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.
Explain your idea in details:
The main objective is to help children understand and decide who they want to become in the future and we help them grow into that direction. This will help the kids develop skills from when they are at a young age, rather than waiting to decide who they want to become while in university and hence be forced to master everything in the span of 3 to 5 years. We will impart both soft skills and technical skills to kids. This means they will begin with basic computer knowledge together with personal development skills training. Afterwards, they will pick a career and stick to it, and we will help them grow. Also, after the kids have finished primary school education, they will be offered lifetime mentorship as an incentive. This will help both kids, together with the unemployed since the tech graduates who will be unemployed at that time will be recruited as mentors and the rest of the unemployed group who want to get into entrepreneurship, specifically, based food and refreshments will be recruited to work for the space snack bar or cater for events that will be held at the events when classes are not in session.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
This idea will impact the lives of kids, who will grow up to be the workforce in the future. This means when kids pass through our trainings, they will be good at personal development skills; that is confidence, problem solving skills, creative thinking and critical thinking skills, to name a few. This will help build great future leaders, leaders with integrity, who will be confident and well groomed. Also the other measure of success is that, there will no longer be a mismatch in skills when they apply for jobs as they will have a long time to decide who they want to decide, and practice it and perfect their dream careers. Through this, kids will not be forced to change their dreams/careers due to external forces, like how it is now. Lastly, there will be a drop in unemployment rate since the people going into the job market will be skilled enough to land the jobs, or skilled enough to employ themselves. Also the unemployed will be offered job positions as we will open multiple centers as we intend to expand in the future.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The business model is subscription, that is, we will be collecting fees from the kids per programs. That is they will be required to pay a little amount per program to receive the service. Also as the kids will not be at the space 24/7, the place can be used as a co working space during the time classes are not in session. Lastly, we will be hosting different tech related events, and hence they will be required to pay a little compensation fee.
My name is Joan Mwanri and I am 22 years old. I am a final year student at the University of Dar es Salaam, pursuing Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Degree. I have been motivated to join entrepreneurship, specifically tech related entrepreneurship (techpreneurship) since my first year of university, where I had the privilege of joining an internship program at Buni Innovation Hub and worked on a business development project. Since then, I have been interested in starting my own businesses and prospering in them. I have attended multiple entrepreneurship events in Dar es Salaam and I had the privilege to help mentor school girls at the Girls Entrepreneurship Summit hosted by Apps and Girls in 2018. Also I have participated in a couple of entrepreneurial competitions and I'm still pushing to succeed. Some of my qualities that I am proud of are; problem solving skills, critical thinking and creative thinking skills, team work, attentiveness, empathy, communication skills and resilience. I take challenges head on and I don't go pointing fingers when anything goes wrong.