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Somaapp: A mobile app that lists and matches East African youth with thousands of domestic and international fully funded opportunities.

We offer Fully Funded domestic and International Education Opportunities on a mobile App, an easy way to access cost-free opportunities.

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

Somaapp is a mobile app that lists and matches East African students with thousands of domestic and international scholarships. Students enters their academic qualifications and SOMA fetches a personalized list of scholarships they qualify for. The problem SOMAAPP is a product designed to help students with the high cost of university education. The cost of college and university rise every year hence students and parents are forced to take out student loans to pay the tuition fees and other cost of living. This put many students in insurmountable debt but there is an alternative; FULLY FUNDED OPPORTUNITIES. The only problem is these opportunities are extremely hard to find, scattered over the Internet, this causes million dollars in free money to go to waste, as many students don't know this money exist. According to the survey carried out by the African economic outlook, 54% of respondents found a mismatch of skills between what job seekers have to offer and what employers require to be a major obstacle because university graduate are under educated due to poor quality education.

WHO BENEFITS?

We target youth (high school students, college and university students) from the last year of high school up to graduate students in universities who wish to embark in their next challenge. We especially hope to bring students from low ­income families into the platform, as we expect them to be the most untapped group that can bring a positive outcome to their countries of origin.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOU

I'm Isaya Yunge, founder and CEO at Somaapps Technologies Company Limited. I am an active mentor, Entrepreneur, unshakable optimist, Futurist, a visionary thinker with a rare intellect and I read One new book per week, currently reading Pitch Anything by Oren Klaff and it's top notch!

WHERE WILL YOUR IDEA BE IMPLEMENTED?

  • Kenya
  • Rwanda
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda

EXPERIENCE IN IMPLEMENTATION COUNTRY(IES)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

EXPERTISE IN SECTOR

  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for over a year

HOW HAS YOUR IDEA CHANGED BECAUSE OF BENEFICIARY FEEDBACK?

When testing the beta version of Somaapp, we found that complicated procedures on using mobile app were a large obstacle. In developing Somaapp we designed and develop a beta version in simplicity and incorporated users suggestions, where young people and students could access these opportunities in two simple steps, to ensure that our service was truly interactive and responding to users demands. One more noticeable change is that users have indicated willingness and consent to pay for additional opportunities in a weekly or monthly basis.

HOW IS YOUR IDEA UNIQUE?

There are currently no other services similar to Somaapp in East Africa region, using a peer-to-peer mobile app platform, More importantly many of these platform are on the website platform where they are scammed, making these information scattered. Most potential competitors operate in only one country and are based on an ‘Paid App Model’ rather than crowdsourcing or as we call it ‘AppSourcing’ - a model that Somaapp feels is ultimately un-scalable and unsustainable for the nature of African millennial and poverty factor. We believe that by unlocking the power of sharing equal opportunities and sharing of information young people can improve their skills and potential. Today at least one member in every household in Tanzania and Africa uses smartphones, hence we can reach more people with solutions right in their hands, students can use their parent’s smartphones to access these opportunities and apply. An app to make helping people a lot easier, sharing opportunities to enhance quality education is why I strongly believe this is the unique advantage that I have.

WHY DO YOU THINK THAT THE PROBLEM YOUR IDEA SOLVES FOR HAS NOT BEEN SOLVED?

The followings statistics and findings approve the notion that the problem has not been solved and it keeps on growing; By 2030 Africa will be short of 2.1m teachers and 39 million primary school children in Africa have no access to education. Under-qualified teachers are also struggling with large class sizes. The mismatch between local opportunities and relevance of education and skills training. 
A majority of young people across the region recognized the mismatch between the skills gained from formal education and those needed to find work. That is why education cannot wait the fund for education crisis, If we can use mobile phone right, young people can be a force for good

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR UNANSWERED QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS IDEA?

- How do we identify value propositions that our users will pay for? -How do we determine pricing? -How can we scale the idea throughout African countries? -How can we know if this has a chance to become a sustainable business, which is effective and efficient considering the rapid change of technology innovation?

