Best Projects 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.
Explain your project in details:
Insightful Edutech (IED) is an innovative social enterprise that uses technology to help young people to identify and fulfill their career goals. One of the aims of this initiative is to help the high number of high school students in Nigeria who have completed their studies but still have no idea what they want to do with their lives. IED has taken a proactive approach to resolve this problem by creating an online platform including an internet website and a mobile application where young people can take fun and interactive psychometric tests that will match their skills, interests, strengths, passions, and expertise to the most suitable career options. The platform will recommend the OLevel subjects they should take to achieve their personal career goals and then direct them to Universities, Polytechnics, College of Education or Vocational Institutions that offer courses in their selected fields. It will also direct them to youth opportunities such as scholarships, fellowships, conferences, workshops, internships and other opportunities that are relevant to their career choice to help them to better achieve their career goals. The initiative is positioned to improve the way career services is delivered in schools, by using tools such as a Career Development Software (CDS), ongoing career development workshops, annual youth summit and access to career mentors.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
As a social enterprise which focused on helping youths identify and achieve their career goals, our sustainable development plans are being categorize into the following:1. Career-development: this is in a way of assisting youths to identify and fulfill their career goals using interactive technology and gaining access to online career mentors and academic opportunities2. Youth Opportunities: Also, to ensure that youth have access to the numerous opportunities for both locally and internationally ranging from development workshops to educational scholarships.3. Professional Development: And finally, to assist youth with gaining meaningful professional experience through internships and gaining access to employers and available jobs within their respective career fields.So far, we have recorded some achievements where we trained and impacted about 1000+ high school students and gave a scholarship to a number of students to learn ICT Entrepreneurial skills.In order to evaluate our success1. We shall establish a strong network of support with the main stakeholders within the education and telecommunications sectors in Nigeria.2. We shall establish a highly effective and competent team who will work on the research, development and launch of the online platform and Mobile Application.3. We shall create a network of successful individuals in various career fields who will act as career mentors to beneficiaries and users of the online platform and Mobile Application.4. Finally, we shall Identify potential social investors and partners that are able to contribute to the development and scalability of the initiative through financing
Sustainability and future plans
To finance and sustain this initiative, we will apply for funding/grants from local and international agencies which provide seed capital for social enterprises. We will also seek investment from potential social investors and consider loans/equity investments where possible. Due to the social enterprise nature of the initiative, it should start generating revenues once the platform has been built and has been launched to our target market. This revenue will be used to finance the running cost of the business. However, Insightful Edutech is a fun and interactive career services online platform and mobile application that is very affordable, easily accessible and available to students at their fingertips. IED will generate revenue from Basic and Premium App subscriptions, Google Add-ons and In-App purchases, Software Licensing, and Advertisements.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Ephraim is a social entrepreneur; I was born in October 1990. I studied Communication and Language Arts from the prestigious University of Ibadan, Ibadan. I am passionate about youth and community development. My career was redirected when I was given the opportunity to work as an intern with one of the world largest Non-Governmental Organizations Junior Achievement Nigeria. As a young high school student, my aim then was to gain admission into the university to study International Relations. But as I started working with Junior Achievement Nigeria, I was made to understand that, there are different career paths. I joined the Program team who visited both private and public schools to teach extra-curricular activities, career decision making, and entrepreneurial skills. During that period, I had the opportunity to interact with some of the students most especially the SS3 students and they share with me their beautiful dreams but some were lost in our discussion and I was touched to impact them. As a young person who wants to make a different in his life, I am motivated to help young people in Nigeria who do not know what they want to do with their lives after leaving school to identify and pursue their career path, through the interactive online platform Insightful Edutech that provides career services and guidance by infusing technology to make a greater impact and help youth with their career choices on a global scale. I am very passionate about social entrepreneurship, quality education, peace, youth, and community development. I possess strong leadership, business, and people management skills resulting from both academic (recently I have completed an online course on Career Management, also had a certificate on Entrepreneurship and Innovative Management, Enterprise Development, and Goal Setting and Mind Reading) and professional experiences.