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  • Doing good while travelling
  • Huge Skills Gap “ whilst Nigeria has great potential and attracted over 1 million tourists in 2006, virtually all were business travellers or from the Nigerian diaspora visiting friends and relatives” 35% ODA in Africa spent on ex-pat professionals Ethiopia lost 75% of its skilled workforce from ‘80 - ‘91 75% of doctors in Mozambique work overseas > 40% high-level African managers/professionals reside abroad
  • Meet Femi…
  • Introducing uvisitor.org UsefulVisitors allows travellers to donate skills & knowledge to local charities, schools & businesses in short amounts of time
  • Tech Vision
    • Leverage API-based svcs (Dopplr, LinkedIn)
    • Traveler enquiries sent to NGOs via SMS
    • Automated follow-up for post-visit feedback
    • Advanced search, browse, social media
    • SEO
    • Mobile data entry/edit for NGOs
    • Localize into other languages
  • Sustainability
    • User pays: subscription, per-enquiry (SMS)
    • Corporate sponsorship / underwriting
    • Private-label portals for corps, orgs
    • Sub-brands: UsefulLunches, UsefulDoctors…
    • Voluntary donations
  • Go-to-Market
    • Focus: 1-3 countries in sub-Saharan Africa (Nigeria, S. Africa, Kenya)
    • Tap existing resources to populate NGO database (Technoserve, Ashoka, Sangonet)
    • Partner with 2-3 corps / sites to get visitors (McKinsey, Accenture, Dopplr, Expedia)
    • PR: blogs, press, diaspora networks (SANSA)
  • Challenges
    • Critical mass (NGOs, visitors)
    • Quality control
    • Scaling to other territories
    • Risk & security
  • Phase 1: Prove Concept
    • Feb ‘09: Beta site with ‘1.0’ functionality
    • Mar ‘09: Recruit partner(s), select territory(ies) based on partner interest
    • April ‘09: Guerilla campaign targeted at travellers (blogs, FB groups, Dopplr)
    • Collect/synthesize feedback for Phase 2
  •  
  • Meet The Team
    • Femi Longe: Africa++, Young Foundation
    • Chris Heuer: Entrepreneur, Blogger
    • Diana Hughes – Web Design, Multimedia Lecturer
    • Jon Worth: Web design, professional training
    • James Day: Project Manager
    • Rags Gupta: Brightcove, Mocospace, 8tracks
    • Jerzy Celichowski: NGO management
    • Bosun Tijani: Management/IT consultant
    • Rodrigo Zuniga: Designer, Multimedia
    • Paul Massey: Legal
    • Zanna Rodrigues: CSR Consulting (sponsorships)
    • Noel Hatch: Consulting
    • Tim Diggins: Web developer
    • Tom Ten Thij: Web developer
  • Doing good while travelling
  • Use Cases
    • consultant reviews a business plan or a business idea
    • non-profit expert reviews a funding application
    • non-profit expert give fund-raising advice
    • businessman lecturing; teacher teaches class
    • native speaker website, brochure
    • geek troubleshooting, creating site, teaching
    • artists performing in care homes, orphanages
    • chef teaching local chefs
    • business executive coaching on presentation skills
  • No Short-term Opps For Travellers
    • Global Vision International: 2 - 20 weeks
    • African Impact: 1 - 3 months
    • Madventurer: 2 - 6 weeks
    • Volunteers for Peace: 2-3 weeks
    • Global Volunteers: 3 weeks
    • Cross Cultural Solutions: 3 weeks
    • Operation Crossroads Africa: 6 weeks
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