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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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GMO Risk or Rescue Group: Helping Consumers Decide

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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

[Also check out our GMO Risk or Rescue competition. Share your idea or initiative to get noticed and to be eligible for various  prizes. Submit your entry by October 21, 2009.]

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Tanzania Universities Entrepreneurship Challege

The Universities entrepreneurship challenge is an initiative aimed at getting more and more university students interested in choosing entrepreneurship as their career paths, we aim at getting more and more university students interested into becoming job creators rather than job seekers.

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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

Organization Country

Tanzania, Tanzania

Country where this project is creating social impact

Tanzania, Tanzania

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

The Universities entrepreneurship challenge is an initiative aimed at getting more and more university students interested in choosing entrepreneurship as their career paths, we aim at getting more and more university students interested into becoming job creators rather than job seekers.

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

What if half of University graduates in Africa became job creators rather than job seekers?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Lack of entrepreneurship spirit among young people and university graduates who tend to rely on formal employment after graduation which is a problem because there is not enough jobs for all graduates, thousands of university and college students graduate every year and end without employment.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Inspiring and empowering more and more university students and graduates to become entrepreneurs thus becoming job seekers rather than job seekers, every single university graduate who chooses to become an entrepreneur results in multiple reduction in the unemployment burden because he/she creates employment for other youths through his initiative.

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

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

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

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Foundations, Businesses, National government.

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

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

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

SETAFRICA 2014 (Social Entrepreneurs Transforming Africa), an award from Makelele University by the International Youth Foundation and YouthActionNet.

Tell us about your partnerships

- University of Dar es Salaam, We partner with universities and academic institutions because our project aims at university students.

CRDB Bank, We partner with Financial institutions for financial resources and expertise in business finances which is crucial for business start ups.

National Economic Empowerment Council and Small Entrepreneurs Loan Facility, these are government institutions which help and support businesses and job creations activities in the country.

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

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

The project aims at inspiring and empowering more and more university students and graduates to become entrepreneurs, we aim at creating a culture where by its a way of life for university students and graduates to start businesses and become job creators rather than job seekers, thousands of young people graduate from colleges every year and there are not enough jobs for all of them, however if a good number of these students are empowered to build their own start ups they will create jobs for themselves and their fellow youths.

This initiative engages University students and recent graduates by inspiring them and training them on what they need to become successful entrepreneurs, we use very engaging and practical means to give them a firsthand experience on what it takes to be an entrepreneur in their respective environment and economy, we use Competitions and challenges as well as prizes and awards to get them excited about entrepreneurship in various sectors such as Technology, Agribusiness, Manufacturing etc. We also help them set up their businesses and support them by putting them in business incubators and trying to find funding for their ventures from investors and loaners.

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

18-35.

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

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

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

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

0 to 500

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers

Fewer than 10

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Unlock Nurturing Environments: help young people work together to cultivate opportunities and wellness throughout the earth and its communities

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Lack of youth empowerment

iStartUp

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

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

Ridesharing Institute

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The Tea Project

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Ellena Beauty Products Kenya Ltd

Our mission is to revolutionize the African personal care industry, starting with the Sub-Saharan Regions, all while creating youth employment. Further we aim to promote Kenyan manufacturing and teach leadership to youth through mentoring by some of the leading industry professionals!

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Fuel-Gas

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Shawl Wallah

We source ethically produced pure pashmina (or cashmere) wool shawls and scarves from Kashmir, Northern India; the birthplace of pashmina.

Further, we return 20% of the sale price on each item to Save the Children India to help fund child protection and education projects in Kashmir.

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Akola Project

As a social business within the nonprofit framework, Akola Project empowers marginalized women to transform the physical & spiritual livelihoods of their families & communities through economic development. Vision: a global fashion brand that is fully made by & fully benefits marginalized women.

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My.Open.CampusSA

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

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Idea (you're poised to launch)

Year founded

2014

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For‐profit

Organization Country

South Africa, GT, Johannesburg

Country where this project is creating social impact

South Africa

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

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

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

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

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

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

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Regional government, Customers.

