is a farmer who grows Yams for the market in Bonakanda village. Before he became a member of our food co-op, he complained that the market is “spoilt” referring to the lack of standards, constant price fluctuation and economic loss suffered at the hands of dubious/collusive middlemen. After he became a member of AGRO-HUB in 2013, his only complaint now is that the cooperative is not able to absorb all his products because of small size. Working with the co-op, he is sure of where his product go after harvest; he sells to the co-op by weight; he pre-negotiates price with the co-op and is sure of the price he will get beforehand; best of all, the co-op assists with market advice and transportation to our food store.

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

We have engaged over 50 young Cameroonians into agricultural entrepreneurship. The co-op board and management consist mostly of young professionals under 30. We have an active member base of 505 members including some 405 farmers (whom we have helped increase their customer base and boost their incomes) and some 100 consumers. Over 500 customers now prefer to shop at our food store monthly. Our members believe AGRO-HUB is the solution to unlocking Cameroon’s agricultural potential. We have carried out mobile/Twitter SMS training with about 100 of our member farmers who are now using the service to access information and stay connected to news around the world.
We plan to increase our member base to above 1000 by next year and 5000 by year 2. We we shall move to other communities, identify early adopters and encourage them to replicate our co-op model in these communities.

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

Our main spread strategy is to identify early adopters (individuals or co-op groups) in other communities all across Cameroon and who will replicate our co-op model in their communities. We have received requests from members in more than 5 other communities to launch our co-op model in their community showing the strength/potential for replication. Our most powerful marketing tool has been word of mouth to start a tribes’ movement. Our chain of food stores will grow as the tribes grow spreading over the country transitioning the open-air market to a co-op driven chain of fresh food stores.

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

The co-op will depend on contributions/investments from members and grants from government and other donors to support the early/loss stage of the co-op. As the member base grows and the co-op gains reputation and popularity, our financial sustainability will switch and rely mainly on sales and exportation of food stuffs and products sourced from our member farmers and sold through our food stores.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations, Customers.

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

Farmers have been organized into producer cooperatives by the government to solve the same development challenge and while they are succeeding to boost production and productivity, they have failed to solve the market development challenges because of the lack of necessary skills required to develop and manage a properly functional market system. Our approach brings together on same table farmers, consumers and professionals from all walks of like to help address the market challenge via a food co-op that is owned and staffed by its members.

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 between the ages of 8 and 19 assisting my parents in the fields. We worked laboriously planting crops and harvesting abundant quantities, yet on market days, we will not earn commensurate income from the sales. I remember my father always complaining "there is no money!". Even during a good harvest, my parents still lack enough funds to pay my tuition fee($25). While a freshman, I took a course in marketing and sales that helped me narrow down the problem my family was facing to marketing. Like most farmers in Cameroon, my parents grow crops neglecting the market and expect to somehow sell at better prices on market days. I knew I have to fix this problem.

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

The lead team comprises of the co-op board and management. The board and management is made up of highly motivated young professionals with background in Finance, Management, Accounting, Software Engineering, Agronomy, Marketing and Sales. The board was elected by the members and each board member was elected based on competence and entrepreneurial capability. Our manager was appointed by the board and this too was based on qualification.

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Inclusive Business, Smallholder Farmers.

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

AGRO-HUB is solving a marketplace challenge faced by smallholder farmers and fresh food consumers. The weekly grocery shopping trip is a consumer pain point in sub-Saharan Africa and they seek alternatives to the traditional open-air market. Farmers on the other hand yearn to maximize their economic gains and are seeking better markets. Our solution engages these recipient groups through a direct-to-consumer food cooperative that seek to minimize infrastructure deficit suffered by smallholder farmers.

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

The publicity and prize money will help us build reputation that will encourage more locals to become members of our food cooperative. The prize money will help us gain resources that will enable us reach more communities to replicate our co-op model. We shall be able to secure storage facilities to boost stock freshness/availability and carry out marketing campaigns that will encourage more consumers to become members and shop at our food stores. We shall revamp our smallholder training programs that foster productivity and production of organic foods. All these will help increase of member base from current 150 to about 1,000 members in 2 years impacting about 5000 lives turning many of our members into loyal customers in the process.

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

As the eldest son of a farmer, I have experienced firsthand what is commonly referred to as the farmers’ plight. I have lived and dine with farmers so I fully understand the rural psychology. Further, I have over 8 years’ experience in social entrepreneurship and have founded/pioneered 4 striving initiatives including(AfroVisioN Group, ActivSpaces, Zinger Systems and AGRO-HUB) with of course a few that have failed and lessons learned.

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yes

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Epic Ideas

The ability to learn of ways you can invest yourself in a worthy project by the click of a button.

Being able to open yourself up to investment, mentor-ship and assistance through the simplicity of filling a form

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Weaving happiness

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

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

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2014

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Pakistan, S, karachi

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Pakistan, S, karachi

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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

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M-Duka Service

Most small businesses in developing countries, like Kenya, rely on a clientele with no definite source of income. Lending of commodities for later payments is therefore a standard practice. M-duka service will keep track of these "loans", enable mobile money repayments and remind defaulters to pay.

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Empowerment Through Street Food

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2013

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Benin, Parakou

Country where this project is creating social impact

Benin, BO, Parakou

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

At MamaCarts, we believe that access to healthy and sanitary food is a right, not a privilege. MamaCarts improves street food quality via direct nutritious food cart sales and certification trainings. Currently piloting in Benin, we are creating a replicable model to scale throughout West Africa.

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

WHAT IF we never had to worry about street food hygiene again?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Urbanization is on the rise globally. Over the next 35 years, approximately 2.5B people will move to urban centers, with the highest rates of migration in Africa and Asia. Lack of access to nutritious, hygienic, and affordable meals for the working class in these urban centers where street food is in high demand perpetuates the poverty cycle by increasing incidence of disease, loss of income due to sickness, and expenditures on health care.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

MamaCarts has a 2-pronged approach to improving the overall quality of the street food market in Benin, West Africa. We launched a 1-year pilot in January 2014 in the city of Parakou to test meal prices, discover consumer needs, and verify current street vendor market difficulties.
Through direct food cart sales of nutritious meals prepared at our cooking center, MamaCarts distributes affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate meals. In tandem with building an aspirational and trusted brand through sales, we are creating a certification program for street food vendors outside our network. This increases sanitation and nutrition community awareness as well as promotes our mission to improve access to better food for everyone.

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

With street food representing 80% of some household food purchases, the public health crisis from unsafe street food is rampant throughout West Africa. As part of our pilot research, the MamaCarts team completed a baseline survey of 200 vendors, 1,000 street food consumers, and 4 focus groups totaling 45 vendors. 73.8% of consumers listed “quality” as their first priority in seeking a street food vendor, and 73.1% listed hygienic conditions as their second. Currently, street food consumers pay between 100 and 1,000 CFA per meal. We sell our meals between 500 and 1,000 CFA, with a 15% margin. At this time, it is projected that MamaCarts can offer a superior product nutrition-wise prepared in a safer environment at comparable market cost.

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

Since January 2014, MamaCarts' Benin pilot has achieved these milestones:
Produced locally designed and manufactured food cart, four more in production.
Creation of menu of 10 nutritious meals developed by national nutritionist.
Established 1central cooking and education center.
Recruited 5 Model Mamas (vendors) to sell meals in Parakou via MC food carts.
Launch party gathering 30 Parakou city and development officials.
Filmed 13-minuted documentary (in French) on street food conditions in Benin.
Initiated development of hygiene and sanitation certification curriculum with local specialists.
Developed training program for Model Mamas (vendors).
Developed network to sell 2,500 meals per week by end of 2014.

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

Immediately: Contract sales through schools, hospitals and worksites. Increase meal production capacity by franchising other local meal producers (controlled through certification program)
Long term: Three year geographic scaling to other cities in Benin (Malanville- pop. 170,000 and Bohicon- pop. 112,000), secure second West Africa country, Togo or Ghana.
Vision is to seed similar models in Peru and United States.
Development of a certification curriculum and standard for street food vendors in Benin and other West African countries where they don't already exist or are not enforced.

