This project also has a Changeshop where you can read more about its latest progress.
Go to Changeshop: Developing Innovations.
Developing Innovations is an online platform which presents and monitors relatively small-scale development projects, to build communities of supporters for these projects.
Developing Innovations was brought forth with the aims of exploring the potential of an online platform for bigger development projects.
Tell us about yourself/your team.
I am a lover of innovation, but a humanitarian at heart. Our aim is to see that the less privilege get equal opportunities like every other individual born of a woman. How happy I am does not really matter to me, but how happy others can be because of me.
What makes you an intrapreneur? What are the skills, capabilities, and personality traits that make you an intrapreneur?
I am always in the quest of sufficient invaluable soft skills that could help ameliorate my interpersonal, communicative and teamwork skills which happens to trigger the success of a business. I do not believe in sufficient knowledge for as long as innovation exist, enough is like a comma, which means, slow down, but keep moving. I do not totally rely on my self understanding, but I keep in touch with other people in the business world and every idea is welcomed.
About Your Organization
Primary country where this project is creating social impact
Tanzania, AR, Arusha
Additional countries or regions
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Select the stage that best applies to your solution
Start-Up (a pilot that has just begun operating)
The Need: What social or environmental problem are you trying to solve?
Youth unemployment happens to be my main area of focus. In every country around the world today, the issue of youth unemployment is very much addressed, but unfortunately, its more in a theoretical sense rather than the practical sense. Politicians make this their top priority so as to get into power, but yet accomplish nothing while in power. The world can only be a better place if youths are given the chance to express themselves in a professional way, for they constitute basically the work force of every country globally.
The Solution: What is your solution? Be specific!
The main solution will be to acquire sufficient skills so as to better manage the project and its finances for a professional knowledge and communication skills, I believe is key to a successful business, and lets not forget that in so many cases where the money is available but without no sense of direction, communication skills, planning and technical know-how, the money could be wasted.
To acquire sufficient and adequate invaluable soft skills so as to ameliorate my interpersonal, communicative and team work skills which will facilitate the setting up of more and more projects for the good of all.
The Solution: Why is this solution innovative for your company and industry?
For every business to be very successful, a professional communication must always exist between the staffs and board members. This can only happen when the subjects involved are very well trained and orientated. Another issue is that of finance which serves like a bullet in a gun. Without a solid financial background, no business whatsoever can be established. Money moves the train while the knowledge serves as the pilot.
The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities.
Ever since this project was established from our little professional skills, at least three bigger projects have participated in the pilot and have been presented on an existing online platform(Facebook) and have been monitored real time online. Online communities have been founded around these three projects that are made up by people/organisations/companies directly supporting or funding the projects and by people/organisations/companies that are directly being supported by the projects. The project data of these online projects is tagged and searchable so it can be used for learning by others. Also, a final lessons learnt document is developed, describing the challenges encountered by the organisations that have piloted their projects on the online platform, describing the requirements of an online platform that can deliver on the goals listed above, and recommending ways forwards.
The Marketplace: Who are your peers and competitors? Identify others also working to address the needs you are and what differentiates you from them. What challenges could these players pose to your success or growth?
This project however has enabled us to learn how to better create employment opportunities that can better the lives, and businesses of others, most especially the youths which happens to be our main group of focus. From our example, we make people understand that it's not the obligation for the government to grant employment for all, but it's every individual's responsibility to create employment opportunities that could be of benefit to others. I am very much available and willing to lend a helping hand whenever need be.
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Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world.
When I noticed back in my home country that so many young people like myself had so many ideas but with no medium to expose them, I then decided to put in place a medium of exchange of ideas. Its over a year and a half ever since my idea came to life, back then in Cameroon. For me, its not the responsibility of the government to create job opportunities for all, but its the responsibility of all to create opportunities that can be of help to others. Just like the late American president John F Kennedy said; "Ask not what your government has done for you, but rather ask what you have done for your government". I think positively and so I act positively
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
Many projects have been monitored and sponsored. This led to the creation of bigger projects which are now sponsoring other projects online.
What is your projected impact over the next 1 to 3 years?
More and more projects will be created and this will result to lower unemployment rates, for those involved shall have the opportunity to demand for support from others thereby giving them the opportunity to work, and that is employment in a technical sense
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
The lack of sponsorship
What is the benefit or value you're creating for your business?
Creation of a medium of innovative idea exchange, whereby, little ideas are brought to light.
How are you leveraging internal resources (funds, time, knowledge, etc.) to support this initiative?
Currently, we lack sufficient funds and this has really slowed down the growth of the project. We are currently in touch with so many organizations seeking for their sponsorship.
Expand on your answer, explaining the long-term funding and support plan.
Forex. I am currently undertaking intensive Forex lessons for we intend to use the foreign exchange market as our main means of finance. The profits shall be invested in a fixed saving account with withdrawal only done yearly.
Tell us about your partnerships across your company and externally that are key to your project's success.
Currently, we do not have many partners, for those participating in the project online only do so for their personal interest, but that not withstanding, we are happy that we are able to create an opportunity worth trusting.
What internal support have you gotten for your project? What kind of push-back have you received?
More and more volunteers assist with social media marketing, and we are glad with that even though it hasn't yielded any fruits yet.