Jhosep Delgado's New Entry

Jhosep Delgado's New Entry: Global education for the emerging Peruvian middle class

Cusco, PeruCusco, Peru
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
for profit
Project Stage:
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

We provide low-cost advising programs to give talented students from lower-middle-income backgrounds access to high quality education. We serve our community by bridging inequalities between privileged students and those from low-income backgrounds.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if more students in developing economies could reach their full potential through world-class education? Imagine the effect such students might have on our society?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Traditional education makes students stay in their comfort zone and leaves them unprepared to deal with the constant changes in this world. They are taught to get good grades in exams in areas like science, arts and humanities, but are not taught to build skills to cope with the unexpected, to develop empathy, creativity, cooperation along with intercultural understanding. Our current curricula lacks the means to foster 21st-century competencies.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

I have taken a new vision for education and explored ways to address the lack of quality education and global competencies among students from lower-middle-income backgrounds in Cusco. My institute's mission of opening the world by creating equitable academic opportunities for our students demonstrates success because we are developing an international academic community of youth leaders who will promote a more inclusive, intercultural and cooperative society. Creating opportunities to help them develop their potential through life-defining experiences will not only make them professionally more successful, but also individuals who will engage meaningfully in serving their communities and making the world a better place.


Impact: How does it Work

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

I currently provide outstanding career advising and preparation programs to more than 40 students, with a target of 200 students by 2021. In 2015, the average investment made by a student was $180 to $500 for a six-month preparation program, and the average return in scholarships this year was $35,000 apiece. Within the next five years, I expect to have placed over 200 students in different colleges and universities worldwide. Unlocking the potential of these socially disadvantaged students has created an opportunity to develop an international group of students with a global outlook. Our active work in education and our incredible human capital are among the most exciting things about advocating for the cultivation of global competencies.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

In 2015, we placed students from low-income families into different colleges and universities worldwide. We created transformative opportunities for these students for minimal cost. My goal for the next ten years is to scale the reach and impact of my institute to continue changing lives through education. As the UN Secretary-General, H. E. Ban Ki-moon once said while addressing his plans for development and the numerous problems involved in trying to educate people: “Don’t just let young people sit in the driver’s seat. Give them a driver’s license. They are the drivers of change.” In doing this, we show others how we accomplished things which seemed impossible, and demonstrate them why they should also follow this principle in their own lives. This empowerment from one another has an incredible multiplier effect to cope with the challenges of the sustainable development goals.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Within the next 10 years, my goal is to continue internationalizing more Peruvian citizens and pursuing a more innovative, sustainable, and scalable business that continues leveraging the incredible human capital in Peru. Opening the world to more students would ensure that no talented student is left behind without their right to a global opportunity and the right to stand out. By the end of the decade, my goal is to launch an initiative to attract our scholars through career building and professional growth opportunities. Having returning students would allow us to scale our social impact.

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

IEI Peru is a low-cost private center. Our low cost model has allowed us to grow sustainably and will allow us to stand financially in the future. Depending on a student's family's income, the investment made per student ranges from $180 to $500 for a six-month preparation program. If we grow the number of paying students, we will continue serving more students from low-income families for minimal or no cost for several years and thereafter.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Study abroad programs in the country (i.e. EducationUSA, binational centers or private agencies) are solely providing students with career advising opportunities. IEI Peru is promoting social cohesion while developing an international academic community of youth leaders who will contribute with our country and the global community in the near future. Our students are receiving preparation to build competencies and inclinations to pursue an international career in addition to gaining life experiences that enable them to better understand the world we inhabit.

Founding Story

On a visit to a school from the emerging Peruvian middle class in 2011, I was inspired by the eager faces of young students who dreamed about becoming the protagonist of the stories I shared. “Close your eyes and listen” I said. “I want you to visualize New York City”. The sole name of this city created a more detailed picture in their heads. For minutes I watched those eyes spark a light. “I want to study there”, a fifteen-year-old girl said. I thought, “why can't she do this?" ”Okay, open your eyes.” Many of them were living in poverty and had not even left their neighborhoods. I can only testify how they felt. That serendipitous moment changed the way I thought about my place in the world


Since 2012, as the person who has always stepped out of the box, I have been working as a solopreneur. Lately, my team is comprised by an office assistant and two foreign volunteer teachers. Our foreign volunteers are part of global human capital making a difference in the Peruvian community because they are giving our students international exposure while serving them to raise their learning conditions.
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Founder and Director

Which of the 8 UN Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) pre-selected for this competition does your solution relate most closely to? [select all that apply]

No Poverty, Gender Equality, Decent Work and Economic Growth.

