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

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Hydroponic Crops Center

Fundación Mundo Mejor has developed a proposal to create a Center for the implementation of hydroponic methods. This will contribute to the quality of life of vulnerable populations from the city of Medellín and its surrounding municipalities.

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Sen Women Up

Sen Women Up, launched in Kédougou, Senegal, is a women's entrepreneurship project centered around a promising cereal, fonio. Our mission is to build fonio processing activities with a cooperative of 15 women in order to be able to commercialize it in Senegal and France.

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Souaré

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Mamba

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Standing for food and financial autonomy in Senegal

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Idea (you're poised to launch)

Year founded

2014

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Hybrid

Organization Country

Senegal, TA, Kédougou

Country where this project is creating social impact

Senegal, Kédougou

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Sen Women Up, launched in Kédougou, Senegal, is a women's entrepreneurship project centered around a promising cereal, fonio. Our mission is to build fonio processing activities with a cooperative of 15 women in order to be able to commercialize it in Senegal and France.

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

Et si une céréale aux vertus inouïes, le fonio, pouvait combattre la malnutrition au Sénégal et permettre à des milliers de femmes d’être autono

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

How to solve, in a sustainable way, malnutrition especially among children in the Kedougou region, a region that is rich in natural resources, but one of the poorest in Senegal. How to ensure food security in a region where more than 80% of the rice consumed is imported? How to ensure a future for agriculture in a region where farmers are leaving the fields to work in the gold mines?

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Create a mechanized fonio processing plant for the 15 women of the EIG Benkhady so they do not need to manually dissect the cereal, which is a long and painful process. Productivity gains will be multiplied by 30, which will increase production. It will also be possible to buy more raw fonio from producers and encourage greater consumption by the local population, which will effectively fight against malnutrition while ensuring food security. Moreover precooked fonio adds three times as much value, giving us the opportunity to market it at a profitable price in Senegalese urban markets.

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.

Fonio is grown and processed in the Kedougou region, but the local population has not been able to resolve the issue of food self-sufficiency and there are currently not enough incentives to grow more of it. That's why we added the logic of fair trade that will have the following impact: it will improve the standard of living of small producers of Fonio who will sell their gross product at a price 25% higher than the market price under agreement. Fonio is a cereal of ethnic minorities, we want to democratize it to the entire population. For that we will organize culinary workshops to promote and publicize this cereal in the form of original and easy recipes.

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

One objective of this project is to initiate a movement, that builds year by year, for the economic empowerment of women who join the EIG. Moreover, the financial autonomy of these women will impact the lives of their families. Indeed, their families will benefit from a better source of income so they can access health care, educate their children, especially girls who are faced with forced marriage problems, early pregnancy, and whose rate of literacy is low due to the lack of financial resources of the parents. To ensure a sustainable social impact for women and girls, we will work with the APECEK association recognized by the French state (Association for the Promotion of Education, Culture and Trade with the region of Kédougou).

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

Eventually, these women in the IEG Benkadi can train others in Kedougou and even inspire other women in other parts of Senegal who are subject to the same socio-economic and development constraints. In addition to training women in Kedougou, the project could be supported by larger scale marketing campaign as well as forging partnerships with fair trade product distributors. The goal is to duplicate these cooperatives, having them act in solidarity by learning from each other and exchanging best practices.

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

Initially we estimated € 28,000, for the budget to launch the project and build the modern processing unit (shelling machine, solar panel ...). 70% of this budget will be covered by grants and the remaining 30% by a crowdfunding campaign. In a second phase, the revenue generated from the commercial sale of fonio will be payed to the 15 women in EIG Benkhady.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations, Businesses.

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

Other fonio transformation initiatives exist in Senegal, primarily the IEG Koba club. Gaia Organic Solidarity in France also markets organic fonio at Naturalia in Burkina Faso. We will work with these two major actors because we want to accelerate the modernization of the transformation of fonio which is currently only artisanal in Kédougou. But our differentiation lies primarily in the creation of an innovative product for people with diabetes and/or who are intolerant to gluten. This niche market has not been exploited, hence the justification of Sen Women Up project.

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

Because poverty and malnutrition have historically been important issues in home region of Souare Mamba, Kédougou, he returned there in order to assess whether those needs remained. Indeed, his home town, Kédougou, is still highly affected by poverty, leading to malnutrition and hunger. Despite this, there are solutions. It was in this context that we met the women of EIG Benkhadi. These women developed in 2009, a farm to meet their primary concern: food and financial self-sufficiency. Boula and Mamba decided to make a diagnosis to determine if this agricultural activity met their needs. The creation of Sen Women Up follows from the diagnosis.

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?

Mamba Souaré: Strategy Officer. Boula Balde: Legal Officer and Monitoring with women GIE. Theo Jubault: Head of Marketing and Business Development. Antoine De Seigneurens: Responsible partnerships and communication. Jeremy: Sustainable Development Manager and project monitoring. We are currently seeking an agribusiness specialist to join our team.

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

Price Springboard for Young Solidarity by the NGO Santé Sud, Eureca and Simon Martin Consulting
(http://santesud.org/sinformer/actions/Tremplins/tremplins2014.htm)

Tell us about your partnerships

Partenaires techniques
- CIRAD : (Centre International de Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement) : expertise transformation du fonio (http://www.cirad.fr/)
- SIAD (Service international d'appui au développement) : accompagnement technique montage du projet

Partenaires incubation / Accompagnement :
- Ticket for Change (http://www.ticketforchange.org/)
- Social Express (http://socialexpress.blog.youphil.com/)
- ESCP association le NOISE (http://the-noise.org/)
- Make Sense (https://beta.makesense.org/)

Partenaires - sociétés de Conseil / stratégie
- Doing Good Doing Well, Hélène Roques (dgdw.fr)
- Génération 2, Jeanne Brétacher

Partenaires financiers :
- Santé Sud
- Doing Good Doing Well

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

Our first challenge is to sustain a trusting relationship with the 15 women of EIG Benkhady so we can have a lasting partnership. Indeed, similar projects have failed because of the poor partner relationship between the two actors and misconceptions of their needs.
> To this end Mamba Souaré and Bula Baldé have established a year-long relationship with the women while doing a diagnosis of their needs. It was the conclusion of the 15 women to move the EIG to a pilot for the creation of a fonio processing unit.

Our second challenge is to differentiate ourselves from the competition by the innovation of our approach. Indeed, two major, distinct types of players joined the Sen Women Up pilot- local companies like fonio KOBA Club in Senegal that produce fonio and turn it into flour for consumption. > Our differentiation is to produce organic fonio and the fact that IEG Benkhady which produces the fonio is composed solely of women.
Following the diagnosis made by Mamba and Boula, it emerged that Women in Kédougou could have a greater impact on poverty than men, especially as they manage the family money. Organic fonio french fair trade companies that produce in Burkina Faso like GAIA already sell fonio in France, particularly in the "organic supermarkets"> Our differentiation will be the transformation of a quality fonio, especially in the creation of an innovative food product to the niche market for functional products for diabetics in Senegal and France.

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

Sen Women Up should be an inspiration for the thousands of Senegalese girls who can think of a bright future of success like the 15 IEG Benkhady women who created their own jobs. Sen Women Up was created as a dynamic and supportive form of sustainable jobs for youth in search of meaning in West Africa.

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

18-35, 36-64.

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

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

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

Girls/Women.

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

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Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

10-100

Number of Volunteers

Fewer than 10

Does your project utilize any of the innovative design principles below? Select a theme below that most applies to your work. If none of them do, no problem, you can skip this question.

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

Is your project targeted at solving any of the following key barriers? Select a theme below that most applies to your work. If none of them do, no problem, you can skip this question.

Lack of youth empowerment

Chocolate pump

Chocolate production is a complicated processing. As for us, the key factor is the high temperature, and its sticky property.

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CleanBites

We believe that food that is easily accesible today are too far different from food that are healthy therefore CleanBites believe in getting people to make healthier food choices through a transitioning phase.

We cook and deliver food that is healthy and environmentally sustainable.

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Joy Fish and Integrated Farm

Joy Fish Farm is a pioneer and leading full service aquaculture farm established in 2011. Since its establishment JoyFish has grown to become a market leader in the Fish industry known for redefining the fish farming landscape in Kenya with our revolutionary JoyFish Cage™.

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Joy Fish and Integrated Farm

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Fish Farming

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

Year founded

2011

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For‐profit

Organization Country

Kenya, NA, Nairobi

Country where this project is creating social impact

Kenya, NA, Nairobi

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

Joy Fish Farm is a pioneer and leading full service aquaculture farm established in 2011. Since its establishment JoyFish has grown to become a market leader in the Fish industry known for redefining the fish farming landscape in Kenya with our revolutionary JoyFish Cage™.

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

A Different Approach

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Capitalization.

We have set up an infrastructure with the capacity to create 200 jobs directly and another 10,000 indirectly. we however lack the working capital required to achieve our dreams.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

If we are able to raise the capital required then we will be able to take the business to the next level attaining an annual net income of over 2 million USD.

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

The money would go to cat fish fingerlings propagation and Feed manufacturing, both of which would be supplied to a network of out-grower farmers, grow-out at our farm with a capacity of 245 tonnes a year.

We would also be able to create proper training programs with the right facilities and this would increase the knowledge of aquaculture in the country and region.

We would be able to add value to the fish produced.

We would be able to develop a well equipped RnD department to help discover better ways of engaging in aquaculture in the region thus improving livelihoods

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

We have been able to reach the entire country and the east African region with our revolutionary Joy fish cage. this simplified way of farming cat fish allows even the very rural farmer with limited water and resources be able to grow catfish commercially.

As explained in the example above, we would be able to do much more in every area of the value chain.

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

We hope to reach the east African region and cover it fully in the next five 2 years. with a population of 200 million people, our aim is to reach 1% of the population with one fish every month. This translates to 2 million fish a month and 2 million fish a year. if a farmer keeps one pond with 1,000 fish earning 2 dollars from each fish, this would translate to 24,000 farmers just catering for 1%. We hope to grow by 1% every year and thus increasing by 24,000 farmers a year. In 10 years we will have created 240,000 direct jobs with an income of USD 480,000,000 a month. USD 5b a year.

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

Proper Capitalization.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Customers.

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

no one else is doing the same thing. The rest of the big farms are private businesses which in most cases are not open to the public.

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.

Kimani Karanja has always been interested in farming since he was a little boy. Afrter being employed for several years and working in the corporate sector, he remembered his first love and that is when he decided to start farming. After successfully farming common commercial crops to the area like wheat, maize and barley, He decided to experiment on fish and that is where the dream came from. it has been a roller coaster since but the journey has been worthwhile.

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?

CEO
Kimani Karanja, MBA, Ba Economics, Bsc Aquaculture development, Diploma in Project management,

Admin Director,

Edith Kimani, MBA, Ba, Hotel Management,
Farm Manager,

Eric Kibocha, BSc Aquaculture development,

Farm Supervisors,

Duty Supervisors,

Lab Technicians,

Farm Labourors,

Casuals.

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

none

Where have you learnt about the competition?

google search

Tell us about your partnerships:

1. local communities
2. working on a partnership with a local university for them to use the farm as a research facility
3. Individuals with smaller fish farms and hatcheries
4. Government

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

Capitalization.

hope to raise funds through a grant, Partnership or loan as we grow organically.

Holopis: Let's Eat Some Wild Foods!