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

MamaCarts' model was founded on the principles of social entrepreneurship and as such strives to generate revenue streams that can perpetuate long term financial sustainability. Each food cart has the capacity to sell meals at 10-15% margin which covers cart operations. Example: A network of 5 carts can potentially generate collectively US$1,000 monthly. Money will be raised from foundations for overhead and education materials and support.

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?

MamaCarts is unlike other food products and service providers in the marketplace because of its holistic approach. First, MC addresses a large gap in the marketplace through sale of nutritionally complete meals while other aid products such as plumpy-nut and corn soya blends focus on short term solutions for acute malnutrition. Additionally, MC solves sanitation, supply chain and food waste issues by aggregating local produce and converting it into nutritious meals. While there are many local urban garden NGOs, they often are missing links to markets, which MamaCarts provides.

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.

MamaCarts’ co-founders met serendipitously in 2011 as graduate students in Colorado State University’s Global Social & Sustainable Enterprise MBA program. Though each of us came with diverse technical and regional backgrounds, we shared the belief that market-based business approaches offer sustainable solutions to the global food crisis. Collectively, we have been exposed to diverse global food systems, from developing fortified food products to smallholder subsistence production. Perhaps most importantly, we share a passion for affecting sustainable development.
After engaging in several business and grant competitions, MamaCarts received funding for a 1-year pilot for 2014 from the Rockefeller Foundation.

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?

Rachael Miller is the Director and entrepreneur extrordinare in charge of overseeing all of the operations for MamaCarts.

Rachael is supported by a local staff of four full-time employees, including Benin Country Director Ibrahim Tchan. Mr. Tchan has worked with the U.S. Peace Corps, World Food Program, and co-founded/managed a United Nations grant for a cultural museum; and is deeply dedicated to creating a product uniquely Beninese.

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Health and Hygiene, Improving Nutrition, Sustainable Sourcing, 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?

Schools- We target all levels of schools as there is no regulated nor consistent lunch program. In Parakou alone, there are 94 primary schools (45,000 students), 12 secondary schools (30,000 students), and 8 universities (3,000 students).

Hospitals - While there is a cafeteria at the largest Parakou hospital, patients’ families frequently purchase street food for the patient and themselves due to sanitation and quality concerns.

General Population - Office workers, business owners, travelers.

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

After completing our pilot in December 2014, MamaCarts Benin will be primed to scale from one cooking center with five carts to 4 cooking sites and a fleet of 20 food carts within the same city. Scaling throughout Benin in 2015-16 to two additional urban and transit centers (Malanville- pop. 170,000 and Bohicon- pop. 112,000) in 2015 will solidify our model.

The Unilever Young Entrepreneur Award will provide the funding necessary to continue developing a nutritious menu with margins for our vendors, building food carts to create jobs for un(der) employed women, and finalize curriculum for our certification course so vendors all over Benin and eventually West Africa, can provide consumers with superior street food.

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

Rachael Miller, MamaCarts co-founder and international director.

Peace Corps Benin (06-08) - Nutritional marketing in partnership with health center, and dry season gardening.

FishChoice.com - Managed new iterations of sustainable seafood calculator for B2B US-based nonprofit.

MamaCarts - Launched pilot in Benin January 2014, developed food cart prototype and menu with local specialists and brought first iteration of model to market.

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Soko

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Year founded

2012

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For‐profit

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Kenya, Nairobi

Country where this project is creating social impact

Kenya, Nairobi

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Soko is an innovation in fashion & technology: an online store that expands access to economic opportunity for artisans in emerging economies, disrupting the traditional export supply chain and revolutionizing the way money & goods are exchanged between developing world artisans & global consumers.

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

What if developing world artisans who have no access to a computer, the internet or a bank account had the tools to connect directly with consumers worldwide?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

There are hundreds of millions small-scale producers making valuable goods in emerging economies around the world. However, these producers cannot access the worldwide consumer demand for their unique and low cost products because they, like over 70% of the world’s population, are living and working on the other side of the digital divide, unable to benefit from the innovation and economic opportunity the Internet provides.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Soko creates an inclusive, international direct trade platform so that small-scale producers in the developing world can participate in the global marketplace. Soko has developed the first online marketplace that enables artisans from anywhere to post and sell their products online. In this way any artisan can become a global entrepreneur and increase their earnings on average by a factor of 20. Moreover, our tools empower artisans to grow their businesses as formal entrepreneurs and gain access to financial representation. Registering as a Soko artisan enables one to earn traceable income on our platform, which can be leveraged to access loans, open a bank account, and even register as an independent entity.

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

Kennedy, one of the many enterprising youth in Kibera (Africa’s second largest slum), joined Soko in January 2014. After product development support and a training on global fashion trends through Soko’s artisan development outreach, Kennedy began selling his designs online for the first time in his career. In Q1, his total income through Soko was approximately $250. By end of Q2, his earnings through Soko has multiplied by a factor of 9 to $2480 in just six months of engagement with us. Due to the increase in demand and quantity for his products, Kennedy has increased the number of full-time staff in his workshop from two to five. In addition, his incremental income has boosted his confidence, sense of achievement and pride in his work

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

In Quarter two of 2014, artisan sales on the Soko platform increased by 164%, with individual artisans receiving an average of $1,020. Increased sales volume has provided our artisans the opportunity to achieve increased income which has helped them to improve their living standards, hire new employees, buy new machinery and grow their businesses. The artisans feel proud to be selling their products online, to international customers. Employing other artisans not only helps to grow the artisans’ businesses, but also gives them a source of pride in the fact that they are providing an economic opportunity for someone else in their community.

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

Soko’s familiar mobile interface and credit card to mobile money payment system make our platform radically accessible and scalable across the developing world. The scale and ubiquity of mobile networks means that they are often the only infrastructure in remote areas, which will support our scaling to these rural regions and help secure the future of rural communities through entrepreneurship and trade. Soko will apply our monitoring and evaluation plan to carry out rigorous impact assessment to better define our lead adopters in each community in new markets

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

As our platform becomes more populated by artisans and well trafficked by consumers, Soko will diversify on merchandise incrementally responding to consumer demands and trends. This will create new markets which will subsequently increase trade volume and revenue. In addition, our approach facilitates the creation of mobile value added services in partnership with Mobile Network Operators which will support commercial partnership development.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Other.

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

With other e-commerce sales platforms for handmade and ethically-sourced, their web enabled-only/bank enabled-only artisan access the developing world crafts represented on these portals are almost always mediated by larger scale fair trade importers and design-manufacture collaborative. Also, the inflated prices charged after importing, marketing, and distributing the goods mean the majority of the profits are funneled outside the local economy, impeding local growth. Our model gives the artisan more control of the process and creates a more direct path to sales and distribution.

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.

Soko’s Founders Catherine Mahugu,Ella Peinovich and Gwen Floyd met in Nairobi, Kenya, where we were inspired to create technology solutions to change the lives of those around us. Soko was born out of a love of design, a combination of global perspectives, and the desire to connect and empower entrepreneurs via the use of the technology around us.
Soko was created by women for women to help “fashion a better world” through the equitable direct trade of beautiful goods between artisans in the developing world and web consumers worldwide. The founders realized that by leveraging technology and existing infrastructure in an innovative way, they could create a platform to enable any talented artisan to participate in international trade.

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

The core team that works full-time includes the below
Catherine Mahugu-Founder( based in Kenya)
Ella Peinovich-Founder(Kenya)
Gwen Floyd-Founder(USA)
Meredith Ragno- Director of P.R and Marketing(USA)
Sasha Githinji- Director of Entrepreneurship and Community Management(Kenya)
Diana Sang-Programs and Social Impact manager(Kenya)
Marylene Otieno-Country Finance and Strategy Manager(Global)
Alex Kihuna-Technology manager(Kenya)

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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?

Our program targets small scale producers of handcrafts in the developing world, who make up a large percentage of the informal sector in Africa. For SMEs and producers in developing countries, Soko’s e-commerce platform poses the advantages of reduced information search costs and transactions costs i.e. improving efficiency of operations-reducing time for purchasing, credit processing, shipping and final payment to the artisan, thus making international trade truly inclusive.