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

Careerportal.co.za:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tell us about your partnerships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Job Creation, Education - Curricular, Professional Development.

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

Marginalized/Minority.

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

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

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers

10-100

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

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Lack of youth empowerment

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N.E.W.

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

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

Year founded

2014

Is your organization a

For‐profit

Organization Country

South Africa, WC, Wellington & Paarl

Country where this project is creating social impact

South Africa, WC, Wellington & Paarl

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

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

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

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

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

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

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Businesses, Regional government, Customers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tell us about your partnerships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13-17, 18-35.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers

10-100

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

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Be a LEADER!

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Established (past the previous stages and has demonstrated success)

Year founded

2014

Is your organization a

Hybrid

Organization Country

Senegal, Dakar

Country where this project is creating social impact

Senegal, Dakar

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

Africa's main challenge is about uplifting Africans by encouraging a change in mindset. A FREE - CAN - DO attitude to inspire by fostering a dynamic generation. But it all starts with childhood, a mix of wisdom and knowledge starting from school. That's why we created JEADER - to train and inspire!

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

What if from school, students had the opportunity to work on a "real life project"? Getting them ready for employment and mentorship

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

- Eleven million youth are expected to enter Africa’s labor market every year for the next decade.
- Despite rapid growth in formal wage sector jobs, the majority of these youth are likely going to be seeking for a job, and 80% won't see the link between what they learnt at school and their job for a living.
- To create a change, there is a need to link entrepreneurship to programs at school in a way that entrepreneurship starts at early stage

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

- JEADER Junior has programs which help on training younger children to entrepreneurship so that they can learn while having fun, the impact of agriculture in their economy, the link between business projects and topics learnt at school, and have the opportunity to expand their capabilities in a way of generating value for the community
- At early stage topics like governance and citizenship will be included
- Best students meant to participate to those projects will be awarded by Private companies chosens as sponsors
- Among programs we have: gardening, cooking, painting, and all activities are linked to experts training those kids and in charge of projects
- We will run surveys in schools called "When I'll grow up" & "my model"

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

- Micro-gardening at School (Project #1)

Imagine the impact for a country based in agriculture economically, to have youth more involved into thinking about projects linked to that industry from school. Imagine how relevant topics like : mathematics, civic education, moral education, would be? Senegal is not the only country where most of GDP is made by natural resources coming from the ground. Best students will get the opportunity not only to generate value (revenue while harvesting a micro garden) but they'll be able to be mentored by people in the same industry, and start from scratch and entrepreneurial journey. By harvesting the garden, they help their school "run a business". They no longer come to school to strike...

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

- + 3000 students to be reached by our programs
- Every student, represents through it's "business venture" a whole school, a whole neighborhood, a whole region
- Topics learnt at school can be monitored around "agrobusiness" so that effective examples in class can be built around the micro-gardening project
The school garden initiative will also help on reducing gaps between rural and urban areas facilitating smooth transition and active response towards rural exodus.
- It will address job unemployment as children will by then be used to entrepreneurship and will gather enough capabilities, but most importantly passion to deliver agricultural projects following up on their studies at University
- Will "hire" local companies already evolving in the sector to work with "project managers" to coach on students on this project
- Environmental impact will consist on planting trees

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

JEADER is not represented only in Senegal.

We're present in +20 more countries in Francophone Africa, meaning that any of the project implemented and successfully delivered here, will help on localizing content in other part of Africa in projects which may seem more relevant to other countries.

While growing up, we will follow up of are folks doing not only at schools but in entrepreneurial journey

Results of two surveys to run will help on knowing with data and stats:
i) what is the job folks will like to grow with? ii) Who is their model. models will be enrolled in the program

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

We have identified a list of local companies to sponsor the campaign. Starting y SIPS a local book manufacturer willing to help us use their notebooks as a "communication panel" towards their principal target: STUDENTS. Here a list of sponsors we have appointment with: SAPROLAIT,Société Générale,SENEGALAISE DE L'AUTOMOBILE,NEUROTECH,SONATEL,KIRENE,
LOTUS INDUSTRIE DIEGO CHIPS,FONDATION SONATEL, TOTAL
CANAL PLUS HORIZON, DP Word etc.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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

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

This is only addressed by NGO and recent experiences have failed with UNESCO as they did not include experts in a particular area of expertice. Here, we're paying local companies working in a particular sector, to develop projects in schools while embedding students, schools, and entire neighborhood to create a kind of contest between business ventures.