We work together with people in villages, especially the housewives, to identify edible wild plants around them, help them to grow these plants and to produce nutritious food products. We will then market these food products via e-commerce and our affiliates, with special focus in Indonesia's cities

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Stawi Foods and Fruits Limited

Stawi Foods and Fruits is an award winning banana processing company based in Nairobi, Kenya. Stawi Foods enables small-holder farmers in Kenya to earn higher incomes on their produce and is making an effort to reconnect society, and provide genuine benefit to surrounding communities.

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Eric

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Muthomi

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Stawi Foods and Fruits Limited

Project Subtitle

Banana Flour Production

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

Year founded

2012

Is your organization a

For‐profit

Organization Country

Kenya, NA, Nairobi

Country where this project is creating social impact

Kenya, EA, Meru

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

Stawi Foods and Fruits is an award winning banana processing company based in Nairobi, Kenya. Stawi Foods enables small-holder farmers in Kenya to earn higher incomes on their produce and is making an effort to reconnect society, and provide genuine benefit to surrounding communities.

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

What if rural poverty was a thing of the past?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

We are addressing the problem of poverty and low incomes at farm level in rural Kenya. This problem is caused by a number of factors for instance post harvest loss of perishable produce such as bananas which means farmers lose income, exploitation by middle men, and lack of good markets for farm produce.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Stawi procures bananas from small holder farmers and processes them into flour which is sold in local and export market. We are providing farmers with a market for their produce while extending the shelf life of bananas. Our farmers earn 50% more income compared to selling to middle men.

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

To create sustainable growth, banana farmers in Meru, one of the largest banana producing regions in Kenya, needed buyers willing to purchase their produce at responsible prices. It was the same cycle over and over. Farmers would invest heavily in banana farming, only to end up disappointed by an oversupply in the market or poor pay by middlemen. We thought farmers deserved better.Middlemen were profiteering at the expense of the farmers because of the low market prices caused by an oversupply of bananas to the market during harvest time. Stawi Foods believed this situation required a shift. Stawi Foods was looking for ways of providing a market for small-scale farmers and increasing the shelf life of bananas.

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

So far we have impacted 300 smallholder banana farmers. We have created jobs for 10 youth at our business. Going forward, we are going to impact 2,400 banana farmers in 2015 through a PPP with a county Government in Kenya.

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

In five years, we will have 7,000 farmers supplying us with raw materials. The number is set to rise as the business grows. The area where we will have suppliers is Central and Eastern Kenya supplying us bananas and other raw materials such as sweet potato and cereals.

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

The business will be sustainable in 2015 once we break even and start generating profit from sales. We will rely on internal growth and borrowing from financial institutions.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Businesses, Customers, Other.

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

There are traders and middle men who buy bananas from small holder farmers. The challenge is that they buy the best yields and reject bananas that are shorter than the required length or that have blemishes. Thus the farmers end up throwing the rejected bananas away and losing out on revenue. We process both rejects and the normal bananas thus farmers do not lose out. Plus we offer a good price compared to brokers.

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.

Stawi was founded as a market place for small-scale banana farmers who needed a better buyer for their perishable produce. This was after the founder witnessed the challenges that farmers faced in Meru which is the home of the founder.

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?

Manish Padhiar received his BS in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics from UCLA.
Utilizing the power of the private partners, he wants to identify, cultivate and execute sub-Saharan impact investment opportunities, which deliver critical services such as water, healthcare, energy, and agriculture inputs. Manish is currently enrolled in a dual MBA-MS in Foreign Service program at Georgetown University.

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

CNN GLOBAL FEATURE ON THE AFRICAN START UP PROGRAM
Stawi was featured to a global audience on CNN as a promising company that is impacting smallholder farmers in Kenya and creating jobs for youth. This has brought Stawi many business leads.
TOP 30 UNDER 30: AFRICA’S BEST YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS, FORBES AFRICA, FEBRUARY 2013
Stawi founder and CEO, Eric Muthomi was honored in February 2014 by Forbes Africa Magazine as a Top 30 under 30 entrepreneur who is making a great impact across Africa.
NATIONAL WINNER IN NATURE CHALLENGE AFRICA, WORLD WIDE FUND FOR NATURE, DECEMBER 2011, NAIROBI, KENYA
Recognition was received for positive environmental impact of Stawi Foods and its potential to create employment opportunities for Kenyans while reducing post-harvest losses.
NATIONAL WINNER OF JITIHADA (TWO) NATIONAL BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION 2012, KENYA INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT, JUNE 2012, NAIROBI, KENYA
Stawi Foods won this award because it had enriched several banana farmers in rural Kenya whose abundant produce would otherwise have gone to waste or sold at a throw-away price to brokers. The business idea of turning bananas into flour was unique as it incorporates value addition, commercial viability because of its scalability, food security promotion, employment provision to Kenyans and markets for surplus agricultural produce.
WINNER IN THE ENABLIS BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION 2011, BY ENABLIS EAST AFRICA, OCTOBER 2011, NAIROBI, KENYA
Stawi was the top winner in the agro-processing category in the competition because the business idea for turning bananas into flour would improve food security, reduce post-harvest losses, create incomes for farmers, create jobs, and support Kenya in achieving Vision 2030

Where have you learnt about the competition?

From Ashoka East Africa

Tell us about your partnerships:

We are working on a PPP with the county Government of Kirinyaga to buy from 2400 banana farmers from January 2015.

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

A major challenge is raising finance for the project. We are making applications to lending organizations for funding. We are structuring a PPP with a county government to secure raw materials on contracts with farmers since we have a challenge of getting enough raw materials.

Food fortification and aflatoxins mitigation

Locally processed fortified foods by QSI Togo from maize, soya, peanut, cassava, rice , sugar named MAIVIT, MAIVIT PLUS, SUPERMAIVIT, SUCRIVIT, KULVIT, have been successful products brands in Togo .They are distributed to children infected by HIV and have entered international food aids programme

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Albert K.M.

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Food fortification and aflatoxins mitigation

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Processing Cereals-legumes-tubers + fortification and aflatoxins mitigation

Select the stage that best applies to your project

Established (past the previous stages and has demonstrated success)

Year founded

2011

Is your organization a

For‐profit

Organization Country

Togo, LOME

Country where this project is creating social impact

Togo, LOME

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

Locally processed fortified foods by QSI Togo from maize, soya, peanut, cassava, rice , sugar named MAIVIT, MAIVIT PLUS, SUPERMAIVIT, SUCRIVIT, KULVIT, have been successful products brands in Togo .They are distributed to children infected by HIV and have entered international food aids programme

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

Nutritional and health status of most vulnerable like women, children, refugees, HIV/TB/EBOLA patients were improved?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Anemia, child blindness, goita, High sugar blood, diabete2, Congenital malformations , birth defects ; physical and mental impairments, child stunting, low resistance to disease (TB, HIV, EBOLA,..) are due to lack of sufficient amounts of nutrients in the food and high aflatoxin crops contamination-Few local agriculture crops less than 10% are processed and food fortification not also largely applied. Lack of nutritional education is a barrier

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Increasing micronutrients content in foods by fortification meaning adding vitamins and minerals to them during processing and or biofortification is one of the most cost -effective strategy to fight against malnutrition. This is acheavable by combining afltoxin mitigation through aflasafe technologie which use biological control of non poison producing strains called atoxigenic to fight poison producing called toxigenic.The practice is introduced for the first time in Togo . For example combining Fonio-Gari-Maize-sweat potatoe to produced a typicall flour fortified with micronutrients for diabetes 2 and Improving quality of fortified corn soja blend by adding baobab fruits to increase bio availability of iron are our innovations.

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

Our fortified staple foods are being in used since 2012 to strengthen nutritional support as part of an integral and comprehensive response to HIV/AIDS/TB helping to maintain the immune system and sustain healthy levels of physical activity. UNHCR and Togo Association for Family Well Being are using them to support nutrition of vulnerable very sick refugees in the camps in Lome with very satisfactory results : 2 weeks were sufficient for weaken people to regain weight and go back to their activities. The same was applied by 'Action Contre le Sida" and 'Fondation de France/Fondation Marc" to give nutritional care to people living with HIV in Lomé with also great satisfaction.Today they are used for food aids and assistance with Global Funds

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

Women could recognized fortified foods when purchasing foods through food fortification logo on our products packaging because we are sensitizing them. Nutritional status and health of women, children, HIV and TB patients have been improved. Learning capabilities and working abilities of children and adults have increased.
Contribute in achieving WHO/Unicef Global target 2025 to improve maternal, infant and young child nutrition as :1 Stunting :40% reduction in the number of children under 5 who are stunted -2 Anaemia Iron deficiency anaemia :50% reduction of anaemia in women of reproductive age -3 Low birth weight: 30% reduction in low birth weight -4 Overweight :no increase inchildhood overweight 5 Breastfeeding: increase the rate of exclusive breastfeeding in the first 6 months up to at least 50% -6 Wasting .Severe acute malnutrition reduce and maintain childhood wasting to less 5%

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

We are looking to expand production capacity from 2 TPD to 100 TPD for the next 5 years including installation of a new extrusion plant to produce state-of-art fortified foods from crops produced exclusively in Aflasafe treated lands and strengthening social marketing activities. Additional funding of about 1,200 000$ is needed. Increasing production will be linked to improving packaging with more modern, suitable and attractive design.Better nutrition for all in West Africa associating fortified foods will help to fight Ebola + others infectious diseases(WHO,Unicef, WFP, 2014)

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

Primary financing is from owner since 2009 estimated 666,667$ and he will continue putting fresh money. Sale revenue especially from tenders won from Global Funds and other food assistance programmes and profit generated will enable part of expansion and scaling up activities. Additional funding is requested through assistance from regional authorities ECOWAS and National as well as borrowing from Root Capital, Innovare, Koweit Agriculture Funds

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, NGOs, Businesses, Regional government, National government, Customers, Other.

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

Competitiveness: Our fortified CSB MAIVIT PLUS is produced at high quality and lower cost 500 CFA/400 g compare to 500 CFA/400g non fortified corn soja blend produced by competitor or fortified cereals from NESTLE 120:0 F CFA/400g .MAIVIT PLUS is the unique complementary feeding flours blend containing malt which make porridge more energetic. Our Fortified Fonio-Maize -Gari-sweet potatoe Flours blend (MAIVIT NDD ) is specially designed for diabetes 2 patients and is unique on the market and sold 1200 CFA/2.5 kg compare 900 CFA/2.5kg non fortified maize flour from competitor ETG.

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.

QSI SARL TOGO had its humble beginnings in 2009 with Togo Association for Fighting against Hunger and Malnutrition, an association founded in 1992 by Albert TCHAMDJA. In spite of recommendations of WHO and Ministry of Health for staple food fortification, nobody is taking initiative in the country to do something. At beginning Mr Albert TCHAMDJA used his personal savings to carried out this activities. In 201I he created QSI with 10,000$ capital where he owned 80% and 20% given to his wife and friends . The most working capital is provided by Albert TCHAMDJA who has given his land and buildings, car for the small factory, invest his time for new product design and development, advertizing without any financial support from anywhere.

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?