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

Although we realize that market linkage is a great enabler, we understand that long-term success of our program lies in ensuring sustainability of SMEs and increasing their ability to overcome the challenges faced in moving out of poverty. Winning the prize money will help us develop, deliver and successfully implement a suite of mobile enterprise tools that will enable us to expand our current technology platform and reinforce our value proposition to artisans by delivering rigorous and exhaustive capacity development to enable small-scale crafts producers in the developing world to manage production, formalize their operations, sell to global consumers, and transform the market access and opportunity our technology provides into growth.

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

I have been involved in various ICT for Development projects including Stanford University and Nokia Africa Research Center Design Projects focused on building mobile applications targeting informal communities that require access to clean water , healthcare and furthermore improving the lives of the visually impaired.

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yes

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yes

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BAYA

More than 89% of our 4 million girls working in the RMG industry use factory floor thrown away strips of cloths for their Menstruation. Most of these women are suffering from the negative consequences of unhygienic menstruation practices. We will provide them with low-cost sanitary napkins.

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Livelyhoods

LivelyHoods is a social enterprise that hires disadvantaged women and youth to sell environmentally and socially conscious products in Kenya’s slums. The benefits of this project are threefold as we create economic opportunities, mitigate climate change, and improve customers’ lives.

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Empowering Women and Youth to Work Their Way Off the Streets and Out of Poverty

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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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Kenya, Nairobi

Country where this project is creating social impact

Kenya

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

LivelyHoods is a social enterprise that hires disadvantaged women and youth to sell environmentally and socially conscious products in Kenya’s slums. The benefits of this project are threefold as we create economic opportunities, mitigate climate change, and improve customers’ lives.

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

What if we could create a business that reaches even the farthest corners of the world like “Coca-Cola”, is on every street corner like “Starbucks”, and provides a customer service experience like “Apple”…and what if we did it all that with a sales team of formerly unemployed youth and women, a customer base of slum residents, and an environmentally and socially conscious product line?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Youth aged 18-34 represent 61% of the unemployed in Kenya, most coming from households in the bottom 40% of the income distribution (UNDP, 2013). Unemployed and idle youth contribute to instability and social unrest, such as the 2008 post-election violence in which 75% of the perpetrators were youth. There is an entire generation of talent and creativity going to waste in Kenya. We see a different future for these youth and our environment.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

LivelyHoods’ solution is simple: We employ youth and women to sell clean cookstoves and life-improving, environmentally conscious products such as solar lamps and water filters to those who need them the most, but currently lack access. Our solution is built on two key assumptions 1) Slum communities have purchasing potential, but lack access to quality products that could improve their lives; 2) Disadvantaged youth and women have the natural talent, motivation and ability to learn skills necessary for sales that can help them earn an income and alter the course of their lives. Capitalizing on overlooked human resources and an underserved market, LivelyHoods creates jobs and builds the optimal customer service experience for Kenya’s BOP.

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

Unemployed and living with his uncle in a mabati style (iron sheet) house in a Nairobi slum, Eric, 22, was unhappy with his situation. Like many Kenyan youth, he was unable to find a job, citing that businesses wouldn't even consider his application without a bribe. Feeling like a burden to his uncle, he joined LivelyHoods’ training program where he quickly became a top selling agent. With job experience and a reputable reference, within a year Eric was able to secure a job as a Business Development Manager with an international company earning a stable income and saving money to buy a house. An advocate for LivelyHoods’ program, Eric mentors current sales agents, encouraging them to work hard, stay motivated and hope for a better future.

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

LivelyHoods has trained over 500 women and youth and created more than 200 jobs. This job experience instills confidence and offers youth hope for a future of financial independence. Sales agents have sold over 2,000 clean-burning cookstoves, contributing to over $150,000 in total sales revenue. These stoves reduce indoor air pollution that causes respiratory infections as well as prevent deforestation and reduce CO2 emissions that contribute to global climate change. LivelyHoods saves customers money and time needed to collect or buy additional wood or charcoal to operate traditional cookstoves. Solar lamps save customers money and are a safer alternative to lighting than kerosene or candles that could cause a fire. LivelyHoods aims to scale to 32 stores throughout Kenya, creating over 5,000 jobs, selling over 65,000 cookstoves and generating $5,824,635 in revenue by 2018.

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

LivelyHoods plans to spread its operations throughout Kenya. Our expansion plan is rooted in creating mutual partnerships with established organizations already working with our target population, but not offering income-generating activities. In 2015 we will expand to our first location outside of Nairboi and from there we will continue expanding to informal settlements in other cities throughout Kenya. We also plan to adapt our model to serve residents in rural areas through the purchase of several sales and marketing vans that can travel to these areas on a regular schedule.

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

LivelyHoods plans to be financially sustainable by 2018. At scale, we will purchase products at greater volumes and lower prices, while also creating an efficient distribution system across Kenya. We plan to import directly and even white-label products using the strong brand name we are creating with slum consumers. We will add 2 to 4 stores every quarter, reaching 32 stores in 2018, at which point we will be fully financially sustainable.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Foundations, Other.

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

Solar Sister and Living Goods are both micro-franchise models addressing unemployment by selling products to bottom of the pyramid consumers in Africa. Solar Sister employs women to sell solar products and is not yet in Kenya, whereas we also employ youth and have a wide range of products. Solar Sister and Living Goods require sales agents to take on a loan, whereas LivelyHoods’ innovative consignment model allows agents access to $75 daily consignment, taking all financial risk off the agent. Neither competitor offers fixed locations for customers to service products or fulfill warranties.

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.

LivelyHoods grew out of a failed attempt at a micro-finance project. After training, the pilot group expressed disinterest in taking a loan to start a business when they had no experience or confidence in their abilities and feared going into debt. Changing course, LivelyHoods interviewed 300 youth and discovered that everyone had sales experience, from selling mangos to drugs. We then had our pilot group survey their community to find out what kind of products they needed. The “Aha Moment” came when Alex Govinda, a former street boy without a high school education, made more than $40 in commissions selling 10 solar lamps in one day. When asked if he had ever made that much money in one day before he said, “Only when I was stealing.”

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

The LivelyHoods’ team is led by Tania Laden, a Stanford graduate that PBS named one of the “15 Young Go-Getters You’ll Want to Meet”. She is supported by Director of Operations, Brian Odihambo, graduate of Yale, entrepreneur and former manager at Jumia. As we scale, Alex Beru, a former street boy and one of the first sales agents, will recruit talent to promote from within. We have 12 staff and are governed by a diverse and accomplished board.

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Greenhouse Gases, 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?

By employing women and youth to sell life-improving products in Kenya’s slums we benefit our employees, customers, and the environment. 1) This provides unemployed youth and women with an income, job experience and hope for a more secure future. 2) Consumers find value in LivelyHoods’ as our products improve lives. Our best-selling product, the clean-burning cookstove, saves money by cutting fuel costs in half and improves health by reducing toxic smoke emissions that cause respiratory infections.

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

Implemented in three phases, Proof of Concept (2014-2015); Proof of Scale (2016-2017); and Growth and Scale (2018), LivelyHoods plans to be financially sustainable by 2018. Currently operating 4 stores we plan to add an additional 4 in 2015 followed by 2 to 4 stores every quarter thereafter until we reach 32 stores in 2018, at which point we will be fully financially sustainable. The prize money will help us achieve our ambitious expansion plans and reach new markets in informal settlements outside of Nairobi as well as in other cities throughout Kenya. We also plan to adapt our model to serve residents in rural areas through the purchase of several sales and marketing vans that can travel to these areas on a regular schedule.

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

My entrepreneurial spirit can be seen in adapting LivelyHoods into what it is today from a pilot of 7 to a sales force of over 100. After a micro-finance project failed, we switched the model to micro-consignment. Faced with a crippling supply gap, I took the demoralized youth into a supermarket to select new products. After spending three years building our team and our operations, I have proven that we can adapt and weather any challenges.

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

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Sustainable agriculture

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Fund good jobs.

Our goal is to create a network effect, local and national, of people and companies making bets on others to build people and scale good jobs. We tailor investments to maximize growth of these companies to maximize the creation of good jobs.

