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Build Refugee Entrepreneurial ecosystem

promoting sustainable living and economic growth through enterprenuership

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

Dosoc app teaches entrepreneurial skills (online) and build a strong supportive international network as a base for an independent future for refugee. The application has two parts. the first is an educational part that teaches entrepreneurial skills and the second part is the live matchmaking between international experts and refugees that connects refugees in various places in the world to experts. The reason for this idea is that we believe refugees can bring along any kind of education from their past and still not always find work in his or her field when he or she enters a new place to live. But he or she can always set up a business of some kind. So having good skills in this field betters the chances of success. This will enlarge the chances of building up an independent and sustainable living in many different places (as it is unsure where his or her future settlement will be). Hence, we are challenging the status quo of saving refugees passively, the way we challenge the status quo is by empowering refugees to help themselves in a creative way by providing the basic knowledge and the support network to experiment with entrepreneurship.

WHO BENEFITS?

Internet and non internet young people within refugee communities would get basic education on start-up of the application; downloadable videos, infographs, lecture notes simple, accessible and easily applicable resources to provide basic knowledge. The application is accessible through various internet enabled devices as pc’s, laptops, tablets and smartphones.

PROTOTYPE

We tested a first rough prototype (paper/drawing) and we did a quick test on an entrepreneur’s festival and from there we made our first adjustment. We need to further refine this and test with experts and refugees. To find out what is the best format is our next step. Four persons of the original team (Selassie, Monique, Shary and Arne) will be staying involved; for now primarily Monique and Selassie as team leads. Following budget we will be able to further test and develop the app and even more importantly get users and get it adopted. For now we need a solid prototype.

FEEDBACK

We made our first adjustment on the feedback from the entrepreneur’s festival. However, the team lead for Africa (Selassie) asked one Liberia refugee in Ghana (from our target group) about what he could say about the app and the features of it as the team lead printed a colored pictured of the prototyped in PDF to him. The team lead for Africa did not ask him questions directly, but would say things like “and the feature? and benefits? to stimulate more feedback. The simplicity of the app was found to be appealing. He liked that the app connect him to an international support network to guide him set up his business. However, he was of the view that the app need to provide basic education. It is for this reason that the app will provide two function; education and matchmaking.

SKILL SHARE (optional)

We share partner with relevant institutions to provide downloaded and constant access to multimedia video tutorials. We share seek partnership with leading institutions including Kauffman foundation, Arizona state university and the online MOOC’s providers to provide us with tailored courses that meet the needs of our beneficiaries.

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

We are a group of seven (7) people from the Netherlands, France, Ghana and the United State. We got to know each other through the online course of NovoEd/ IDEO on Human Centered Design. Four persons of the original team (Monique, Selassie, Shary, Charlotte and Arne ) will be staying involved

IS THIS AN IDEA THAT YOU OR YOUR ORGANIZATION WOULD LIKE TO TAKE FORWARD?

  • Yes, I have implementation capacity and am interested in and able to make this idea real in my community.
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Attachments (5)

dosoc_ideo_v002.pdf

The tools, curriculum and the strategy that makes Dosoc achieve this objective

Dosoc_versie2.mp4

Visual Aspect of our Idea in Mp4

final_presentation.pdf

How the team came up with the idea

interface.pdf

This is the interface of our solution

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Photo of Amnel Mensah Godson
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This is awesome keep it up

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Photo of Chioma Ume
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Hey guys! Thanks for sharing your idea! Have you considered how it might work for refugees that don't have access to smartphones? Would love to hear your thoughts!

Oh, and with respect to uploading the PDF, have you tried uploading it as an attachment rather than an image file? Let us know!

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Well, with respect to that, the team is made up of enterprenuers as well. The Team lead for Africa is in Ghana and has already done investigation at Bodumburam Refugee camp in Ghana Accra.
With the format, the team is currently working a step by step documents which will be given to refugee communities through institutions and partners. It actually a step by step with case scenario on Lean Startups. We are still researching and before 25th you will have access to every stuff including interviews format and lesson strategy. Thanks

Well, they made provisions for attachment in PDF files so we have done that and all the PDF files can be access. Thank you

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Photo of Selassie. K. Amenorhu
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Please, I have added the tools, strategy, structure and the systems that makes Dosoc achieve this objective. It has being attached to the files. Thanks

