Super-Tech Hub

Super-Tech Hub

Gweru, ZimbabweGweru, Zimbabwe
Year Founded:
2015
Organization type: 
for profit
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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

Super-Tech Hub was launched in July 2015, it is an innovation space that endeavors to inspire and support technological-based youth entrepreneurship. We create networks and opportunities around technological-based entrepreneurship to empower youth to combat unemployment. 

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

“What if young people use the digital technology we use to take care of ourselves and use it to make money through social entrepreneurship?”
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The problem is youth unemployment. The unemployment rate in Zimbabwe is hovering at 90%. Many youths have degrees but cannot find employment. The education structure does not incorporate entrepreneurship or technology-based skills. There are many global opportunities available in the Technology sector, but no means or access for/by youth. There is a lack of integrated technology and entrepreneurial approach to social problems.

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

Super-Tech Hub is offering technologically based entrepreneurship trainings to empower youth to combat the problem of unemployment. The hub is providing alternatives to help youth develop their business ideas into sustainable businesses, and help them to acquire long-term entrepreneurial and technologically based life skills. The trainings are creating platforms where youth can address unemployment and where they can empower themselves to be successful entrepreneurs. Lastly, the trainings will increase the youth’s sense of livelihood and self-worth.

Awards

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Impact: How does it Work

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

The first skills and development training was done in August 2015. 15 people were trained on digital technology, and how to develop business ideas into the sustainable business through technologically based life skills. The students whom we have trained have also marketed our program and this has seen a large number of young people coming to our organization to register for the upcoming December 2015 Training. Through the software “My Home Teacher” which we have created, we are receiving inquiries from different schools and private teachers who want to buy the software for use. This shows a big difference that we are creating in our community.

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

Super-Tech Hub organized 1 training in August 2015, trained 15 members on skills to start their own data-driven technology-based initiatives. In September 2015, Super-Tech Hub members developed software called “My Home Teacher” which focuses on the provision of learning services to both schools and homes. It aims at improving the student-teacher interaction over distances this encouraging long distance learning services as it provides e-learning/ virtual school. A pilot test of the software was done using 1 local High School and the software did worked excellent.

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

Super-Tech Hub is 5 months old, with the invention of “My Home Teacher”; we have been able to sell the software to 1 local High School. Currently deployment has been done to 1 school and will increase to 8 schools by January 2015. In 5 to 10 years, we aim to train 500 members, create at least 300 jobs. Super-tech trains young people on data-driven technology, and technology-based entrepreneurial skills with the aim that that they will start their technological-based business. We will have expanded to various cities targeting all schools with our My Home Software.
Sustainability

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

For the organization to ensure financial sustainability, Super-Tec Hub is going to rely on self-sustaining. We will ask the participants for a small contribution fee to cover the training and necessary materials needed. As we wish to grow and reach the whole Zimbabwean nation with our project, to this effect, we plan to accept external funding and investment.

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

The social entrepreneurship technology-based training is still a small-scale venture in Zimbabwe because it is seen as a weakness. Regionally, there are a number of Entrepreneurial hubs emerging around the continent each with a different focus trying to contribute to economic development mainly through mobile technology. Locally in Zimbabwe, there is a combination of direct and indirect competitors each with a general focus. There is nothing that focuses on digital skills, digital enterprise or areas of technology. This will be Super-Tech Hub’s main competitive differentiation.
Team

Founding Story

After finishing my Bachelor of Arts Honours in History and Development Studies in 2012, I started working as a full-time Programs Officer at youth based non-profit organization. In 2014, I was chosen amongst the 20 brightest young leaders to attend a 2 weeks winter school run by Youth Empowerment and Transformation Trust. During the training, we were introduced to social entrepreneurship. After this lecture, I was left with a burning desire to start putting more effort on my leadership skills to close the apparent gap demand for social entrepreneurship, and digital technology. In July 2015, Super-Tech Hub was established and we carried out our first training in August 2015.

Team

Tobias Saratiel, Co-founder, (Full-time), Diamond Chirisa, IT Specialist and Manager (Full-time), Tanyaradzwa Mutongwizo, Training and Programs Manager, (Fulltime), Tafadzwa Padare, (Part-Time), Garikai Makore (Monitoring and Evaluation).
Background
Please confirm how you heard about the Unilever Awards:

I am in the Ashoka emailing list

Please confirm your role in the initiative (eg Founder/co-Founder) and your organisational title:

Founder

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, Decent Work and Economic Growth.

Leadership and the Unilever Awards
Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.

In 2015, I pioneered an initiative called Youth Entrepreneurship: A highway to youth employment. The initiative main focus was preparing young people into employment through youth entrepreneurship and skills development training and the skills ranging from carpentry and joinery, bakery, hairdressing, building and garment tailoring. In 2015, I pioneered an environmental initiative focusing on building an environmental movement of young entrepreneurs who are aware of their responsibilities, capable of supporting themselves, providing solutions to environmental problems. The project empowered and transformed young people into environmental champions and created opportunities in the green economy in Gweru, Zimbabwe. With this project, I was chosen as one of the 20 brightest social entrepreneurs in Zimbabwe to participate in the 6 months Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp run by a fellow Mandela Washington Fellow with the help of U.S. African Development Foundation (USDF).

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

I have a Board of Directors with experience in social entrepreneurship, open data, and digital technology. They help drive and assure that the programs have a long-range strategy which achieves the Hub's mission and vision.