Albert KM. TCHAMDJA, CEO, Food Industries Engineer, Food fortification specilaist, Business Administration, Production Management, Full time, President of Board members
Agba Mabissaa : Food Process engineer and quality control, Factory and General Operation manager, full time
Gavor Adjoa Kate, Biologist, Part time, Board member*
Gaossou Nifade, Accountant, Business Administration, part time, Board member
Wiyoou P.Eglou, Accountant, Full time

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

TWO AWARDS for their first editions 2013/2014 in Togo WON BY QSI for the Project implemented since 2009: “Promotion of local agriculture products mainly cereals, legumes and tubers through processing, food fortification with micronutrients and aflatoxins mitigation to fight against malnutrition in Africa”
1. WIN -WIN ENTERPRISE AWARDS 'THE BEST ENTREPRENEURIAL PROJECT'- by TOGO NATIONAL AGENCY PROMOTING SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTREPRISES
“Agence Nationale de Promotion, de Garantie et de Financement des PME/PMI (ANPGF)

2. TOGO BUSINESS AWARDS -THE BEST ENTREPRENEURIAL PROJECT –by the CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY OF TOGO

Where have you learnt about the competition?

website by google search 'social entreprise awards'

Tell us about your partnerships:

QSI has entered into strong national and international public-civic- private partnership in improving nutrition and has participated and served as expert group member for WHO/FAO/WFP meetings
QSI got support from HKI, GAIN, BASF, FFI, DSM-FORTITECH to carry out his staple food fortification program in Togo. International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)/Ibandan is supporting QSI to implement biological control of aflatoxin on crops.

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

3 main challenges : N°1. Lack of nutrition knowledges/Nutritional education of population: we have social marketing plan which is being carried on (awareness and sensitization of women and children around hospital, markets, public places, schools, radio, TV, promotion of food fortification logo,..N°2: High aflatoxin's crops contamination: introduction of biological control through aflasafe technology/ N°3 : Produce fortified foods at low cost : blend local agriculture products together and use few micronutrients powders as well as purchasing crops directly from small farmers

Delta Api

Delta Api which is a top mechanism to climate change adaptation and development bias anticipation, especially in an islands. Delta Api is Climate change adaptation mechanism at areal scope and consist of landscape, sea-scape, cultural-scape or more socio-ecosystem in coastal and small island.

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Ecologically Resilient Village and Adaptive to Climate Change

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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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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Indonesia, Mataram

Country where this project is creating social impact

Indonesia, North Lombok District, Jembrana, Middle Sumba District, Morotai Island

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

Delta Api which is a top mechanism to climate change adaptation and development bias anticipation, especially in an islands. Delta Api is Climate change adaptation mechanism at areal scope and consist of landscape, sea-scape, cultural-scape or more socio-ecosystem in coastal and small island.

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

what if Delta Api could affect the policy and change the way of Indonesian Development?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

the target of Delta Api is growth of 5000 youth leader in 1000 villages of Delta Api in 2019. the recent challange (might be a Problem) are replication and scalling up in more Lesser Sunda Moluccas Islands. within in the islands, there's difficulties in communication (text, email, and phone), it's impact to a less-capacity of islands youth to know and gain information and technology. this condition seems a problem to make a coordination strategy

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Delta Api's all around teams, have an agreement of multi-sector collaboration with a government to look forward these agenda. although, we have to push the local and national goverment to commited the rights of information, knowledge, and technology access for coastal and island community. this isn't a short-term range agenda, while we push the government, we still manage optimically to gain a communication and make a collaboration. thus, we have to keep find a way to replicate and scaled up Delta Api in other area of Lesser Sunda-Mollucas Islands.

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

The formulation of Delta Api based on Eco-climate Village in North Lombok District and examind-implemeted in North Mollucas. Generally, the Delta Api’s activity is intended to born young leaders at the same time designing the governance of regional development (natural resources and living space. For this purpose, the activities carried out consisting of: (1) training and increasing capability for youth (who are considered leadership talent), (2) participatory mapping and analysis, (3) preparation of a master plan in a participatory approach, and (4). Escort implementation and sustainability assurance through internalization and integration of government regular mechanism, enhanced capabilities in accordance with the escort requirements

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

In Lombok, Delta Api has become the benchmark of coastal and marine spatial planning North Lombok, while in Dompu, this mechanism is called one of the best methods of planning approaches in the world, namely the youth perspective planning one applied in the Netherlands. In Sumba, these activities had the full support of the secretary of the regional and local governments, local governments are ready to escort the fire delta activity. In Bali, a collaboration with CI (Conservation International) and BPOL (Agency for Marine Research and Observation) into its own characteristics. whereas in North Molluccas, Delta Api become a stimulant towards youth to gatherd an institution of Delta Api of Morotai District Island. It means, Delta Api is getting good response by local government Sukma a partially initiation and institutional mechanisms.

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

A reflection and consilidation of Lesser Sunda-Mollucas (SUKMA) community held in Mataram in October 2013, have the agreement to Delta Api become a priority agenda and program in SUKMA. The target of the Delta Api’s Program is ensure the birth of 5.000 youth leaders from at least 1.000 Delta Api villages (approximately 330 Areas) in 2019. It means, the effort should be more systemically, massively, and seriously design for the target happening. Until now, Delta Api Programe has replicated and scalled up in 5 locus, North Mollucas, North Lombok, Bali, Dompu, and Sumba.

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

first, Delta Api sohuld become a part of govenmental sollution for village and climate change adaptation plan. so, the masterplan of delta api should be a comprehensive one. the output of 5.000 villages and 1.000 youth of Delta api, the national government and lower must take an action.
second, in 2019, delta api must be able to support youth and community of Delta Api in Finance system and mechanism.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Foundations, NGOs.

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

The Ministry of Marine and Fisheries initiate the Development of Coastal Resilient VIllage (PDPT) . Delta Api become one of the perspective toward this develpment. so do the PDPT become the refernce of Delta Api sustainable concept. we have comunicate each other and inform the progress of Delta Api. the relationship with the ministry should be a sustainable, and scaled up, so we can communicate also with other minister.

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.

development occurs massively in Indonesia seemed to abandon that principle of sustainability. The Islands condition has uniqe characteristics may have lesser support to gain sustainable development. Small budget must be distribute to government working units. No doubt if the right to education, health, access to information and public transparency of the islands is very limited. As a strike of Development bias, climate change become a major challenge for Indonesia’s Islands. Lesser Sunda-Mollucas Island Community Congress in 2010, due to conference in 2012, initiated a renewable agenda called 2015 Agenda++. One effort to realize this agenda was development of alternative model of climate change adaptation and development bias is Delta Api.

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 "Simpul" of Presiden
Ni Putu Ary Pratiwi (The President of Delta Api Bali)
Evi Susanti (The President of Delta Api Sumbawa)
Gerarda Sandra Anamuli (The President of Delta Api Sumba)
Amina Failisa (The President of Delta Api North Molluccas)
Liza Hani Saroya Wardi (The President of Delta Api Lombok)
Kurniawan Nomeanto
Agus Kusumahadi

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

the spatial plan expert of Dompu Governance said that one of best planning is spatial Planning based and youth perspective. it have implemented for a long time in Netherlands.
the Delta Api Implementation seems like the Netherlands perspective of planning. so, what we have been doing also the best perspective of spatial planning. we also make a best coastal and island planning with youth towards the climate change and development bias perspective.
this is the first in Indonesia.
indonesia spatial planning always used the natural resources and economic development perspective.

In Lombok, Delta Api has become the benchmark of coastal and marine spatial planning North Lombok, while in Dompu, this mechanism is called one of the best methods of planning approaches in the world, namely the youth perspective planning one applied in the Netherlands. In Sumba, these activities had the full support of the secretary of the regional and local governments, local governments are ready to escort the fire delta activity. In Bali, a collaboration with CI (Conservation International) and BPOL (Agency for Marine Research and Observation) into its own characteristics. whereas in North Molluccas, Delta Api become a stimulant towards youth to gatherd an institution of Delta Api of Morotai District Island. It means, Delta Api is getting good response by local government Sukma a partially initiation and institutional mechanisms.

Where have you learnt about the competition?

i've got the invitation email from Eveline, the Network Coordinator of south east asia Changemakers who communicate fluently with my organisation Santiri Foundation.

i read the incitation from my organisation email, and then make this call and invitation
hopefully, it might be great opportunity to join this program for me and for my organisation, also for Delta Api

Tell us about your partnerships:

this might be a good opprtunity to integrate with another organisation or institution, so we can move forward sustainably. we can make a symbiosis and have more impact for our program and concept

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

first, the way of our communication in Delta APi, because of unstable signal in the islands. second, most of Delta APi Youth have lesser Education than youth in big island. so we have to communicate as simple as we can. the way it seems with using techology

what we are going to do is make an integration with youth instituion to make better signal frequency. and build a mechanism of "school of Delta Api" in each Area of Delta Api. in the future, we planned to build a "long-distance School of Delta Api". then, we would make an integration with Ministries of education for giving a scholarship

Tracton Community Oven Initiative

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Trees of Life project

Help a war-torn Sri Lankan community and get healthy at the same time!

Trees of life aims to buy and run a sustainable Moringa plantation on the north of the island, Jaffna and help the community to grow organically and improve their standard of life.

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Pure Food Kids Foundation

The Pure Food Kids Foundation empowers more than 15,000 kids each year to be food detectives who can make healthier food choices for life. We do this by teaching free nutrition and cooking workshops in hundreds of schools in the greater Seattle area and NYC.

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Trik Sukses Berhenti Merokok

Tulisan berikut akan membantu Anda memahami bagaimana Anda dapat mulai untuk berhenti merokok dengan cara yang benar. Sumber: sehatmanis.com

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Rogers

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Engaging rural poultry farmers along the supply value chain

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Year founded

2013

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For‐profit

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.

Turkey Delight has introduced a new line of poultry products processed from turkey meat. We provide known favourites for meat-loving people; from sausages to ham; except with a more nutritious value. Our products move from backyards of dedicated rural farmers to a million family kitchens in Uganda

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

What if Turkey was on the shelf of every supermarket and on the menu of every hotel and restaurants, how many more jobs would we create and how

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Because many are susistance, rural farmers in Uganda engage in two or more farm entreprises to maintain a modest income level. For most chicken rearing is an easy and attractive alternative. Exotic chicken, if not well managed are prone to desease and local chicken taking longer to mature. Farmer are faced with a potential risk of making loses or slower profits. It is occurances like this that make farming less attractive for youth.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

At Turkey delight we are create a new value chain for alternative poultry in the form of turkey. Turkey is locally bred in Uganda, is more disease resistant, bulkier and even more tasty besides the high nutrititional value associated to it. For a rural farmer it provides more income security and better value for money. We are joining the value chain as processors providing sustainable markets for locally bred turkey; and are working towards building the entire value chain by engaging other stakeholders: Youth as distributer and processors, local businesses as retailers; and farmers as producers. This offers rural farmers an alternative yet profitable way of doing farming and making farming attractive for young people.

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.

Since early May 2014, observers say, thousands of Turkey farms have cropped up across the kayunga District as consumer demand for turkey products has grown. Many rural farmers have been able to create more income to help them sustain their families and they have also been able to join our inkind loan (acquiring turkey chicks as loans). This has helped them to raise enough income.

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

The work had been able to provide employment to atleast 20 youths directly sofar and has also created another stable and reliable income source to farmers in rural areas since Turkey Delight provides them with market. It has also created employment to others indirectly. Turkey Delight has been able to grow atlest 20% every month and this had helped in both improving the health of Ugandans and also creating employment to farmers and youths in the country.

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

Turkey Delight will be able to spread in Uganda. Turkey products processed from turkey meat by Turkey Delight will be able to provide both employment to the local Farmers and youths in the rural areas of Uganda hence reducing on the unemployment level in youths and also adding value to the alternative poutry value chain for Turkey while engaging farmers as producers. Turkey Delight is positioned to become the leading processor of turkey products in Uganda and, we will also be able to add a nutritious value to the diet of many People around the coutry.

