UniTED takes students with promising social projects in low-income countries and students who want to volunteer internationally, and provides a unique partnership experience to both accelerate the social venture and empower all students with the skills and values of social entrepreneurship and global citizenship.
This idea is a program. It tackles the problem of the youth social entrepreneurship in Uganda, as well as growing intolenrance between borders. We address the problem by: incubating early-stage social ventures (to begin with only in Uganda) with face-to-face tutorials and international collaborations with peers over the internet.
This intersects peace and prosperity by creating intercultural empathy and understanding whilst also improving the social impact of ventures which will bring about great prosperity in a low-income country.
Currently, UniTED supports 40 social ventures in Uganda. YOu can read about some of them on our website. In a January 2017 survey, 69% of students said that UniTED’s support had been transformation to their project. 100% would recommend UniTED to other students. On average, students valued each tutorial at UGX 211,250 ($58/£47), approximately twice our costs of offering them.
Over the next two year, we would like to begin to expand this program to other low-income countries by trialing whether our incubation can work equally well over internet calls. We will support 70 projects in year one and 120 in year two. By the end of the second year, we are targeting to triple over the year in the income and number of beneficiaries of ventures. Additionally, we aim to have 80+% reporting UniTED’s impact to have been ‘transformational’.