Artifind Nigeria

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Artifind Nigeria: Find the nearest and best Artisans in Nigeria

Ile-Ife, NigeriaYaba, Nigeria
Year Founded:
2014
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.

On average, 300,000 Nigerians are in constant need of an artisan daily, but there is no dedicated solution to making it easy to find the best and credible artisan for the job. Artifind is a solution that is aimed at making credible artisans more accessible to the public.

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

What if, all it took to find an artisan during emergencies (such as a car breaking down while traveling) was a single click away?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

In Nigeria, getting access to the best artisans around is not feasible. And half of the time, artisans that are immediately accessible are frauds who have little or no skill.

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

A mobile platform that provides access to the nearest and best artisans around a person. All artisans on this platform will be guaranteed to be qualified and safe to work with. This way the platform provides ease of finding artisans anywhere especially where you don't have a friend to provide recommendations and you still have the confidence of getting a credible recommendation from the application.

Awards

First Place Winner of the 2013 Code-Camp Bootcamp Product Competition organized by Co-Creation Hub, Nigeria.
Impact: How does it Work

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

An average of 600,000 Tourists visit Nigeria and about 2,500,000 Nigerians travel within the country yearly. With Artifind, they have access to artisans that can help them with their daily needs without exposing themselves to the risk/danger of looking for an artisan. All they need to do is download they android application, and on launching of the application, they select the relevant artisan that they needed. Or better still, they can easily send an SMS to a Short Code and we would send them a list of contact details of available artisans around.

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

Since launch in 2014, the platform: - has had 35 registered users. - has recorded about 108 active users (because users can search for artisans without signing up). - has had user sessions constituting of 75% returning users and 25% users overtime. -has partnered with 2 Local Artisan organizations in 2 states. And during this period, we have: - partnered with 2 local artisan organization in 2 states. - also gotten partnership requests from two incubation hubs.

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

We will be starting out in the Countries Economic Capital (Lagos State). Liasing with various local artisan organizations to get their certified artisans on the platform. And after building a customer base of 10,000 users with an average of 1,500 active users per week, we will expand to other states. The subsequent states will be selected based on their development Index in the Country. We will expand this way till we have coverage of all Nigerian States.
Sustainability

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

The platform will be charging its customers a token for the services rendered to them. And also we will be providing an Enterprise Package for big business where we manage and provide for all their artisan related needs for a fee.

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

1. VConnect (http://www.vconnect.com/) (recently switched product line) 2. SlotJobs(http://www.slotjobs.com) 3. Goly(http://www.goly.co/) We involve the two major stakeholders(Artisans,People) in the constant development and improvement of our platform as our vision is to make it seamless and secure in the best way possible. We are working hand-in-hand with the Artisans organisations and the importance of this cannot be overemphasised in what makes us stand out as a trusted platform.
Team

Founding Story

The founders met at a hackathon organised by Co-creation hub in Yaba , Lagos; And while discussing, the idea of using a mobile device to get tailors, barbers was strictly challenging, so we gave it a shot at building one.

Team

1) Oyewale Ademola S. Operations and Team Lead | Co-Founder B.Sc. Computer Engineering (2016) Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife Provide overall project oversight and measure the performance of the project. Knows how the project is performing against milestones, time frames, deliverables, budget and resources. 2) Makanju O. Perfect Technical Lead | Co-Founder B.Sc. Computer Engineering (2016) Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife Manages technical development efforts and provides the technical perspective in day-to-day project decisions. Worked with several startups with solid technical expertise. 3) Gbenga Sesan Team Adviser Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN). Responsible for advising the team on strategic issues.

Comments

Mentor Dida's picture

Hey friends,

I love the project and the work you guys been doing. The hardest part would be to reach out to people, so focus on guerrilla marketing and other ways to get more people to use/promote the app. Keep up the good work and remember that Changemaking is a journey that has many difficulties filled with lessons.

Here is my feedback:

Think of if you work on a 20 story building and you are with you an investor in that elevator, how would you pitch your idea? You talk about the problem but no statistics about how serious this problem is and what the solution is! Why is this important? And then in the end hint at the solution. Sell the problem then sell the solution.

What if:
I like it. I would suggest to say that what if finding an artisan could be a click away?

Problem:
How many people are having this problem? Why is this happening? Why is this not solved yet? What is the root cause of this problem? Much work needs to be done to understand the problem. Ask people. Talk to 30 people who are having this experience and see what theythink.
Solution:
I like it. Simple and short. However, you need to sell it better. Why would they choose to use the app rather than just go to the marketplace or ask a friend?
Example:
The example should include a story of how would one use the app to find the person, and how is his/her needs being met using the app? Think of you explaning someone how the experience using the app was.
Impact:
Great job. Think of also expanding with prediction and goals. For instance, if you plan next year to have 1000 people use the app.

Full Impact Potential:
Wonderful! Think of ways to incorporate this with schools, universities, and other places. Think of partners that you would want to be a part of this journey.

Sustainability:
Would it be interesting to have some artisans use this platform as a marketing place for their services? Just like google ads, people pay to be recommended first.
Marketplace:
Good. Think of what is your secret sauce and why are you better than your competition.
The founding Story:
This has to be inspiring. Why did you pick this project compared to others? When people hear your story they want to feel inspired and wanting to help you. People don’t by what you do but why you do it.

Team:
Team is very important. Think of creating a Advisory board, composed of people who are experienced and are willing to help you.

Hello Mentor Dida,

Thank you very much for your suggestions.
They were really helpful. I'll work on all you have said update my action plan accordingly.

Once again Thanks.

Perfect Makanju