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

We are a for-profit company. We were fortunate in 2014 to join a 5 year incubation program at a Government facility known as Uganda Industrial Research Institute. At the institute we benefit from technical support, a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and quality maintainance support. With this support we have off-set significant costs, maintained a steadily 20% growth in monthly sales clientele. We have already hit break and are profitable

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, National government, Customers.

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

The poultry industy is saturated. There are 10 major poultry processors in the country and several small scale producers. All of these are processing chicken poultry products. Turkey Delight is the first and sole processor of Turkey poultry products in Uganda; and East Africa in fact. And, we have a unique approach of creating a new alternative poutry value chain for Turkey while engaging farmers as producers. Turkey Delight is positioned to become the leading processor of turkey products in Uganda and we have an opportunity to estblish franchises in the leading cities in East Africa.

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

I was born and raised in a rural farming community in Uganda by a single mother. I attained my education from an institution known as S7 project where i got an opportunity to add value to the community. It all started as a class project with an objective of making the community around me a better place. Being from a rural background many of the youths around us were jobless and i saw the need to start up something that will improve their livehood and this is when i thought of starting up Turkey Delight.

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?

Rosebella Nsita - Manager ( Bachelors Degree in Business Administration)

Mugerwa David - Brand Manager ( Barchelors Degree in Computer science Diploma in Graphics Design. naxicsol@yahoo.com

Namuyimbwa Deborah - Finance Manager (Barchelors Degree in Accounting and ACCA certificate) dnamuyimbwa@yahoo.com

klaus Henrickson Marketing manager

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

Tell us about your partnerships

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

There are very many things that can hinder the success of this project ranging from personal or internal or even external problems, though the main thing would be capital lack of capital can hinder almost every operational part of the business hence making it fail. We are trying to start a fund raising for the business to make sure that we raise enough funds hence keeping the hopes of the youths alive.

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

The project is a chance for young people to invest and become self employed as turkey farmers, become employed by the project as processors, marketeers, distributors and many other slots. This shall improve their livelihoods by providing a stable income source and help employ more young people in the country.

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, Entrepreneurship, Products or Services.

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

Boys/Men, Girls/Women.

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

0 to 500

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

10-100

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

Is your project targeted at solving any of the following key barriers? Select a theme below that most applies to your work. If none of them do, no problem, you can skip this question.

Lack of youth empowerment

Ecotera

Converting properties to urban farms providing near-free food for our local communities.

Our vision is to buy residential properties, convert them to urban farms using aquaponics and wicking bed technologies, and then provide the community with cooperative farm share opportunities.

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International Youth Empowerment Network (YEN)

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

Year founded

2013

Is your organization a

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.

CityBorn is a multi-disciplinary initiative in International Youth Empowerment Network (YEN) aimed at accelerating social change through engagement of Ugandan youth of age 14 to 30 years in commercial agriculture and transformational learning. We want to empower youth to mine the gold in agriculture

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

What if agriculture made youth rich?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

About 40,000 students graduate from Ugandan Universities each year and only 8,000 of them obtain jobs. Informal low paying employment accounts for the highest proportion of employed youths. Urban youth are more likely to be unemployed (12%) than rural youth (3%). Youth participation in agriculture is constrained by a lack of skills in agribusiness, challenges in accessing land, finance and limited awareness of sector opportunities.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

The initiative establishes networks of youth to create innovative agri-nutrition businesses for employment while catalyzing social change through transformational training and linkages to communities of practice in Uganda. The initiative is the first to create model of youth peers from higher institutions of learning supporting their counterparts who are school drop-outs improve their technical and 21st century skills for improved market uptake and sustainability of enterprises especially in urban centers. The initiative is empowering youth to take on agriculture as a business across different value chains in rural and urban areas by establishing networks with people and agencies engaged in different value chains.

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.

Namuddu a graduate joined the program, through her savings was able to start a rabbit farming business after the hands on training and mentorship from YEN.She was able to help a youth who dropped out of school and had a mini kiosk which she transformed into a certified modern rabbit meat butchery. But because of good quality rabbit meat, Namuddu’s supply could not sustain the ever increasing demand therefore with help from YEN, she went to the village and inspired some youth to start rabbit farms so that they can supply them to cater for the increasing demand of the rabbit meat at the butchery. Namuddu and YEN were now able to mentor the youth who are now able to grow their rabbit farms and increase their incomes.

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

The initiative is empowering youth to take on agriculture as a business across different value chains in rural and urban areas by establishing networks with people and agencies engaged in different value chains and agricultural extension services. The youth will add value to the produce and market them collectively while providing solutions to nutrition challenges. The initiative will accelerate identification and addressing of challenges faced by youth while empowering them to bring about social change in their communities. The center by the end of the first year will have helped 20 youth agric-nutrition enterpreneurs in urban centres and 30 youth in rural areas. These motivated youth will act as ambassadors and will help 100s of other youth, startup own business, get employed and provide social change initiatives in the country.

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

Uganda’s agricultural sector has performed modestly over the years at about 2.6% per annum. However, the rates of growth are below the population growth rate of about 3.4 percent per annum. This means that per capita food production in the country has declined. However, if more investments are made in agriculture and it grows at 6 percent per year, Uganda will reduce the number of the absolute poor by 2.9 million, from 10.15 million to 7.25 million. Therefore, mobilizing the youth and increasing investments in agriculture is a sure way of effectively reducing poverty in Uganda.

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

The project will tap into existing youth development initiatives to reduce cost of mobilization and development of materials. The project will enter into partnership with selected organisations to reduce cost by using their facilities where necessary. The teams of youth will produce food products for income generation to sustain the initiative. YEN plans to set up a demonstration farm which will be a source of income.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, NGOs, Businesses.

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

There exist some national level programs engaging youth in agriculture. Subsequently, there are several stakeholders engaging youth in the implementation of these programs and strategies. However, the existing programs and strategies do not consciously focus on youth most especially urban youth. In addition, there is a death of information in respect to the number of youth benefiting from these programs and their impact on the participating youth livelihood. Thus, the key existing supportive national policies with direct influence on youth engagement in agribusiness still have some gaps.

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 are a multi-talented team dedicated to making a difference in the lives of people in Uganda. We pooled our diverse talents and experiences to make a complete team. We share the struggle for success with millions of other professionals in Uganda but we chose to rise above the tide. From our younger brothers and sisters who are yet to complete college or University unsure of what career path to take, we are holding their hands. Giving them a stepping stone towards a life fulfilling career. We build capacity, we nurture, and we offer that one thing that no one ever teaches you in school, “Shaping your knowledge, skill and attitude to touching lives and enjoying what you do”

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 complete team of multitalented, enthusiastic and daring members ready to help themselves and younger professionals. The team is educated—PhD, Masters, Undergraduate in various fields. We have 5 core staff and 10 volunteers supported by a board of advisers. “The harder our struggle, the more glorious our triumph”

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

The project is at a start up level.

Tell us about your partnerships

The project will enter into partnership with universities, vocational institutes and schools to recruit youth. The project will also enter into partnership with companies and organizations with interest in youth such as financial institutions to sponsor financial literacy and business planning. The center will partner with agencies providing social marketing enterprises such as Uganda Health Marketing Group (UHMG) and MarieStoppes. The center through the partnership will sell health products for these companies and earn commission. The project will strategically partner with foods and beverages companies, research institutions like National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) and farmer groups like Agri profocus Uganda, Agro Input Dealers and Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) to provide training in agronomy, market oriented production and value addition of the products.

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

Inadequate funding; we plan to get into partnerships with like minded organizations so that we leverage by using their facilities and some resources.

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

Youth are identified from universities, vocational institutions and from the streets or towns and are inspired to join the program. The CityBorn mentors in YEN guide the youth through an innovative, fun filled experiential learning which includes study visits to food vendors in town, demonstration farms, discussions with successful farmers, visits to hotels and catering institutions and food, supermarkets and beverage processing companies in towns.
To gain skills in social marketing and social change for development, each youth engages in social work, livelihoods, agricultural and health extension services within selected communities. Through these services the youth not only sell agricultural inputs, health and nutrition products but also coach established local agents to improve quality of services or products offered in their communities or markets. This way the youth learn how to support the country to address increasing nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, capacity and employment challenges. The youth will apply these lessons to identify marketable agricultural value chains/ventures to implement and fulfil market demands in Kampala and other towns. The initiative will provide the youth with information, quality assurance, space and resources to actualize, launch and grow their ventures. In our model, the enrolled youth from universities will act as source of inspiration and quality controllers for their counterparts who dropped out of school yet are engaged in some agriculture value chain ventures within cities. Working with Uganda National Bureau of Standards, the youth in the initiative will mobilize youth involved in production, transportation, storage, processing or sale of agricultural produce (such as fresh fruits, vegetables, small livestock, etc.) in towns for training, coaching and mentorship in nutrition value addition, technical and soft skills. The entrepreneurs who complete the training organized through mobile workshops will receive quality control certification and branding. This way, these enterpreneurs will improve quality of their supplies, have better communication and marketing skills and eventually increase sales.
The initiative shall work with financial institutions interested in agricultural value chains to develop youth’s business plans and financial literacy to enable them access affordable financing for own enterprises.
The initiative will enter into contracts with business companies and franchise the youth to sell agro-inputs, agricultural, health and nutrition products in rural and urban communities, and earn commission. The initiative in order to sustain its operations will have contracts with relevant partners such as food and beverage companies to deliver training related to value addition of the agricultural produce by the youth. The initiative will support formation of Youth Savings and Loan Associations and Innovation Business Centers, where youth gain peer-to-peer learning and collectively produce and market their products.

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, Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development, Community, Mentorship, Products or Services.

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

Boys/Men.

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

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

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers

10-100

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

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Lack of youth empowerment

Poult Vault Inc

Poult Vault is a business which sells life and frozen chicken at various sizes, use poultry manure to make biogas for households, produce and sell enhanced organic fertilizers and make pillows from chicken feathers . They also run a credit and schooling scheme for women, youths and school kids.

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Poult Vault Inc

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Using poultry to solve social issues.

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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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For‐profit

Organization Country

Cameroon, NOT, Bamenda

Country where this project is creating social impact

Cameroon, NOT

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

Poult Vault is a business which sells life and frozen chicken at various sizes, use poultry manure to make biogas for households, produce and sell enhanced organic fertilizers and make pillows from chicken feathers . They also run a credit and schooling scheme for women, youths and school kids.

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

what if chicken could be used to push alternative fuel ernergy, soils conservation, access to credit, health, education and employment

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

In Cameroon, good quality meat which is a main protein source is scarce and very expensive for average citizens causing health hazards especially children. People cannot afford this necessity because of unemployment, lack of education and insufficient access to credit. Rampant deforestation for fuel and poor agricultural techniques cause soil degradation and climate change, with agriculture being the mainstay of the economy.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Poult Vault is social enterprise. We use our poultry to solve many social problems. First of all, we supply affordable good quality chicken to the community to fight against malnutrition especially in children. We use poultry manure to produce cheap renewable bio-gas systems in households therefor reducing deforestation. We combat soil degradation by producing enhanced low cost organic fertilizers for farmers. We make pillows out of feathers. Additionally, we run a credit scheme for women and youths where they get our various products on credit, paying later without any interest charged after many key training sessions. We provide access to education by people paying tuition and other school needs using farm inputs we use in the poultry.

