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eFarm Direct

Enabling Farmers Reach Markets - a 'click-and-mortar' solution combining ICT platform and ground supply chain network to fix the agri crisis. Key pain areas for farmers is marketing support , rising input costs , migration of educated and skilled labour to cities and having to bear all wastage/transport costs for uncertain revenue. For any modern industry the various key functions like production, marketing, sales, HR and logistics are managed by professionals and backed by advanced software and ICT tools .

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Samriddhii,Revolutionizing d Vegetable value chain

Samriddhii ( A joint venture of KAUSHALYA Foundation, the social wing and KNIDS GREEN Pvt Ltd, The Commercial wing) have been working towards professionalizing and creating a formal supply chain network of vegetables by connecting the Small, Marginal & Landless (SMAL) farmers and under-privileged street vendors to the mainstream markets with the objective to provide platform and support to these people (growers & vendors) in the evolving economy and to prepare them for the new market challenges.

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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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Rescue The Youth Network

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Exploring Africa's Youthful Demographic Advantage To Develope The Continent

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Idea (you're poised to launch)

Year founded

2014

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Not registered

Organization Country

Nigeria, Abuja

Country where this project is creating social impact

, AFRICA, Africa

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

Rescue the Youth is one-stop platform for all social development issues facing the Africa Youth. It’s an African continental network that encourages, promotes, supports and inspires Youth to take responsibilities for their concerns and be all that they can be to positively impact themselves and make

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

What If Africa Youth Popuplation could be the most valuable Natural Resources that is explore to develop the continent?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Undoubtedly, the challenges facing the youth in Africa that are central to the economic development are numerous and varied—they include employment, health, vulnerability and political participation. State of Youth in today’s perspective across Africa is no more than an empty shell, devoid of substance; used, dumped and yet suffered for the effect, we are both the perpetrators and the victims of all social trauma and upheaval, despite our size...

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

The challenges facing Africa has persisted as a result of failure to fully develop and refine the continent’s crude resources to enhance the economic growth. The dire consequences we faced could be eliminated if all efforts are geared toward optimal exploration of youth’s potency through massive investments in education, skills and trainings to guarantee high productivity; create opportunities that promote youth’s innovativeness and intuitiveness for multitude effects and redirect the focus of the Youth to have deep sense of responsibility and efficacy to the development of their own lives and their region. Create conditions and opportunities that can effectually transform youth’s passion, enthusiasm, energy into continental building recipe

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.

Given the continuous bulge in Africa Youth population, there is a growing pool of latent resources lying fallow and devoid of optimal use. With right engagement, these rich yet abounding resources could translate into improved productivity, efficiency, innovativeness and development for Africa. The institutionalization of effective strategies to manage population bulge resulted in growing economies of East Asia. It is reported that from the 1950s countries in this region developed strong public and reproductive health systems that ensured child survival and increased contraceptive use. In addition, education systems were strengthened and sound economic management was established, making it possible to absorb the large generation of youth.

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

This project is at idea/start-up stage. its futuristic impact is sustainable socioeconomic growth and development in Africa resulting from Youths’ potentiality optimization. a milestone toward the future impact will be revitalization of social developments which give top priority to youth empowerment and development to enhance employability, good health, political participation and minimize youth vulnerability.

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

Given the continuous bulge in Africa Youth population, there is a growing pool of latent resources lying fallow and devoid of optimal use. With right engagement, these rich yet abounding resources could translate into improved productivity, efficiency, innovativeness and development for Africa. Every African Youth has an inherent aptitude which if well managed through qualitative education, skills attainment and hands-on exposure could be an outburst of developmental expedients.

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

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals.

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

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 lost my Job at a very critical point of my life, knowing the challenge of unemployment in my country, rather than joining over half of the Nations' population that are jobless and job hunting for several years to no avail........I desire to make a change; to make a change that will impact average Nigerians and youth African as whole that are on the street looking for Job, struggling hard to earn living and facing tough life challenges. I worked on an initiative that will empower Youth, give them a living and make their relevance felt in the development of Africa. This is the change I crave for!!!

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

The team is building up as the initiative is not fully launched.

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

None yet as it's a novel innovation. Lots of reviews have however been received to its credit and worthiness though.

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

Awakening Youth activeness and civic responsiveness to their community, nation and continent at large. This challenge can be solved through massive enlightenment about the relevance of youth involvement in finding solution to the problems that affect them as the largest proportion of the Africa population and again the future of the continent. Sensitizing about the impact the inherent potentials of youth's energy, enthusiasm, strengths, drives etc could create if well harnessed and engaged for the development of the Africa continent.

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

This project tasks youth to rise up and take responsibilities for their own concerns, engineer the change they want to see and take the advantage of today to build the tomorrow they will live in. The project consider Africa youth population as the most valued natural resources to tackle all challenges facing the continent and bring glory to Africa.

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

13-17, 18-35.

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

Job Creation, Education - Curricular, Professional Development, Apprenticeship, Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development, Mentorship.

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

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

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

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

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Number of Volunteers

Fewer than 10

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

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

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Rescue The Youth Network

Rescue the Youth is one-stop platform for all social development issues facing the Africa Youth. It’s an African continental network that encourages, promotes, supports and inspires Youth to take responsibilities for their concerns and be all that they can be to positively impact themselves and make

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ADULT LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES AT KUMIRMARI ISLAND

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ADULT LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES AT KUMIRMARI ISLAND

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Adult Literacy

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2000

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

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India, WB, Kolkata

Country where this project is creating social impact

India, WB

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

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

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

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

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

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

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

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

What awards or honors has the project received?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Foundations, Regional government, National government.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Water Ecuador

Water Ecuador builds water centers in impoverished communities, sustainably supplying clean water at an affordable price to thousands daily. Profits from our four centers provide wages for our local employees and pay for operating expenses. We run educational campaigns in every community we serve.

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Water Ecuador

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Providing Sustainable Access to Clean Drinking Water

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

Year founded

2007

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

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United States, MA, Boston

Country where this project is creating social impact

Ecuador, E, Muisne

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

Water Ecuador builds water centers in impoverished communities, sustainably supplying clean water at an affordable price to thousands daily. Profits from our four centers provide wages for our local employees and pay for operating expenses. We run educational campaigns in every community we serve.

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

What if poverty were not a barrier to clean drinking water and good health?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

In Ecuador, 18% of the population lacks access to any reliable source of safe drinking water. People suffering from waterborne diseases occupy half of the world’s hospital beds, and 3.4 million people die annually from such diseases, almost exclusively in developing countries. These figures cannot capture the enormous disruption to everyday life, emotional toll, and loss of productivity caused by inadequate access to clean water.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Water Ecuador takes an innovative, market-based approach to water through rural water kiosks that allow us to provide access to clean water for the long term. We first assess the conditions and needs in impoverished Ecuadorian communities. Using grants and donations, we then construct a water kiosk. A local water manager is hired to run each kiosk, which sells clean water to families who can afford it and provides free water to those who cannot. The revenue generated from sales pays the wages of our local water managers and funds all necessary maintenance. We recognize that water education is a necessary component of resolving this crisis; therefore, our staff provides an educational campaign in each community with a water center.

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.

A mother wakes up in Muisne, Ecuador and needs to cook breakfast for her children. But she has no water in the house and no money. Before Water Ecuador existed, she would have probably collected water from the putrid well down the street--water that smelled rotten and was full of bacteria. But today, she can get water delivered to her door, completely free, from Water Ecuador. So instead of preparing the morning juice with water that would make her children sick, she can feel confident that she is keeping her family safe. And she can also feel confident that this source of free water won’t dry up: with paying customers to fund operations, each water kiosk is sustainably funded for the long haul.

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

Water Ecuador currently runs four water treatment centers in impoverished communities in Ecuador, providing clean drinking water to thousands daily. Our dual approach of providing educational campaigns alongside access to affordable water has proven successful, as a recent study from the Yale School of Public Health found that our consumers have a 52% lower rate of waterborne illness compared to non-consumers in the same communities. All of our centers have proven to function successfully and almost without interruption, including our first center, which was established in Muisne, Ecuador in 2007. We have maintained positive relationships with our local employees and the communities we serve. The water we provide remains the least expensive safe option for the members of these communities. In the coming years, we hope to maintain our existing centers while expanding into more communities

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

We hope to increase our impact by both building more water centers to reach even more people and improving our existing water centers. Having operated water centers for seven years, we know what works and what does not. We are currently renovating our facilities to upgrade our systems with new, more effective technology. In addition, we plan to initiate a program that would provide our consumers with Water Ecuador loyalty cards; the cards will not only function as a publicity tool but will also provide us with information allowing us to ensure our programs are reaching those we seek to help.

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

Water Ecuador water centers are financially independent: revenue from selling water to paying customers funds center upkeep and the wages of the center’s manager, and allows us to provide free water to families in need while remaining operationally break-even. Upfront capital costs for new kiosks are financed through donations and grants, and we hope eventually through reinvestment of retained earnings to make our project even more sustainable.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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

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

Most similar to Water Ecuador are other water kiosk companies such as Sarvajal and WaterHealth International. These organizations differ from Water Ecuador in that they are for-profits and do not have the charitable aim of providing free water to families who cannot afford to pay. They do not engage in as extensive behavior change work. And they do not operate in Latin America, a region with significant need for market-oriented solutions.

More broadly, there are numerous ways to provide clean water, such as piped water and household water treatment, each with a role in specific cases.

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 2006 I spent a summer volunteering in a hospital in Muisne, Ecuador. I watched countless children enter the emergency room with illnesses caused by a lack of safe water. They were treated, but a week later, the same children were carried through the doors of the emergency room with the same illnesses. These illnesses had recurred their whole lives, and those of their siblings, their parents, and their grandparents.The town’s wells were within a few meters of leaky sewage lines. Peering into some of these wells, I was immediately overwhelmed by the stench of waste. After a year of studying, fundraising, and team-building in the US and Ecuador, I returned to Muisne and we designed and built Muisne’s first clean drinking water center.

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 day-to-day activities are managed by an all-Ecuadorian staff capable of understanding the local context. The field team includes a business manager, a technician, a finance person, and a marketer/educator. This staff supports the kiosk workers. US-based staff with backgrounds in medicine, public health, engineering, and business support the field team through regular meetings and engages in fundraising to pay for new programs.

