• Education & Opportunity

    How can we create communities in which opportunities are available to everyone equally?

    Maestros Leadership Team

    MALAWI - Inspires young people to take up the challenge of Leadership by creating refined education opportunities for excellent leadership, developing them with adequate information and equipping them with the necessary tools so that they become highly effective Visionary Leaders.

    Business Model: Cross-Compensation business model; where one group of our customers pays for the service. Profits from this group are used to subsidize the service for the youth in 18 countries within Africa.

     

    Solution: The organization has so far provided for 1000 needy students with scholarship grants, 3000 sanitary pad packages for young girls, 1000 uniforms for primary students and school materials for 41,000 needy students.

    We develop marketing campaigns and projects in 23 countries to have young people understand & engaged in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the United Nations.

    Here is the result; [SDG #4] So far the company has provided 1000+ scholarships, free sports equipment for girls in promoting equal participation in sports. In Primary schools, distributing 1,000+ free school uniforms to reduce school dropouts. Annually training 200+ teachers and parents, Leadership and Entrepreneurship programs rendered to 11,000 people and giving career guidance and academic excellence courses to 41,000 students and equipping them with free education materials. In 3 years, the company has reached out to 51,000+ people in 23 countries.

    [SDG #3,4&5] Due to the rising rate of young girls missing classes and dropping out of school; our company campaigns for equal education opportunities, with objective of empowering girls. The campaign mentors and supports young girls to keep them in school through empowerment programs, free sports equipment and free distribution of 3,000+ re-usable sanitary pads in 30 schools annually, targeting the most vulnerable girls across the nation.

     

    Impact: So far our hubs have been recognized by the United Nations and the Commonwealth for excellence in development work through the engagement of the youth in working towards achieving the Sustainable development goals [SDG] set by The UN.


    [SDG #4] So far the hubs have provided 1000 scholarship grants in high schools while distributed 1,000+ free school uniforms to reduce school dropouts Primary schools, and trained 256 teachers. Leadership and Entrepreneurship programs rendered to 11,000 people and giving career guidance and academic excellence courses to 40,000 students. In 3 years, the company has reached out to 51,000+ people in 4 countries. http://maestrosleaders.org/projects/

     

    [SDG #3,4&5] Due to the rising rate of young girls missing classes and dropping out of school; our hubs campaign for equal education opportunities, with objective of empowering girls. The campaign mentors and supports 3000+ young girls to stay in school.

     

    Revenue: $45,000

     

    2018 Goals: Establishing 2 more hubs in Botswana & Kenya. Replicate the same model in Malawi and change where needed to suit the context. We will use Cause marketing strategy as a cooperative effort between our for-profit business and a non-profit organization to mutually promote and benefit from social and other charitable causes to raise the awareness. We plan to Establish Close Relationships with Local Businesses and government institutions. We will gain a strong competitive advantage by creating a supporting ecosystem of complimentary services, which will come via 3rd-party relationships. These relationships will support the scaling of the organization while minimizing the financial risk. We regularly negotiate partner/ distributorship programs with education institutions. We will keep working on building an internal alliance team to manage and foster relationships on behalf of Maestros Leadership Teams. As of now we have 48 part time employees and 1027 volunteers in 4 countries

     

    Featured on:

    - The Commonwealth Young Person of the Year for Africa & Europe (2017)

    - Environmental and Humanitarian Heroes Award by The United Nations (2017)

    - Named among Top 100 Most Positively Inspiring African Youths

    - National Youth Ambassadorship for promoting Youth Entrepreneurship in 8 countries by Building Bridges Foundation | Netherlands (2016)

    - Future Africa Leaders Award by Future Africa Leaders Academy | Nigeria (2014)

    - IREX

    - Young Person of the Month of May 2016 by Opportunity Desk | Nigeria (2016)

    - Top CEO under 35 years of age running an international company by Under35CEO Foundation. | Nigeria. (2016)

    Founder’s profile: Charles is a Future Forward ASHOKA Change-maker and was awarded as one the best Young African Leaders in The Future of Work in Africa he was sponsored by the
    MasterCard Foundation to be trained under the Innovations in Youth Employment Category (2015-2016). His team are all purposeful young leaders from social, technical and commercial backgrounds that bring a great blend from the diversity, all highly motivated by service to humanity and driven by sustainable results.