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

Poult Vault is life changing. Ms Mado, a single mom with 3 kids, a small piece of land, sewing skills and no job. She started with Poult Vault with the chicken loans scheme which she sold chickens at the local markets. After training sessions on marketing, poultry keeping, entrepreneurship and biogas systems, she further got interested in the programs. She uses biogas and installs them in households and the fertilizer in her farm. Today, she is able to put all her children in school, she has opened a tailoring business for clothes and feather pillows. Her farm helps provide food for her house and extra to sell, she now supplies chickens to restaurants and she has enrolled 6 of her nieces in the Poult school program in her village.

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

Good quality Chicken, a protein source which was seen as a delicacy is now affordable to everyone, reducing malnutrition especially in children. The poultry currently employs 6 permanent staff and 10 temporal staff in various domains in the poultry .The chicken loan scheme has involved 130 women and youths for the past 3 years. These have help create employment and reduced poverty. The biogas systems have been installed in 80 houses which has been used as an cheap alternative energy source reducing climate change, encouraging afforestation and reducing smoke related health problems like eye and lung problems. Also we have supplied organic manure to over 500 farmers and we have trained over 2000 people. We have 100 children enrolled to the poultry schooling scheme giving them an educational opportunity by them paying for their school fees using farm produce.

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

There is a large chicken market in Cameroon given importation ban of chicken in the country. Our value of cheap but good quality gives us an opportunity to spread nationwide and to other African countries. Our supply has already reached four major cities. We also plan to bottle the biogas we produce for it to be used nationwide. Also we plan to extend our credit program to 50,000 people and extend the schooling program to 250,000 children in the country in 5 years. We want to industrially produce cheap effective organic fertilizers and pillows. We plan to replicate this idea throughout Africa.

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

Poult vault is financially sustainable.All of our activities either create revenues for the business or reduce costs inventively. Our steady growth has come from bootstrapping. But now we wish to go into large scale industrialized activities of all our commodities. To this effect, we plan to accept external funding and investments for up to 35% worth of shares after we must have created well recognized brands for all products and services.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Businesses, Other.

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

The chicken sector in Cameroon is still a small scale venture because it is seen as a delicacy. There are very few poultry farms nation wide The very few people in the business are all about profit maximization and they don't make use of all poultry resources. Our values are people and community driven not finance driven. Chicken is the most widely accept protein source with very little cultural and religious controversies as seen with other meat sources making the demand even higher. There is no fully industrialized farm in Cameroon with Cameroon supplying just 35% of chicken demands.

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 got into first real contact with chickens in a market when i lost my transport fare to go home. Being stranded in the market, i asked an old woman who sold chickens lend me some money which i was to return the next day. She instead told me to sell the chickens for a commission. They were 13 in number and i sold all of them for more than the prices she asked me to sell. When selling them, i realized that i liked the birds when holding them in my hands, it was much more profitable than i thought and there was a market potential. When i arrived home, i decided to keep a few chickens. That is how my journey started. I have never seen that old woman again. I consider her an angel who introduced my to my dream.

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?

Poult Vault is a center for a diverse team. We have poultry 4 workers who are experts in poultry keeping, we also have have a part time veterinary doctor, 1 agriculturalist who is in charge of poultry inputs. We also have marketers\ sales agents for our products and services, part time trainers for training programs, an accountant and one driver for all transport. We plan to employ more experts in all products and services we provide as we grow.

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In 2013, I received an award from the anzisha prize which seeks the 12 best young entrepreneurs in Africa every year.
Also in 2014, Poult Vault received the impact award from CAGWEESA network in Cameroon

Tell us about your partnerships

We are in partnership with IRAD, an agric research institute in Cameroon who help us with strategic resources and latest poultry technology trends which we use in our poultry.
Also we are in partnership with national skills academy (NSA), an australian institution which helps us with trainings and other many resources.
Also we are in partnership with JOBS CAMEROON, an organization which seeks to make job opportunities and other opportunities known nation wide. we partner with them to source for good workers and poultry specialists.
We are in partnership with the Anzisha prize and ALA (African leadership Academy) which helps use with any resources they can. from intellectual to financial.

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

Poult Vault operations are very capital intensive with prices of poultry inputs being very high. There are also high chances of disease outbreaks due to environmental factors

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

In Cameroon, there are numerous programs for training entrepreneurship to young people but there are no programs for pragmatic solutions. Through our activities, we get young people to be immersed in various levels of our activities which makes them learn and also makes them generate income. At the Poultry farm itself, we employ 4 full time youth staff who take part in the raising of the chickens. At the level of sales, we train youths on marketing and sales for free and give them these chickens for free to sell in their local markets or communities to make a living. We also train youths on poultry keeping and assist them with all resources we can for them to make a life for themselves. Also, we sell enhanced organic fertilizers to youth farmers in our community to help them increase their yields. Also we help schools in rural areas employ more young teachers by making these schools have more students and peoples through our school fees scheme.

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

18-35, 36-64.

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

Job Creation, Education - Curricular, Training/Skill Development, Community, Products or Services, Financing, Rural Economies, Other.

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

Marginalized/Minority.

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

0 to 500

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers

10-100

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

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Project H.E.A.L.

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

Year founded

2013

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Government

Organization Country

United States, CA, Los Angeles

Country where this project is creating social impact

United States, CA, Los Angeles

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

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

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

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

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

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

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

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

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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?

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

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

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Businesses, Regional government.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Amigas del Pecho para Siempre

Amigas del Pecho para Siempre (Breast Friends Forever) will fill a gap in our community for peer trained, in home, breastfeeding support services delivered in a culturally sensitive manner during the immediate post partum period when breastfeeding most often fails for new mothers and infants.

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Amigas del Pecho para Siempre

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Trained Peer Breastfeeding Support Home Visitation Program

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Idea (you're poised to launch)

Year founded

2014

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Government

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United States, CA, Los Angeles

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United States, CA, los angeles

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Amigas del Pecho para Siempre (Breast Friends Forever) will fill a gap in our community for peer trained, in home, breastfeeding support services delivered in a culturally sensitive manner during the immediate post partum period when breastfeeding most often fails for new mothers and infants.

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

What if every newborn infant was given the gift of breastfeeding and the benefits it confers, regardless of race or socioeconomic status?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

When a new mother is discharged from the hospital, she faces a whole new array of challenges to breastfeeding that results in precipitous drop in breastfeeding rates in the immediate post-partum period. The strains of motherhood, lack of support from family, and few resources (such as transportation) preclude a mother from actively seeking support out of the home for the maintenance of breastfeeding.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

It takes a village to raise a child and this is no more true than in the first days of a child’s life, when the challenges of motherhood face a new mother head on, with breastfeeding leading the way as the most imminent task. A trained peer breastfeeding educator with the shared experience of breastfeeding would provide new mothers not only with the technical skills necessary for breastfeeding, but also with the all-important, but immeasurable interpersonal support that can bolster confidence and self-efficacy, and can only be given by a trusted friend in the community. We will recruit women through our currently existing network (WIC and Olive View) and train them to become community breastfeeding experts, Amigas del Pecho para Siempre.

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

A mother who wants to breastfeed and her 4 day old baby make it to a group breastfeeding clinic with difficulty. Her nipples are raw and bleeding as a result of her baby's poor latch. Her husband, trying to be supportive, offers baby a pacifier frequently and tells mom to breastfeed less. Her milk supply is low and baby is losing weight. She has no car and she will not make it to the group next week. But her Amiga del Pecho, whom she got to know and trust during her pregnancy, will stop by her home several times during this week to check in and address all of the issues that were identified. As a result, this mother, who would have otherwise likely failed at breastfeeding during the first week, will breastfeed her baby for one year.

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

In the largely Hispanic population we serve, many women, despite their indicated desire to breastfeed prenatally, introduce formula and bottlefeeding in the immediate post-partum period. Data from our newborn screens and nursing flowsheets indicate that only 41% of infants are exclusively breastfed in the first 1-2 days of life and only 29% at discharge. These numbers are far below the state and city average of 62% in California and 49% in Los Angeles and the Healthy People 2020 objective of 82%. Following hospital discharge, our rates drop even further as new mothers face barriers to receiving the support they need to address issues that arise and lack the praise from her friends and family for progress made. A gap exists in our services in the provision of in home support during the crucial period immediately post-partum, when breastfeeding rates drop precipitously.

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

The success of our program has the potential to impact breastfeeding rates nationwide. Providing culturally sensitive, trusted, peer-delivered breastfeeding help at home will fill a current gap in the services provided to a breastfeeding mother. Our support involves a mother, her family, her community, and healthcare, as advocated by the Surgeon General in the Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding. We hope to grow our program to neighboring communities. Our data collection plan would allow for demonstration of success, that will hopefully lead to publication and duplication nationwide.

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

UCLA Changemakers funding would allow for the training and salary support of the Amigas. We are also seeking funding from several other sources, including the AAP Community Access to Child Health and the Los Angeles County Productivity Investment Fund. We plan to become self-sustaining in the near future, as we become proficient in billing for home visitation and breastfeeding support as recently allowed by the Affordable Care Act.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Regional government, Other.

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

A gap exists in our community for provision of in-home services for new mothers, especially for breastfeeding support. Upon discharge from the hospital, the only services available to her occur at her healthcare provider's office or at WIC, which has a program that provides peer support via telephone calls. In-home, face-to-face support is a crucial component of the assessment of the breastfeeding mother-baby dyad, which we plan to add. We hope to demonstrate increased breastfeeding rates among our patients that will hopefully lead to regional growth and national duplication.

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 a society filled with disparities, breastfeeding is the great equalizer. According to P. Grant (Former Executive Director, UNICEF) “Breastfeeding is a natural ‘safety net’ against the worst effects of poverty...Exclusive breastfeeding goes a long way towards canceling out the health difference between being born into poverty or being born into affluence...Breastfeeding takes the infant out of poverty for those few vital months in order to give the child a fairer start in life and compensate for the injustices of the world into which it was born.” Exclusive breastfeeding not only promotes the health and well being of our patients, but also social justice for those who might otherwise not reap these benefits.

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?

Yasangi Jayasinha, MD Attending Physician, Department of Pediatrics, Olive View UCLA Medical Center; Assitant Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCLA DGSOM
Our team consists of the Breastfeeding Task Force of Olive View UCLA Medical Center, which includes key hospital administrators and providers involved breastfeeding support, WIC breastfeeding liaisons, and Department of Public Health representatives, with technical support from Breastfeed LA.

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Academic Partner: Olive-View UCLA Medical Cener, David Geffen School of Medicine
Community Partners: Women, Infants, and Children of Northeast Valley; Breastfeed LA

Olive View UCLA Medical Center has collaborated with Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) of the Northeast Valley to provide breastfeeding and lactation support services to breastfeeding mothers in the community for over 20 years. In the last 5 years, Breastfeed LA has provided the technical support that helped Olive View become the first DHS facility to achieve Baby Friendly designation, a symbol of world-class maternity care. Our collaborations with these organizations has been instrumental in the delivery of breastfeeding education, support that has positively impacted knowledge, attitudes, and practices related to breastfeeding.