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 am 26 and I am the SWG marketing Leader of North & West Africa for IBM. I have never had to study abroad and have worked for best multinationals, from my home country. I thought I was lucky that was the only explanation.... Until I remembered that at 13, I had the chance to sign my first contract ever! I had torn an old calendar dating of 1999, writing at the back a kind of commitment between my father and I. My father passed away one year later. I learnt from there that i) I needed to help other young people to get into entrepreneurship and also get commit and that ii) I needed to duplicate my expertise and share it with other of my age. Leadership in fact doesn't start at 20 it's in us, it starts only if we give it a chance to show...

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?

- IT & Digital Leader – Rawane BENGA
- Founder – Ndèye Absa GNINGUE
- Talent Recruitment Leader/ Investment Officer– Ousmane Gueye DIOP
- External Relation & Press– Mareme MBENGUE
- Arts & Photography– Mandione Laye KEBE
- Project Management Leader– Jean Sylvanis Renaud Manga
- Diversity Leader– Soukeyna Fatma Diène
- University & Citizenship Program– Ndèye Ndack Niang
- Business Development Coach– Ibrahima DIAGNE
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- A world at School - Global Young Ambassador (2014)
- Washington Fellowship by President Barack Obama (2014)

Tell us about your partnerships

We have partners with :

- A World at School - NGO
- African Business Journal - A francophone Economic Business reaching more than 20 countries
- LEGS Africa/ Africa 2.0 - We have common programs together planned around school visits

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

Main challenges consist on:
- Budget to organize sessions. It requires sponsors and so far we deployed 5 of the programs we planned to
- Government at some extent (specially minister of Education and Minister of Youth ) will need to be involved.
Being a Washington Fellow Leader, my plan is to use my network to get to meet them in order to pitch on how can our project revolutionize both youth employment and programs at school.

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

JEADER is about buiding the next generation of Leaders. Each member purchase a card (which comes with a brochure and an embedded CD which has more than 100 tools around entrepreneurship). There is 15.000 Fcfa fee. Such fees are used to finance Projects at school for younger leaders (starting the age of 8 as this type of activities: http://lemonadealley.com/

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

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

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

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

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

Other.

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

1,001 to 10,000

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers

101-250

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Adesua Ye Literacy Foundation

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Adesua Ye Literacy Foundation

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Adult Literacy Program

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

Year founded

2012

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Ghana, GA, Accra

Country where this project is creating social impact

Ghana, EA, Berekuso

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

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Today, there are adults or parents who cannot give their children the correct dosage of any drug simply because they cannot read the prescription on the packaging. Parents in rural areas cannot assist their children with their school assignment, let alone analyze their children’s’ end of term reports. There is high unemployment and lack of quality education for the youth.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

We educate the youth through a rigorous learning process that equips them with critical thinking, ethics , technological competence and sense of responsibility to transform their communities. This program is executed with the following ;
1. A two year learning program for the youth ( 15- 45)
2. Construction of libraries with plastic bottles
3. Entrepreneurship Program for the youth (15 to 45) that equip them with the right skills and materials to start their own ventures
4. Organizing leadership, design thinking and entrepreneurship program for high school student to prepare them for the future

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

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

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

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations, NGOs.

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

There a few education institution in Ghana hat focuses on Adult Education. Our program goes beyond basic education, we edca

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Dalail Lama Fellows 2013 Project
-Secured $10,000 to fund the first Adult Literacy program in Berekuso
UBORA Awards - Leadership in Action
UBORA Awards - Community Engagement

Tell us about your partnerships

Yo Ghana
Dalai Lama Fellows
Ashesi Univeristy College

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

Challenges that might hinder the success of the project include funding opportunities. Our target audience consists of people in the rural areas and thus most of them cannot afford quality Education and an Entrepreneurship Program. In addition one of the sustainable model we use to enhance learning among members in the community is by the construction of libraries. This can be restricted by funding.

