Youth Empowerment Social Enterprise Advances in Hult Prize Competition

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On December 3, 2018, 4 Duke finalist teams competed for automatic advancement to the the Hult Prize Regional Finals. The following teams pitched at the finals:

The Hadja Collective
Rooftop Farms

The judges chose “Joblette,” an all-female team that will move onto the Regional Finals in Boston and sponsorship by Duke I&E.

“Joblette” aims to empower unemployed youth in South Africa through impact sourcing. Through the merging of market-driven data collection and a two-part, skilled-based training, they aim to smoothly transition unemployed, low-educated youth into the competitive workforce today through a leveling up model.

This model encompasses three levels:

  1. Micro-jobbers (data-collectors)
  2. Analyzers
  3. Advisors.

As youth move through these levels, a two-part training model is employed to engage them in skill-based, professional training. The first part of training is becoming an “Analyzer” and the second part becoming an “Advisor,” and progressing to levels with higher pay and more training serves as an incentive for quality work.

“Through this model,” said Joblette, “We re-infiltrate the profit earned from selling data to large corporations and invest in training youths in South Africa to become self-sufficient and well-versed as they navigate their way into formal employment.

Advancing to the Regional Finals will give the team the opportunity to advance to the Startup Accelerator level of the Hult Prize, should they win.

Last year, the Duke team mPower won the regionals and went on to the London accelerator to compete for $1 million dollars to support their social enterprise.

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