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
Explain your idea in details:
Objectives - To provide an easily affordable and accessible counselling service - To expand the reach of our service to any person at any location - To provide a secure and trusted platform for customers to be free to openly talk about their problems -To positively impact different communities with professional counselling and advice. The business idea will be easily accessible on an application on different devices such as phones, laptops and tablets. Users will be able to download the application and log in anytime with option of an anonymous identity and select a subject relevant to their problem. They will be directed to an option of professional counselors available online who will be available to discuss their problems and give sound advice.Follow ups will be done at the request of the user and complete privacy will be adhered to. The users are able to use the service anytime and anywhere. The service has an advantage of personal privacy,no other person has to know about the counselling sessions unless at users' discretion hence it is an open platform for people to speak out.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The idea has potential to impact a wide range of people and to be worldwide. The higher ratio of users is expected to be the female community as demographically women easily open up to share their problems. However the service should be able to also reach out to the population that does not easily open up as well hence the main impact is to get people around the world to attain the full expression of themselves, minimize domestic,economical,social, and behavioral issues, enhance justice for people and ultimately release full potential of the people at large. This will positively impact the economic development all round and break non favored habits, cultures and norms to be adopted in the years to come. Success of this will be measured through integrating analytic tools and capture metrics to determine number of visitors,frequency online , demographic data capture and feedback platforms from users.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
To implement this idea the organization is open for sponsorship or investment and to sell equity.This will be beneficial to partner with more expertise to be able to well develop and market the application to ensure success of the idea. This is also a form of raising capital needed for implementation stages. The business model is for the application to have a blended function. The idea is for a service application, to gain multiple users and downloads it will be a free download app that operates on a subscription or paywall model, that is users will freely access the application but to access all the full features and service they will have to upgrade at a certain fee. The application will be open for transaction and reference commissions as an advertising and promotional forum for relevant organisations such as television shows, books and documentaries. These models will serve as a continuous financing source.
I am a female from Zimbabwe aged 27 years. I am a confident, innovative and versatile person. I did my Tertiary learning at a local University and studied Forest Resources and Wildlife Management. My working experience was at a mine located in the rural area of Matebeland South region. Living within this community I noticed how the people especially young women do not recognize their full potential faced with many life challenges. When I gave it a closer look I realized the situation was not very different even in urban areas. Every community has its challenges and almost every individual has a life problem they need a solution for including myself. The constant conversations I have with people they are sharing a problem but a few can afford to go see psychologists or have the confidence to there. My wish is to make a difference and to be able to give a platform for people to speak out their different life issues and get professional sound advice that will lead to solutions.