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Fund good jobs.

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2013

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United States, CA, Oakland

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United States, CA, Oakland

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

Our goal is to create a network effect, local and national, of people and companies making bets on others to build people and scale good jobs. We tailor investments to maximize growth of these companies to maximize the creation of good jobs.

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

What if we could use creative capital to create a million good jobs for those who need them most?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Small businesses are uniquely equipped to create good jobs. They have greater flexibility to hire the hard-to-employ and provide them with opportunities for advancement. As members of the community, they tend to hire locally and are less likely to ship jobs overseas. But, these companies are often too large for micro-loans, and not yet big enough to attract large investments from banks and venture capital firms. They can't access capital to grow.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

We fill that gap by tailoring investments in the range of $100k to $2m. Through these investments, we’re able to maximize growth and the creation of good jobs.

And, each investment is made in partnership with an organization that provides a suite of business support services and resources. Through this approach, we are proving out an important hypothesis: That when we bet on small businesses, they in turn bet on people in their community.

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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?

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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.

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Fairness in the Workplace, 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?

Fund Good Jobs is part of a community built around the philosophy of betting on people who build people. This community is fundamental to our success due to our commitment to invest in small businesses that are active members of the community and hire locally; and our commitment to ensuring that jobs created are available to those who need them most (largely minority communities and communities with barriers to employment).

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

Some of the challenges that we face are common ones for startups, and particularly startups that are charting a new course as we are. They include:
-Capacity: We have a great need for ‘anchor’ funders to the financial capacity needed to get to scale And, we believe that the publicity and prize money would go a long ways as we explore opportunities to expand.
-Visibility: We must continue to build the Fund Good Jobs brand, including through specifically branding our unique source of capital to grow and expand the Fund Good Jobs conversations. The publicity and prize money would expand our capacity to do that

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

I have over a decade of experience as a community organizer, and nearly half a decade of professional experience working with entrepreneurs to improve and scale their businesses.

Prior to Fund Good Jobs, I was the COO at Inner City Advisors (ICA). There, I managed $163M total revenues, facilitated 50+ unique financing transactions and served as a strategic advisor to hundreds of small businesses.

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BIENturis "Wellness Tourism"

We are a logistics tourism agency responsible for designing and innovating packages in the department of Norte de Santander.
1) HEALTH PLAN, RELAX AND BEAUTY SPA
2) BUSINESS PLAN
3) STUDENT PLAN
4) SUN DAY PLAN GROUP: Hiking, horseback riding and paragliding

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Soko

Soko is an innovation in fashion & technology: an online store that expands access to economic opportunity for artisans in emerging economies, disrupting the traditional export supply chain and revolutionizing the way money & goods are exchanged between developing world artisans & global consumers.

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Food for Education Program (FFEP)

Net Enrollment Rate (NER) in educational institutions in urban areas of Pakistan is surprisingly low. Food for Education Program focuses on increasing NER in primary schools by providing students with better health and food in terms of take home rations.

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Genteng Healthy Market

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

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Tunisian Association of Agronomists

To devote human potential of young graduates to assure high standards in quality food production from residual energy and waste heat while protecting our environment.

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wise energy transformation

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2014

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Tunisia, TU, Tunis

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Tunisia, SF, sfax

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

Devote human potential of young graduates for better quality food production from the residual and lost energy while protecting our environment.

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

Tilapia and spirulina are characterized by a high protein intake and are easy to produce at low cost.

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Currently, Tunisians face a increase in the price of animal food such as red meat, fish and chicken
Therefore, the diet of the population suffers from a lack of protein because of the decline in purchasing power
Following these conditions, dietary imbalance and malnutrition due to protein deficiency especially in growing children are fears
Tilapia and spirulina have shown from international experiences relevant solution to this problem

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

These productions exist in Tunisia, but the conduct of the production is seasonal although there is the know-how and human potential specialist in this field, due to the fluctuation of the ambient temperature influences consequently the temperature of the pond water. The latter should always keep a temperature between 22 ° C and 28 ° C.
And farmers complain of the lack of seed supply.
Since the breeding of these species is fresh and hot water, we thought of the residual energy from fuel stations and industrial complexes is lost and untapped energy and causes pollution of the environment
This energy will reduce the breeding costs essentially heat recovery and enable a continuous and intensive production

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

1-Installation of a pilot project next to the thermal power of the Tunisian Company of Electricity and Gas located BIR Mcherga for the exploitation of waste heat from cooling water and steam drive turbine. This heat is transferred to the tilapia ponds and Spirulina and production of Tilapia fingerlings in tanks in greenhouses (hatchery) for heating water.
2 - Implantation of a second pilot project next transfer station crude oil road MANZEL CHAKER-Sfax. The flared gas is used to heat or cool water through a suitable gas burner to.

The rest of the project will be the same as the previous project.

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

- The impact of each pilot project will produce 200,000 fry for internal project production and supply other existing Tilapia farms.
- Production of 100.00 unit which corresponds to 35 tons
- Production of 3.5 tons of Spirulina
- Use 4 workers and 2 technician / project
- Recovery 80% of the polluting residual energy
- Determination of difficulties in different stages of project completion: resolving and process optimization for the best performance and multiplication project

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

Better access to fish protein for a better balanced diet
Replicate the experience on different energy sources with adaptation to the specificities of each station
Reduced CO2 emission and hence the decrease of the pollution
Increase domestic production and the creation of new project through the production of fry
Creation of job positions and provide sustainable sources of income
Production of sustainable wealth
Reproduce techniques heating and cooling in other animal and plant production

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

Research funders can find the funding for these projects
Involvement of industrial station for the support of the parties
Collection of special gifts
public funding
Sale of production
Exchange of CO2 quota

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Foundations, NGOs, Regional government, National government, Customers, Other.

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

No similar project exists so far

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.

Executives Tunisian Association of Agricultural Engineers in 2012 accompanied the establishment of a new solution tilapia hatchery on the Sfax region which promised to solve the problems of this type of farming in Tunisia.
Traditional farms use geothermal energy in basins in southern Tunisia during the winter while the northern breeding is performed in lakes with cages only during the summer.
The project Sfax been improvements but had problems to produce all year round, for fry of the request and unfortunately Technique used was high energy as it uses as a source of moderation 18/22 ° C the a water drilling a almost continuously during the cycle of production.
     

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?

Nabil Hammada : founder Rihab Miloud:Advisor
Khadija Karboul: Advisor
Khaled Kdous: staff

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Soko - E-commerce for the Developing World

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Nairobi
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1° 18' 3.8088" S, 36° 49' 10.4268" E

Soko is an online store that connects online consumers to handcrafted jewelry created by artisans in emerging economies, using ethically sourced and upcycled materials. By leveraging the pervasive mobile phone, Soko has developed the first e-commerce marketplace that enables talented artisans to post and sell their products online, even if they do not have access to a computer or a bank account, empowering global artisans to participate in international trade. Using Soko’s proprietary technology artisans can create and manage their online storefronts via their personal mobile phones.

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2011

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Myanmar, YG, Kha Yan

Country where this project is creating social impact

Myanmar, YG, Kha Yan

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Seed production for World Class High Quality Export Rice and farm land restoration from chemical effects. Upgrading the Traditional Agricultural to Modern Agriculture, High Quality Seed to reproduce High Quality Standard Seeds as Multiple method and marketing.

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

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Most farmers live in a debt spiral that is an obstacle to improve seeds and production means quality. Old traditional rice production methods, lack of organic fertilizers and of good water management could be easily overcome to improve productivity, generate better employment, promote water and soil conservation and creation of electricity for farmers work and their families. Supply chain is very long thus dispersing the few economic resources.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

The innovative approach resides in the synergic plan that combines solutions for good quality rice production, organic agriculture, water preservation, waste reduction and energy production, thus creating a high quality market for rice export and establishment of good sustainable jobs and social inclusion. In less than 18 months this synergic project will completely change the life of the 200 involved farmers families granting them the conditions for a decent life and decent sustainable work. The production of quality rice seeds will generate a standardized innovative method of seeds production, of rice breeding techniques and seed storage facilities. Through the elimination of chemical fertilizers, the soil quality will improve.