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Health and Hygiene, Water Use.

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

We have segmented our recipients into two groups: (1) those who can and do pay for safe water and (2) those who cannot afford to buy water. Both benefit from our work. The first group purchases Water Ecuador’s high quality water and avoids purchasing unsafe bottled water from other companies. Our water is sourced locally, providing our clients' neighbors with stable employment. The second group benefits by gaining access to water they could not otherwise obtain, protecting their families from illness.

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

First, we want to scale up our impact within the communities where we currently work by expanding the capacity of our existing water kiosks so they can serve even more people. We will use a tiered price--or “freemium”--model that has been popularized by tech companies and apply it to water access in Ecuador, thereby allowing us to reach more of the communities where we work. Furthermore, we will engage in behavior change efforts related to water, sanitation, and hygiene, thereby expanding the scope of our impact as well as the scale.

Next, we will begin a phase of rapid geographical scale-up. We project that we can have coverage nationwide within 5-10 years and then will expand regionally, to Peru, Bolivia, and the rest of Latin America.

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

I founded Water Ecuador in 2007 when I was twenty years old and have learned about starting a business while growing the organization. I recently graduated from Harvard Business School, where I was able to gain knowledge that I can apply to the work I do with Water Ecuador. I now feel that, by combining my familiarity with clean water initiatives with my training in business, I am poised to help take Water Ecuador to the next level of impact.

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

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no

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Water Ecuador

Water Ecuador builds water centers in impoverished communities, sustainably supplying clean water at an affordable price to thousands daily. Profits from our four centers provide wages for our local employees and pay for operating expenses. We run educational campaigns in every community we serve.

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Perigreen Safe Foods - Rural Reach

Rural Reach is a program by Perigreen Safe Foods to reach to the rural producers of India. We are providing farm advice, inputs and sometimes monetary support along with a buy-back facility at better price. The only requirement for this is that the farmer has to adapt better farming methods.

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VOTO Mobile

VOTO removes barriers to insightful communication and feedback loops between the world's poorest people and the organizations who serve them. We specialize in mobile engagement, specifically voice-based, providing equal access and instantly reaching across distance, language, and literacy barriers.

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Creating Equal Opportunity through Voice

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

Year founded

2012

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For‐profit

Organization Country

Ghana, AS, Kumasi

Country where this project is creating social impact

n/a

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

VOTO removes barriers to insightful communication and feedback loops between the world's poorest people and the organizations who serve them. We specialize in mobile engagement, specifically voice-based, providing equal access and instantly reaching across distance, language, and literacy barriers.

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

What if we could connect 3 Billion people to the organizations that serve them, giving them a voice in and information about the policies that affect them?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Traditional ways of engaging the world’s poorest people are expensive, inefficient, and leave the most marginalized people out of the conversation. Distance, infrastructure, and language/literacy create barriers to insightful communication; the result is many unheard voices and a lack of reach and feedback for programs. Eg: health programs (like maternal education or ebola prevention) struggle to reach rural non-literate people (often women).

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Through our first-hand experiences with the limitations to citizen engagement, and observing the rapid growth in mobile penetration, we developed a mobile information sharing and feedback platform. After results from initial SMS surveys yielded low-response rates and a bias towards male and urban respondents, we focused our platform on voice engagement.

Voice has the benefits of cutting across language and literacy abilities, as well as providing richer engagement and trust building opportunities. VOTO is a designed-in-Africa platform that enables organizations to easily launch real-time feedback, health education, behaviour change and policy design low-cost programs across sectors, achieving 10X better engagement than SMS methods.

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.

Last month, we worked with the World Bank to help turn out the vote in a provincial participatory budget process in Brazil. We sent non-partisan emails, SMS and voice messages to over 100,000 (50% women) registered voters.

The results are powerful. With the government, we were able to establish a similar-sized control group and we are now able to prove that our intervention increased voter turn-out by more than 30%, with voice messages to women being the most effective (academic publication pending).

We’ve used the results from this experiment to convince 4 district governments in Northern Ghana to set-up 300-people strong panels (>70% women) to prioritize and rate government infrastructure projects (bore holes, clinics, etc.)

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

In 14 months since our launch, our product has been used by 250 organizations to reach over 250,000 people across 20 countries. Our partners include The World Bank, UNICEF, McKinsey&Co, Innovations for Poverty Action, Farm Radio and CoWater.

VOTO is becoming the standard mobile for development platform across sectors. Projects include journalists running national public interest surveys, rural clinics distributing maternal health education, policy makers studying vaccine supply chains, economic development organizations reaching out to farmers, urban planners monitoring water distribution access, and academics researching the effect of public health interventions. We have helped the Gates Foundation redesign fridges along African vaccine cold-chains, and the Government of Ghana get feedback on the price of electrical power.

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

Partners we’ve shared results with have been inspired and keen to get started. As such, our growth strategy is:

1- Continue to implement academically rigorous projects in a number of sectors to demonstrate the power of voice.
2- Develop an open-source library of best practices involving voice-based engagement: “VOTO University”. This is a young science and we want everyone to share their know-how with the world.
3- Refine the self-service platform and aggregate our demand for airtime such that we can continue to lower the cost and further democratize this powerful tool.

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

VOTO is currently cash flow positive. Our business model is software-as-a-service where our customers pay by subscription and pay-per-use. We also manage one-off projects, such as public interest surveys and emergency response hotlines. As we look to scale globally, we will continue to partner with foundations, NGOs and social enterprises, as well as further develop our self-service capabilities.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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

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

There are 3 substitutes to our solution.

1- Traditional approaches: media (radio, TV) or in-person extension, are respectively difficult to target/monitor and expensive.

2- SMS communication typically has low engagement, and a strong male/urban bias. This is because they require literacy, a pre-existing trust relationship, and is prone to spamming.

3- Smartphone applications require the respondent to have a smartphone (still a minority in most of Africa and South Asia) and to install an app.

Voice is by far the cheapest, easiest to target and most inclusive of all strategies.

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 founders of VOTO spent many years working with government agencies in West Africa to help them better understand the needs of their beneficiaries, and the impact of their programs. To do this, we organized complex in-person surveys involving motorbikes and clipboards. By their nature, they were infrequent, and their results were often obsolete within 48hrs.

The explosion of mobile in most parts of Africa presents a disruptive opportunity. We first set-up an SMS survey platform, but got a very low participation (2.8%) and a strong male and urban bias. This didn’t solve our problem. When we moved to voice however, we got a >30% (>10x!) participation rate, with near even female/male and rural/urban participation. We had our solution!

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?

VOTO's greatest strength is our rockstar studded and super dedicated team of world-class engineers, designers and client managers. VOTO has offices in Kumasi (Ghana), San Francisco and Toronto. Our team of 15 is is 40% female, ~50% techies, 60% Ghanaian and cuts across 4 nationalities. The Senior Management Team (3 people) consists of 3 engineers, 2 MBAs, 1 PhD, a professional banku eating champion, and a Ghana ultimate Frisbee legend.

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Health and Hygiene, Improving Nutrition, 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?

Our customers fall into 2 groups: Development organizations and the 3 billion+ people they serve.

Organizations including UNICEF and FarmRadio have found value in VOTO for health education and real-time surveys. Partners are seeing 10x higher engagement with our voice-based platform, and accessible participation from women and rural demographics.

We have reached 250,000 people across 20 countries as our platform removes barriers of distance, language, and literacy to education and feedback.

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

Having developed a world-class product and proven its efficacy in many sectors of international development, VOTO now faces 2 opportunities

1 Get the word out. The learning from our projects in the governance, health and agriculture spaces need to be shared broadly. More experiments need to be run in the disaster response, human rights and public services sectors. It’s time to show the disruptive power of voice engagement!

2 Move beyond international development into businesses. Mobile engagement offers a tremendous opportunity for collecting customer satisfaction, for educating customers about new products and services, and for collecting feedback. A small but meaningful investment would allow us to seize this pan-African opportunity

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

Over the past decade, I have been honing my entrepreneurial skills to execute on audacious, high-impact projects. In undergraduate years, I led the growth of a chapter of Engineers Without Borders Canada. For 3 years before VOTO, I led an audacious innovation project focussed on sustainable low-cost access to space, including fundraising $300k from investors and building a 30-member design team, ending with a shot at a NASA Centennial Challenge.

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k'angi

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

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2013

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Mexico, QUE, Queretaro

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Mexico, QUE, Queretaro

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

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

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

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

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

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

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

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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?

Individuals, NGOs, Businesses, Regional government, Customers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

G20 Young Entrepreneurs' Alliance Summit 2014 participation in Sydney.

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Weaving happiness

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

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

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2014

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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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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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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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Human Skin For Transplant and Pharmacological Test

With the objective to serve as temporary skin xenotransplantations to longterm maintanance, we developed one technique for the purification of pigskin, for that once transplanted it would eliminate rejection problems with no risk to the immune system of the transplanted patient.

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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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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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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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BBOXX designs, manufactures, distributes and finances innovative plug & play solar systems to improve access to energy across Africa and the developing world. BBOXX distributes to partners in 14 countries and 30 local shops in Kenya, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Uganda.

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2010

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Kenya, Homa Bay, also in Rwanda and Uganda

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BBOXX designs, manufactures, distributes and finances innovative plug & play solar systems to improve access to energy across Africa and the developing world. BBOXX distributes to partners in 14 countries and 30 local shops in Kenya, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Uganda.

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

African families could all have access to electricity?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Most people in Africa do not have (reliable) access to electricity. According to the International Energy Agency, there are 1.5 billion people who have no access to electricity, and an estimated 300m people will require stand-alone off-grid solutions. The existing solution is kerosene generators, which emit carbon and harmful pollution. There is a need for clean energy for the mass market in Africa.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

BBOXX brings affordable electricity to rural households off the grid in Africa. BBOXX offers financed payment plans backed by external investors to allow African families to pay a low monthly fee for their solar kits, roughly equivalent to what they would spend on kerosene for generators. BBOXX then uses advanced technology, called SMART Solar, to collect data on these solar kits providing advanced customer service and reliable support. BBOXX has already sold 41,000 units and provided 205,000 people with electricity: providing longer working/studying hours, in addition to safety and environmental benefits.