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

My idea of a practical learning process equips the youth to think critically about and issues societies and find problem solving business ideas that would just have help them make profit, increase employment but also have a social impact. We believe that the youth and adults would teach this models to this children in order to help them create a better future.

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

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

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

Job Creation, Education - Curricular, Education - Extracurricular, Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development, Community, Mentorship.

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

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

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

0 to 500

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers

10-100

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

Informal Sector Dynamic Progression

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The restructuring of the Informal sector

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Year founded

2014

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Hybrid

Organization Country

Zambia, LK, Lusaka

Country where this project is creating social impact

Zambia, LK, Lusaka

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Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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Zambia Revenue Authority
Patents and Company's Registrations Office
World Bank
African Development Bank
On the job training and vocational training institutions.
Micro-Finance Institutions, Strategy and operations consulting, Business development firms and other Financial institutions

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

Co-ordination of various institutions around the project objective will be difficult. Each organisation has its own agenda.
This problem will be solved by defining clear roles for each institution in the broader project objective around a coherent and concise theme.

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

This idea seeks to restructure the informal sector in Zambia.It creates a platform for young people with informal business ventures to acquire the support to formalize their businesses, acquire finance and the skills needed to manage and run this businesses profitably.

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

18-35.

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

Job Creation, Job Search, Education - Extracurricular, Professional Development, Apprenticeship, Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development, Community, Mentorship, Policy & Analysis, Financing, Rural Economies.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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HOPE FOR THE FARMER AND JOB CREATION

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Established (past the previous stages and has demonstrated success)

Year founded

2008

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For‐profit

Organization Country

Cameroon, BUEA

Country where this project is creating social impact

Cameroon, BUEA

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Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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Best Consulting organisation for Cameroon Ministry of youth affairs 2009

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

- Ready Market for Farm products, we plan to have products in many form, for example palm oil use for domestic consumption tranformed to saop lumps to sell in oversea markets, or cow used as meat shall be used to produce fresh milk.

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

1. To consult small and medium size farmers having some form of Accounting/Financial, Marketing/Distribution, Production/Transformation, Service/Resort, Research and Development need. So doing, clients will be able to hit their marks, being Landmarks™ in their industry.

2. Enable small clients attain a system-wide total improvement, thus keeping phase with trends of technology, and being ahead of competition.

3. To professionally mediate between client organizations and the media, government agencies, labor market, regulatory agencies, local and global commodity market

4. Ensure that client bodies make rewarding choices among alternative projects, by actively participating in the planning and evaluation phases of project activities for clients; as well as sourcing for alternative opportunities in allocating excess resources.

5. Design and implement strategically relevant and operationally viable logistical and organizational information systems for optimal performance through the use of modern, pragmatic techniques, as well as breaking down unproductive cycle times between organizational plans, feasible execution of strategies and the capture of improvement benefits for the realization of small and medium size business objectives.

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

18-35.

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

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

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

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

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

501 to 1,000

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

10-100

Number of Volunteers

101-250

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Unlock Nurturing Environments: help young people work together to cultivate opportunities and wellness throughout the earth and its communities

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

“Anti-crisis Analysis Center” Public Organization

The main objective of the project is to develop a diversified social business community for people with disabilities. The first step towards the main goal is creation of socially oriented business units (kind of business generator) for the implementation of cycle prosocial projects.

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

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

Year founded

2010

Is your organization a

Hybrid

Organization Country

Cameroon, SOU, Buea

Country where this project is creating social impact

Cameroon, SOU, Buea

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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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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.

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

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sarwat

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

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2014

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For‐profit

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Pakistan, S, karachi

Country where this project is creating social impact

Pakistan, S, karachi

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

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

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

the Artisans are given the most value than the designers themselves

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

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

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Customers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

yes

Will you require a visa to enter the UK?

yes

Are you are a current Unilever employee?

no

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