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Now days farmer’s families in the selected area, such as the family of Than Swe……work with low quality seeds and earn very little from their hard work, have no knowledge on how to fight against diseases. Than Swe was obliged to indebt himself to pay for seeds and work instruments, because the quality of rice his family produces is too poor to be sold at a good price both inside the country and internationally. With good quality seeds Than Swe family can improve its paddy and earn more to feed the family. The organic fertilizers will improve soil quality and enable to protect soil and improve quality of production and enable Than Swe and other farmers to overcome the debt issue. This will be the weal of positive sustainable and inclusive cha

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

• 200 farmers and landless workers families, that is around 1200 persons will directly benefit from the project. In 18 months the selected agricultural area will be transformed in an organic productive area. The local Agriculture and Farmers Federation members 3500 will benefit from the results, and will use the training materials and the gained experience on the ground.
• Before project start rice seeds production was 1.363kg/acres and after the project the output will reach 54.480 kg of High Quality Seed to be re used and sold.
• Farmers will be able to repay their debt and be free from such indebtedness.
• Strategically develop the Sustainable Agriculture Organic Market Chain.
• New good quality rice will be sold in the Eu and Japan.
• Village level organic Seed Storage facilities will sustain the organic farming system.

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

Farmers increase income form Organic Market system.
Attaining the Bio-Diversity as Environmental impact through the Organic Agriculture
Organic Agriculture Techniques will habitual to the Farmers.

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

Project Manager €4,800.00
Project Coordinator €4,800.00
Agronomist €3,600.00
Transportation €3,600.00
Communication €480.00
Training Material €300.00
M&E €2,400.00
Seed €390.00
Seed Storage Facilities €1,560.00
Fertilizer €455.00
Pest Control €1,500.00
Farm Renting €50.00
Farming Management Cost €130.00
Soil Taster €60.00
Spry equipment €60.00
Land Tilling €520
Ploting €65
Harvesting €195

TOTAL €4985

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Other.

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

The request for good quality rice is increasing particularly in Europe and Japan. Consumers are very carefully looking at the food quality as well as its social content. The project will be developed by social and environmental responsible persons, able to respect the international human, labor and environmental standards, thus giving a warranty in this regard, because participants will be part of the local farmer’s trade union. More over under the qualitative side, organic materials and internationally accepted quality control equipment all along the production chain will be respected.

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.

According to the Myanmar Agriculture sector, farmers have very low income because of the 3 reasons. (1) Product (2)Place and (3)Method.

(1)For the Product, farmers still produce the rice verities which does not success in the world agriculture market.

(2) About Place also known as market, 3 steps of middle transaction have to pass through the customers.

(3) Nowadays, Myanmar farmers difficult to effort agriculture mechanization. And apply plentiful of chemical fertilizer to their yield.

Therefore, our idea is to eliminate all 3main problems. For Product, we select the world market good price varieties. Place(market) we will use the direct marketing system. About Method, we will have to apply the organic agriculture method.

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?

Two young entrepreneurs expert in rice production will set up the young company. Members of the township AFFM will be the local partners and a group of Agronomists will be part of the expert group that will develop the training.
The young entrepreneurs had the experience of the emergency relief during the Nargis Cyclone, a dramatic flood that killed thousands of rice farmers and destroyed thousands of hectares of paddy.

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After the seed production, our beneficiaries will sell to the Farmers Cooperative member who willing to grow the world market standard rice verity of rice.

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

As our project objective, project are will have Organic Producer Agriculture Cooperative for their sustainable Agri- Business Society.

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

Two young entrepreneurs expert in rice production will set up the young company. Members of the township AFFM will be the local partners and a group of Agronomists will be part of the expert group that will develop the training.The young entrepreneurs had the experience of the emergency relief during the Nargis Cyclone, a dramatic flood that killed thousands of rice farmers and destroyed thousands of hectares of paddy.

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High Class World Export Quality Rice

As part of market change and create sustainable organic way agriculture for farmers by farm land restoration from chemical effects, upgrade The Traditional Agricultural to Modern Agriculture, Seed to reproduce as Multiple methods. Working as cooperative will make farmers life better.

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Ground Truth Collaborative, LLC

Ground Truth Collaborative, LLC is a consulting firm that brings stakeholders, with common data needs, together to plan and fund large-scale environmental research. Ground Truth reduces research costs by hiring underemployed people, and training them in specialized data collection and processing.

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2014

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United States, St. Paul

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n/a

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Ground Truth Collaborative, LLC is a consulting firm that brings stakeholders, with common data needs, together to plan and fund large-scale environmental research. Ground Truth reduces research costs by hiring underemployed people, and training them in specialized data collection and processing.

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

What if unskilled workers could access higher education and join the knowledge economy?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

1. Water and environmental research are expensive because it is labor-intensive. High-skill workers are not cost-effective. 2. Environmental research is reactive. By not collecting baseline data proactively, we are unprepared to mitigate environmental accidents; "big data" cannot be centralized; scientific innovation is jeopardized. 3. Low-skill workers face institutional barriers to education and have fewer options to escape poverty.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Ground Truth taps this unused human potential by paying unskilled workers to train as Water Data Specialists (WDS). 1. Highly-skilled labor is efficiently used. Moderately-skilled work can be done faster and cheaper. 2. WDS reduce research labor costs and make large-scale, comprehensive data collection possible, resulting in large, powerful data sets for long-term research. This also means we can collect and store data before we need to fix an environmental crisis 3. WDS learn technical skills in water and environmental data handling that qualify them for professional careers in the knowledge economy.

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

Ground Truth is partnering with the Polar Geospatial Center on a pilot in which underemployed people will process publicly available, geo-referenced data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center so that it better indicates what regions remain frozen or snow-covered. This processing will be integrated into a training program that teaches transferable skills in widely used computer programs, while adding value to data that is used by polar researchers around the globe.

Ground Truth is also exploring partnership with the Great Lakes Environmental Laboratory regarding a stakeholder needs assessment. This will be an important test of how Ground Truth engages stakeholders to take ownership of large-scale research agendas.

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

The first year, 100 underemployed people will earn a professional wage for a year as they train to be Water Data Specialists in Minnesota. They will gain widely applicable skill sets in data handling, as they contribute to multiple long-term research efforts that make more data available to stakeholders. Water Data Specialists, and multiple stakeholder contracts, will make it affordable to collect regional baseline data on freshwater resources. Baseline data is critical when confronted with environmental accidents, and to mitigate climate change. Ground Truth's model also offers an alternative to funding research with public money. Having stakeholders drive research agendas that are not currently addressed by traditional institutions means science is more responsive to governments, businesses, and communities.

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

The majority of the globe's freshwater supply does not have comprehensive baseline data collected at regular intervals. Long-term, large-scale data sets are crucial assets for governments, businesses, and researchers. Developing nations often have high unemployment and low access to education. The full impact of this work will be global, open source, comprehensive data sets for the largest global watersheds and robust workforce development programs in STEM. This model helps alleviate poverty and builds community capacity, which is critical for sustainable development.

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

1. Ground Truth will pursue single-stakeholder consulting contracts in which we provide water and environmental data collection or processing services.

2. Multiple-stakeholder contracts will involve several stakeholders who collectively design and buy into an ongoing research plan.

3. Ground Truth also collects hiring fees from employers that hire WDSs after their training is complete.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Other.

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

Non-profits are creating successful programs in workforce development and enviro. infrastructure. Programs scale to neighborhoods or cities, provide shorter training sessions, and work experiences are predominantly manual labor. They do not provide data clearinghouse services. Gov/universities set the standard for research, but are unresponsive to stakeholder needs, and depend on volatile public funds. Data is not centralized. No significant workforce development. For-profits do not centralize data, or offer workforce development. Localized projects dictate data. Less efficient labor model.

