Best Ideas 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solution or proposition for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category, click HERE
Provision of online carrer counselling to junior and senior secondary school students
Explain your idea in details:
Main objectives are to equip students with entrepreneurship education that will enable them come up with good business ideas and well written business plans that are relevant in this era.I intend to help them come up with ideas that will have a great impact on sustainable development.The initiative intents to assist students improve their academic performance by providing them with relevant study skills for each subject they study.Another objective is to encourage parental involvement in their children's learning.I also intend at assisting students nurture their gifts and talents so that they make a living out of their talents and gifts in future.I will be offering the services through an online mobile application that I will design specifically for such services.This is a new initiative because this career counselling is only provided face to face.I will design an application that has 2 sections or pages.The first section or page is where students submit their subjects targets and monthly grades so that I offer study skills for subject where they failed to reach targets. The last page is where students will share their career and business aspirations so that I mentor them by providing entreprenuership education. The students will also share their talents and gifts here so that i mentor them The activities that I will conduct will be designing the mobile application, conducting thorough market research,introducing the application to students and parents and finally starting business operation. I will be providing feedback to students and parents concerning the student performances,suggestions on study skills and also feedback on students entrepreneurship interests.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The business initiative will contribute positively in assisting the government of Botswana groom children or a nation that is well equipped with entrepreneurship education so that they run businesses that contribute in economic growth and economic diversification. The initiative will groom individuals who are business minded and do not only rely on the government to create employment for them. This is a bankable business idea,its success will create employment for the youth who are hit hard buy a lack of employment in this country. In Botswana talents and gifts are wasted because people are not well mentored on how to use their talents and gifts to earn a living. This business initiative will grant children an opportunity to get mentorship at an early age so that they manage their businesses well in the future. My target is to reach out to at least a thousand students in the first twelve months of operation. I will increase the target after a thorough assessment of business progress. My target group is students aged twelve to nineteen both males and females. Since they are students and do not have any income,their parents will be responsible for paying for their children for them to access the service. The progress and success of this business initiative will be measured in different ways. I will give parents and students an opportunity to provide feedback on the service. A positive feedback will show success. I will also measure success by a number of students who subscribe for the application. If its an increasing number then that will be a sign of success.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
I plan to conduct a thorough market research because this is a very new initiative that students and parents are not aware of. I plan on conducting the research in both rural and urban areas so as to cover a greater geographical area. After this research I will conduct workshops in both rural and urban areas to teach my clients about the new service and how the new mobile application is used. After all these workshops,I am planning on launching the application. To sustain my business I am planning to use good marketing tools. I have created a page on Facebook(inspired intellects OC) as a way of passing the message about the new service. I will also create a website that I will regularly update to keep my clients aware of any new information. I will also create a blog to keep my clients informed about this service. I have applied for funding at Mascom Botswana and I hopefully they will respond positively and finance my business. As for the business model I have decided to use an easily accessible online mobile application that is interesting to teenagers. Teenagers will use the application after school hours when they are free. They will pay a subscription fee of as little as P200 monthly. The mobile application will be upgraded yearly to make it more interesting. I am planning collaborate with Mascom Botswana, since it is a telecommunications company they can help me make the application easily available to the interested clients. I have already requested this collaboration and awaiting their response. I will also collaborate with vocational centres because the also offer entrepreneurship education.
I am a 25 year old lady from Botswana. A hardworking lady who has completed her Degree in Counselling at the University of Botswana. I have also,though a student exchange program,has studied for 6 months at Agnes Scott college in,Atlanta USA.I am currently on internship in Lifeline Botswana, an NGO that offers counseling. I am highly motivated by challenges I face,or faced by people around me. For me to come up with this idea I was motivated by poor academic results,as well as poor business management faced by the youth who are trying to manage businesses. I never give up on my goals. I am ambitious