     

    Awards:

    - Environmental and Humanitarian Heroes Award by The United Nations (2017) was a ground breaking moment, Maestros Leadership Team became the first youth-led organization to have developed a global social enterprise that was awarded by the United Nations named as the Environmental and Humanitarian Heroes under the Green Star Award (GSA) for developing and rendering both humanitarian and environmental solutions that was adopted to serve more than 250,000 people affected by floods.

    - The Commonwealth Youth Award; with 2.5 billion populations awarded the team as the Youth Champions for Africa & Europe for ourexcellence in development work towards achieving the United Nations’ global goals by developing social campaigns and community development projects reaching out to 51, 000 people in 23 Countries. Our work requires both administrative and content creation, the ability to clearly and artistically convey the complex targets of the United Nations Global goals especially through the promotion of access to equal and quality education opportunities in 11 out of 16 republics and two monarchies of Commonwealth member states in Africa.

     

    Reinvestment to social business: 60%

    Doing randomised control trials to assess success: Yes

    Alpha Gamma

    LATVIA - Helps young professionals discover and take advantage of life-changing career opportunities.

    Business Model: Content marketing / SaaS

     

    Solution: We help founders, professionals, and students from all over the world discover career and networking opportunities that match their interests.


    We designed a mobile app called “Opportunity Feed” to help our users discover such opportunities as internships, graduate programs, conferences, competitions, grants, startup programs, scholarships, fellowships and more with their mobile devices.


    We believe that by providing access to such information, we can help more people travel, get education, and start or accelerate their careers in any city they are based on.


    On the other hand, we can help organizations that want to strengthen their communities. As we keep improving our algorithm in our app, we will be able to help hundreds of millions of people find their life-changing opportunities.

     

    Impact: We helped hundreds of people from Europe and around the globe find jobs, discover their dream careers, find their clients, join startup accelerator programs, and win competitions that helped them get funding.

     

    Revenue: We have made EUR 30,000 in sales, which have been reinvested into the business.

     

    2018 Goals: Make EUR 500,000 in sales for AlphaGamma; reach 300,000 unique visitors per month, 30,000 email subscribers, and 50,000 users of Opportunity Feed (our own mobile app).

     

    Featured on:

    - The Acceleration Event that was conducted by Capgemini

    - Opportunity Feed on Product Hunt

    - University of Delaware

    Founder’s profile: Arthur together with his Brother, Eric, are the developers of Opportunity Feed. They both won scholarships to earn their graduate and post-graduate degrees. As pupils, they discovered conferences and won international competitions in business and finance as well as Olympiads in IT and math. They got offered jobs by attending networking events instead of applying through online applications. They realized how such opportunities change anyone’s life, and we decided to help more people discover them, too.

     

    Arthur had been working for over 5 years as a journalist from the age of 15 and made the first family newspaper when he was 5. Arthur also won several national and international writing and essay competitions.

     

    Awards:

    -Top 20 most promising Dutch startup (Capgemini Nederland)
    - Opportunity Feed (product), got selected into the Top 10 product in the Forbes Startup Competition in Boston and got featured on Product Hunt

     

    Reinvestment to social business: 100%

    Doing randomised control trials to assess success: No

    Eneza Education

    KENYA - Aims to make 50 million learners in Africa smarter.

    Business Model: Free content offering quality education for learners with low-tech phones

     

    Solution: ​There are high barriers to quality education in low & middle income markets: textbooks are scarce and individual feedback from teachers is non-existent. At the same time, physical school infrastructure will not be able to support the population boom which will see young people double by 2050.