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

On a small scale, BBOXX customers provide positive feedback in customer surveys, for example: Kule M. Lawrence, a Ugandan BB17 customer said, “I have not once bought paraffin while I have been having BBOXX. We are 15 in this house. BBOXX has saved me money and healthy costs too. Now I can pay school fees for my family.” Kabugho Rebecca a Uganndan BB17 customer said, “I have saved money with BBOXX, I no longer buy paraffin or dry cell batteries. I use the money for my children and buy bran for my pigs. When swine fever came many pigs became sickly, but my pigs had good food and good health.”

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

BBOXX has commissioned an independent impact study of its solar kit products in Uganda. The study found that BBOXX customers benefit from approximately 2 additional hours of quality inside lighting per day. Due to increased light hours, customers can vastly increase their productivity, such as small business like preparing and selling goods. Inside lighting is used for various domestic activities, outside lighting helps people feel more secure at night. On average a household saved US$16 per month from using a BBOXX Solar kit, mostly as cost saving from lower volumes of kerosene purchase. In fact 71% of households interviewed benefited from additional income after purchasing a BBOXX system, with an average additional revenue of $49 per month.

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

For example Sub-Saharan Africa is seeing a 300% compound annual growth in off-grid lighting. As the market grows many people are realising the benefits of electricity that the rest of the World takes for granted. This includes savings on kerosene, increased business and income opportunities, improved health, educational opportunities and access to entertainment services such as radio, TV and social networks. as well as providing education, entertainment and lifestyle benefits.

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

At the end of 2013, BBOXX secured finance from Khosla Impact Fund, for $1.9million. This will help BBOXX take the business to the next level – offering solar energy to consumers as a pay-monthly service, rather than as a one-off product that requires a large upfront cost. This funding has enabled BBOXX to develop and test the feasibility of remote monitoring with their Solar kits and expand rapidly across East Africa.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Businesses, National government, Customers.

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

BBOXX has a few competitors in the marketplace, such as d.light design and M.Kopa. However, BBOXX was founded by 3 young entrepreneurs who are all now 26 or under, with the experience of founding a charity already under their belts.
BBOXX is investing more in innovation and remote monitoring technology (the internet of things) to make their solar kits more reliable and more effective than solar kits available on the market.

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

The co-founders of BBOXX met whilst studying Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Imperial College London. All three had travelled in the developing world and recognised the challenge posed to community and business development by the unreliable electrical supply. They saw potential in the lack of existing infrastructure to create a sustainable, environmentally responsible solution to the problem. In response, the trio founded a student charity, e.quinox , through which they began to develop and distribute solar-powered battery packs to off-grid locations. The enterprise was an unprecedented success, and exposed the potential for off-grid solar solutions in the developing world. Today, students at Imperial College are inspired to join

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 three co-founders of BBOXX are all under 26 years old, and are currently working full-time in the following positions:
Mansoor Hamayun, Chief Executive Officer; Christopher Baker-Brian, Chief Technology Officer; Laurent Van Houcke, Chief Operations Officer.
In November 2013, the BBOXX team was just 5 people. Today it is 125, with offices and shops in 6 countries.

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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?

BBOXX customers live in rural off-grid villages in Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya. The average family size is 5, and the typical method of earning income is by farming or fishing. BBOXX families purchase their solar kits to replace kerosene generators, which emit harmful carbon and cause environmental and health damage.

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

BBOXX is a growing company operating subsidiaries in 4 countries and working with distribution partners in 14 African countries. With additional funding, BBOXX would be able to open more shops and expand its business to rural areas in Africa. It would be able to further finance solar systems for African families, so that they do not have to purchase systems up front, which are expensive, but can purchase a system on a minimal monthly fee equivalent to existing kerosene and energy costs.
Publicity gained from winning the award would have the multiplying effect of spreading the message of BBOXX (bringing solar power to the off-grid market) and would potentially lead to new investors and eventually, more African families with power.

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

The co-founders of BBOXX met as Electrical and Electronics Engineering students at Imperial College London. All three had travelled in the developing world and recognised the challenge posed to community and business development by the unreliable electrical supply. In response, the trio founded a student charity, e.quinox, through which they began to develop and distribute solar-powered battery packs to off-grid locations. BBOXX is the successor.

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BBOXX

BBOXX designs, manufactures, distributes and finances innovative plug & play solar systems to improve access to energy across Africa and the developing world. BBOXX distributes to partners in 14 countries and 30 local shops in Kenya, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Uganda.

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Dynamic architecture

The project concept is introduce a new architectural approach with sustainable solution, which is design anew mechanism can control rigid components of the buildings ‘floors, walls and ceilings’ in order to allow users to create their own spaces on their preference.

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Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC) - A Green Revolution

Fossil fuels have supported the industrialization and economic growth during the past century, but it is clear that they cannot indefinitely sustain a global economy. Therefore, there was an urgent need to meet this arising issue. MFC, here comes out to be the new solution and savior.

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ADULT LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES AT KUMIRMARI ISLAND

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

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Ensuring sustainable livelihood

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Art Kenya

A (majorly) online based distributor and marketer of Fine and Visual; connecting Kenyan artists and collectors to Artists, Consumers and Collectors in Kenya, Africa the world. From Paintings, Sculptures, Photography, Drawings; to Prints and New media Art. We are Kenyan art! We Love Kenyan Art!

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NidAya

Using technology to enhance agricultural yield, expanding network of supply and using byproduct of agricultural yield to produce green energy. (Seed oil, Sugar cane etc)

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Redirection Water System

Awarded by the most important prize for researching in Latin America – Young Scientist Award 2010 – and by Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development, the product named Redirection Water System eliminates substantial wasting of water in showers which use gas heating system.

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Redirection Water System: eliminating water waste

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2009

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Brazil, RS, PORTO ALEGRE

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Brazil, RS, Porto Alegre

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Awarded by the most important prize for researching in Latin America – Young Scientist Award 2010 – and by Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development, the product named Redirection Water System eliminates substantial wasting of water in showers which use gas heating system.

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

we could use water more wisely?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Showers which use gas heating system, very common at hotels and middle class dwellings, usually waste a considerable amount of water because the user doesn’t make use of it until it is properly heated. Measures indicate that the wasting is about 12 liters per shower which represents 10% of total consumption in some residences. Therefore, if this percentual can be saved it would mean approximately one less bill to pay by the end of the year.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

The proposed solution is a system that monitors the showering water heating process, recycling water back to the residential water tank until it is properly heated for usage. The system consists of a valve connected to a thermostat - both items are available in the market, but not designed and assembled as an unique system with the purpose here described, as to measure water temperature and provide a proper temperature control. The system shall be physically installed near the shower, as part of the shower pipe system. When user turns the shower on, water flows through the pipes and thermostat measures its temperature: while this measured temperature is under 40ºC, water is redirected back to water tank and, therefore, reducing water waste.

What awards or honors has the project received?

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

An example of how the solution makes a difference can be demonstrated by a pilot project I have installed in a residence in Brazil during the initial months of the study. The operation proved to be sustainable with respect to the products used. Users were satisfied, considering that they demonstrated greater satisfaction than without the system. Were satisfied also with the water savings generated and the increased quality in the bath with the hot water coming out just at the exact moment of consumption. It is easy to see that if the product gets installed in a considerable number of households in the country it would generate a large amount of water gain, automatically and without the dependence of user ‘s consciousness.

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

The system saves an average of 10 liters of water per bath. Considering a house with 4 people, this saves 40 liters of water per day, which represents approximately 10% of the water usage of the residence. We are currently experiencing the worst drought of the century in Brazil, affecting in larger scale the Southeast region that includes the state of São Paulo, and affects more than 50 million people. There is rationing water during certain hours of the day and the government directs people to save water. I'm sure that a system would help people with this economy, and in times of crisis like the present, 10% is an economy that can make a difference in the lives of millions of people.

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

I believe that in the future all showers, which use gas heating systems, must Install the redirector for prevent water wastage. It has potential for expansion and lead to a large saving water now wasted. beyond the Brazilian market, about 5 million homes with gas water heating, there is still the possibility of action in the European and American market, which after the initial expansion in Brazil ensures an extremely large potential market. I also believe this will encourage more simple ideas which can be incorporated in construction to make our cities more sustainable.

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

sustainability?
To ensure financial sustainability a partnership will be formed with a valve manufacturer, which has agreed to a prior commitment. A percentage of sales will remain with the company to be formed, which will manage the marketing and sales.
Infrastructure costs and initial advertising of the product on the market will be diluted by the partner. Other manufacturing and logistics costs will be covered by product price.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals.

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

I have no information about any other company that is providing the same kind of solution. The only competition so far is the use of electric showers, but in colder regions with higher purchasing power the sale of gas heaters keeps increasing and the problem of waste water persists.

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.

Very often I heard users complaining about the waste of water in showers which use gas heating system, very common in Brazilian residences. For my final course work, while studying mechanical technician, I was studying mechanisms to avoid wastage of water and I saw in this problem an opportunity to be studied. That seemed like a good opportunity because of the high number of homes that use gas heating systems and the high wastage resulting from this use. Observing the operation of a thermostat in car engines I thought “why not join thermostat with a valve and redirect wasted water to a tank?”. I made some experiences purchasing and assembling the required components in various ways until I reached the expected result.

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?

Right now, besides me, there is no one directly involved in the project. I’ve been working on my own up to this moment. The Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, where I was studing when developed the project also were an important partnership, with their laboratories and teachers.

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

The main customers identified are big construction companies. The system could be incorporate in the design and construction of flats, due to low installation cost in these cases. Construction companies see value in this case due to environmental appeal and preference for this kind of projects by the customers. It’s also applicable to a green buildings and for LEED certification. I'm sure the new concept of sustainable building makes people look for flats that have this redirector into its operation.

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

The cash will give me the chance for make the next investment necessary such as 1) final tests for production in scale and 2) investments on marketing and salles. And this is the first International award, which can open doors to the European market. Also, the mentoring will support me to manage the partnerships I need.