IS THIS IDEA NEW FOR YOU OR YOUR ORGANIZATION?

I have been working on this idea since 2014 while at the university, and February 2016 I built a team to make it more sustainable. It’s a new idea, Prior to how we are implementing it now- we were using whatsApp to share these opportunities and we saw a problem in a national scale, and our solution was working hence we decided to implement it more proper and with a business perspective.

WHO WILL IMPLEMENT THIS IDEA?

We have a team of 5 people across different expertise to help grow Somaapp to make sure that our product is the best it can be, and that it help as many young people as possible. Our teams also build partnerships with other startup, innovation hubs and incubation centers in Dar es Salaam where we continue to learn and grow. To facilitate growth and help millions of young people reach the dreams Somaapps Technologies Company Limited will pioneer this product under my leadership.

We are a startup and we are growing, developing over 10 products that are yet to enter into market and somaapp is a products that  define what we believe and hopes to accomplish, we aspire to create solutions for our community, as we believe strongly that we know what young people are going through, we have been there, we are there, but we won't stay there forever because we are creating the tools that we need, the tools that will give us all power in our hands, the tools that are powered by our smartphones.



SHARE ONE SENTENCE ABOUT THE IMPACT YOU WOULD LIKE THIS PROJECT TO HAVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW, AND ONE QUESTION YOU NEED TO ANSWER TO GET THERE.

To see everyone, from each low-income household in East Africa at-least two children from each family are able to afford access to a quality education, regardless of who they are, where they’re from, or what they have. Qn: How many young people who are currently ( at year 2016/2017) are graduating from college, are supposed to attend university, and what's their gender proportionate?

MY ORGANIZATION'S OPERATING BUDGET FOR 2015 WAS:

  • Under $100,000

MY INTENDED BENEFICIARIES ARE:

  • More than 500 km from where our team does most of its work

HOW LONG HAVE YOU AND YOUR COLLEAGUES BEEN WORKING ON THIS PILOT PROJECT TOGETHER?

  • More than a year

WHY ARE YOU INTERESTED IN JOINING AMPLIFY'S PORTFOLIO OF INNOVATORS?

There’s no better quote out there than "knowledge is power." It’s short, simple, and if you take the time to (mindfully) dissect it, you’ll start finding out how true it is. I've always been inspired by great innovators and am always curious, to meet most knowledgeable people, to learn how they think and share our ideas together. To have a keen understanding of what’s going on within my industry and the best practices surrounding it, for me joining AMPLIFY'S INNOVATORS is a dream come true.
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At Somaapps we thrive on our vibrant, Lattice and Eclectic culture. The Somaapps team is united by an unwavering passion for quality and problem solving. We focus on strategy, design, and development as we passionately pursue the simplicity, solution-centric, cutting-edge of mobile apps. We are not an office; we’re a collective of brilliant minds, with stellar ideas from all walks of life. Within our walls, you’ll find magical solutions that aspire to delight the world and our customers.

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Hi Isaya,
This is an intresting app that can supplement out program,
https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/youth-empowerment-challenge/improve/graduating-students-empowerment-project-gstep
Would love to learn more as we get into contact.

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Hi EmpServe Kenya Thank you for your wonderful comment, we are happy that you find the ideas interesting and i would be very happy to explain more about it as well. We've already launched the beta version last week and as we are gathering really users feedback at the moments and the experience is real amazing.
Please let keep our fingers closer and please share with us any idea for improving this app, you can write me at isayayunge@somaapps.com

Thank you once again!

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please feel free to add any more ideas on how to improve and make it more accessible and useful to other young people, please download the beta version of the app and share with us your feedback on so we could improve it and make it much better for you!

Thank you

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EmpServe Kenya Can you get in to contact with me ASAP? I want to link you with someone form EU.

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Hi Isaya Yunge , We have contacted you on isayayunge@somaapps.com, Thank you. You can also reach us via, empservekenya@gmail.com.

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