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Abetec Market Place(AMAP)

Connecting SMEs with Creative freelancers to have an online presence & automated processeses during this time of Covid-19 Crisis and behold

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By supporting small and medium enterprises get an online presence will help them become more Visible,access wider market and work from home.This in the process will slow down the spread of the Virus and increase their efficiency after the Covid-19 Crisis is gone.

What is the need are you focusing on?

Lack of Online Presence:

Prior to Covid-19,I had a training Center and a Co-working space.Immediately the first case of Covid-19 Case was announced in the country we had to close

I had employees who had to pack and go home too because we didn't have online presence.We used to work with SMES who also started closing businesses due to curfews and lock down

The question that kept coming in my mind was ,"How could I and others in my position thrive during this time of Covid-19 Crisis and get the other side with stronger Businesses that could survive any future turbulence

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Sharing an actual pivot your organization has already made

Describe the business pivot or adaptation in 3-4 sentences.

We will match the Small and Medium enterprises with Creative freelancers through our Market Place platform. The link to the site is https://amap.co.ke/ ..this will be done through need identification.We will also allow SMEs to start listing their products and services to our platform..Once we hit a 1000 users in our data base..we will Start the automation and also monetizing the site. This will give SMEs an opportunity to sell their products, freelancers will be able to charge for their services and us we will be able to earn commissions from the transactions as a way of sustaining the market place site.

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Yes

Describe the impact that this solution will create in the world.

The Platform will give Small and medium enterprises an online presence, reach out to more clients ,more profit which in return it will positively contribute to economic growth.The automated processeses will serve as a way of planning to navigate the months ahead with certainty and to cushion themselves Incase of any future turbulence. Our platform will also give an opportunity for young Creative freelancers to earn a living doing what they love. In Kenya according to Aghakan University youth report 2016 the youth unemployment is approximately 55%. We are working to contribute to reducing the overall rate by 20% in 2 Years time.We are therefore targeting 5,000 young people and 10,000 small businesses in the next 5 years across Africa

What is the name of your business or organization?

Abetec Business Solutions Limited

What does your business/company do? Whose needs does your business/company address? Who do you serve?

Abetec Business Solutions is a social enterprise focused on empowering young people between the ages of 15-35 years and women entrepreneurs with skills to enhance employ ability and entrepreneurship. We do this through training that range from Digital literacy,Vocational ,Entrepreneurship and Cisco Certification Courses ,partnership ,forums and workshops.Our target market is in Peri-Urban and rural areas.Our operation for the last three years was in Mombasa and Kilifi County.Our website link is https://abetec.co.ke Our operations were interapted by the Covid-19 Crisis ,the reason why we started looking for ways to thrive together during this uncertain days

What is your profession?

Betty is in Business Development and a Fun of Technology

Where are you located (country)?

Kenya

Where are you located (region)?

  • Eastern Africa

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Business/Consulting
  • Entrepreneur/Investor
  • Technology

How many people does your business/company employ?

  • 0-10

How old is your business/company?

  • 2-5 years old

Which classification describes your organization/business?

  • Social Enterprise

What kind of stakeholders and partnerships are needed to pursue this solution?

  • Funding- Grants
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Private Sector
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Grassroots/Community Groups

Do you need help building partnerships and finding partners?

  • Yes

If Yes to the above, please share 1-2 sentences describing the specific help you desire.

One of the area the young people I work with struggle is the issue of starting Capital for their Income generating activities.Am seeking partners who could help me integrate a Fintech solution in our project so that we can introduce a revolving fund and also start helping them to start embracing a saving culture that can help them in future in case of such turbulent times like we have during this Covid-19 Crisis.

What do you think are the main barriers to implementing this solution?

Getting the small and medium enterprises and their employees adapt to the new technologies .In this case , Online model and Artificial Intelligence in Business automation when they have been so used to traditional methods of running Business for many years. We know that change is not easy but once they see the results and the efficiency that comes with it they will be inspired to embrace it

If you are currently working on a pivot, what have you learned so far?

Have learned that one of the things that is urgent for the Small and medium enterprises is to get their clients find them in a simplest way possible Most SMEs we are matching with Creative freelancers and digital Experts already have products and services and so they want to get out there as soon as possible. We are also learning that most people we are getting as freelancers are young people. This is also a way of creating employment to them as they do what they love We also have different categories of people who want to participate ,those who don't have Businesses and they are not Freelancers but they are proffessiobals with expertise in different fields ie..Legal,HR,Finance and so we are working on a Mentorship program too to accommodate them

Are you aware of any open source efforts, hackathons or other collaborative efforts related to your solution? Are you participating in these efforts?

Yes am aware..Have just concluded one with Young Sustainable Impact that took one month that was meant to help us validate our ideas. I also joined in Africa Vs Virus a few days ago as a participant..Have also joined an online bootcamp run by Africa Management Inistute that will last for two weeks.I am also participating in DOT Covid 19 challenge where we work with different Experts in our field to refine our ideas

Website URL

Company Site; https://abetec.co.ke/ , Project Site : https://amap.co.ke/

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