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

There are three entrepreneurial initiatives that I realized until today: the first is to insert the project here presented in an incubator for startups. The second was to have participated voluntarily a junior company, firm young university in which I performed consulting projects in industrial engineering. The third was to have been a finalist in the Santander Entrepreneurship Award, for a model of sustainable business plan presented in 2011.

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“MY HOLIDAY DECISIONS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE”

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2013

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Argentina, Esquel

Country where this project is creating social impact

Argentina, U, Esquel

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No-Footprint Holidays is a combination of the recognition of responsible tourist service providers with tourist environmental awareness in an educational guide aimed at spreading the word about destinations committed to Sustainable Tourism.

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

What would happen if your holidays carbon footprint could be calculated so that you could mitigate and reduce it in the destination you choose?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Travelling is a pleasant experience; however, we don’t usually think upon its effects.

Tourism is a growing economic activity responsible for 5% of CO2 emissions globally, representing 60% of international air traffic.

Destinations normally rely on natural assets for promotion and tourist attraction; it is time for governments, service providers and tourists to become aware of the impact tourism has on the environment and how to reduce it.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Our Green Passport is based on United Nations Environment Programme’s Green Passport, giving tourist recommendations to be considered before, during and after the trip.

We adapted UNEP’s Green Passport, including holidays carbon footprint calculation for tourists to mitigate and reduce it by choosing differentiated service providers and joining low impact activities in their holiday destination.

We promote the implementation of good environmental practices in tourist service providers, aiming to differentiate them and spreading the word about them in the Green Passport. We also encourage destinations to develop tourist attractions from a perspective toward environmental protection and differentiation.

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.

Once you arrive at your destination, you are given the Green Passport to calculate your Carbon Footprint (in kgs. Of CO2) for your arrival (for the distance and means of transport) and your stay (for energy and water consumption and waste generation).
This is all you need to know your holiday carbon footprint; thereafter you will be able to do something about it. You can mitigate your footprint by choosing service providers differentiated for environmental protection standards, and compensate it by joining tourist activities favoring the local community and the environment.
Before returning home, you will know if you had a holiday with footprint or a No- Footprint Holiday to show that your holiday decisions can really make a difference.

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

No-footprint Holidays has been in action in Esquel (Chubut, Argentina) since 2013. The Green Passport we designed is made up of sections – “My Arrival”, “My Stay”, “My Destination”, “My Contribution” and “My Footprint” – that guide tourist to take informed decisions on the environment, the local community and the destination itself.

31 accommodation service providers have been certified for their environmental standards, spreading the word about them so that tourists visiting Esquel can choose from them, and also grading them with the kgs of CO2 (tourists will mitigate) in accordance with their environmentally-friendly actions.
We promote and spread the word about low impact activities like urban trekking, bird-watching, bike renting, tree planting or visiting the local Waste Treatment Plant.

We aim to include more responsible service providers and local projects in the program.

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

We expect to replicate No-Footprint Holidays in Argentine destinations committed to enhancing their tourist services from the perspective of Sustainable Tourism.

In Esquel the program has been developed in conjunction with the local Tourism Secretariat. In the medium term, we intend to replicate it in other Patagonian destinations; in the long term, we aim to extend the program NO-Footprint Holidays reaching all other Argentine regions.

Working with governments, tourist companies, local communities and tourists is the key to develop Argentina’s potential in Sustainable Tourism.

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

We carry out the Project by using personal savings, working with local governments, offering consulting services and training people in the destination to ensure continuation of the program.

At present, we are working in Environmental Education in Esquel local government and participating as candidates in all possible contests related to the field. Even though we haven’t received donations, we don’t exclude the possibility in the future.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Businesses, Regional government, Other.

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

The Green Passport included in the program No-Footprint Holidays is based on the United Nations Environment Programme’s Green Passport campaign, promoted by Brazilian and French governments and implemented also in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Israel and South Africa.

We adapted the Green Passport, including as a key component the carbon footprint calculation so that tourists could join a king of game in which responsible actions lead them to mitigate and compensate it in their destination.

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.

A relationship of 13 years, the completion of university studies, a stable job, family and friends, and living in Rosario (the third Argentine biggest city) motivated the great travelling experience we had with Iniciativa Imagine from Ushuaia, at the end of the world, to Junin de los Andes in Argentine Patagonia.
We just wanted to know our country, idenifying and spreading the word about good actions. "You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one".

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

We are two people with full dedication to the project. Cristian Sejas and I are a couple, co-founders of the project and promoters of Iniciativa Imagine. Iniciativa Imagine has 15 members and three volunteers; however, countless are the people who have contributed and who are still doing so.

Working and implementing the program locally means there are more and more people involved and carrying the program out.

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

The recipient groups are tourists, local governments, tourist service providers and local communities. Every group has a place in the Green Passport designed.

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

The prize money would help us replicate the program in Argentine Patagonia and publicity would help us spread the word in the rest of Argentina and the wordl about what we are doing.

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

Iniciativa Imagine, website: www.iniciativaimagine.com

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yes

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no

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no

NO-FOOTPRINT HOLIDAYS ©

No-Footprint Holidays is a combination of the recognition of responsible tourist service providers with tourist environmental awareness in an educational guide aimed at spreading the word about destinations committed to Sustainable Tourism.

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Utano Tea

A herbal tea company specialising in ingredients indigenous to Africa. We aim to improve the health of the consumer & the wealth of the producer. We aim to apply the concept of ubuntu to business creating a model that benefits all, from the producer, to the company to the end user.

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A Plea to Progress Herbal Tea

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2013

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United Kingdom, CAM, Cambridge

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Zimbabwe, ME, Macheke

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A herbal tea company specialising in ingredients indigenous to Africa. We aim to improve the health of the consumer & the wealth of the producer. We aim to apply the concept of ubuntu to business creating a model that benefits all, from the producer, to the company to the end user.

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

What if people living in poverty could be economically empowered by giving value to something they have readily available in abundance.

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Zimbabwe produces indigenous herbs with great potential for commercial viability, yet with an approximated 95% unemployment rate, many families are unaccustomed to a steady income.

Further, the level of international aid to Zimbabwe correlates strongly with the judged political compliance of its government by the international community. Long term dependence upon this is therefore not a sustainable model for small scale farmers for living.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

When grown in their original environment with a dry climate, these herbs require relatively less fertilizer and pesticides; hence are low maintenance, very cheap for those with strict agricultural & financial resources, and can be grown organically in manner conducive to environmental sustainability. However, since these herbs are commonplace, there is poor internal demand.

By linking what many have readily have access to with new external markets, we aim to facilitate small scale farmers towards greater financial independence, sharing exotic African teas with distinct yet varying health properties to new demand. Ingredients such as baobab and moringa have entered the market, proving the viability of adding value to indigenous crops.

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

Our primary objective is to facilitate small scale farmers in profiting from the sale of commonplace herbs usually grown in excess, thus introducing them to a relatively more secure & robust sustainable model for the longer term.

These herbs are very cheap to produce and are grown organically, which will add value to the final herbal tea products, as well as enable a wider profit margin for the benefit of the small scale farmers.

Moreover, we will strive to work closely with our farmers to build a supportive working relationship that can inspire trust; rather than that of mechanical transactions. We want to empower our farmers, & will put them first, however we can, regardless of how large our operations may become.

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

To date we have imported one of the herbs we will be selling, & have repeatedly gauged their popularity among samples within our target market, averaging an 80% approval rate.

We have a number of cafés & specialist tea shops already willing to work alongside us in select regions for the distribution of the herbal teas in support our intention and quality of the product.

Working with the Sustainable Ecological & Economic Development (SEED) will enable the delivery of continual training to ensure a consistency in standard of produce and small scale farmers are fully utilising their available resources efficiently.

However, at present we have not yet had the opportunity to import a large consignment, hence our measurable impact has been minimal. Still, we remain confident in our potential to achieve to enable financial independence for farmers once this barrier is defeated.

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

Current formal local demand for dried leaves is estimated at less than a tonne a year. Introduction of a well-branded tea could see a rise in demand. Estimated potential demand is around 100 tonnes/year on the local market and 1,000 tonnes/year on the export market.We will ultimately be creating jobs in the primary as well as the secondary sector as we will need labor for the processing and manufacturing as well fostering rural development. We also will protect biodiversity and promote cultural exchange as the heritage of a tea is a part of it, preserving history for future generations.

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

As a for-profit organisation, the products will eventually generate enough revenue to make our operations self-sufficiently funded. Prioritisation of profits is towards: the financial independence of our farmers; & the reinvestment of the organisation, to help enable its long term partnership with these our farmers.

Additional revenue streams & reductions will be continually investigated to aid the financial stability of our operations.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, NGOs, Other.

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

A number of organisations already operate in Zimbabwe, such as the Mercey Corps who are successfully assisting subsistence farmers in knowledge & tools for increasing their yields.

Our simple solution, in practice, aims to complement the education and support given by such organisations, by linking new markets for these farmers to help realise further the potential of their farming.

Furthermore, we aim to shift the custom of relying on ‘hand-outs’ from those organisations orientated more towards a short to mid-term solution, to a custom towards greater financial sustainability.

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.

Growing up on a farm in Zimbabwe, my parents exported horticulture to the EU. Thus at a young age I appreciated the ‘magic’ for produce to be consumed by anyone anywhere, despite its respective geographic origin. My childhood also exposed me to the numerous herbs indigenous to my culture while embedding their remedial properties.

Yet their absence in the UK not only revealed the extent I took them for granted for back home, but the extent to which people with no cognizance of these herbs are missing out on their health benefits.

Since then I have wanted to change this. Thus by introducing African teas to the increasingly health conscious UK, I strive to improve the health of the consumer, & the wealth of the producer.

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?

As a biomedicine student I bring an understanding of the human body and interactions of herbs with the body. Jadean offers great problem solving capabilities with his degree in Entrepreneurship. Sonja assists by monitoring our budget and is currently studying accounting and finance.

Walter Herriot is a key advisor and brings his wealth of expertise working with startups at the renowned St Johns Innovation Center.

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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?

he primary recipients to benefit are the small scale farmers, with Utano Tea will representing a channel enabling them to sell their produce to external markets in demand.