     

    Eneza has created an interactive virtual tutor that works on any mobile device, including basic voice/text phones. Through an affordable mobile subscription, students can access unlimited lessons & assessments, chat with live teachers, gamification and access to other third party information services such as Wikipedia, a dictionary, and a library of African literature. This allows self-directed learning where students receive relevant feedback for wrong or correct answers aligned and organized according to their local curriculum.

     

    Impact: Eneza has served over 3,800,000 students with an active monthly user base of ~500,000. Students who study for 2 hours per week on Eneza see an average performance improvement of 22.7% in their academic performance. With our partner, Omidyar, we’ve also calculated our Net Promoter Customer Study (more details on impact and what our users are saying about us)

     

    Revenue: USD 216,000 ($338,000 gross revenue from $0.0143 B2C transactions)

     

    2018 Goals:

    Product Development:

    -Launch into mobile (web) to offer more interactive content and reach more students in other markets with a simple, high-efficiency product.

    -Open up our content creation to selected partners and experts who can offer amazing content and/or certification to our users

     

    Sales & Revenue:

    -B2C: Adopt better ways than our powerful radio marketing to spread the product through our learner’s social connections while reducing our cost of acquisition

    -B2B: Recruit sponsorship deals from the corporate and non-profit space to reach their learner beneficiaries, either using our content or their own content (financial literacy, health and wellness, agricultural etc)

     

    Operations & Expansion:

    -Break even in our current 3 markets: Kenya, Ghana and Ivory Coast

    -Building a robust HQ team

     

    Featured on:

    - GSMA

    - GSMA

    - Parthenon

    - Education Investor

    -Devex

    - GSMA

    - Next Billion

    - Le Monde

    - GSMA

    Founder’s profile: Kago Kagichiri is a 2x entrepreneur and has built platforms for last-mile devices for the last 16 years.

     

    Toni Maraviglia is a Teach For America fellow who has taught in dire spaces, from inner-city New York to rural Homa Bay in Kenya. Both our co-founders left school at one point (undergraduate and MBA respectively) from a conviction to create more value to society, ironically culminating in an ed-tech startup. This happened even though Kago was a technologist who didn’t like teachers and Toni was a teacher who didn’t like technology in her classroom. These unique perspectives and backgrounds molded a different kind of ed-tech startup not driven by meritocracy but inclusivity.

     

    Awards:

    -Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship (ALN) - Social Enterprise of the Year 2017

    -Forbes - 30 under 30 - Kago Kagichiri 2015

    -Fast Company - Most Innovative Company in Africa 2015

    -Echoing Green - Echoing Green Fellowship 2014

    -Kenya ICT Innovation Award - Mobile Services & Overall National Winner 2014

    -Desire2Learn Education Edge Challenge - Winner 2012

    -Pivot East - Mobile Society Category, Winner 2012

     

    Reinvestment to social business: 100%

    Doing randomised control trials to assess success: Yes

    FirstJob.me

    MEXICO - Connects students and recent graduates with the best companies to work for.

    Business Model: B2B, annual subscriptions

     

    Solution: In FirstJob.me we help students and recent graduates to find internship and entry-level positions in the best companies to work for. Our platform had an ultra easy, 1 minute, sign up, that allow our users to apply in companies like P&G, Santander, Unilever, PepsiCo, Coke, Metlife and others 100 companies. Also, they can follow job opportunities in our social network, when we have more than 150,000 followers. Actually, we are working to integrate a system that allow apply to disable people. We have more than 250,000 users in Chile and other countries in Latinamerica.

     

    Impact: Usually, students and recent graduates don't have a good way to connect with the best companies to work for. Many job posting websites aren't focus on people that don't have experience. This don't help to reduce the young unemployment rate, that is double or three time that total unemployment rate. This is unfair to young people, in Latinamerica, in Europe and differentes countries.

     

    In FirstJob.me we help students and recent graduates to find internship and entry-level positions in the best companies to work for. Our platform had an ultra easy, 1 minute, sign up, that allow our users to apply in companies like P&G, Santander, Unilever, PepsiCo, Coke, Metlife and others 100 companies. Also, they can follow job opportunities in our social network, when we have more than 150,000 followers. Actually, we are working to integrate a system that allow apply to disable people. We have more than 250,000 users in Chile and other countries in Latinamerica.

