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:
Its estimated that Africa uses only about 55% of its human capital and experts say this failure to fully utilize the talents of its young people is costing the continent dearly. According to estimates from the World Economic Forum, optimizing human capital investment could increase annual average African gross domestic product by $95 billion. The vision of H-TAG is a future where Africa's human capital is well utilized and equipped to run successful enterprises that provide African solutions to African problems. The objectives are >to provide a convenient and easily accessible platform for mentorship, networking and collaboration across Africa >To have 4300 entrepreneurs complete the experiencial training bootcamps by 2063 >To grow the online platform by 1000 members every year and provide mentorship to 4300 mentees by 2063 >To facilitate mutually beneficial activities between our program participants and communities in Africa through social impact bootcamp activities. The online program would be available and accessible 24/7 allowing members to network at any time. Collaboration would be fostered by encouraging members to post any notices of areas that they seek to get assistance from others on the platform with more knowledge and expertise. Mentorship would take place in cohorts through a virtual mentorship program that allows more participants across the whole continent. To foster good relationships between mentors and the mentees, face to face meetings would be incorporated in the experiential training bootcamps. H-TAG will have carefully curated Social impact bootcamp experiences at chosen locations around Africa and pair them with team building experiences needed for human capital development that aims to instill leadership and entrepreneurial skills with pan-African focus. Design thinking activities, personal development and team building activities will be at the core of the bootcamps as part of the social entrepreneurship and innovation training.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
OUTCOMES >Boosted levels of creativity and collaboration >Increased exposure to different economies and communities in Africa >Mentees will have easy and convinient access to mentorship wherever they are. Virtual mentorship also means that mentorship trainings in video format can be stored and made accessible anytime. >Entrepreneurs will be more confident of their ideas >Cohort participants are able to design practical solutions to problems through working in teams to conduct human centred design approaches to their start-up ideas. OUTPUTS >Cohort participants have practical skills and knowledge of how to run a startup and become aware of the different factors that affect diffent markets across African markets as this is the greatest challenge to scaling African start-ups. IMPACT GOALS >Better synergy among social entrepreneurs and organizations through networking, collaboration and teambuilding activities >Increased innovative solutions to challenges in African communities >Skilled African human capital that can be readily deployed as job creators Reduced number of redundant youth population KPIs >Number of different locations from which the online platform can be accessed. >Number of people experiencing exposure to a different location other than their place of residence >Number of mentees able to complete mentorship activities for the duration of the mentorship program >Amount of new skills picked up by cohort participants >Ability to describe the difference between the economic market in their home country and the economy of their experiencial training country >Cohort participants should be able to clearly articulate problems that they want to solve and how their start-up will be rolled out to tackle the problem >Number of collaboration partnerships that will be formed >Torrance Test of Creative thinking can be applied before and after the training bootcamps >Number of start-ups that will be created later by alumni with the ability to scale up and sustain exponential number of employees
Plans for implementation and sustainability
H-TAG is focused in delivering change and maximizing impact returns for human capital development without neglecting it's economic viability. For this reason, it would take on the form of earned income non-profit organization. The income will be earned through monthly subscription fees to the mentorship platform that will be small enough to ensure that mentees from low income communities can still access the platform and be able to commit to their activities on the platform. Bootcamps will also be a part of the services that will bring in an income to cover costs related to the training. Beyond this H-TAG will also look to benefit from grants, fundraising and impact investors. To reach it's goals in this task for effective human capital training and development, H-TAG will collaborate with professionals and organizations that specialize in human centred design, business strategy, social impact measurement, team building, personal development and human resources development.
My journey in social entrepreneurship started when I saw the need to tackle a problem prevalent in my country Zimbabwe, time and opportunity poverty in relation to gender parity. I noticed that women in Zimbabwe, as in most developing nations, carry the burden of most unpaid work. This is worse in times when convenient energy and water sources are unavailable. Women and young girls face more poverty and even physical danger as they spend time looking for alternative sources of these utilities. I wanted to create a solution to this pressing problem but found myself with no single clue of where I would start. I started to apply for prestigious incubators, accelerators and other fellowship programs in Africa that I believed would give me the skills. Unfortunately it was not easy to get onto such programs. Competition was stiff. So I turned to google to find out how I could become a Social Entrepreneur. I came accross many free courses and opted for Philanthropy University. The process to get onto the program was as easy as signing up with my e-mail adress and that is how I completed a course in Global Social Enterprise. I realised that there are many youths in Africa that have a burning desire to solve problems in their communities but do not know how. H-TAG became the solution that can be easily accessible to provide an African context of how to become an effective social entrepreneur. I hold a Bachelor of Social Sciences Honours Degree and a certificate in Global Social Enterprise. I am currently a ChangeMaker at the African Leadership Institute working towards youth inclusive governance in Africa. My passion for social impact birthed ShineAfrican.com where I blog about people, places and projects driving impact in Africa. Connect with me at my blog.