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Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.

I have been fortunate to have a broad education. I studied school in Peru, went to college in the US, and worked in Germany despite my parents’ limited resources. I have worked with truly inspiring youth leaders and met with like-minded change makers from around the world. I have been lucky to travel to unique locations and received an interdisciplinary education while living in the developed world. Given the enormous opportunity I have had to turn my aspirations into real experiences, my own story has been the best advocacy I use. Prior to founding my institute, I have always advocated through international education to promote social inclusion, cross-cultural understanding, and peace building. As Ambassador Donald Steinberg, President and CEO of World Learning, once said, "Through international education, students become more effective communicators, more engaged citizens, and learn to think critically about the relationships between local and global issues. These skills are all vital to building peace in a world full of conflict." This year I lived a remarkable experience during a Panel on Youth and Peace building with UNAOC officials. I had the honor to meet the UN Secretary-General, H. E. Ban Ki-moon who taught me a great lesson about youth empowerment as we - the youth - have become drivers of change . Last April, I was selected to attend the 2015 UNAOC-EF Summer School, a youth leaderships program focused on core management competencies such as communication and strategic thinking. This selection was based upon youth leadership and entrepreneurial achievement. I submitted an application and wrote about my organization and desire to foster social cohesion and cross-cultural understanding and the difficulties involved in helping students in my community to achieve their dreams and enhance their lives through access to international education. After being selected from nearly 13,000 applicants, only 75 participants won a trip to New York City for one week to put our leadership abilities into practice. It was a remarkable experience to be with UNAOC officials along with other business practitioners who shared our common goal: making the world a better place. Through my career as a mentor and teacher, I have taken many initiatives and served many as a role model including students, parents and fellow teachers. As I empower my students with opportunities to experience the real world, I show the community how these interactions are conducive to a more meaningful life. The power of international education goes beyond the development of global competencies. Its real power extends to building cohesive communities who are able to face challenges and solve problems sustainably.

Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?

Even though I am the only decision maker at my institute, I seek help and provide help at every corner. Approaching our challenges with like-minded people has deepened my understanding of our challenges and has enabled me to look at the best practices from diverse angles. From former teachers who have volunteered at the institute to our alumni who is abroad, I am currently interacting with a community of teachers and youth leaders with whom I will be able to relate to and cooperate with at any time in the future.

This year I was invited to join the Intercultural Leadership Network from the UNAOC and the BMW Group, a network of 200 members and 70 mentors for civil society organizations where young leaders are working on addressing cross-cultural tensions and fostering collaboration and social inclusion. Since I joined the network, I have met an incredible group of change makers from around the world. Through this other platform, mentors volunteer their time and skills to provide guidance, training, in response to the specific needs of participating organizations and projects. I constantly share ideas about my institute and desire to foster social cohesion and cross-cultural understanding and the difficulties involved in helping students in my community to achieve their dreams and enhance their lives through access to international education. Whether it is with local or foreign teachers, I discuss and exchange views, practices, hopes, and dreams about the various challenges that the 21st century education faces on a daily basis.

At the moment, I am at the initial stage of replicating my project through Leonardo Párraga, an educator and social entrepreneur from Colombia who is trying to empower the youth of Bogotá. His foundation BogotArt is an organization giving a voice to youths through cultural and artistic tools. The idea is to extend educational and cultural opportunities for the brightest artists in Colombia. By developing programs that promote student mobility, our mission is to advance international education in Latin America. Colombia currently has the biggest share of students going to study into the United States after Brazil, according to the Open Doors 2014 Report on International Educational Exchange. This ambitious project would foster a wider access to quality education for more students in Latin America. Despite the fact that we are in two different countries, our initiatives have started to drive change and internationalization in our communities. Our long-term goal is to grow the number of global citizens in the Americas.

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