     

    Revenue: USD 276,207

     

    2018 Goals: Sale over USD 500,000, start operations in other 4 countries and receive founding.

     

    Featured on: Numerous times, we are refferent about young employment in Latin America.

    - Medium

     

    Founder’s profile: Mario is a Global Shapers who wants to contribute to create a better world. Together with his co-founder Sofia, they have been working for more than 4 years. Together, they want to reduce the youth unemployment rate. They started with only 200 dollars in investment and now they impact a lot of young people in differents countries.

     

    Awards:

    -8th Most Innovative Company in LatinAmerica, by Fast Company (2016)

    - Startup that changes lifes in cities by IADB (2015)

    - 100 Young Chilean Leader

     

    Reinvestment to social business: 100%

    Doing randomised control trials to assess success: Yes

    Youth Opportunities

    BANGLADESH - Empowering youth through connecting with the opportunities.

    Business Model: Premium service for organizations/institutions etc.

     

    Solution: Despite unprecedented development of modern information technology, a significant population of the world do have necessary access to information. Youth from the developing countries are particularly vulnerable to such challenges. Access to information, primarily through the blessings of internet, has often been seen as a privilege of the wealthy population and mostly urban population whereas the rural and often, impoverished people are largely unattended of the same need. As a result there is asymmetric distribution and dissemination or even access to important information.

    The problem is even more severe when it comes to access to opportunities and educational materials which would facilitate youth development. Young people are often unaware of the unlimited opportunities that awaits to be pursued and turned into successes. They often are not well-informed and education of the process and means to reap the benefit of those opportunities. So there are severe deficiency of knowledge and awareness level among youth as well as capacity to pursue them. Needless to say, there exists severe and high disparity between the urban youth and rural youth when it comes to access to opportunities. These are one of the main impediments for sustainable, equitable and inclusive development of the world.

     

    Impact: Access leads to success. Our beneficiaries are getting educational content for free, every day in a very accessible way. Especially through a mobile application, website, and different mediums. Our beneficiaries are increasing day by day and profit increase more than double than the last year.

     

    Revenue: $20261

     

    2018 Goals: Launching iOS and ChatBot service. Personalised career support. Introducing log in system and application portal service. Launching Youth Opportunities in Indonesia (in local language).

     

    Featured on: Numerous publications.

    - Forbes

    - UK Government website

    Founder’s profile: Osama Bin Noor is one of the Queen’s Young Leaders Award winners of 2016. Osama is the co-founder of Youth Opportunities, an online platform which advertises scholarships, internships and conferences. Osama is also the resource co-ordinator of Volunteer for Bangladesh Dhaka District, which offers young people the chance to take part in community service programmes. He hosts Teen Tekka, a popular radio show dedicated to teenagers in Bangladesh. Here Osama speaks about the impact of the radio show he hosts for teenagers in Bangladesh called Teen Tekka.

     

    Awards:

    - National Mobile Application Award, Government of Bangladesh

    - Queen's Young Leaders Award from Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II

    - Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs

    - BRAC Manthan Award.

     

    Reinvestment to social business: n/a

    Doing randomised control trials to assess success: n/a

    Thank you for completing the assessment for the Education & Opportunity category!

    It is a pleasure to welcome you as one of the judges to The Collective Global Accelerator 2018! CGA is a global programme that recognises outstanding social entrepreneurs and startup businesses which are tackling urban challenges in the fields of human connection, health & well-being, education & opportunity, and circular economy.

     

    The announcement of the results will be made on the 7th of March 2018. All 11 invited participants will experience a life-changing and fully-funded 4-week residential accelerator from the 4th of June until the 1st of July 2018. The Collective Foundation reserves the right to admit a participant to the programme who is not included in the shortlist.

     

    The Demo Day will be held on the 29th of June 2018 and invitations will be sent out to you in due course, we hope to welcome you there!