The end customers will be in select new markets, such as the UK, which are showing an evident shift in consumer behaviour towards greater health consciousness, & has subsequently resulted in a steady increased demand for corresponding products, including herbal teas, with a current UK market value worth of £56 million.

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

As our brand grows we will use the momentum to target contracts with UK supermarkets, & eventually leverage our reputation to penetrate other foreign markets. In addition, we also envision diversifying the brand, & entering into markets such as skin care with herbal extracts. This will enable us to grow the demand for our herbal products; & the more we are able to do so, the more farmers will we be able to help.

Therefore, the prize money would mainly provide the crucial seed funding to buy, import and package our initial consignment, as well as the import licence. However, it is the publicity, tailored mentoring and prospective new contacts that will really help us in realising our huge ambition, & truly produce our desired impact.

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

Degree level knowledge of Biomedicine & Entrepreneurship, with empirical horticultural expertise.

Initiatives include but not limited to: opportunity recognition for & supply of guitar lessons at high school; project management & subsequent tutored lessons for development of brand new media suite at local youth centre; access to extended entrepreneurial networks; several guided entrepreneurial simulations; & a promoted fundraising event.

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no

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Pollinate Energy

Pollinate Energy sets up networks of micro-entrepreneurs to distribute sustainable technology (like solar-lights and clean cookstoves) on payment plans to India's urban poor. These products save money and improve health, wellbeing and earning opportunities, while reducing harmful carbon emissions.

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Improving the lives of India's urban poor

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Year founded

2012

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India, KA, Bangalore

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India, KA, Bangalore

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Pollinate Energy sets up networks of micro-entrepreneurs to distribute sustainable technology (like solar-lights and clean cookstoves) on payment plans to India's urban poor. These products save money and improve health, wellbeing and earning opportunities, while reducing harmful carbon emissions.

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

WHAT IF an urban slum could become a leading display of sustainable living?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Over 400 million people suffer from energy poverty in India. Fuel is expensive; kerosene light is inadequate for basic chores or study; indoor air pollution from burning fuels kills leads to respiratory illness, killing an Indian child every 5 minutes.

These conditions exist not only in rural villages, but also in urban slums, and with India’s 13 million slum households set to triple in 10 years, we need a working solution urgently.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

The urban poor already spend $3-5/week on kerosene. By spending this on a solar light they save money, remove harmful fuels from the home, and have better light to study and work by.
We recruit micro-entrepreneurs (Pollinators) to offer these life-changing technologies on micro-loans to urban slums in their local region. We train them, provide a start-up stock loan, and a smart-phone with an app to manage their portfolio of customers.
Once customers save money and experience better quality of life they seek other products (like clean cookstoves and water filters) which the Pollinators also sell, ensuring long-term business viability.
This network of Pollinators can be replicated in new cities creating a distribution platform of scale.

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After struggling to make a living in rural India, Amresh moved to Bangalore seeking new opportunities. As a trader, he set up a shop in an urban slum lit up by a kerosene lamp.
When Amresh first saw a Pollinator offering solar lights in his community, he instantly recognised what a light could do for his business and decided to invest.
Having brighter, cleaner and more reliable lighting, Amresh could open his shop longer each day. He became more effective at preparing food, and customers started socializing in his shop, spending more time and therefore buying more products.
Just four months later, Amresh had doubled his weekly income. He has now moved with his wife and two children into a nearby apartment, and continues to run his shop!

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

Within 18 months Pollinate Energy has sold over 6,000 solar lights across 500 urban slums in Bangalore with a network of 16 Pollinators.
This means - we have removed an unsafe and expensive fuel from the homes of more than 27,000 people; over 15,000 children can study improving their chance at a better education and brighter future; 6,000 families now enjoy 6 more hours of light daily to study, work and socialise; average customer savings of $86USD/year (4.2% of their income) can now be spent on education, clean water, and other health products; we have abated over 540T CO2.

By the end of 2020, we aim to be in India's 50 largest cities, and to grow until every urban slum has access to our micro-loans and life-changing products. By that time, a network of over 1000 sustainable Pollinator businesses will have collectively impacted over 4.5 million people.

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

To impact over 4.5million people by 2020 with sustainable growth, we must both spread geographically and expand our product offering. Expanding into 6 more cities by 2016 will prove our adaptability in new regions which will form the foundation for a franchised solution growing into India’s 50 cities, and possibly adopted world-wide.
We will also continue to trial new products in established cities, as is currently being performed in Bangalore, which will only be rolled out across other regions once deemed a successful and appropriate product.

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

Within one year of starting, each new city that we launch is financially sustainable with product sales covering local business costs. We are now focussed on improving cash handling processes and lifting sale rates so as to break-even in each city within 2-3 years. We then hope to adopt a franchise approach with this proven business performance to achieve future expansion, lowering set-up costs and improving our chance at success in new regions.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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

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

We have pieced together successful approaches by those tackling energy poverty, micro-entrepreneurship and essential services distribution. We are mentored by many of these organisations.

In ‘access to energy’ we have learnt from the distribution success of Grameen Shakti, Solar Aid and Barefoot power, and built on this by using mobile phone apps to improve customer management.

We have then gone one step further by adapting Kopernik and Hindustan Unilever’s last-mile multi-product retail approach to the urban slum environment, making further use of our successful distribution channel.

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 2012, India experienced the largest blackout the world has ever seen. Over 700 million people – 10% of the world’s population – were plunged into darkness. The story grabbed headlines, but the daily reality did not: that there are 400 million people in India living in a permanent blackout with no access to electricity.

Having just spent several months in Bangalore's peripheral slum communities witnessing this hardship first-hand, this phenomenal event triggered our team to found Pollinate Energy, in order to solve this crippling energy poverty.

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

We have a combined 30 yrs experience in entrepreneurship, sustainability, renewable energy, economics, microfinance, and development. We structure our managerial roles as operations, strategy, technology, fundraising and programs/impact. We are currently recruiting Indian sales and operations managers to support our expansion.
Our advisory board has complementary skills in marketing, fundraising, legal, strategy, Indian markets and governance.

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Health and Hygiene, 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?

We work with urban poor people in India, who have migrated to the city for better income opportunities, but settle in urban slums and are trapped in a cycle of fuel poverty. They are dissatisfied with the cost and and inconvenience of not having electricity and seek affordable, robust solutions and a better quality of life. We engage them through our on-the-ground Pollinators, who go door-to-door in communities to offer sustainable energy and other wellbeing enhancing products on short-term payment plans.

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

Over the next two years we will replicate the success of our Bangalore network in five more Indian cities proving our ability to adapt to new regions.
This award will help us in three key ways;
- Supporting start-up costs for our second city reaching over 100,000 with micro-loans to afford life-changing sustainable products
- Increasing exposure in the UK, a new market opportunity for our International Fellowship program, which brings high quality people on volunteer terms to support our operations in India.
- Mentoring support during our critical early-stage expansion as we prepare for the launch of a sustainable, stream-lined and rapid impact social franchise in 2018, to ultimately impact over 4.5million lives by 2020.

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

2014 London School of Economics Entrepreneur of the Year
2013 Awarded Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Award
2013 Awarded LSE Studentship for PhD tuition by the London School of Economics
2013 Centre for Sustainability Leadership International Ambassador
2012 Pollinate Energy Co-founder and Executive Director
2011/12 The Upside Down Under Interview Series - Producer and Interviewer
2011/12 Green & Tonic – London Co-Founder

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no

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Innovative Sustainable Roof

Roofs are unused area and solid and organic waste pollute our country. So we think to design a roof garden with a recycled and reused materials for children to play, neighbors to spending time together without spending money and this will protect the upper floors from sun direct heat.

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freeLance Guru

freeLance Guru is a start up venture with a vision to mitigate women unemployment problem with providing quality content in the form of our highly skilled & experienced trainer’s videos which engage the learners, empower them, and inspire them to utilize their gained skills to do freelancing stuffs

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Making Unemployment Once Upon A Time in Bangladesh

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

Year founded

2014

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For‐profit

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Bangladesh, Dhaka

Country where this project is creating social impact

Bangladesh

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

freeLance Guru is a start up venture with a vision to mitigate women unemployment problem with providing quality content in the form of our highly skilled & experienced trainer’s videos which engage the learners, empower them, and inspire them to utilize their gained skills to do freelancing stuffs

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

Making Unemployment Once Upon A Time in Bangladesh.

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

In Bangladesh the total number of women equals to to half of the total population which is about 80 million. Here people are mostly religious & orthodox.Culturally family members prefer women to stay home & most of them don't allow women work outside the home. ON the other hand freelancing has enormous opportunity in Bangladesh.But as freelancing needs some sophisticated skills to work women find it difficult to learn it.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

freeLance Guru will provide training materials in native language (Bengali) so that the users can easily learn the lessons & work accordingly. The website employs an object-oriented design methodology that yields flexible, salable, and reusable content, supporting freelancers with rich, targeted solutions that are easily replicated and maintained. It is committed to high quality freelance based skills training -both soft & professional, instructional design and educational development.It will offer the freelancers to get membership for the whole year with only $9.99 and every detail of freelancing guidelines & training will be provided where traditional coaching based freelance training centers in Bangladesh costs $ 59 to $ 179.

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

Freelancing gives an enormous potential for significant earnings growth. The per capita gross national income in Bangladesh is $1044 in 2013. Assuming the average contractor earns $6 an hour a Bangladeshi contractor can earn the average annual income in less than 4 weeks.So there is a huge financial upside to working online for both individual & the country’s overall economy compared to local opportunities.But in Bangladesh highly skilled freelance trainers are not easily available & they are not found at easy-to-catch locations for women.On the other hand provide enough insight of this dynamic industry work opportunities.So freeLance is working on these two areas: 1)training frelancing & providing week based industry insight.

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

freeLance Guru first started its operation via skype on September 2013.And to date it has trained 317 women who are now working in this industry & earning around $700-$775 every month.After finding out such a big need of online freelance training from women the founders of freeLance Guru planned to move ahead & to make it accessible to more wider range of freelance learners.We are still training women via skype & have done an exclusive research on 2,000 women in Bangladesh whether they will like to join freeLance Guru & learn from the website.And the response was way to optimistic as 98% women said it would be great if someone comes out to train them that they can learn at home & help them know industry insight every week so that they can earn & work smartly at home.And freelance Guru targets to train 20,000 women online by 2015 & reach to 270,000 by 2019-2020.

