Scaling the Solution: How do you intend to scale your activities over the next two years (e.g., reach new markets, diversify solutions, etc.)? What will make this possible?
The game will be piloted in Trinidad and Tobago first and two other countries that differ in profile to test the response to the game. Based on the response, the game will be modified and then released to the public as an opensource platform. The game will then be marketed as far as possible through media exposure, conferences where applicable and direct contact with key organisations in geographic/thematic groupings.
The project will utilize a leading game design firm as well as students in representative regions in the design and future support to game players which will aid in capacity development and sustainability of the initiative. It is expected that they will eventually serve as regional support.
Financial Sustainability: What is your business model to ensure financial sustainability?
Initially, funding will be sourced to cover the design of the game platform itself, towards creating an opensource version for use by the development community. This will be the main capital expenditure, as it is opensource, modifications will be done with no cost to the host organisation. Management budget will be gained from using advertising revenues on the game and a small license fee that can be applied to supplement income.
Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
Working within the international development field for 5 years, I am aware of the need to collaborate and work together, having managed partnerships for development at the national-international levels. I am also completing a Masters in Business Administration with a specialization in entrepreneurship and innovation in Trinidad and Tobago, as well as currently being involved in the design of an agricultural social enterprise in my country.