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Are you passionate about identifying problems and developing fearless solutions? Imagine you are an African education entrepreneur who just came up with the greatest idea to improve the quality of education and catalyze learning for children and adults…but you live in the city and you want to have an impact in rural areas, where the barriers to education and its delivery are highest.
The Rural Distribution Ideas Contest is taking on the challenge of how to get education solutions to willing learners in rural areas. How would you use market-based solutions to overcome the economic, cultural, geographical, and language barriers to providing a quality education to your customers? The Rural Distribution Ideas Contest is being sponsored by TRECC, a program of the Jacobs Foundation and its partners, focused on improving the quality of education for youth in cocoa growing communities in Côte d’Ivoire. We are interested in creative ideas that can:
§ Help established education companies and entrepreneurs expand to rural markets, where there is limited electricity, internet, and quick transportation options
§ Improve education delivery systems and access to learning through technology or new distribution models
§ Spark demand for quality education and education-focused goods and services in rural communities
Seedstars Group, a swiss-based international organisation, has for mission to impact people’s lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship. The group’s objective is to connect, build and invest in high growth companies in these regions with the support of its international network of investors, corporates, government agencies, incubators/accelerators and entrepreneurs. It is most famous for its international startup competition, Seedstars World, which is now present in over 65 countries.
TRECC (Transforming education in cocoa communities) is a ininiative powered by The Jacobs Foundation which has committed CHF 50 million to change this situation by implementing a comprehensive strategy to transform education, empower women, and ensure child protection in cocoa-growing communities in Ivory Coast.