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Photo of Selassie. K. Amenorhu
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Hello Open IDEO,
I am very much disappointed in myself for the community not doing anything enough to protect infant ideas. My Idea was adapted 'Connecting Refugees to Their Host Country and Capital via Online Entrepreneurship Training' in the competition. I reported him and he did wrote to me that yes he read our idea but he was building on that of coursera and you could see clearly that our idea was based on partnership with coursera. Currently, I know of Open University for organizing online training in Ghana through SWISS institution. Moreover, I know them in Ghana and they have nothing like a mobile app on smartphone in their core plan. I really want the matter to be look into otherwise it will prevent young people working on their ideas to stop making contributions to the competition as they know those who are already doing something and who have the capacity to hack other ideas will hack their ideas. Thanks

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Hi Selassie,

I went back to find an old email that pointed to our intention for years now of developing/using a mobile app. I have done this so you don't feel jaded by the process. Please take a look at the link below which shows me reaching out to Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) over two years ago (pre the Coursera and edX mobile apps) asking for their help in developing an android app.

https://goo.gl/iOvQM4

Also, please have a look at this blog that I wrote for the World Economic Forum over a year ago:

https://agenda.weforum.org/2014/05/forum-africa-2014-education-revolution/

Notice this comment in it: "Free higher education from the best universities in the world, delivered from Takoradi in Ghana to Timbuktu in Mali, all on something as affordable as a smartphone."

I hope this evidence will put your bad feelings towards us and/or the process to rest.

Best regards,

John

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Hi Selassie, interesting post! Any chance you could find an image to go along with it? Images help grab attention and tell a story with higher impact. You should be able to use the Edit Contribution button on the top of your post and follow the instructions to add images from there. Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring insights on OpenIDEO.

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Hello, OpenIDEO
I am finding it difficult to upload my documents. It is in a PDF format. It include the User Experience Map and Prototype. Please do you have alternate method for attachment of Image and Documents. Thanks

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Hello Open IDEO team
Please one of the document i uploaded have the full names of the team working behind scene . Do I have to add them again or the PDF upload is just enough

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Photo of Selassie. K. Amenorhu
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Hello Open IDEO,
I am very much disappointed in myself for the community not doing anything enough to protect infant ideas. My Idea was adapted 'Connecting Refugees to Their Host Country and Capital via Online Entrepreneurship Training' in the competition. I reported him and he did wrote to me that yes he read our idea but he was building on that of coursera and you could see clearly that our idea was based on partnership with coursera. Currently, I know of Open University for organizing online training in Ghana through SWISS institution. Moreover, I know them in Ghana and they have nothing like a mobile app on smartphone in their core plan. I really want the matter to be look into otherwise it will prevent young people working on their ideas to stop making contributions to the competition as they know those who are already doing something and who have the capacity to hack other ideas will hack their ideas. Thanks

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Photo of Emerimana Daniel Christian
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Hello Selassie,
This is a good idea. It is good because most of refugees do try to do business and fail on their way to success due to the fact that they don’t have required knowledge for them to be successful.
Daniel

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Photo of Yayra Amenorhu
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This is a great project hope it deserves more attention

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Photo of Forster Agbobadah
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This is a great project and I am hopeful it will be treated with the needed attention it deserves because it stand the chance of making a big difference and create a big opportunities for the targeted group. I have supported and I will be glad to see it emerges winner in the competition. Great job guys, you all rocks!!!

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Happy to connect you with the AMPION team who organize hackathons and a social venture incubator across 15 countries in Africa currently (operating since 2013). The West Africa bus goes through Ghana each year as well so in lieu of joining the bus you'll be able to meet everyone in Accra then. I feel there could be some interesting collaboration opportunities.

Have you also looked into the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program? http://tonyelumelufoundation.org/teep/ their cycle is closed this year but I encourage you to talk with them and maybe join next year, for the funding, mentorship, curriculum and network.

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Photo of Selassie. K. Amenorhu
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@ Christopher
Can we get in touch through linkedIn to talk more about the program

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Email is best - christopher.pruijsen@gmail.com

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Photo of Kwame Godsway
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This is true creativity and innovation. An good inventor is a problem solver. this apps is a tool in enhancing change, development and transformation to the 21st century youth. Thanks Selassie Amenorhu for this advanced initiative in promoting entrepreneurial education across the globe and promoting skills and idea building.
this is a wonderful start up.

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Selassie Amenorhu, We see how you project might mesh with ours, A Full Bowl. We guide people to links like yours by way of a useful kitchen bowl which encourages them to access a global cooperative site for sharing stories like yours. We agree with your concept of a generative community which emerges from the knowledge and power of the users themselves We will follow you and hope you have great success !