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

freeLance Guru has already created a buzz in Dhaka city as it has got more 86% of its learners on skype. And its spreading rapidly among Dhaka girls community.With having a very good market position in Dhaka city freeLance guru will go in to the market more aggressively using the social media advertising.It has already communicated with 100 top freelancers from 27 districts who will work as ambassadors to create buzz among the country's girls community. After launching its training website freelance Guru will make a partnership with BASIS to spread out the brand freeLance guru around the world

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

The estimated project cost is $375,000 in FY 2014-15 which will be financed by 61% equity from its CEO & founders & 39% debt from lenders. freeLance guru will offer the freelancers to get membership for the whole year with only $9.99 and every detail of freelancing guidelines & training will be provided where traditional room based freelance training centers in Bangladesh costs $ 59 to $ 179.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Customers, Other.

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

There are some freelance training centers to train freelancers in Bangladesh.But they are not available in every city in every area.As in Bangladesh women usually don't prefer to learn job skills outside majority of girls/women cant get the access to learn from these institutions.These options also charge too high that is not possible for women to afford.There are also some online based training centers.But they are not helping learners understand about freelance industry.They are just training IT based skills.As a result freelancers learn but can't enjoy the maximum fruit of this industry.

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 did try freelancing on January 2013 & went to my Uni friend who was working in freelance industry since his 1st year of grad.My friend suggested me to learn web development & gave some links of online training websites.Then i started learning but it took me more money & time as there was no option in my native language (Bengali).After starting freelancing i felt the lack on enough industry related information that could help understand which sectors were getting more importance & job offers.Then i suddenly got that idea to start training online to freelancers in Bengali & talked with that friend.He just gave a loud shout when he got to know my plan & strategy.And as women get the least chance to learn freelancing we planned targeted girls

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?

Anick Sharkar: A recent graduate of University Of Dhaka. He has had his grad on Marketing. He is the director of Dhaka university Marketing Club.He has participated in Asian venture Challenge 2014 held in Thailand.He has done his course on business development, risk analysis & marketing management.
Chandra Shekhor: A student of University of Dhaka, doing honors in Mathemetics.He has been working in freelance industry in more than 5 years.

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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?

Age: 18-35. My core customer base is student who currently graduating and/or have graduated and/or have just entered into universities.In Bangladesh 50% population are women. And as our country is religiously orthodox minded, family members don't prefer & allow women to work outside to earn money & become self dependent.freeLance Guru has come out with a groundbreaking solution to provide freelance learning opportunities online in Bengali at a very reasonable cost, so that they can learn & earn from home.

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

The prize money would help freeLance Guru make trainers videos of web site development & coding. These two are getting most importance in skill development for freelancers worldwide.And 30% of the Prize would be allocated to penetrate more aggressively into the market to gain competitive advantage.

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

I did participate Asian Venture Challenge 2014 with my project freeLance Guru. And freeLance guru was one of the finalists in the competition.
I am also working as the director of Dhaka University Marketing Club-the most specialized marketing based club in Bangladesh. I have also taken course on business relationship,risk management & sustainable business development.

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no

Will you require a visa to enter the UK?

yes

Are you are a current Unilever employee?

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Gramoddhar

In the poultry initiative of Gramoddhar, chicks of the kuroiler breed are raised in a mother unit and then sold to women in other households. They are fed a low-cost diet and their eggs are of higher nutritional value, Eventually they are sold for their meat.

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Poultry Farming

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Year founded

2013

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Hybrid

Organization Country

India, DL, New Delhi

Country where this project is creating social impact

India, HR

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

In the poultry initiative of Gramoddhar, chicks of the kuroiler breed are raised in a mother unit and then sold to women in other households. They are fed a low-cost diet and their eggs are of higher nutritional value, Eventually they are sold for their meat.

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

What if there was no malnutrition?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Individuals in rural areas work as daily wage labourers, and have no steady source of income.
Rural families are not able to meet their minimum food requirements, especially in terms of nutrition. Malnutrition is often termed as India's silent emergency.
Migrants/Minorities are often secluded from the mainstream society and face isolation.
People in rural areas are unable to make capital investments

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Day old Kuroiler chicks are bought by the Mother Unit in village. They are then raised (fed, vaccinated) for the first 3 weeks after which the birds are mature enough to scavenge on rural waste by themselves. At this point the birds are sold in small batches to individual households. The birds are then reared by village households at negligible variable costs. The households generate supplemental income from the eggs laid by the bird and eventually sell them for meat once the egg laying period is over. This three-level income generating and risk-dividing model also contributes towards ensuring minimum nutritional security for the entrepreneurs and their families. More than money, this model helps our entrepreneurs raise their social status.

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

Few years ago, Ms. Seema and Mr. Rafael migrated to Ghamroj, Haryana in search of work. They started working as daily-wage laborers at construction sites. Soon, they planned to start a small poultry farm in order to supplement their income. They had prior experience of this activity and raised a loan for same. But their know-how could not tackle the competitive market of Haryana and they made a heavy loss: indebted. When we came in contact with them, we offered them to do a zero-risk pilot run with us. Our model worked and Seema, Rafael effectively established them as our Mother Unit entrepreneurs. Their experience now counts and things have started moving positively for them. They are very keen on continuing and expanding this project.

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

Project Gramoddhar has just started to expand its roots and has enormous potential to bring about rural prosperity. The strengths of our Kuroiler poultry model: negligible variable costs, multi-level income generation, low business risk, higher revenues and 'Input-Output side partnerships' make it an appropriate catalyst for change in Ghamroj. Kuroiler breed is genetically more disease resistant, lays 4 times more eggs and can thrive on no cost rural waste. Our pilots alone ensured an average supplementary monthly income of Rs. 2500 for our entrepreneurs' family. This happened despite the various financial and infrastructural constraints. Due to the increase in interaction with other villagers, the process of social recognition of our secluded entrepreneurs has also started. They now smile confidently. We plan to make this smile wider and even replicate it to other parts of the country.

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

The kuroiler bird poultry farming method has potential for being replicated in different communities in diverse areas focussing on improving the nutritional value and providing them a sustained means of livelihood.

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

The money spent on feeding chickens constitutes a major part of the variable cost and it can be as high as 70-80%. But, Kuroiler chickens do not need a special diet. They can scavenge on their own. They feed on kitchen waste like vegetables and worms, etc. Since these do not need to be bought, this serves as a very profitable initiative.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Foundations, Other.

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

Our business model witnesses an altogether unique approach towards poultry farming. It overcomes the negatives (uncertain profits, high variable cost, high mortality rate) of traditional poultry farming practices (practiced by competitors). Our Kuroiler breed is an optimal breed for rural environment as it is genetically more disease resistant, lays 4 times more eggs and can thrive by feeding on rural waste. Also, our 3-level income generation model increases the beneficiaries of the project; dividing risk at the same time. Our fixed input-output channels make the model even more sustainable.

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 soul of India lives in its villages where it continues to preserve its traditions and values. With this theme in mind, we, a group of management students planned to visit a typical Indian village called Ghamroj (near Gurgaon) in order to understand its dynamics. We interacted with people and tried to understand their problems. Financial problems topped the list. Their businesses often fail despite the best of efforts. In Village Ghamroj specifically, one such fast depleting business activity was Poultry Farming. Villagers had the know-how did not evolve (improvise) their methods in the dynamic business environment. We knew we could help them with this, and soon came up with an innovative process which could do wonders for them.

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 comprises of 16 Management Students who want to, and know how to make a change. The team has specific departments (Operations-Sales, Purchase; Research; Business Development; Business Processes) handling the various aspects of the project. The family (team) is continuously working towards realizing the full potential (which is limitless, considering the huge scope) of this business model.

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Health and Hygiene, Improving Nutrition, Opportunities for Women, Smallholder Farmers.

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

Poultry farming using kuroiler breed fulfils serves a three fold objective of women empowerment, economic self sustainability and better nutrition. Kuroiler meat and eggs are high on nutritional value and are therefore preferred over the other breeds. They fetch a higher price for their meat and eggs for the same reason. This motivates the villagers to continue breeding them as it ensures them a steady source of income.

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

The project has an unlimited scope in terms of replication. Similar models can be implemented in other parts of the state as well. The Research team has already spotted 10-12 more potential areas. There is a need to make several capital investments in the mother unit. Our mother unit right now functions on a rented space. Thus, it is not possible to modify it exactly as per the requirement of the birds. In order to solve this problem and decrease our dependency on the landlord, we aim to invest in a common mother unit for all our entrepreneurs. The money will also be utilised for various trust-building activities in the village.

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

Gramoddhar includes another entrepreneurial venture, Alankaar. It gives employment to the marginalized widow community in Ghamroj by enhancing their sewing and tailoring skills to professional levels in order to make products like cloth bags, pouches, etc and marketing them in urban areas.

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Sustainable Affordable by New Design

Women’s vulnerability increases in emergency situations. Through a line of wearable products we aim to empower girls and women through accessible education, efficient communication and new design, hoping this will lead to the proper distribution of emergency kits that addresses women’s needs.

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Farmistan

By providing our smallholder farmer cheap direct access to the city market we want to strengthen a very large poverty stricken and illiterate group of our agriculture community. First stabilizing them financially and ultimately turning into a complete solution organization for small farmers.

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Good Glass

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Scaling Up to Ship Out

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

Year founded

2012

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Hybrid

Organization Country

Uganda, Kampala

Country where this project is creating social impact

Uganda, Kampala

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

With investment, Good Glass will expand it's current production, enabling us to provide more fair wage employment. In addition, it will allow us to recycle more glass. We will fill a container with our products to ship to the US for distribution directly to customers and to retail outlets.

