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Youth Empowerment Challenge: Winning Ideas Announced!

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The Amplify Team is excited to announce six Top Ideas from the Youth Empowerment Challenge focused on East Africa. Over 550 ideas were submitted on the platform, engaging the community in a critical conversation. We are deeply inspired by the enthusiastic response from individuals, communities, and organizations around the world.

We’ve seen many great ideas though this Challenge – novel ways to build critical vocational and soft skills based on market demand, link youth to apprenticeship and employment opportunities, and enable young entrepreneurs to thrive – and selecting our winners was difficult. Please join us in congratulating the Top Ideas!

Top Ideas

Access to Government Procurement Opportunities

Socialight Media aims to empower youth, women & persons with disabilities in Kenya by building their capacity to access government procurement opportunities specifically set aside for them.

“Our excitement to join the global Amplify community will only be surpassed by our joint efforts to transcend the goals we have set forth for our idea.” — Marvin Tumbo, CEO

Bringing a Proven Solution for Youth Livelihoods to Kenya

Educate! is transforming education by providing youth with skills training in leadership, entrepreneurship, and workforce readiness, with a plan to expand to Kenya. 

"Educate! is honored to join the Amplify portfolio. It's a prime opportunity to affect how we think about our innovation and program design. We are eager to see how this partnership will impact economic opportunities for youth in East Africa!" — Boris Bulayev, Executive Director

Building the Small to Medium Enterprises of Tomorrow

Balloon Ventures aims to address the gap in resources for a large informal sector by supporting and investing in passionate, young microentrepreneurs to grow the small to medium enterprises of tomorrow.

“We are hugely excited to join the Amplify community to unlock the massive potential of entrepreneurs in the informal sector." — Joshua Bicknell, CEO

Connecting Youth to Living Wage Jobs

Samasource Digital Basics equips Kenyan youth with market-aligned skills and linkages to formal employment in the technology industry.

"Human centered design has always been a part of Samasource's DNA -- every decision we make is shaped by the people we train and employ. We're honored to be a finalist for Amplify and look forward to bringing digital work to even more young people in East Africa!" — Leila Janah, Founder & CEO

Leadership and Workforce Development for East African Women

The Akilah Institute for Women in Rwanda offers a unique model of market-relevant education that enables young East African women to achieve economic independence.

"We're thrilled to join the Amplify community and look forward to utilizing their expertise to strengthen and grow our education-workforce model. Together, we are supporting the next generation of female leaders in East Africa." — Karen Sherman, Executive Director

Musana Carts

Musana Carts provides Ugandan entrepreneurs with the opportunity to start their own business affordably with solar-powered street vending carts.

“Through design-thinking we have learnt from ourselves and from our customers like we could never have expected. It teaches us to listen carefully instead of interpreting; to open our eyes when our bias tries to close them; and to create a solution from accepting things how they are. Musana is eager to continue this human centered journey with the Amplify community!” — Manon Lavaud, CEO

What’s Next?

To kick off their 18 months as Amplify partners, representatives from each of the winning submissions will join the Amplify Team in Nairobi for a human-centered design bootcamp. Our 7th Amplify Challenge will launch in March – we can’t wait to share more news with you about that soon!

Share Your Impact Story

With so many great ideas and connections made during this challenge, we hope this is only the beginning, not only for our Top Ideas, but for all of the ideas. We’d love to know what you are up to, and encourage you to add a story about what you’ve learned, or what you are continuing to work on, on our Impact page. Don’t forget to check out our list of additional resources to may be useful to grow your ideas.

Thank you for lending your inspiration, expertise and voices to our global collaboration!

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