WIC has been part of Olive View's Breastfeeding Task force meetings, health fairs, World Breastfeeding Week celebration and outreach. We have developed breastfeeding promotion materials that are culturally sensitive to the unique population we serve. WIC also provides volunteer International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) for prenatal breastfeeding classes at Olive View as well as room to room breastfeeding assistance. Collectively the two have successfully helped thousands of mothers initiate and sustain breastfeeding over the course of our partnership. WIC saves lives and improves the health of nutritionally at-risk women, infants and children. The results of studies conducted by Food and Nutrition Services and other non-government entities prove that WIC is one of the nation’s most successful and cost-effective nutrition intervention programs. Since its beginning in 1974, the WIC Program has earned the reputation of being one of the most successful Federally-funded nutrition programs in the United States. Collective findings of studies, reviews and reports demonstrate that the WIC Program is cost effective in protecting or improving the health/nutritional status of low-income women, infants and children. WIC participants who reported having received advice to breastfeed their babies from the WIC clinic were more likely to breastfeed than other WIC participants or eligible nonparticipants. WIC breastfeeding policy and program activities were strengthened in the early 1990's, and between 1996 and 2001, the percentage of WIC mothers breastfeeding in the hospital increased by almost 25 percent, from 46.6 to 58.2 percent. The percentage of WIC infants breastfeeding at six months of age increased by 61.2 percent, from 12.9 to 20.8 percent. Olive View UCLA Medical Center is proud to continue to have such a strong collaborative relationship with an organization that has a proven record of improving breastfeeding rates in our community.

Breastfeed LA is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of infants and families through education, outreach, and advocacy to promote and support breastfeeding. Formerly known as the Breastfeeding Task Force of Greater Los Angeles, the organization was formed in 1994 by a group of dedicated volunteers who wanted to make a difference in the breastfeeding rates in Los Angeles County. Breastfeed LA incorporated as a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation in September of 2001. In addition to Olive View, Breastfeed LA was instrumental in helping Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and LAC+USC Medical Center achieve Baby-Friendly designation through technical assistance. Their LA BEST Health Care Project engaged with 19 hospitals to provide direct technical assistance to achieve or maintain the Baby-Friendly designation. Breastfeed LA also operates the Regional Hospital Breastfeeding Consortium, a popular initiative providing a forum for collaborative learning for hospitals throughout the county. Collaborating with the Department of Public Health, there were 3 meetings convened each month, one in the North, South and East regions of our county. Breastfeed LA continues to work closely with Olive View, as we strive to maintain our Baby Friendly designation. Along with the California Department of Public Health, California WIC, and the California Breastfeeding Coalition, Olive View plans to collaborate with Breastfeed LA in the implementation of the “Nine Steps to Breastfeeding-Friendly Guideline and Evaluation Criteria for Community Health Centers and Outpatient Care Setting,” which is currently being developed.

Currently, Olive View and WIC, and Breastfeed LA's support of breastfeeding aims to create a cocoon of support around new mothers who are so vulnerable to the strains of motherhood and are at high risk for cessation. Our services bolster breastfeeding knowledge, attitudes, and practices. We, at Olive View, provide drop in breastfeeding help from Certified Lactation Educators, a breastfeeding group clinic, and pediatric services, while WIC provides International Board Certified Lactation Consultant services to those patients with unique breastfeeding challenges, while Breastfeed LA provides technical support in maintaining Baby-Friendly designation. Additionally, WIC provides peer breastfeeding support program that provides telephone support to new mothers, delivered in a culturally sensitive way by members of the community who have shared experiences in breastfeeding. All of these are invaluable layers of support crucial to the successful initiation and maintenance of breastfeeding in the immediate post-partum period.

Amigas del Pecho para Siempre, the current program, would add yet another layer of support to this already existing structure by filling an unmet need for home support services for new breastfeeding mother in our community. New mothers are busy constantly, with little opportunity for self-care, much less active search of breastfeeding support services. In a cultural milieu where most of them were bottle feed, with a relative void of family and community knowledge and support of breastfeeding, home visitation from a trusted peer member of the community who has had the shared experience of breastfeeding would be invaluable to the support a new mother needs to successfully initiate and maintain breastfeeding. Mothers in the community would be referred to our program through WIC, social media, and most importantly, word of mouth to receive visits from peer trained educator who is a member of the community. The peer supporter's membership in the community is crucial component of the partnership, as it lends credibility as well as cultural sensitivity to the breastfeeding support that is provided. We would recruit from our existing cohort of breastfeeding mothers who are leaders and quiet champions to become trained in the provision of lactation support, with Breastfeed LA providing training resources. By filling the current void in our community's breastfeeding support services, we hope our collaboration improves our long term breastfeeding rates closer to that of the Surgeon General's Healthy People 2020 goals.

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

Amigas del Pecho para Siempre, is operated by faculty of Olive-UCLA Medical Center Department of Pediatrics, all of whom are clinical faculty of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. UCLA Pediatric residents receive a large proportion of their education and training at Olive View, and their involvement in the project would be encouraged and sought. As a funding partner of Amigos del Pecho para Siempre, the David Geffen School of Medicine would be an integral supporter of our community’s efforts. This academic-community partnership, in turn, would strengthen our community's relationship with the School of Medicine at UCLA.

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Taste is knowing the true quality ! Summertime is all about dining al fresco & under the stars !

Brush aside stereotypes to move forward & help us create & develop an outdoor restaurant run by people with special needs.

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Emerald Tea (Moringa based Tea) Project

The Production of Moringa tea from processing of dried moringa leaves and flavouring with Lemon Extract.With this supplement i will be able to instill the tea drinking culture in Cameroon and face competition and bring innovation to my community.

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Cameroon, LIT, Buea

Is your organization a

Hybrid

Do you work with any social organizations?

No

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SUSI 2014 for student leaders on social entrepreneurship and Leadership

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Summary: What specific issue or problem does your Venture address?

My venture seeks to reduce the risk of diabetes in the Buea community.

Misson Statement: What will your venture do?

My mission is to improve the health quality of the Buea community by providing a natural dietary supplement which will help reduce the risk of trapping diabetes.

The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities

The Emerald(Moringa) Tea boost the body naturally by provide energy to the body without intake of sugar this is because of the presence of vitamin A and C in the tea.The Moringa tea helps relieve stress adding to its natural energy supplement because of the cationic properties of moringa which will help breakdown the insulin in body hence reducing the sugar level in the blood which will inturn reduce diabtes.

The Community: Define the community that you work on behalf of. What population is affected? Are there other organizations working in this space?

The community i work on is the general population since anybody can trap diabetes because of its increasing rate.My population is from the ages of 19-99years old since they are the most viable to trap this disease.No organization is working in this space

Founding Story: What inspired your venture? Why?

What Inspire to chose this social project was the issue surrounding my family.I recall ten years back when I used to live with my grand dad and left to school on coming back I heard he died of diabetes.Five years back my grand mum died of diabetes and my mum is suffering from diabetes then on my research to look for a remedy to this diabetes I found out that there is an increase in death rates in my community as a result of diabetes,great amounts of lives lost in my community as a result of diabetes.So I started researching on how to reduce the risk of trapping this disease and last year I felt on the miracle plant the Moringa plant which boost the body's energy in a natural manner without using sugar and I then venture on my project the Moringa Tea project so as to solve the diabete issue and also to instigate the read drinking culture in Cameroon for a healthier and happier environment.

Define your Venture in 1-2 short sentences

The Production of Moringa tea from processing of dried moringa leaves and flavouring with Lemon Extract.With this supplement i will be able to instill the tea drinking culture in Cameroon and face competition and bring innovation to my community.

Goals

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What do you want to accomplish in your first year?

I want to produce about 6500 bags of tea and achieve a sales of about 13000usd.

Set your first goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

Gross Marketing

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

Aggressive marketing

Task 2

Promotion on sales of product

Task 3

health campaigns on diabetes

Set a second goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

Get Enough Funding to produce tea

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

Raise enough personal capital

Task 2

apply for grants and funding

Task 3

sell shares and get investors

Set a third goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

Strategic planning on increasing sales

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

Get most attractive and populated selling points

Task 2

Gat good transport facilities for supplies

Task 3

Have a good distribution channels to various selling points

Impact

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How will your Venture define success in the short term (1-12 months)?

Success will be define from increase in the market size after surveys as a result of products alleviating diabetes problems.

In the long-term (1-3 years)?

Statistics showing increase in tea drinking in Cameroon as a result of initiative.Questionnaires showing rapid drop in diabetic patients' death rate due to effectiveness of my Tea.

How will you measure success?

Success will be measured from interviews with consulers,questionnaire from market analysis,We will do a SWOT analysis after every month which will determine our successes.

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How will you recruit new members for your venture?

New members will be recruitment based on their entrepreneurship vision,on their resume showing how they are ready to contribute to the group.Past experience in leadership and entrepreneurship groups.Finally,how they are prepare to contribute financially,morally,physically to the sustainability of the group.

How will you appoint new leaders and transfer leadership when the founding members want to leave the team?

From,the driving force and motivation each new member will have and based on his leadership skills,each member will be closely observed and appointed based on how he can motivate others to work.

How will you continue your project in 6-months time or once you have spent all of its initial capital?

Our initial source of revenue will be generated from sales,consequently we will sell shares to investors in other to have the operating capital.

Choisir de Gagner/Défi sportif AlterGo

The project “Be your Best” encourages young handicapped people to adopt healthy living habits everyday. It also aims at helping organizations and institutions remove the obstacles that prevent young handicapped people to practice sports and regular physical activity and adopt healthy eating habits.

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Prevention of Childhood Obesity

We are partnering with Partnership to Uplift Communities to lead a multi-pronged approach in schools to prevent childhood obesity. This is built as an incentive based program involving health fairs, nutrition education, weekend exercise/activity days, and a focus on community and self-esteem.

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Tisha

Last Name

Wang

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Prevention of Childhood Obesity

Project Subtitle

Healthy Eating. Healthy Living. Healthy Self-Esteem.

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

Year founded

2014

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

United States, CA, Los Angeles

Country where this project is creating social impact

United States, CA, Los Angeles

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

We are partnering with Partnership to Uplift Communities to lead a multi-pronged approach in schools to prevent childhood obesity. This is built as an incentive based program involving health fairs, nutrition education, weekend exercise/activity days, and a focus on community and self-esteem.

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

What if...we could create an entire generation of kids who love exercise, love healthy eating, and love themselves and their community?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Approximately 1/3 of the US pediatric population is overweight or obese. Besides genetic risk factors, other factors predispose to the development of childhood obesity including lower socioeconomic class, a sedentary lifestyle, and dietary factors. Obese children who remain obese as adults are at risk for heart and kidney disease with atherosclerotic plaques seen in the coronary and carotid arteries of pediatric obese patients.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

We are targeting a high risk school in a low socioeconomic largely Hispanic community with a multi-pronged intervention in the 2015-16 school year:
1. A "kick-off" health fair with a focus on nutrition, healthy activities, exercise classes, weight/BMI education.
2. Quarterly nutrition classes for adults and children and changes in the cafeteria with healthier options.
3. Monthly weekend 'exercise/activity' days.
4. Quarterly activities to enhance community and self-esteem.
5. Ipad apps in school targeted at healthy eating.

Students will receive points for each activity they participate in with prizes at the end for those with the most points. Before and after BMI will be recorded to evaluate efficacy of our program.

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

When we held a health fair in 2013 within this community, many kids showed up alone without parents on their bikes or walked to the school. They spent a day learning about healthy habits and exercising in class formats as well as contests on the soccer field with their schoolmates and community. If these weekend activities were held on a regular basis with the guidance of the school's PE teachers and other community members, it would not only engage the community but would give these kids something healthy and productive to do on the weekends when their parents are working, not otherwise available, or perhaps just leading a sedentary lifestyle at home. Over time, our hope is that families would start attending the events together.

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

Since our health fair in 2013 which engaged >300 people, Lakeview Charter Academy has focused more on healthy living and eating with interventions focused on healthier cafeteria and on-campus food options. This particular middle school has >350 students and implementing our intervention at this school and two additional "sister" PUC schools that share the same campus could reach out to >1150 students and >500 parents over the course of one academic year. As evidenced by our previous health fair, this project will also engage the school staff to be more involved in the students' lives and the community. Over time, people will get to know each other better, from the staff to the children to the parents and creating that sense of community will only enhance the educational experience, decrease the amount of delinquent behavior, and enhance the overall health and morale of the community.

