Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Golgi NeXT: Reimagining the future of work
Explain your idea in details:
Over 200 million young people are out of work globally, yet almost 40% of employers say they cannot find vacancies. The traditional way of looking for jobs after graduation is becoming unreliable. Qualified youths cannot easily find jobs in other countries when their own countries fail to employ them as a result of slow-growing economies. And, there is no infrastructure to accommodate the growing population. Young South Africans spend on average R938 (US$85) monthly looking for work. Costs include transport at R558 ($41) and a R380 ($28) for internet access, printing, application fees, agent's fees and even money for bribes. Over the last decade, unemployment has increased from 21.5% to 27.2%. It's especially high for South Africa's almost 10 million young people between the ages of 15 and 24. For this group, unemployment sits at 50%. Not only do young people struggle to find work but the process of getting a job is expensive and tedious. Golgi is technology pre-startup that specializes in super applications software products which include Fin-tech, Health-tech, Ed-tech, and E-commerce all rolled up in one application for synchronized symbiosis. https://www.uj.ac.za/newandevents/Pages/UJ-Accelerator-4-0-%E2%80%93-leading-the-pack-in-accelerating-student-entrepreneurs.aspx We want to add new capabilities on the Golgi Ed-Tech Platform to help students who are our primary market find work domestically, regionally and globally at a click of a button without spending money on it, paying bribes, be affected by nepotism or get scammed. GOLGI NeXT will allow job seekers looking for internships, zero hour contracts or full-time employment to post their qualifications & competencies, achievements on their online portfolio. Using Artificial Intelligence & Expert Systems the system sorts the people's information & link their profiles to different companies that have open vacancies. On the other end, recruiters only get prospects the system would have selected for them.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
1. The system gives all job seekers similar chances to be identified by employers or to be picked by companies they have selected as their preference workplace. This is 80% of users finding work(connections) in their first month of using our platform. 2. A process that was previously associated with unethical conduct were senior people in the workplace recommended people they know for these vacancies and/or receive bribes should be digitized reducing lead time and eliminating all waste( time and money) not only advantaging the applicants but boasting company productivity by 75% as resources are reallocated somewhere else. 3. Using technology, no biases or stereotyping people based on race/ethnicity or nationality. 4. Help to promote globalization and giving people access to countries with open vacancies when their country fails to employ them like we are seeing in South Africa and Zimbabwe today, only to mention a few. 5. Reducing the cost to finding a job by 90%, helping the marginalized get jobs easily, cutting down the waiting time for getting a job to 2-3 weeks and giving everyone the chance to be identified by every company of their choice who are registered on our platform. 6. Finally, we want to integrate Golgi NeXT into our Golgi Learn ecosystem creating a super application in the long term. 7. Target markets, ( tertiary education institutions i.e Universities, Colleges, Polytechnics, TVETs, Government Ministries of Education and companies.) An existing market of approximately 25 000 schools and close to 300 million students worldwide. 8. Depending with how colleges respond and how quick we join them to Golgi, we want to connect around ¾ of the college population in the next 2 years which increases user base and makes the Golgi experience more interactive.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
1. We demonstrated our beta version last year during our pre-launch at the University of Johannesburg and at Pearson Institute of Higher Education South Africa. 2. We have a ready prototype (Beta version) and now finalizing on the market version (Version 1.2) for Golgi Learn. 3. On Golgi Learn: Tutor companies/organizations, Academics and students are also our immediate customers when we officially go live with University of Johannesburg scholars and Pearson Institute as our immediate consumers. 4. We are also under the custody of the University of Johannesburg Center for Entrepreneurship. https://www.uj.ac.za/newandevents/Pages/UJ-Accelerator-4-0-%E2%80%93-leading-the-pack-in-accelerating-student-entrepreneurs.aspx 5. We traveled to Finland for the Annual Slush Conference to pitch to top tier investors and Venture Capital Firms last year and we were identified by Amazon Web Services (AWS) South Africa for hosting when we go live and Microsoft for Start-ups for potential incubation (further details to be disclosed in person). 6. Companies pay to access all students for recruitment, and they renew their contract yearly or monthly depending on their contract. 6.1. Students have a subscription-based model where each user pays R8.99 a month i.e $0.65USD. 7. Depending with how colleges respond and how quick we join them to Golgi, we want to connect around ¾ of the college population in the next 2 years which increases the user base. This is done by intense marketing campaigns and going to different universities to launch as we did at the University of Johannesburg, Sophiatown
Melbourne Nyamadzawo is 21-years-old; enrolled at the University of Johannesburg studying Entrepreneurship and Business Management, majoring in Technology and Artificial Intelligence. He is the founder of Golgi Group; a technology Startup where much of his curiosity lies in automation and industry 4.0. Melbourne is an intense and rushed individual. He is restless, rapidly changing and will display the need to become involved in a wide range of activities. He is very active and enjoys traveling and meeting people. Although he can handle detail, he might be easily bored if details become routine or repetitive. He is almost always seeking ways to change and improve methods, systems, processes, and results. Melbourne is a very wide read individual who is very interested in topics relating to religion, philosophy, biographies, politics, and science. He is also an author of two books[pending], The art of naming- we are all virgins and Skinning the Skunk, from a tyrant to tyranny. Melbourne believes the youth should be educated to be market leaders which would incorporate employability and entrepreneurship. This is ideal to foster innovation and vital for the future of work. He is strongly convinced it is his civic responsibility to care beyond the functional imperative and equip the youth not only academically but for the future of work, centered on creativity, cognitive and non-cognitive skills domain. Melbourne was the winner in 2nd position for the University of Johannesburg center of Entrepreneurship and FNB elevator pitch in 2018 and also traveled to the SLUSH Annual Conference in Helsinki, Finland to pitch to top tier investors.