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 worked across sectors for more than six years in water research and sustainability, I became frustrated at how many environmental and social problems can be solved with current technology, yet go unresolved because of institutional inertia. Our current models to fund research cripple future innovation because science must shrink research agendas to match volatile public investment. Creating new models to fund science requires more affordable labor, which is possible by not insisting that all STEM workers have advanced degrees. This also makes STEM training more accessible to those otherwise trapped in poverty. I also want to make science more accountable. Science must do more to serve the public good to merit public investment.

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?

Kate Thompson: Junior Scientist in ecology, University of Minnesota (U of M)

Advisory Board:
Adam Rix, JD: Founder of Watermark Initiative, LLC
Lewis Gilbert, PhD: Acting Director of the Institute on the Environment, U of M
Amanda Miklik, MEd: Instructional Designer at U of M; Developer for Northstar Digital Literacy Project
Adam Clark, PhD candidate, theoretical ecologist at the U of M
Brad Thompson, Founder of Labels2Learn

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Water Use, Fairness in the Workplace, 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?

Ground Truth Collaborative, LLC serves regional water and environmental data users, including industry, government, academia, advocacy groups, and communities. Ground Truth engages stakeholders and does consortium-building around unmet data needs.

Under-employed people apply to become Water Data Specialists and receive one year of training in research methodology, data handling, and widely transferable skills that will improve their employment prospects upon completion of their training.

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

Funds would go towards curriculum development to integrate Water Data Specialist training and data collection and processing deliverables.

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

Prior experience working in start-up consulting firm over the course of five years. Over three years, organized and led student group to financial sustainability.

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De la Gente

De la Gente sells high quality coffee from cooperatives of small-holding farmers directly to buyers and consumers. We deliver a great product with a compelling story, and pay farmers a much better price that provides them and their communities with greatly improved income and a way out of poverty.

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2013

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

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United States, MA, Framingham

Country where this project is creating social impact

Guatemala, ST, Ciudad Vieja

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De la Gente sells high quality coffee from cooperatives of small-holding farmers directly to buyers and consumers. We deliver a great product with a compelling story, and pay farmers a much better price that provides them and their communities with greatly improved income and a way out of poverty.

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

...smallholder farmers could lift their families and communities out of coffee through coffee?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Small-holding coffee farmers produce some of the world's best coffee, and yet most of Guatemala's small-scale farmers live in poverty. Most farmers sell off the raw harvest of their coffee fruit to local intermediaries, at times earning less than their production costs. Despite the quality and value of their coffee, tens of thousands of small producers in Guatemala are excluded from the wealth the coffee industry generates and remain poor.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

De la Gente enables farmers to benefit from the value of their high quality product by delivering this coffee to customers in the context of a business model that is self-sustaining.

We have created an integrated supply chain that stretches all the way from the farm to the end buyer or consumer. We import, market and distribute coffee from our partner cooperatives throughout North and Central America.

Because we are selling a value-added product direct to those purchasing, we generate much better value and can pass that on to our farmers, who earn 50-250% more for their coffee compared to their next best option.

We make it simple for coffee drinkers and roastersto enjoy great coffee while improving the lives of those who produce it

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

Timoteo is member of his local coffee cooperative. He harvests 2,000 lbs of coffee each year, but without access to markets or consumers, he has to sell to the local intermediary, who pays a paltry $1.20 per pound. With his $2,400 in earning, he finds it impossible to cover his costs and provide for his family of 7.

When his cooperative starts working with DLG and gains access to our markets, Timoteo’s coffee ends up in the hands of specialty roasters and consumers abroad. Timoteo is now able to earn $3.50 per pound, which gives him $7,000 to grow his coffee and support family. He can now send his daughters to school, provide for basic family needs, and continue to invest in his coffee production.

*A true story

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

Quantitative:
• 5 cooperatives with 300 farmers, 1,300 indirect beneficiaries including family members.
• In 2014, projected sales of 40,000 lbs of coffee for over $185,000 in revenue
• In coffee sorting season, employment for over 500 women each harvest season.
• Due to income for local people, ripple effect economically, $3 in local spending.
• Each farmer on average 2 other jobs for people who they hire to harvest, sort.

Qualitatively: A palpable increase in motivation and sense of empowerment. At this year’s annual gathering of cooperative representatives, all spoke of their newfound hope for the future, and belief that the progress achieved thus far proves there are real possibilities for the future.

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

We believe that our model can be scaled up and are working toward significant growth to expand our impact.

We dream of involving cooperatives from all around Guatemala, and distributing coffee throughout the coffee-consuming world. We envision that in 5-10 years, we will be a multi-million dollar organization that provides income for thousands of farmers and tens of thousands of family members across Guatemala.

To do so, we are aggressively pursuing new market opportunities and developing our customer base, as we work with cooperatives to ensure production quality and quantity.

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

De la Gente's operating costs are covered by program revenue from our coffee business and community tourism program. Our long-term plan for financial sustainability is for all of our overhead to continue to be covered this way. Support from individuals and institution is directly exclusively to our cooperative assistance programs (training, financing, professional development).

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Foundations, Customers.

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

Most approaches to improving incomes for coffee producers have gone for either scale or impact, one at the exclusion of the other. Fair Trade certification has existed for more than a decade, but the consensus among cooperatives is that it provides only marginally improved prices. Some companies buy direct from cooperatives, but that tends to be one-off and not replicable.

De la Gente's precise approach aims to be flexible but powerful, making it so that any customer or roaster can buy from us as easy as they would from a conventional company, but with unconventional impact.

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

Small-holding coffee farmers possess a dedication to their work and pride in producing high quality product that rivals that of any craftsperson. After spending time with cooperatives and their members in Guatemala, we realized that we could turn that passion into a source of economic progress. And once we heard the enthusiastic reception from coffee drinkers and farmers alike, we knew we'd hit on sometime powerful. Since then we've been working hard in turning that dream into reality.

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

Our team is a diverse group of highly motivated people with experience in their respective fields (coffee, tourism, marketing, fundraising, finance) and dedication to getting the job done. We currently have 5 full-time staff, plus a few part time staff for specific projects. We foster a collaborative culture that emphasizes teamwork and respect alongside efficiency and effectiveness. We will continue to grow the team to meet new needs.

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

Our customer groups are individual coffee consumers and coffee roasters who care about the quality of their coffee but also about it impact on those who produce it. We engage them by delivering great coffee while communicating its impact in the lives of farmers.

Our recipient groups are the cooperatives and farmers that we work with and whose coffee we sell. We have build strong and trusting relationships with them by being open about how we work and delivering on our promises.

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

We are constantly working hard to reach new markets and expand our client base, but we are limited in the funds we can dedicate. With the prizes money, we would invest in boosting our visibility and ability to deliver pitches and samples to potential clients. We know there is a genuine hunger and desire for this type of solution, and more resources would allow us to reach a wider audience.

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

Previously, my area of widest experience was in politics and campaigns. While this might not seem obviously entrepreneurial, it's not far removed. Political work requires clear resolve, relentless optimism and problem solving, and above all the ability to communicate clearly a vision and motivate a team to execute it. The skills I learned knocking on doors and talking to community leaders have served me well leading De la Gente.

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Tunisian Association of Agronomists

Forest degradation in northern Tunisia, overuse and mismanagement of forest resources, low valorization of honey and natural aroma potential present today a real threat to the environment, social and economic stability of the native population.

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2014

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Tunisia, Tunis

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n/a

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Forest degradation in northern Tunisia, overuse and mismanagement of forest resources, low valorization of honey and natural aroma potential present today a real threat to the environment, social and economic stability of the native population.

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

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

- Forest degradation in northern Tunisia.
- Over use and mismanagement of forest resources.
- Low valuation of honey and aromatic potential now present a real threat to the environment.
- Social and economic instability of the native population.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Given that the development and implementation of a system based on the local plant heritage and the community is the key solution to the development of the region, our project of a honey and aromatic plant nursery has as goals: to identify a process and a series of technologies to restore forest resources, insure a good management and conservation of genetic forest resources, install models of bio-rehabilitation for the degenerated land in order to insure diversity of the agro-forest crop, preserve the biodiversity through breeding existing local species and the introduction of new ones, enhance the role of rural women through their integration in the production chain to insure good management, production, transformation and marketing of th

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

In northern Tunisia, families used to live from beekeeping, forestry exploitation and apiarian activities . The forest was indeed the main source of living and employment for the majority of the inhabitants of the region. Today, this wealth is threatened by forest degradation and families are at risk of poverty due to overexploitation of this natural heritage. Thanks to our project and as opposite to the existing practices and policies, we will be reforesting forests, other tree species will be integrated and fauna will be diversified, which will contribute to the development of beekeeping and preserve the environment. Women will be resuming old activities like oil extraction and others will be exploring new employment horizons.