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We can`t wait to dive into this Dosoc app. A lot of young men need advise as to how, when and where to put their ideas into reality. Introduction of this app will enable young and up coming entrepreneurs to get the right avenue where information could be source.

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Photo of Nathan Kwadade
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Godspeed on making your idea a reality

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Photo of Faith Zottor
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woow! such a rare idea... just imagining what will happen if this works out. kudos Mr Amenorhu

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Photo of Awurajoy Xatse
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Write a comment...this is a good initiative

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Photo of Dennis Marvel
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Great vision and idea. This is a workable solution.

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Photo of Vo Minh
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I hope this project can be real. Great idea!!!

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I believe this could be the very best platform or channel, that would facilitate Ext education, I like da view dat the app could connect any individual to an international support network for guidance in seting up a business.

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Photo of david serdi
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Innovative piece of work. i look foward to seeing this app made available among its intended users, and training offered. This is a roadmap to successful entrepreneurship

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Photo of Agbozo Edzordzi
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This is a thoughtful idea; hope it materialises!

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Photo of David Tetteh Polski
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Great work..

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Photo of Ajene Rockywood
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Great work change maker

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Photo of Emmanuel Osabutey
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I appreciate the worth of this project perhaps because I stay close to a refugee camp. Thanks Selassie, for such a vision. It will make great impacts!

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This is really great my guy...you've taken a great step that shows the good and clear visions that you have. Know that we your friends are solidly behind you. Kudos!!

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Photo of Febtina Deepak
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Wow this is and innovation that deserves to be applauded and supported in other For it to reach it's full potential. There are lots of Refugees around the world as a result of war. Many of such people were once students or business owners but as a result of war they have to leave all that behind and flee for dear life in addition to having lost the lives of love ones and family. I believe this project can enable them start from somewhere which is learning to acquire the necessary skills needed to become an entrepreneur, which in the future can help them fend for themselves and not depend solely on aides. Who knows they might go back home and build a beautiful country from the ruins of War.

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A great n brilliant idea!!! I hope you pull through. Kudos n am wishing u all the very best..

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Write a comment...This is a great idea Selassie. It sounds very realistic and easily applicable as well. I pray that it gets adopted, so that u are able to develop the prototype u so desire. Great innovation.

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this is incredible. im so impressed with this laudable idea. its an idea we all need to push up so that it can see the light of day!
you have our nod. kudos!!

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Write a comment...Great work and I say thumbs up. The Idea is very comprehensive and very easy to understand. The team has done great and i say congrates and wish you all the best

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Great idea and vision! Would love to see it implemented.

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Photo of Success Lane Multimedia
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I think this is a splendid idea which needs to be supported fully. We have to give the opportunity to refugees to bring out hidden potentials in them.
Thank you. All the best

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Photo of Lawal Aburi
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I think it is an excellent idea, the voice of the voiceless need to be heard. Given refugees ideas on how to start up things on their own is worth recommendable.

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Thanks

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Photo of Amma Adjabeng
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I think it is a laudable effort. I mean the refugees are not in their own countries but some problems have sent them to other countries and they need something to do to get income to feed themselves amd their families so this comes in handy. I commend the people behind this idea and effort.

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Thanks. We shall work together to make things happen.

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Photo of Cephas Pobi
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There is no small universe, empowering this segmented people would create and wipe off the negative mentality and rather using their pressing challenges to change the world... The next silicon Valley has just began... Thanks guys for such innovative idea.. All the best

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Photo of hiram anane
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That's a good idea. I believe their voices needs to be heard to help shape community through technology. Keep it up.

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Photo of Selassie. K. Amenorhu
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Please with respect to the PDF files I tried loading it as an attachment. Do I have to send it over please?

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Photo of Dina Bokai
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I like the point about educating and matchmaking at the same time. Thanks for sharing Selassie :)

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Photo of Selassie. K. Amenorhu
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Thanks very much. Will present a detail idea with images soon.

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Photo of JingNing
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ecosystem is a very good idea. rather than saving refugees passively, letting refugees to help themselves is really a creative idea. how to Build Refugee Entrepreneurial ecosystem? I hope you could give me more detailed description or related discussions. once refugees get money, they could help themselves. sustainable improvement would be maintained.

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Photo of Selassie. K. Amenorhu
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Hello, OpenIDEO
I am finding it difficult to upload my documents. It is in a PDF format. It include the User Experience Map and Prototype. Please do you have alternate method for attachment of Image and Documents. Thanks