Best Projects 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category click HERE
Explain your project in details:
Sayans covers the gap between learning sciences and its real world application. Sayans is an informal center where out of school youth 15-25 years get intense personal and professional growth and develop ideas into tech businesses. Each scholar chooses from our core track areas and gets access to tools that they use to make and develop their ideas through Project Based Learning and hands on experimentation. Our scholars through self-learning and research, with intense mentoring generate and keep testing ideas and making mistakes until they graduate as innovative problem-solvers and exceptional technology entrepreneurs with their own tech businesses solving problems in their communities. We take in our scholars irrespective of their academic backgrounds. Through our model, even a primary school dropout can attain high level of computer/tech proficiency with benefits both on himself and society. Each scholar chooses from our core track areas, generates ideas and accesses tools that they use to make and develop their ideas through Project Based Learning and hands on experimentation. Core Track Areas 1. Physical Sciences: Physical sciences are concerned with the study of non-living natural objects, including physics, chemistry, astronomy, and related subjects. 2. Life Sciences: Life sciences involves the scientific study of organisms – such as microorganisms, plants, and animals including human beings. 3. Information and Communication Technology (ICT): ICT refers to technologies that provide access to information through telecommunications and includes the Internet, wireless networks, phones, computers and other communication mediums.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Since our empowerment program is structured in stages, we shall be able to see the growth of individual scholars through the set stage indicators. A scholar progresses to the next stage after fulfilling indicators in a given stage and a scholar can move back and forth depending on the project or individual needs. This will ensure we graduate scholars who are grown both personally and professionally and can start and manage their own businesses. We shall measure this through the number of scholar projects that graduate each year and the impact that they also create in the communities they are in. Our focus is on technology for social good. Our scholars graduate with technologies to tackle problems in the communities.
Sustainability and future plans
The center will have two categories of scholars; the paying scholars and those under scholarship. The scholars under scholarship get the support to develop and work on their ideas until they graduate with their own tech businesses. Upon success of their own ventures, they pay back an agreed amount to the center based on their type of venture. The scholars who are able to pay $2000 annually to cover their training and upkeep costs giving a profit margin of $1000 per scholar. The center will also design and make tech products for individuals (eg. 3D print a limb for a lame person at a cheaper cost) and organizations. These products are designed and made by the scholars through challenges and competitions as a part of their learning process while generating income for the center.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
I was born in January 1986. I graduated in 2013 from Makerere University with BS. Physics and Mathematics but unfortunately, the learning was so theoretical that I was not able to build even a simple electronic circuit. I then got a scholarship for a hands on certificate in solar technology from Nsamizi Training Institute where I first experienced hands on and project based learning. In 2014, I got a fellowship from Social Innovation Academy (SINA) that empowers marginalized youth to turn their challenges into social businesses where I took on life coaching, social entrepreneurship, business startup and management and mentoring. As a mentor at SINA, I have helped over 10 projects win awards globally like the Queens young leaders award, the Ideas for Action, Echoing Green fellowship, The Tony Elumelu Program and others. With these skills, my passion in science and technology and the yearning to impact young people, I resolved to create a center for science and technology – where any young person can learn science and technology without a bias based on performance. After showing great leadership, commitment to the development of young people and social entrepreneurship, I selected to become the country coordinator for the Social Impact Award in 2018. The award is an international organization that provides youth seed funding and support to launch social businesses.