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

Ensure production of 100,000 plants / year / nursery. We aim to plant 100,000 trees and plants dice the beginning of project implementation and provide additional training to 54 beneficiaries of the project Api-Nature already installed in the region on permaculture by the end of 2015. Creating 2 nurseries prototypes in Jendouba and Siliana with the contribution of graduates of this regions as active. On the other hand an increase in numbers of hives per hectar, lead to an increase honey production and distillates which consequently lead to increased incomes and improved standards of living. of corse state forest nurseries will be affected by this project template.

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

In the medium term, we strive increasing numbers of beneficiaries and cover all arable land is 17.5% of Tunisia, consider a pay per year for farmers to improve their guarantee living standards and consequently a contribution to the national economy. The culmination to a more multi valus products use project and the creation of a culture of healthy community life awareness on environmental concepts and recovery natural resources enlarges the scope and distribute the product elsewhere in Algeria and Morocco and to cooperate with new farmers and cooperatives.

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

Funding donations EEC partners, IOM, with what, a nursery project is already working on a large project Api-Nature integrates all value chains of honey production on this project, for which we have already we are al blessed by the state and management of forests.
Levy on the products value chains developed (ex. marketing of honey labeled on a separate circuit to the association or its partners and associates.)

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

NGOs, Regional government, National government, Other.

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

Currently several institutions reflect the same subject, but no real initiative entries taken on the ground because of a lack of will. we would like the contagion and spread our idea by the Office of livestock grazing institutions (OEP), the management of forests and NGOs for focused our work on the development of value chains around  this new dynamism and better exploitation of the wealth produced, even on the research and improvement of local animal and plant potential

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

In the study of Api-Nature project in the regions of Mpumalanga and Jendouba, the issue of biodiversity of forest resources is a major constraint to sustainable beekeeping. This led us to focus our thinking to adopt a strategy to find a lasting solution to the conservation of natural resources.

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?

khadija KARBOUL: Staff Rihab MILOUD: Staff
Khaled KDOUS:Staff

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This nursery has a moral value for the population of this region More than a physical value. And we know in advance that this value will weld strength and determination to make this dream a reality. We sincerely believe that, with the support of the state and the forest management of our project will be a success and opening new horizons.

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

This project as dream needs the strength and determination to nourish and enlarge, but we need financial resources to execute, we will do our strength and ensure the sustainability of this project but we cant do so much without support and help that we hope from state institutions and NGO for the project to work and be a model for all of Tunisia by its expected socio-economic and technical results.

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

as an association, we had a similar experience with a small project to rehabilitate a nursery in Beni-Mtir which was shared with the local women of the joy of work and recover a lost life is a unique experience that could approach these women and know their difficult conditions, several other projects are being elaborations on the themes of environmental sustainability, rural woman ....

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ORGANIC FORMING WITH COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

This is a project to promote organic forming and community development. With the help of multimedia and digital platforms. Production and Marketing boat should be in the hands of the formers. Remove the mediators In the Agri Markets. Bringing Creditability to the Organic Agri Products.

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DUMA - The Future of Hiring in Emerging Markets

Duma Works provides small and medium-sized enterprises in emerging markets with the recruiting tools they need to source and screen candidates ... for any job, without any hassle.

We currently work with over 200 employers and 10,000 job seekers in Kenya. We have matched 4,500 people to openings.

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2012

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Kenya, Nairobi

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Kenya

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

Duma Works provides small and medium-sized enterprises in emerging markets with the recruiting tools they need to source and screen candidates ... for any job, without any hassle.

We currently work with over 200 employers and 10,000 job seekers in Kenya. We have matched 4,500 people to openings.

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

What if basic cell phones could be used to help small and medium-sized business owners, anywhere in the world, find and screen job candidates for their open positions?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

In Kenya, employers often have difficulty consolidating various factors – including job skills and experience, educational requirements, salary budget, and company culture – into a clear articulation of their ideal job candidate. Similarly, job seekers do not know how to identify and promote their capabilities, which prevents them from placing value in their competencies and having the confidence to plan and pursue successful career paths.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Duma Works is a mobile career building platform. We use automated sourcing and screening technology to quickly identify the best candidates for job openings. Candidates are identified through our skills-based matching algorithms and social referral network. These individuals are notified about the job through an SMS alert and invited to complete a sector-specific skills and behavioral screening test. The top-performing candidates are recommended to the employer for further review.

Anyone with a basic phone can use our platform. We build income, confidence, and stability for the un(der)employed. In doing so, we alleviate the direct impacts of poverty like food insecurity, while also empowering people with a sense of social significance.

What awards or honors has the project received?

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

We help people grow their careers by understanding which jobs they are best suited for.

Take for example, Jsha, a musician from Nakuru who we matched to a short-term sales job. Here's what he had to say: "I knew I was an artist but I said, why not, let's try sales. I sold 13 phones and cleared their stock! I even convinced 2 people to buy KES 19,000 phones instead of the KES 6000 ones they were looking at. Now I know I have a new skill. I can sing, but I can also do sales!"

Ultimately, our goal is to evaluate people's capabilities and interests, and then align those qualifications with the job market. We want to help job seekers place value in their competencies and develop the confidence to plan and pursue successful career paths.

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

We began running a pilot program in Kenya in September 2012. Since then, we have recruited 9500 job seekers onto the platform, matched over 4500 to jobs, and established presence in all major cities of Kenya. By the end of 2014, we will begin a pilot project in Rwanda to learn how to best scale our services internationally and to increase our social impact.

We believe our platform will revolutionize hiring in emerging markets worldwide. Mobile is already changing the face of Africa, and we think that job matching is just the next step. Duma Works’ vision is to create an empowered society where no job opportunities are lost. Our mission stands to be the developing world’s job reference system, and to enrich and empower a global workforce.

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

Our target market is small to medium-size enterprises, which make up 75% of businesses in Kenya (our launch market) and contribute to 87% of job creation. In Rwanda (our second target market), SMEs comprise 98% of all businesses and 41% of private sector employment.

Our value proposition is that we use technology to streamline the hiring process, allowing us to provide high-quality recruiting solutions at an affordable cost. This saves employers time, guarantees security, and increases overall company productivity.

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

Duma Works is a social enterprise with a sustainable financial plan. In addition, because we use technology to make the employer-employee connection, our marginal cost of job matching is relatively low.

Duma Works is free for job seekers. We have tiered pricing for employers, depending on the screening services required. We charge the following per plan:
Basic 2,000 KSH (23 USD), Advanced 10,000 KSH (115 USD), Premium 50,000 KSH (570 USD)

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations, Customers.

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

The only method currently in place for small and medium-sized businesses to find job seekers is via word-of-mouth from close contacts. There is a relatively strong network between friends and family who would recommend someone for a task, but this system tends to be slow, inefficient, restricts access to potential employees, and encourages hiring with a disregard for skills.

There are other companies that act as job boards or online recruitment portals - for example Brighter Monday - but these services typically target formal sector or executive positions and they lack a screening system.

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 initial idea was sparked during co-founders Christine and Arielle’s experiences in Kenya in 2011, where they were conducting research for their undergraduate degrees. They observed first-hand how a decentralized and inefficient job networking system fosters nepotism, skills-mismatches, and under- productivity. They left Kenya wanting to create an effective and scalable way to help the local people they met find work. What began as conversations with people in Kenya about their challenges to find work, evolved into a brainstorming session, which turned into a business plan and ultimately a growing venture. In 2012 after graduating, they moved back to Kenya to launch Duma Works.

