Group 20 ENDS Entrepreneurship

Group 20 ENDS Entrepreneurship: Teaching Business for Those in Need

College Station, United StatesAgaro, Ethiopia
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nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
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Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Teaching Business for Those in Need (TBTN) helps to teach business principles to those who have no access to the information. This project will be based in Africa (Ethiopia specifically), with the goal to increase its reach across the entire continent to provide access to unique ideas.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if the world were able to benefit from the ideas and collaboration of the over one billion people in Africa?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Africa is a developing continent. While some major cities exist, much of Africa is made up of small villages with extremely minimal resources. Because these villagers have little resources to utilize which would allow them to connect to the world, the rest of the world misses out on the ideas which these villagers and Africans have. If the citizens of Africa were given the means and inspiration to innovate, the world would benefit from the ideas.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The proposed solution is providing Africans with the materials and the inspiration to innovate. The rest of the world needs to come together to not only provide materials for the citizens, but to teach them to be creative. They need to be taught that ideas matter, and that simple inventions and new ways of solving problems are extremely important. By instilling this way of thinking in them, it would allow for Africa to benefit by providing income and helping the continent to develop. On top of this, the rest of the world will benefit by getting an influx of new ideas and thinking which will progress the entire world. A program must be put in place which will teach Africans the way of business and enable them to succeed with their ideas.


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Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The problem lies within the fact that these children (or adults) have no way of having their ideas heard and do not even believe that they should come up with great ideas to help the world. I am a specific example of a solution to my methods. Before becoming involved in a class that teaches creativity and brand new ideas, I had never once thought about coming up with a non-profit idea. Now that am enrolled in a class called Environmental Design at Texas A&M University, I am provided with the information and the know-how to start up something great. Through the class (a class which I would model the program after), I have been inspired to come up with great ideas such as this one which would benefit the entire world.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

This non-profit is still in the idea stage, so their is no impact yet. In the future, it is expected that this project could have a major impact on Africa as well as the world as a whole. The major difference between this non-profit and most others is that our solution to the need has benefits for more than just the people involved. While most organizations focus simply on providing relief, TBTN goes one step further and encourages active thinking and business help. In this way, the program will help the world to also benefit from the wonderful inventions, business ideas, and technological advancements that the participants come up with.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

It is our hope that as the program grows, it is able to spread its reach across the entire continent of Africa. This would allow for all 1.11 billion people in Africa to participate and develop new business strategies and start-up ideas. This is the ultimate goal in the long run. By doing this, the program will have succeeded in helping the citizens in Africa to improve their financial resources and also have allowed the world to benefit from these advancements as well. Starting in Ethiopia, the success of the program will allow for TBTN to expand to other countries and then to all of Africa.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

The plan for financial sustainability is simple. The teachers and others involved in the program will be volunteers. The only fundraising required will be for the materials used to get the Africans to compete on the global market as individuals. This will require significant funds for computers, books, motivational tools, etc. This is not impossible, and as the project grows could even lead to a surplus of money as the participants succeed.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

The marketplace for this consists mainly of groups providing strictly relief efforts. Some great products have been created which allow for Africa to eat food and sustain their health, but none go as far as this to help the non competitors to be able to compete. This goes beyond education, this is teaching a new philosophy and a new way of thinking to people who have never experienced this before in their entire lives. This program will provide hope for those involved, and allow for the journey to be helped along the way by experienced people who are involved only because they care.

Founding Story

My name is Andrew Seghers. I attend Texas A&M University in College, Station, Texas. I am enrolled in a class which promotes new ideas and encourages you to excel beyond the classroom. I have also been interested in entrepreneurship for a long time. It fascinates me that people can come up with such wonderful ideas and help the entire world to move forward. I have always felt so lucky to be where I am. I have always had the resources necessary to do whatever I have wanted, and I have begun to realize that some people do not have such wonderful opportunities. So, when my professor encouraged us to enter a competition, it seemed like the best time to pitch my idea.


My team is comprised of a group of students who are looking to make a difference in the world. We are enrolled in a class which has taught us the importance of opportunity, and we wish to allow for that opportunity to be presented to anyone who would like access to it. It is with this mission that we set out starting our program. We will work tirelessly to provide this organization with the boost to get started.