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

What if recycling could eliminate poverty?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Our project addresses two problems. First, the lack of fair wage employment opportunities in Uganda. Many people are desperate to work hard to support themselves and their families but are only able to find exploitative work or subsistance farming, meaning the majority of the population lives on less than $1.25 /day. Secondly, the problem of waste disposal and lack of recycling in Uganda. Trash is lining the streets and landfills are overflowing.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

By providing employment that is fair and not based on donations or charity, Good Glass is creating sustainable livelihoods for many. The expansion of our market would allow us to do this for even more people, creating a huge ripple effect as most employed people in Uganda support a large family network. The majority of income is spent on school fees for children and medical care. Due to lack of formal waste collection and recycling, glass bottles are often discarded in drainage ditches and roadsides. Good Glass takes this trash and turns into something beautiful and usable. We would like to expand our product line to use more recyclable mediums such as plastic, paper and aluminum. We have already begun by making packaging from old boxes.

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

Over our relatively short existence, Good Glass has recycled nearly 10 tons of glass that would otherwise be in landfills or roadsides. The jobs we provide allow our employees to buy land, pay for school fees and doctors bills and live with dignity. Rita used to rely on her mother for housing, to take care of her daughter and provide food for them both. As her mother had little, this was stretch and all three would often go hungry. Now that she is working at Good Glass, Rita is able to rent her own place, pay for her daughter's school fees, eat three square meals a day and help support her mother as well.

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

Over 10 tons of glass has been recycled. With limited space for landfills and lack of formal trash collection, 10 tons of waste is a significant amount. In the next two years, if we were to expand our operations, we could more than quadruple that amount. We're now providing 10 sustainable jobs, paying livable wages, with paid vacation and sick leave. If our work expanded to selling to the US market, we would be able to employ 30-40 Ugandans.

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

If expansion from Uganda goes well, we could also set up workshops in surrounding countries such as Rwanda and Kenya to create even more jobs and recycle more glass and other materials as we are able to expand our the range of products we produce. This model can be replicated across Africa to provide glassware in the home country as well as export products to North America, Europe, Australia. We have even had requests from Japan to stock good glass in retail outlets based there.

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

The initial investment will go toward machinery and staff to produce a container worth of products. It will also be used for shipping and warehousing. A sales associate will travel to boutiques and large retailers alike that carry fun and/or eco house ware so that our stock can be distributed throughout the country. After that, the sales will continue to fund production and there will be no need for further investment.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Customers.

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

No one else is recycling glass on the scale that we are in Uganda. While there are others producing recycled glassware in the US market, they are not providing jobs in Africa. We are sure there is a demand for our products there as we receive requests weekly from retailers and customers in the US asking how they can purchase our products.

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

After completing my masters degree in International Development, I decided I would rather create a sustainable livelihoods project than work for an international non-government organization that relies on donations and government grants. A friend had seen simple glasses created from wine bottles in California and thought I might be able to do it in Uganda. So from there, we learned to cut bottles and make the commercial quality smooth. We've expanded our line to include all sorts of house ware and decor.

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

I'm the founder and director. Our local team is comprised of a workshop manager, a supervisor, a sales manager, and a retail shop manager. We have six glass technicians, all full-time. Part-time, we employ a logistics manager, 2 carpenters, 2 iron workers, an electrician and an accountant. We will expand to hire a full-time administrator in Uganda, a sales representative in the US and part-time stock distributor in the US.

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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 largest customer group currently is expatriates in Uganda and consumers in the US. Our customers value our solution because it provides them with stylish, eco-friendly and socially responsible house ware. We engage with them by promoting our products practical and aesthetic qualities while highlighting its positive social impact. The recipient group is our employees who value our solution because it provides them with fair wage employment. We engage with them on a professional working level.

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

We would be able to expand our production, meaning we could hirer more employees and recycle more glass. This would allow us to significantly increase our local social and environmental impact. It would also allow us to reach a much larger market in the US as we need to produce a container full of products to make the shipping affordable to retail outlets and customers. The publicity would bring legitimacy to Good Glass so that potential retail outlets as well as US customers would be more willing to buy our products and support our mission.

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

My previous work with Opportunity International allowed me to hone my marking skills while promoting various banking products to our customers. Working with Good Glass has been my primary experience with an entrepreneurial initiative. It's growth in the past 2.5 years has been significant and sustainable. From a tiny, one-person craft stall, Good Glass now has a brick and mortar store front, 10 full-time employees, and increasing sales.

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

yes

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Fundatia ADEPT Transilvania

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Linking Transylvanian small producers for a better future

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

Year founded

2004

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Romania, MS, Saschiz

Country where this project is creating social impact

Romania, MS, Sighisoara

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

The world has problems in sustainable food supply, in collapsing and impoverished rural populations and in loss of biodiversity. We have put all these together and showed how they can be solved! I am proud to have helped create these linkages in Transylvania, which can act as a global model.

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

What if the problems of rural poverty, global food supply and biodiversity loss could all be solved together? Well, we have shown that they can …

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Romanian rural communities share many features with developing countries: small-scale farms support large populations and produce significant food for self, family and local sales – and may other benefits for society – but are not able to compete, grow and become viable on the global market. They also lack policy voice. But they are unwilling to form associations, work together for market position and policy influence.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

By giving the small-scale farmers real benefits, they will work together. The next logical step is building a distribution-hub for micro-scale producers, and also a place to provide advice, and act as a meeting and information point, for those seeking jobs and training in rural areas. Innovative communication such as smartphone applications and an online platform will be used to reduce environmental costs of distribution.This will inspire establishment of associations of small-scale producers, linked by real economic advantage. We have already created associations for farmers markets, branding, product development, smart product distribution (smartphone apps, for example) and for information exchange. Tradition linked with high-tech.

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.

1.We identified a market barrier (low milk hygiene and milk price) causing a collapse of local economy. We solved this by an integrated approach: training in hygiene; improved equipment; improved negotiation with the buyers (milk processors) for a better price based on higher quality and quantity. With a small investment of €12,000 in each village, farming families in 8 villages are now getting additional income of €45,000 per month between them (€300 per month per family) which makes all the difference between hope and despair.
2.In order to tackle the problem that small producers fail to work together to achieve a marketable volume of consistently high-quality, branded products, we are pioneering a distribution hub in central Romania.

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

Through the establishment of a central distribution hub with an innovative smartphone application and an online platform, we will reach 2 levels of achievements:
1. Producers will be empowered to work together and increase their revenue and gain confidence for the future and in their own abilities, creating a feeling of local pride
2. Changing national perspective on the importance of the role of small-scale farmers in society, making general public and policy makers aware the role of the small-scale farmers in producing many benefits for the society.
So far, working together with the communities, we have improved the household incomes (direct sales, agri-payment schemes consultation, policy support etc.) for over 2,000 farmers. We plan to collect products from at least 50 small producers and reach at least 10,000 consumers, with a low-carbon footprint through an innovative approach.

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

I hope to build on this experience, to coordinate collection, processing and distribution of high quality local products, to increase food supply chain linkages at regional scale, increase sales and prices for artisan food and other local products and promote group activity of small-scale farmers which is key to their economic survival. We will help create an association to take over gradually the management of the hub, creating sustainable means of living for local people and ensuring the survival of small producers. The impact will become national as there is a demand for quality products.

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

As in the success stories above, once we have established the coordinated enterprises and trained the producers and the managers, they will be self-sufficient financially. The big challenges are lack of business ability, and lack of trust between the farmers. I am proud to have been part of the solution, showing that these can be overcome.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Foundations, NGOs, Businesses, National government.

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

We think we are pretty unique in this approach. Others are working at different aspects, but we have taken a step back, looked at the interlinked problems (nature conservation, socio-economic/ cultural aspects, bureaucratic barriers) and created an approach which solves them all. For this reason we won top prize in the European Union in 2012 and 2013 for best communication with farmers and top prize in the EU in 2014 for bringing most socio-economic benefit to a protected area in the EU. So, I am proud to be part of this integrated approach, bringing my marketing skills to complete it.

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.

Seeing the very important villages and landscape of Transylvania, our founder (a Transylvanian villager, he was “young” when he started 10 years ago!), became unsatisfied with the conventional approach: nature or architectural conservation NGOs were trying to preserve a cultural landscape, but they forgot that the people who created the landscape, and manage it now, are still there; as friends and allies, not a problem. One day he stood at a farm, and said to the conservation NGO ”we are wasting our time if we do not solve the small-scale farmers problems, give them prosperity and hope for their children”. He stopped working for other NGOs with a limited perspective, and established Fundatia ADEPT. It has been growing ever since!

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

We are only 12 people in all. We have a good mix of skills: financial and project management, nature conservation and farmer training, food hygiene, policy specialists, and (me) marketing. It is because of this interdisciplinary team that we have succeeded. We all know and trust each other, and help each other in our jobs as well as focusing on our specialities. We have an open exchange of ideas all the time: it is the way we find solutions.

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Health and Hygiene, Waste and Packaging, Sustainable Sourcing, Fairness in the Workplace, Opportunities for Women, Smallholder Farmers.

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

One main set of beneficiaries are upstream: the small-scale farming communities, small-scale producers of local, traditional, artisanal, food products. They value their improved livelihoods, and involvement in the project has increased their entrepreneurial spirit. The other beneficiaries are downstream: young professionals from urban areas who increasingly value such products, and value direct contact with producers. Linking these groups will give sustainability.

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

The publicity around a prize such as this will increase the general appreciation of the importance of small-scale producers, and the really satisfying nature of the link between consumers and family producers. The publicity will generate traffic and gather interested actors for the online platform and provide more credibility among consumers and policy makers in our initiative. One use for the prize money could be diversifying the type of products we are able to collect at the hub: we hope to include in the project the collecting, drying and packaging of medicinal plants and aromatic herbs.

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

Trainings for guesthouse owners and cooks, encouraging them to provide traditional dishes using local ingredients. Tourists who come to the area search for a complete, local experience, ; this local sourcing is good for producers, guesthouse owners and visitors. Another example: I helped establish real farmers markets in the area, where producers are selling their own products: this has proved very popular and has increased profits for producers.

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Project Akshar

Project Akshar is a social outreach project that focuses on using oft-waste resources to empower people in need. We have made an entrepreneurial model for communities of drug abuse victims and physically handicapped who produce eco-friendly notebooks made from recycled paper.

