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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

The idea of ​​the project is to generate a virtuous circle in which the factors involved are the massive creation of social startups, society in general and the beneficiaries of the project. The idea is to create a SOCIAL ENTERPRISE B of water production and sale, because it is the most feasible in economic terms, of time and profitability, due to the growth of the demand for this product in the Bolivian market. 50% of the profits will be used to help children with disabilities and serious illnesses, which is one of the disadvantaged sectors of the Bolivian health system, because people between 5 and 60 years of age do not have social security Universal and private insurance are too expensive. Meanwhile the remaining 50% will be used to promote the creation, development and growth of social startups by financing seed capital or operations. In exchange for the resources allocated to a social startup, a percentage of participation in that startup will be obtained and, in turn, this percentage will be allocated to the two causes mentioned above. Example: SOCIAL ENTERPRISE "B" AGUITA is created, it obtains a profit in its first year of $ 20,000, of these, $ 10,000 is destined to collaborate with economic resources to children with disabilities or serious diseases selected to be the first beneficiaries. The remaining $ us10,000 is used to finance an innovative startup in exchange for a 50% stake in it. So for the following year, as we now have a new startup that is contributing with resources, we will have $ us 40,000 available, of which $ 20,000 will be allocated to collaborate with economic resources to the beneficiary children and the remaining $ 20,000 will be used to finance 2 startups. And so on in 3 years there will be $ 80,000 available and 8 startups financed; The fourth year will have $ 160,000 and 16 startups funded, and so on. In this way, as the available economic resources increase, different social causes in health and education can be financed.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Our beneficiaries during the first phase of implementation of the project are: Young entrepreneurs and innovators from the city of La Paz who are between 18 and 35 years old, and who have an idea, a business plan and the dream of being able to create and develop a startup On the other hand, the main beneficiaries are Bolivian children between 5 and 15 years old with disabilities and serious illnesses, and whose families do not have enough resources to face the necessary medical expenses. In the following stages, the groups of beneficiaries will expand as resources increase. In stage 2, the beneficiaries will be the rural communities of the Altiplano, whose contamination by untreated wastewater and organic solid waste, affects Lake Titicaca, which is the symbol of the Bolivian and Peruvian highlands, whose contamination has led in recent years to countless environmental and economic losses. The construction of mixed treatment plants for wastewater and organic waste will be financed.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

The idea is unique because it raises fundamental objectives for the development of Bolivia. The first is the creation of social startups, since currently Bolivia is the only country in South America where the central government and private companies do not allocate any economic resources for the development and strengthening of startups. Then, it is intended to support startups with economic resources in a modality of "investor angels" but with the aim of allocating the resources obtained by these investments to help with economic resources to children with serious illnesses and disabilities, whose families do not have the sufficient economic resources. The model is unique because it is a self-sustaining model with constant growth, based on the solidarity economy, and in which year after year the number of beneficiaries and the social causes of support can be increased, without depending on donations. nor of state resources.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Initial Design: I am exploring the idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it with real users.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

The organization focuses on the economic and sustainable development of Bolivia, and is based on the solidarity economy as a means of distributing wealth, to support social and environmental causes. The organization aims to generate a positive impact on La Paz society, we intend to promote reciprocity, solidarity, entrepreneurship and social innovation. We want to create a new business model based on the aspects mentioned above

Expertise in sector

  • 1-2 years

Organization Filing Status

  • No, but we are a formal initiative through an accelerator, hub, or other entity.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

The motivation is based on own experiences. For 2 years now I have been looking for financing to develop this social startup without any success. Then I observe that in my Bolivia there is no support for entrepreneurs. Also, because I have a close cousin with a disability, I was able to observe from a young age the suffering of families faced with the impossibility of paying expensive medical treatment for their children, especially when there is no universal health insurance in Bolivia.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

The prosperity of low-income families that have children with disabilities or serious illnesses has been affected by the inability to pay the medical expenses involved in the respective treatments, medications, and others. Many parents even access loans that are impossible to pay, mortgaging the few properties they have to pay for these treatments. Other parents stop working to help their children, seek help and get donations. All this deepens the poverty of families. The economic prosperity of Bolivia has been affected by the lack of policies, actors involved and economic resources for the development of Startups, which currently constitute the main means of development in several countries. The planet has been affected by the lack of wastewater treatment. In this case, Lake Titicaca, which is one of the main tourist destinations in Bolivia, has been heavily contaminated by wastewater from the surrounding towns

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

The participating partners are: RUJE (University Network of Young Entrepreneurs) and the "Incubator of companies of the City Hall of La Paz" that will support in the activities related to the contests that will be launched for the selection of startups to finance. It also has the support of individuals, among whom is a Marketing Manager, an Operations Manager, an Economist, an Environmental Engineer, a Psychologist and a Sociologist. These will be the support staff to be able to develop the activities related to start up and operate the social startup that is intended to be created and with which this great project will be started. Identifying the most important operations and tasks to be developed in order to create a successful project. This includes from economic, financial, logistic, advertising and productive issues, to the search of the beneficiaries of this project, which are children and communities that cause great environmental damage.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

The visibility that is going to be generated because it is the first project of this kind in Bolivia and the world, and a very sensitive group has been chosen which will be supported, in this case in the first stage of the project the beneficiaries are the children with disabilities and very serious diseases. Another advantage is the self-sustainability and reciprocity on which this project is based, which means that it can reach more people and other social and environmental causes.

Geographic Focus

La Paz, Bolivia

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

12 months are required for the implementation of the project.

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No


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