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

After modeling this at Lakeview Charter Academy, we have the support of the administration of the PUC (Partnership to Uplift Communities) Schools to perform a similar intervention at their other schools within the Los Angeles community. This includes 2 high schools, 3 middle schools, and one elementary school with a total of 1,871 students and the impact of our intervention could reach >15,000 citizens in the greater LA area over the next 5-10 years. Importantly, most of these citizens are in low socioeconomic communities where these healthy interventions may make the greatest impact.

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

The health fair in 2013 was funded by private donors (friends and family of Dr. Jha), local businesses, and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Because of healthcare workers and school staff volunteering their time, donated prizes, and a raffle held at the fair, the event raised $4200.

We have no doubt that donations could again be secured from private donors/local businesses with the money raised to be applied to the following year's projects.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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

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

A number of obesity prevention interventions have been performed at schools around the country and is one of the main priorities of Michelle Obama. The literature surrounding these interventions shows variable rates of success. Almost all interventions involve exercise and nutrition interventions but few focus on uniting a community and helping the students with their self-esteem and sense of community which we believe to be a much more sustainable and effective model. Children need support and camaraderie to make healthy choices and we hope to foster this sense of community and well-being.

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, Dr. Amit Jha, a 2005 graduate of the UCLA internal medicine residency program and a beloved physician, husband, and father passed away. His UCLA internal medicine classmates were determined to host a community event in his honor and through one of Amit's friends, a partnership was formed between UCLA and the Partnership to Uplift Communities School System. In May 2013 this partnership culminated in a successful health fair at Lakeview Charter Academy run by UCLA healthcare volunteers and attended by >300 people with a focus on nutrition, healthy living, and exercise. More importantly, it was a fun-filled family-oriented day.

Our continued contribution to this community and others like it is still being inspired by Dr. Amit Jha.

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?

Tisha Wang, MD - Pulmonary/Critical Care Physician and Associate Chief of the Division of Pulmonary/Critical Care at UCLA;
Vartan Shohmelian - Coordinator of Behavior Intervention Services for Lakeview Charter Academy in Lakeview Terrace, CA;
Michelle Merjanian - Internal Medicine Physician at Kaiser Permanente in Woodland Hills, CA

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In May 2013, a group of UCLA physicians, medical students, and nurses partnered with the Partnership to Uplift Communities in a low-income school (Lakeview Charter Academy) in Lakeview Terrace, California to hold a health fair focused on nutrition, healthy living, and exercise. The health fair was held in honor of Dr. Amit Jha, a 2005 UCLA internal medicine residency program graduate who passed away in 2012. It was funded by private donations and by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation where Amit served as director of internal medicine prior to his passing. At this health fair, over 300 people attended with booths focused on nutrition education for children and adults, exercise, weight and body mass index calculation, and measurement of blood pressure and blood sugars as a screen for hypertension and diabetes. More importantly, it was a fun-filled family-oriented day where local instructors came to teach zumba and hip-hop dancing and the school’s PE teachers led soccer/basketball drills and other activities with the school kids. Classroom sessions were also held with a focus on anti-bullying and self-esteem.

This partnership has continued between UCLA staff and the Partnership to Uplift Communities with biennial health fairs planned for the foreseeable future in honor of Dr. Amit Jha. Now we have the opportunity to pursue something bigger and more meaningful with this UCLA opportunity. We have the full support of the administration of the PUC organization and many dedicated UCLA physicians are also involved given the personal nature of this endeavor.

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

Our initial project engaged UCLA physicians from many specialties, UCLA medical students, and UCLA nurses. The successful health fair was subsequently showcased in the UCLA Medical Intensive Care Unit nursing newsletter which is distributed to nursing and physicians at UCLA. And since that time, a number of nurses have inquired about participating in the next activity/health fair that we are planning.

Our vision is to engage and invite more members of UCLA health (in addition to nursing, medical students, and UCLA attending physicians) to participate in this rewarding endeavor. This includes but is not limited to UCLA interns, residents, and nutritionists.

Deeproots Consultants

Training visitors, volunteers and study abroad students for technical skills and making them an agent of social change in the areas of food security and small agribusiness development.

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Foodchem International Corporation

Provide better food ingredients!

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Eco-care Nigeria

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Zero Gachis

Zero Gachis provides supermarkets an efficent way to apply discounts on close to the sell-by products, to promote them in the store and to comunicate online about the discounts so consumers know where to go to save food. We achieved to reduce by 50% the food wastage in partners supermarkets.

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Paul-Adrien

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Zero Gachis

Project Subtitle

Solutions to help supermarkets reduce food wastage

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

Year founded

2012

Is your organization a

For‐profit

Organization Country

France, Nantes

Country where this project is creating social impact

France

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

Zero Gachis provides supermarkets an efficent way to apply discounts on close to the sell-by products, to promote them in the store and to comunicate online about the discounts so consumers know where to go to save food. We achieved to reduce by 50% the food wastage in partners supermarkets.

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

What if supermarkets never throw anything to the garbage ever ?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Supermarkets don't succeed in selling everything so they apply discounts on products approaching their sell-by date... but the consumers needs to be at the right place at the right time to buy them. There was no way to comunicate about those discounts before Zero Gachis.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

We provide printing solutions so the supermarkets can efficently stick the close to sell-by date products, and in the meantime Zero Gachis get the information about discounts applied on products to put it online. Through www.zero-gachis.com, consumers can locate the food approaching its sell-by date and choose where to go to buy them. We also help partners supermarkets to promote products in-store with a new marketing approch, giving sense to the consumers purchase.

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 supermarket that apply by himself discounts on food approaching its sell by date achieve to sell a few of the products. With Zero Gachis, we cut off by 50% the food being wasted with our online website and in-store advertising.

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

Within a coupke of years of experimentation, in 15 supermarkets, we managed to save more than 300 tons of food from the garbage, and to let consumers save more than 2 millions € (discounts are around -50% of the initial price). It's a win-win partnership between supermarkets and consumers.

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

Talking only about France, 750 000 tons of fresh food is unsold every year. If we access to 50% of the market within 5 years, we could save more than 150 000 tons of food from garbage. We plan to expand our services in Europe into 2 years so it could be possible to save more than half a milion tons of fresh food, and make Europeans save a lot of money !

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

We took loans, won some startup contests and successfully won a regional government grant to get 140K€ in order to launch the web platform and develop the printing solution. We now have a reccuring turnover that helps us to scale but we may raise funds in 2015 to accelerate and expand our services in France. It's too early to talk about figures as we just started to scale and we don't have a proper vision on how fast we sell.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Regional government, Customers, Other.

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

There is 2 french startups called Phenix and Eqosphere that are helping supermarkets to improve their donation to food banks. The french supermarkets have a 60% tax deduction if they donate food 48hours before the sell-by date but within the 48 last hours, we can help supermarkets to sell products directly from the store.

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

When I was student, I went to my favourite supermarket because I knew I could find discounts on close to the sell-by date food. One day, I talked about that with my brother, Christophe, and he told me that he was passing in front of 3 supermarkets comunting back from school, and that he always stopped in the one that did not discounts on food approaching their sell-by date. He told my that if he knew where to stop, it would have stopped at the right place. That's know all began. We both contacted a childhood friend, Nicolas, in order to develop the web platform and we all 3 started to do our best to save food in supermarkets.

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

1. Paul-Adrien Menez, CEO / Sales and co-founder, from a french engineering school. Full-time.
2. Christophe Menez, CFO / Sales and co-founder, from a french business school. Full-time.
3. Nicolas Pieuchot, CTO and co-founder, from a french and netherland compter sciences university. Full-time.

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Waste and Packaging.

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

Our customers are supermarkets. They love our products because we help them to reduce food wastage by 50% in average (so they increase their turnover, increase their margins, and improve their image as well). The consumers also love to locate discounted food because they can save money by doing a sustainable purchase, but the service is totally free to consumers. We engage supermarkets through a 1-to-1 meeting, and we scale with supermarket's regional/national platforms.

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 to hire a proper sales team to scale. We have a product that solve a problem and that fits a needing from supermarkets. We now have to scale our solutions in France. We also need to feredate a community of consumers to go in partners supermarkets so a targeted publicity could engage environment-aware consumers.

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

I was the president of a non-profit organization that gave jobs to student from my engineering school. They developed software for local companies. I also had previous experiences with 2 import/export businesses.

The 2 other co-founders of Zero-Gachis and I also had a previous startup idea that we developed (we had a functionnal prototype and a business plan) but we all got an opporutnity to study abroad so we decided to stand-by the project.

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

yes

Will you require a visa to enter the UK?

no

Are you are a current Unilever employee?

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Calypso

A multifunctional farm which will offer resources and services conducive to sustainability through formal and informal education on organic agriculture, soil conservation, biodiversity and gastronomic research and development.

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Food Campaign

A movement with focusing on a Nutrition & Lifestyle Consultant which gives people (esp. talented young people aged 18-35 or youth workers) the easy & practical tools (Mobile apps-Food Booklet Kit) that they need to make healthy choices and to improve their quality of life.

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Nadya

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Food Campaign

Project Subtitle

Be Your Own Nutritionist

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Idea (you're poised to launch)

Year founded

2014

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Indonesia, Jakarta

Country where this project is creating social impact

Indonesia

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

A movement with focusing on a Nutrition & Lifestyle Consultant which gives people (esp. talented young people aged 18-35 or youth workers) the easy & practical tools (Mobile apps-Food Booklet Kit) that they need to make healthy choices and to improve their quality of life.

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

What if you could be a nutritionist for yourself

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

We all know about the bad habits we have can cause serious heatlh problems. But, many of us are not concerned that the old disease is difficult to cure like cancer, stroke, obesity, diabetes and cholesterol which are derived from the accumulation of wrong lifestyle when we are young, especially in eating well and sleep pattern . The main reason of this indifference is the youth of childbearing age are too busy with their respective activities.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

we provide Food Booklet Kit (personal nutritionist), an application that gives daily nutrition guide. Users or We call them “Food Agent” will be asked to enter their data (age, sex, weight, height, and job) and then the application can automatically provide the appropriate food choices. . This application is equipped with alarm as a reminder to eat, drink and rest. Food agent is encouraged to take their food pictures (The photos submitted can be connected to Instagram) that they consume every day. After that, they will enter their time off in order to get a healthy point of our system. Because there is also the step levels for every achievement. Each level has a healthy points that can be redeemed in the form of vouchers.

What awards or honors has the project received?

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

We all know that not easy to follow a healthy lifestyle even though we know it well. But what would we feel if there is a movement that provides us the ease and practical knowledge to live healthy and lifestyle and then they will appreciate our efforts to do a healthy lifestyle for ourselves with giving a certificate of appreciation as evidence that we love ourselves and a healthy points that can be redeemed in the form of vouchers. Surely it will encourage us to appreciate ourselves more by doing a healthy life.