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

We have a strong team supporting Duma Works. The following members are all working full-time. Management Team: Christine Blauvelt and Arielle Sandor; Technical Team: Linus Lennstrand (CTO), Eric Kuto, Kenny Rachuonyo, Jack Kinga, Fred Muya; Administrative Team: Kelvin Wainaina and Angela Wairimu. We are also supported by experienced investors, including Iqram Magdon-Ismail (co-founder of Venmo) and Josh Goldstein (World Bank Nairobi).

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Fairness in the Workplace, 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?

Our target market is small to medium-size enterprises, which make up 75% of businesses in Kenya (our launch market) and contribute to 87% of job creation. Our value proposition is that we use technology to streamline the hiring process, allowing us to provide high-quality recruiting solutions at an affordable cost.

Our average job seeker is aged 20-30 years old, living in an urban area, looking for a job paying around 200 USD per month in the office work or hospitality industry.

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

After a successful launch in Kenya, we are now working towards the goal of creating a scalable platform that can be implemented in other emerging markets in Africa. We have decided that Rwanda will be our next target market due to its high degree of mobile phone penetration, its political and economic stability, and our network of partner organizations in Rwanda.

The prize money and publicity would be used to accomplish three goals:
1- Lay the groundwork for expansion into Rwanda, 2- Maintain and strengthen our presence in Kenya through various testing of our marketing and advertising channels, software usability, and screening test content, and 3- Software customization and continued development.

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

We have been proud to receive the following awards:
Rockefeller Foundation “2013 Centennial Innovation Challenge” Winners, Google Innovation Awards Winner of the Social Equity and Poverty Reduction Award, Forbes Magazine “5 Most Exciting Kairos Companies”, Ashoka “She Will Innovate” Winners, Echoing Green Semifinalists, Princeton TigerLaunch Business Plan Competition 2nd place, Princeton StartUp Weekend 3rd place and winner of Twilio API Prize

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

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In the age of globalization purity of food is being lost. Now food is promoted as quality/standardized products only e.g. full cream and SNF is the quality parameter for milk but it doesn’t mean it’s pure. We need to preserve purity along with quality which is the primary aim of this project.

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Anti-crisis Analysis Center

Project Subtitle

Working out an New Models of Derivative System on Dignity Repatriation

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

Year founded

2001

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Armenia, SHI, Gyumri

Country where this project is creating social impact

Armenia

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

The project’s main objectives are:
To assist in voluntary, dignity and mass repatriation of Armenian migrants from Russia
To assist in settlement of the conflict situations connected with undesirable migration
To assist in revision of nowadays practiced strategy and mechanisms on repatriation

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

What if you combine the two problems (mass emigration and a low level of development of small and medium-sized businesses) and simulate complex program (derived system) solving the problem of voluntary / dignified repatriation of immigrants?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

The population of Armenia is being reduced, thus - with the progressing tendency of growth of number of emigration. The Russian branch of Armenian Diaspora is considered as a sample: by different estimations, from the beginning of the independence 1,5 million people has emigrated from Armenia the 65% from which have emigrated to Russia. The Russian branch of the Armenian Diaspora, by different estimations, totals 2,5-3 million people.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

The concept of researches consists: in finding of the general things in common, conformity of interests of participants; in working out and the organization on this basis an effective system providing orientation of vectors of aspirations and interests of participants in one direction for the achievement object in view.
The strategy of the repatriation program should be developed in a form that to exclude the direct influence on the migrant. In this case the derivative system of the organization at which a main objective is the repatriation, should be a comprehensible variant of the strategy of management, which is reached as a result of the realization of other actions corresponding to interests of all participants of the system.

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

The basic initial prerequisites of working out of the models of the system;
- Associations of migrants within the limits of uniform organizational structure;
- Working out of the basic action, in result of which the desirable action becomes derivative of the basic action - stimulation of manufacturing of the goods with high level of labor input in the SMB in the donor countries;
- Entrenchment of vacancies of newly created workplaces in the SMB of donor countries, the volumes of the realization of the goods, formed as a result of sharp growth with high labor input, for repatriates. That is, the potential repatriate himself earns the right to reception of the guaranteed conditions for a worthy life after homecoming.

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

The simplified formula-existing in the literature, and practiced linear systems of repatriation (compulsory, non-coercive: Pay-to-Go, 4Rs and etc.) are deportation plus to reintegration actions. Similar strategy contains serious discrepancies of interests of participants that are the inefficiency reason, cost-based and conflicts. The offered system excludes (or leads to a minimum) these and other negative phenomena, thus providing positive influence in the future. The derivative system is essentially new approach under the decision of a problem of management of undesirable migration. As shows the experience of many countries, compulsory repatriation basically induces relapse, marginalization and strengthening of criminality. The emigrant subculture, generated in the donor countries during the current of long time, provides continuity of the generations and the continuity of migration.

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

The basic actions for the project can be grouped on following points:
1). A theoretical substantiation of strategy;
2). Modeling of prospective managerial processes;
3). Working out of alternative variants of models of derivative system;
4). Check of variants and evaluation of efficiency;
5). The analysis of probable external and internal challenges, contradictions, disproportions and discrepancy of interests at introduction and system activity in the “Reverse Wave”;
6). A scientific induction - transition from results of empirical base to global (to universal models).

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

For the realization of this project requires only initial investment. Structural element of the proposed system is the foundation (original piggy bank) that will accumulate funds to solve many social problems before and after the repatriation of migrants. In the future, the functioning of the system in the dynamics of the derivative will provide self-financing as a system and infrastructure for information, legal, technical and other support.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Foundations, NGOs, Other.

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

As it is fairly specified in the project, practiced linear systems of repatriation (deportation plus, more often, re-integrating actions) have not confined themselves. As the Bright example in favor of the told can serve programs of repatriation carried out in Armenia from Representation UN in Armenia, the Czech organization “People in Need” and British Council. Even the superficial analysis of efficiency of these programs shows negligibility of results in comparison with high level of costs and aimlessness in the 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.

I've been thinking for a long time: why people leave, why and how get them back to their homeland? Coming to the idea of the project helped me the chain of questions identifying causality.
For example:
Why do people leave? - The main motivation is - no work;
And why there is no work? - Because small and medium enterprises (SMEs are the main sector of jobs in any country) in Armenia are at a low level of development;
And why SMEs do not develop? - Problems with the sale of products and services due to the limited economic space. (Reference: Armenia is in a state of blockade since independence).

I thought - we need to connect these two problems and in dynamic action this connection will help to solve the problem mutually.

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

The our team:
1. Ms. E. Petrosyan - AAC NGO Chairman, Chairman of the Board of Founders of AAC NGO. Qualification - higher. Employment - full-time.
2. Ms. N. Mouradian - Project Coordinator of AAC NGO, Member of the Board of Founders of AAC NGO. Qualification - higher. Employment - full-time.
3. Mr. L. Hovhannisyan - Expert Consultant, Member of the Board of Founders of AAC NGO. Qualification - PhD (econ.). Employment - full-time.

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Waste and Packaging, Fairness in the Workplace, Opportunities for Women, Inclusive Business, Smallholder Farmers.

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

As in the contest I present projects that differ not only in the subject of discussed problems, but also with the content and timing of implementation, respectively, target audiences and evaluation criteria for each project are also different. I believe that the problems discussed in the projects are not limited to a single country or region which inspires hope of potential interest to them from the target groups/sectors audiences of other countries.

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

Since the activities of social enterprises in the former Soviet Union area are aimed at creating certain social values, they lose sight of the economic value. External sources of funding are the main resource of their activities, which calls into question the sustainability of social enterprise. In addition, the business of a social enterprise lacks global idea and opportunity of replicability and scalability, which puts into question the effectiveness of the company in the long term.
The projects submitted by me are an attempt to change the situation. In this sense the means of premiums will play the role of start-up capital for a mechanism that will ensure sustainable self-financing, thus solving the prosocially targeted tasks.

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

Until now, I, as a volunteer, have participated in social projects initiated and implemented by other organizations and groups ("Ethnic hostility: Study of the problems of the individual security and HR in the major branches of Armenian Diaspora of post-Soviet space", carried out by AAC in 2012.; "Employment support for people with disabilities through the provision of professional and vocational education", implemented ShRS College in 2013-14).

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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