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

Year founded

2011

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Not registered

Organization Country

India, DL, NEW DELHI

Country where this project is creating social impact

India

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

Project Akshar is a social outreach project that focuses on using oft-waste resources to empower people in need. We have made an entrepreneurial model for communities of drug abuse victims and physically handicapped who produce eco-friendly notebooks made from recycled paper.

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

What if trees don't have to be cut for paper?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

In India, annually, more than 9,000,000 tonnes of paper is dumped in landfills while only 3,000,000 gets recycled, leading to increased deforestation.
Apart from this, more than 25,200,000 people are physically handicapped and more than 5,000,000 people are victims of drug abuse, both facing a high rate of unemployment. There are several children, who due to their social background, do not have access to many educational tools like books.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Project Akshar caters as a single solution to this three-fold problem. It empowers the victims of drug abuse and physically handicapped as entrepreneurs who produce notebooks. This not only makes them financially independent, but also increases their employability. Production facility is designed in such a way so as to accommodate limited mobility of our entrepreneurs. The notebooks are made from recycled paper, thus directly reducing the amount of paper that is wasted. As our aim to improve primary education, we provided educational tools to 2000 slum children. For every three notebooks sold, one is given to a child in need. Libraries are set up in rural areas so that school children can read and explore books of various genres.

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.

Project Akshar celebrates Akshar Diwas every year, to commemorate its anniversary in March. Akshar Diwas has a multi-fold impact. The event is a waste paper collection drive conducted throughout Delhi NCR in residential colonies, hence directly engaging the youth of the nation and reaching out to people imparting valuable information about the environment, the importance of recycling and the Akshar model. It helps people realize that making a difference is as easy as giving away your old newspaper and thus inculcates a passion for the same.
We feel proud to say that this year's Akshar Diwas set a national LIMCA record for the maximum paper collected in 12 hours with over 21 tonnes of paper.

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

3 years since its commencement, Project Akshar has reached heights in providing livelihood to its entrepreneurs by making them independent through sustainable business models.
One of our entrepreneur named Rakesh ji is physically handicapped. But, his hardwork and our support has helped him earn 1 LAC INR in just 3 months. On the other hand, Errel, who is a victim of drug abuse has helped his process of rehabilitation by keeping himself engaged in notebook production.
Since, its inception in 2011 , Project Akshar has saved 110 tonnes of carbon footprint, 1870 trees, 2,910,600 litres of water, 451,000 KwH of electricity and 29,920 litres of oil.
This project has successfully created 12 entrepreneurs with an income of 7700 INR (2014) to an erstwhile 300 INR (2011).
Our moment of pride came when Project Akshar was certified as environment friendly project by State Environment Ministry.

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

Project Akshar is a business model with a lot of potential and scope and aims to strive further. Our first step will involve replication of Akshar model with the community of widow women in 1984 riots.
Along with that, we aim to expand it domestically and then take it a step further to our neighbouring countries.
We aim to increase our entrepreneurs to 300 in the next 5 years. We also plan to upgrade our machinery so as to increase the production capacity as well as maintain efficiency.
The ultimate objective is to deliver a product of superior quality through product innovation.

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

The Akshar Empowerment Trust enables us to get into deals priorly not possible. We have a cost plough back system in place wherein a part of the margin of the sale is taken as a cost and kept as a reserve for future expansion, product development and process innovation, enabling us towards a financially secure growth and future. As part of our partnership, our recycling partner conducts free paper pick-ups, thereby, reducing transportation costs.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Businesses, Customers.

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

Various organisations recycle paper and make notebooks. One such organisation is India Recypa, one of our recycling partners. However, there are inherent differences in our approaches. We aim to affect the society at multiple levels, right from the households, by collecting their scrap, the environment at large by virtue of recycling, to the victimised sections of the society by enabling them to live life with dignity by empowering them to become entrepreneurs.
As our aim to improve primary education, we also set up libraries & provide free notebooks for the under-privileged children.

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.

All big things start with something simple, yet significant. The story of Project Akshar is no different.

The project was initiated when a member of the team suggested that sheets that have only been written on once should be re-used so that they can be of utility all over again. Since paper is obtained from trees, re-using it would also help preserve the environment. Initially, he proposed a business model wherein these one-sided used sheets would be bound into fresh notebooks. Subsequently, they also decided to start the recycling of fully used sheets.

By building a business model around the recycling of paper, they worked with victims of drug abuse and human trafficking and hearing impaired people.

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

Project Akshar has a vibrant mix of students currently running the model, each with a specific task. The team consists of a President, Vice Presidents for Business Development and Production, 3 Managers, a Content Team, a Research Team, an Organising Committee and our Entrepreneurs without whom the Project would have been impossible.
As the project grows, a manager is added to handle the specific requirements of the new task.

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Water Use, Greenhouse Gases, Waste and Packaging, Sustainable Sourcing, Opportunities for Women, Inclusive Business.

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

Our customer group includes everyone who has a demand for notebooks, sold directly & through retail. Our target community includes entrepreneurs, who are physically handicapped or victims of drug abuse. Both of them value our solution for different reasons. Our customer group wishes to have the notebook because of its qualitative value, inexpensive price & the derived satisfaction of using an eco-friendly product. Our entrepreneurs are benefited as they earn a livelihood & become independent.

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

With a vision as big as global expansion, Project Akshar will focus on replicating the business model across, as well as, outside of India. We will use the prize money to move from metropolitian cities to tier II and III cities i.e. penetrate the domestic market. Taking a step further, we will expand to our neighbouring countries thereby increasing the number of entrepreneurs. Publicity will help us get recognition and thus enter into partnerships that promote our business. Product innovation is another aspect, we wish to cater. To meet the needs of our customers, we aim to diversify our product. Our education reserves will continue to improve the state of primary education in India which helps remove social disparities.

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

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Enviro Action

Learn the environment copes with the education level of the learner. Environmental lessons will tell the students about general knowledge about environment. Short Movie competition raises the awareness of teens to take action for the future of earth.

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make a take for the earth's sake

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

Year founded

2013

Is your organization a

Hybrid

Organization Country

Indonesia, Jakarta

Country where this project is creating social impact

Indonesia, Bogor

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

Learn the environment copes with the education level of the learner. Environmental lessons will tell the students about general knowledge about environment. Short Movie competition raises the awareness of teens to take action for the future of earth.

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

LEARNING ABOUT THE ESSENTIAL OF ENVIRONMENT DOES NOT START FROM THE BEGINNING ?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

The curriculum of studying in Indonesia does not involve fully to the awareness of environment. As the result, we find it is difficult to keep the environment clean as students did not realize the importance of environment from the beginning of school.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

We apply different learning methods to different level of education. Enviro-Action will introduce the theoretical and practical environmental lessons to children sitting in elementary school,lessons about general knowledge of environment – what a good environment is and what the criteria of good environment are, classes with more fun and the environmental lessons will also encourage them to be more aware of the environmental issues and take part actively in the real actions of making better environment. a short movie competition under an environmental theme which is purposed for teenagers will encourage them to think about one of many environmental problems around. After that they produce ideas which must be the solutions of the problems.

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

the students are now being able to apply the basic things of keeping the environment, more than that, they can use the knowledge to earn money by growing plants and flowers to be sold. keep the environment clean also.
then, the good things about the enviro-movie is that the diversity of keeping environment now can be recognized. people will know there are so many actions and inspirational actions that can be taken in order to keep the environment clean. you can find it out by put #environmovie on youtube see the response from many schools all over indonesia. we reach the first goal, make them learn to keep the environment. then ask them express the ideas of keeping the environment in their ways through the social media, impact others.

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

we were teaching the children for about three months, then they made great products from plants and flowers ready to be sold. for the enviro-movie, it takes a month to make them think about the problem and find the solution to be expressed through video-making competition. as children from elementary sharing knowledge and apply it to the botanical results, the teens find problems and solutions in diversity from many schools.

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

we want to make is as a habit for teens and children. the strategies that we use is increasing the numbers of the students involved ( for elementary children ) by asking volunteers from higher level students ( called as community service). for the teens, let them express the action of keeping the environment through video. this, will be advertised cooperated with more sponsors and media, so that more teens will know the movie-making competition. as it will become an annual event, the next 10 years the participants will be more and more.

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

we sell the botanical products from the students, as we get profit from the selling. We get paid from the governor if we apply proposal of funding . We get the fund from the sponsors also ( for the next event of short-movie competition)

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Businesses, Regional government, Customers, Other.

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

considering the place and the purpose of the projects, i can conclude that these projects are the only ones.

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 Founders, Anggun Citra Berlian and Yesa Surya were invited to U.S to receive basic knowledge of leadership and environmental skills. They were visiting many places and doing many activities during the visit. By the end of the visit, they were asked to make a project that had environmental impacts for teens and students. They thought that teaching children would make them know deeper about environment and make it into habit. For teens, let them express the action of keeping the environment through videos.

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?

board members, we are divided into teams.
the groups of teaching, sponsorship, public relations, event organizer, documentation, etc. the basic skill of leadership with experiences of leading their's part of project (they chose). Everyone can join, it is a part time community service but with full of responsibility.

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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?

Children and Teens who are sitting in elementary and junior high school.
As we apply different method of learning to different level of study; we believe by classifying them into groups and different activities will have better result as it tries to cope with the learner.

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

Reflecting the last event, we got 50 participants from 50 schools. We believe the money can be used to promote the event to get more participants. as the participants increase, there will be more actions to keep the environment with diverse actions. For the enviro-action(for children), the money will be used to expand the learning to other part of Indonesia, help the teachers reach the school and get more volunteers to teach. so, there will be more students.

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

the entrepreneurial examples came from the students. as we taught them how to raise plants and flowers. they are being able to make their own plants and flowers, then sell it to traditional market. We also sell their plants and flowers, botanical things and get money from the selling environmental snacks during the annual event of announcing the winners of video-making competition and during the preparation of the event.

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?

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Fundatia ADEPT Transilvania

The world has problems in sustainable food supply, in collapsing and impoverished rural populations and in loss of biodiversity. We have put all these together and showed how they can be solved! I am proud to have helped create these linkages in Transylvania, which can act as a global model.

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