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

Encouraging people to feel great, have more energy, stabilize their mood, and keep themselves as healthy as possible, which can be achieved by giving the Food Booklet Kit to learn the nutrition basics and use them in a way that works for them. Everyone who uses this Food Booklet Kit will be given a choice of food menu from morning till night. Its food will be specified by themselves. Absolutely the effect of this booklet is good for their health. it provides a breakthrough for a health lifestyle in their busy life. Another that, the diet will be not difficult to do because of this booklet kit is available in a variety of options and moreover all the food menu is already calculated in calories. Therefore if the user has selected one of the morning meal in that booklet application, it will be calculated how many calories that can be consumed for 1 day

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

Simply put, a good healthy food habit reduces the risk for disease and premature death. It consists of a variety of foods like fruits, vegetables and fish. It avoids toxins found in processed foods and is balanced in terms of calories and energy expenditure. It allows the body to receive the proper nutrients to function well and gives user energy and vitality. Another that, user will get the ideal body weight. Secondly, in terms of the award, the user can obtain a certificate from the Food Campaign and also discount vouchers in any variables (restaurant,spa,free consultation with nutritionist)

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

About the financial sustainability Plan, we highly sought a sponsorship funds or private donations. Therefore when we are getting a sponsorship funds, we will attempt to use that funds effectively in other that this movement (Food Campaign) can be free for everyone

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations, NGOs, Businesses, Regional government, National government, Customers, Other.

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

talented young people aged 18-35 or youth workers who live in big city

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 believe that successfully fit person are successful not because of good luck, birth order, or family heritage, but because they have adopted the right habits. The do things differently than the rest. So, to be successful person, we must adopt the habits of success. And one day we suddenly realized that and we then thought to make a movement which provides its solution. Therefore, here is our plan to make it realizes.

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?

Andria Setiawan, Arini Ramadhani, Nadya Fitri

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Health and Hygiene, Improving Nutrition.

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?

talented young people aged 18-35 or youth workers

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

we highly sought a sponsorship funds or private donations. Therefore when we are getting a sponsorship funds, we will attempt to use that funds effectively in other that this movement (Food Campaign) can be free for everyone

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

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

yes

Will you require a visa to enter the UK?

yes

Are you are a current Unilever employee?

no

Food Cycle

Every year there is a vast overproduction/discard of vegetables(mainly: spinach, cauliflowers, tomatoes, eggplants and potatoes) in Bangladesh which is wasted.These vegetables in specific can be combined to make lowcost Nutrifeed for slumdwellers. Thousand deaths due to malnutrition can be avoided.

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Food Cycle

Project Subtitle

Nutrition for Slum Dwellers

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Idea (you're poised to launch)

Year founded

2014

Is your organization a

Hybrid

Organization Country

Bangladesh, Dhaka

Country where this project is creating social impact

Bangladesh, Dhaka

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

Every year there is a vast overproduction/discard of vegetables(mainly: spinach, cauliflowers, tomatoes, eggplants and potatoes) in Bangladesh which is wasted.These vegetables in specific can be combined to make lowcost Nutrifeed for slumdwellers. Thousand deaths due to malnutrition can be avoided.

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

What if we could channel every bit of extra food instantly to the tables of those who don't have food to eat

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Around 40% of the population of Bangladesh suffers from some form of malnutrition. Chronic energy deficiency, iodine deficiency, night blindness, anaemia are present more acutely among slum dwellers due to lack of proper nutrition and nutritional knowledge.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Use the overproduced: spinach, cauliflowers, tomatoes, eggplants and potatoes to make Nutrifeed. The above vegetables are overproduced but they contain the nutrients required to address the diseases/conditions mentioned in the problem section. On top of that the slum people will get a packaged Nutrifeed that has ingredients in proper quantities to ensure right nutrition. The overproduced vegetables are currently wasted, they can be purchased at a very low price and sold to the slumdwellers at a low price as well.

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 child Rahima is born into a slum. Her parents have little or no education. What they primarily consume is rice, occasionally with another side dish. They believe just eating will ensure good health.

We can educate them about nutrition but that would not ensure consumption of the right diet. But "foodcycle" can procure overproduced vegetables at low cost and make NutriFeed for the slumdwellers at a low cost . The most important purchase decision criteria is cost, for the slum dwellers.

Rahima gets to hear about "NutriFeed" from the "foodcycle"
s roadshow on Nutrition. And due to the low price, her parents are able to purchase NutriFeed. And thus the nutrition to the family is ensured.

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

Small clusters of slums will be targeted initially. On the other side, tantamount overproduced vegetables will be bought. Upon reaching to 100 slum families in first quarter. We would move to other clusters and reach 1000 slum dwelling families. Nutritional awareness campaigns would continue throughout the year. Once the market is convinced of the nutritional values of NutriFeed more slums will be targeted and excess requirement of vegetables will be sourced from farmers directly eliminating long middle man supply chain.

1000 families have around 6000 people. 80% of the slum dwellers are suffering from some form of malnutrition. With the low cost nutrifeed approximately 4000 out of the 4800 malnutritioned people can be cured or prevented from diseases. This is the target for first year.

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

Commencement would be done in one single cluster of a slum. In year one 1000 families will be reached with our low cost NutriFeed. Upon success, steady expansion will be done to ensure the coverage of 10 million slum dweller population in Dhaka city in 10 years. Road shows will be used to expand to new slums. Positive results in one slum will spill over onto other slums. Hence, around 6 milliion people can be pulled out of malnutrition and minimum of 500 thousand lives saved at the end of 10 year period. Pulling people out of malnutrition will boost their productivity and thus income as well.

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

The initial capital include leasing fees for cold storage($3000) and a van($4000). For the first year 1000 families are targeted, 30 tons of vegetables will be required each month. But the overproduction will take place at winter and at the end of summer. Thus 6x30tons=180tons of mixed vegetable will be purchased at $18,000( @ $0.1/kg ). The mixed vegetable will be sold at $0.3 1kg daily packs. Giving a half yearly gross profit $36,000.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, NGOs, Businesses, Regional government.

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

The discarded and overproduced food does find its way to the slumdwellers eventually. But through a long supply chain that increases the prices 4 times the original. and as they are not packaged(sold individually) they do not ensure right nutrient content.

FoodCycle ensures the right nutrient ingredients and at a low cost due to sourcing from overproduced and discarded(due to small size, shape etc) vegetables.

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 have been seeing this huge wastage of vegetables every year. They are left to rot and often eventually used as improvised fertilizers. I have also seen slum dwellers suffering from myriad of diseases originating from malnutrition(iron, potassium, vitamins etc deficiency). This decreases their productivity and thus their income. They are driven further down into poverty.

But if these two negative incidents can be connected, they make a match that brings positive change in people's lives/

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

I am the initiator of the idea. I am a final year business students majoring in finance and marketing. I have worked extensively with NGOs in developmental sector. This gives me the institutional and practical knowledge to see this plan through. Experts from nutrition and food science and also logistics will be included in the team before the plan initiates.

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Improving Nutrition, Waste and Packaging.

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 plan was engineered with full participation of the slum dwellers(target market). Focused group discussions and qualitative survey has been done for product demand and purchase pattern identification. The solution is tailored to their priority and convenience.

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 definitely give me the impetus to initiate the operation. Since it's the pecuniary issue that's stopping me from commencing this beneficial yet profitable venture. And the publicity will help me attract more companies/donors who would aid in monetary/non monetary ways to reach the objectives of this social business

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

"Deerville" is a deer farm that uses natural breeding practices and provides venison as a protein alternative for the health conscious people.
"Onno" is a slum is a slum dwellers' awareness campaign firm that is hired by NGOs to spread messages to slumswellers.

These two entrepreneurial activities that I have pioneered had proved to be successful

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

yes

Will you require a visa to enter the UK?

yes

Are you are a current Unilever employee?

no

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Ciftciden Eve, is developing a marketplace site to help urban families with kids find local farm products from all over Turkey with the option selecting farmers and subscribing to their favourite products.

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Ugur

Last Name

Mursaloglu

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CiftcidenEve.Com

Project Subtitle

Healthy Future Generations

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

Year founded

2014

Is your organization a

For‐profit

Organization Country

Turkey, Istanbul

Country where this project is creating social impact

Turkey

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

Ciftciden Eve, is developing a marketplace site to help urban families with kids find local farm products from all over Turkey with the option selecting farmers and subscribing to their favourite products.

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

What if local farmers were able to market and sell their own products with reasonable mark-ups, to local markets, in season instead of being dependent on wholesalers to buy their products at rock bottom prices?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Urban families have a hard time finding locally grown farm products that they can trace back to where and how it was produced to maintain their healthy eating habits.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Ciftciden Eve provides an online marketplace for select local farmers to sell their products directly to customers. While doing that Ciftciden Eve provide farmer information to its customers so that they know where and in what conditions their products are grown.

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.

Cifciden Eve provides a B2C marketplace that offers unique values for both the farmer (Business) and urban family (Consumer). For farmers to sell their products directly to end users have several impacts. First of all, all the money that is made between the agents and wholesalers will be optimally utilised between the farmer and the consumer. This extra cash will help to sustain local farms and save money for the consumer. Second, the farmers will be able to gain direct insight on their products from consumers. This way products will continually be better. Third, the consumers that do not have easy access to locally grown fresh and healthy farm products will now able to order farm products online at their convenience.

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

Our products main goal is to provide local farmers additional income to support their sustainability. In our less than a year lifespan, we have realised that our farmers not only sell their locally grown products but also started selling "home made" products. One example of this is one of our organic tomato producers is now selling tomato paste made according to local recipes on farm premises. After this, we realised our platform will not only help farmers to sell their grown products but also farm made products, which in turn provide them with more ways to make income. On the consumer side, this will benefit the consumers with tasting local recipes which otherwise would be impossible. We are working on bringing on more farmers and more variety to our product range to improve our impact.

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

We hope to disrupt the farmer to market supply chain by cutting out the middle man and by doing this we hope to distribute the extra cash between the farmer and the consumer. This will support the local farmers in their efforts to be sustainable and help the consumers eat healthy. And thus healthy generations.

We hope to achieve this goal by extending our product range by attracting more farmers, delivering a faster delivery service, offering subscription based products for convenience, reaching out to more urban areas to expand our reach and driving up farm revenue from our sales.

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

At our current stage we are still optimising product range and marketing efforts but with current spending rates for every marketing dollar spend we receive a 1.5x ROI. Yet we are continuously working on improving our ROI rates and reach our breakeven point order #.

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?

Ciftciden Eve has a couple of competitors but there are no dominant players in the marketplace. Two factors separate us from the pack. First we are the only platform that offers substantial information about where and how the product is grown. Second, where most well known site still uses an excel sheet to collect orders, our click to buy approach enables frictionless transaction between the farmer and the buyer.

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

The Founder Ugur Mursaloglu, after finishing his obligatory military service he turned back to Istanbul which is the largest populated city in Turkey. As the oldest son of a farmer family, while on a visit to the lands where his family which had been farming for generations, he witnessed that farmers are not satisfied with the goings on the market. That's how he came up with the idea to gather farmers and consumers on an online market.

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 founding team consists members who are experts in IT development, Business Development, Marketing and UX/UI Design. All experienced with corporate background, these members of our team are courageous, visionary and open minded experts. We are planing to employ new marketing and sales staff, give the necessary trainings within the consciousness of sustainability in order to support healthier generations.

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

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

Our identified customer group consists of families with children living in big cities. We provide a bridge between the city people seeking food grown in healthy conditions and small to mid size farmers who are doing that.

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

Publicity coming for a place like changemakers will be an accreditation of our efforts. International recognition will help us locally to attract more farmers as well as customers. We also hope with this publicity we can attract foreign investment into our project.

The prize money will be used on developing an easy to use mobile application for farmers to track, ship and receive payments on their orders. This will be helpful to optimise our delivery chain operations.

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

Founder at www.neyapsak.com (Event&Venue Search and Recommendation website)

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

yes

Will you require a visa to enter the UK?

yes

Are you are a current Unilever employee?

no

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