The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an activity within the framework of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

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.

CARPET IN POTHOLES

Your title/position founder/CEO
Type of Enterprise non-profit organization
Year the ngo or company was founded OCTOBER 2018
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Explain your project in details:

The specific objectives of the project are, firstly the improvement of the maintenance of the road with or without pavement thanks to a mobilization and motivation of the civic and citizen participation of the populations and users of the road also thanks to the collection and the analysis of technical data related to the state of health of the road as well on its structure as on its operation. Secondly, to improve the smooth functioning of the road, the fluidity of traffic, the comfort of the traffic by intervening on the ground directly from teams of volunteers from the communities bordering roads in urban and rural areas, to provide answers. Fast, palliative or definitive, but especially effective to ensure the smooth running of road traffic, the limitation of damage caused by structural problems or road operation caused by multiple factors. Finally, facilitating the development of road infrastructures by providing accurate and accurate data (videos, images, cartographies, analyzes, surveys, etc.). These objectives will be achieved through tools to intervene. . Firstly, a mobile application, then a digital web platform with data base and analytics, then a database of high-resolution images and videos of the roadway, then techniques for quickly filling potholes by local means. Finally a group of community volunteers active in the field. This project is a major innovation in the management of data and inputs to improve the maintenance and growth of road infrastructure, it creates a new ecosystem, inclusive. Then, it allows for the consideration of digital to offer better results and boost growth in developing countries. Finally, it allows for the consideration of the views of road users in rural areas sometimes excluded from consultation frameworks or actions on the ground on public goods.

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Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development

We have hosted the initiation web platform on the social network Facebook at @tapisauniddepoule to popularize the platform which will soon be entirely housed on an independent site.We performed conclusive tests on pothole emergency filling techniques with local materials, also consisting of volunteer groups for field actions and start the roadway recordings. The economic impact can be summed up in terms of significant savings that our services will be able to achieve directly in the portfolios of users but also and especially in public and private authorities who spend huge sums for the maintenance of roads. The social impact can be summed up by improving the participation of civil society in the maintenance and development of road infrastructures. Enhanced dialogue and collaboration between civil society and public and private authorities. On the environmental front, the impact is a better use of environmental resources for road construction and maintenance. Based on reliable data, we will prevent nature and the environment from being irrationally exploited. Nature will be protected and maintained since it will provide the local means that will help overcome the structural problems of the road. These different positive impacts can be measured through the figures we will make public on the participation, the demand and the use of our developed tools. Measurements of results made visible on our web platform with figures, images and videos in support. Finally, an annual report will be produced and made available to our various technical and financial partners so that they have technical and up-to-date support to measure positive impacts on the ground.

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Sustainability and future plans

The business model of the startup is based on the collection of grants, the collection of donations, the collection of donations on the sale of utilitarian and advertising items from our partners, and the collection of subscription fees for total access. Our databases and personalized services for non-partner groups and institutions. We are financially and materially supported by the biotechnology and technical innovation group TheCellularBriks Biotechnology. The group also provides technical support as a technical partner in the development of our tools. The french Startup CARPET IN POTHOLES will evolve in the three years following the actual launch of its activities in a real axillary alongside the public services of the state and the private sector in the field of maintenance and development of road infrastructures in developing countries.

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Your profile as an entrepreneur

I am the founder and chairman of a named research and technical innovation and biotechnology group named Thecellularbricks biotechnology. We have developed several technical and biotechnical tools for economic projects and others for social projects with high social impact. this is the case of this project CARPET IN POTHOLES. I am a doctoral student in health sciences at the University of Ouagadougou. I was trained in entrepreneurship. I am a member of the board of a non-profit association working in the field of environment and sustainable development in Burkina Faso.Im 31 years old. I am the founder and president of the startup CARPET IN POTHOLES

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