Ekpapalek: Empowering latin students through professional development
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
- Our project aligns to the UN's objectives for sustainable development #4 (Education) and #5 (gender equality). - Achievements: 1. We have created an enterprise that is starting to have world wide recognition: Ekpapalek has been featured in the news, organizations such as UN's Empower Women in Peru, Spain, USA, Australia, United Arab Emirates and UK. 2. We have built a network of support with professionals from all over the world, with them I created the mentoring Program of Ekpapalek. Currently, we have 34 mentors who are committed to empower latin students. To date, we have had more than 60 mentoring sessions. 3. With the team of Ekpapalek Women (our program for women empowerment) we have brought two events of women's economic empowerment and we are booked for two more on the month of August. 4. We have managed to gather the attention of private sponsors that have helped us to finance some of our online initiatives of women economic empowerment (for example: scholarships for women in law to attend a conference in Peru). - How we evaluate success: Through surveys prior and after our mentoring sessions. We analyze how many of our students got inspired to apply for internships abroad, or got the courage to contact someone from their field , or signed up to do MOOCS and if their selfsteem is increased. For our women empowerment evaluations we asked our students prior and after our talks and workshops which dreams they have for their future. We also asked them about their knowledge on gender violence and what are their goals as women and changemakers.
Sustainability and future plans
1. Our main goal is to partner with World Bank, IDB, UNICEF. In that way we can also enhance other of our programs such as the internships program, "Open to access to knowledge platform", Fireside chats with Ekpapalek and our Blog. 2. We have partnered with latinamerican artists so they can sell their pieces of art through our website and donate a percentage from it to improving our programs. 3. We plan to offer a Volunteer experience for women empowerment for tourists. We will give them training and teach them how to deliver women empowerment talks with our team at Ekpapalek Women. 4. We have a blog that has many tips and recomendations, interviews and stories of professional development. We are planning to turn it into a book and sell it to schools where internet does not reach. 5. We want to become the most innovative social enterprise in Latin-America. After we have conquered it, we plan to extend our scope of action to other developing countries in Africa and South East Asia.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
- PhD in Molecular Biology in Australia, master in Biomedicine in Sweden and bachelor in Genetics and Biotechnology in Peru. - I have become an international scientist with more than 12 years of experience developing multilateral projects and publishing scientific papers. - I have founded an organization that works for the promotion of professional development in Latinamerica, where I managed a group of more than 50 volunteers worldwide. - I also work on different programs and international organizations that work for women empowerment (UN Women Empower Women, Women in Technology, Women International League for Peace and Freedom, among others). I am one of the current UN Women Global champion for Women's Economic Empowerment. - My project (Ekpapalek) has been featured in more than 21 countries (such as USA, Spain, Emirates, Australia, Peru, etc) through Tv interviews, radio, podcasts, written interviews, articles, etc. - I have been selected with Ekpapalek for the University of Queensland Idea Hub and by the accelerator program at ilab: grow your idea. - Semifinalist for the competition of Ashoka changemakers and for the Program Young leaders for the America Initiative (I will know if i am a finalist in August 2016)