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REFUGEE WORK
EXCHANGE
PITCH DECK
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KARAVA
N
By Soraya
Beheshti
Founder
At KARAVAN we don’t believ
kindness stops at A BORDER
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3
More than 60 million people are
displaced worldwide,
with no country to
call home.
Lets make it zero.
The average length of time spent
in a refugee camp is
17 years.
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GREATEST
CHALLENGES
One of the
facing society
today is how best
to build
harmonious and
tolerant
communities.ITH THE RISE OF XENOPHOBIC NATIONALISM
THE POTENTIAL FOR A
UNITED HUMANITY IS
THREATENED
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Refugees living in
camps & UNHCR
mandate
Resettled in 2015
(with work permits)
People forced to flee
their homes DAILY
due to conflict or
persecution
CURRENTLY
People forcibly
displaced worldwide65
MILLION
21
MILLION
107,100
34,000
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61% of refugees live in urban
settings
They are prohibited from earning money in many countries
Per week
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Countless
psychological
benefits arise
from the
feeling of
Social:
As well as from
nurturing
meaningful
relationships
STUDIES
SHOW
onomic:
The most effective way of
rehabilitating refugee populations is
by integrating them into the social,
economic and cultural spheres
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8
POINTS SYSTEM
Our aim is to break down
walls by enabling citizens and
refugees to interact as
equally empowered
participants in mutually
MOBILE APP
KARAVAN
FACILITATING SKILL
& SERVICE EXCHANGES
BETWEEN REFUGEES
AND CITIZENS
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HOW IT WORKS
Safely exchange skills and services with our built-in identity-verification measures using our
points system
— no money involved
Users create
profiles
detailing the
skills and
services they
would like to
offer
š š
GPS system
connects users
in geographical
proximity who
are offering the
requested
services
Users use our
in-app functions
to arrange
logistics. They
log start and
end hours, and
earn points/hour
of service
After each
transaction,
users rate and
review their
experience
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WHY WE EXIST
• We believe that the world is a better
place when human rights don’t stop
at a border.
• We believe the world is a better
place when every individual is
treated with respect, dignity and
value.
• We believe in a united humanity.
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Founder
Soraya
conducts
research and
visits camps in
Jordan, France
and the UK
The idea for the app was born in the ‘Jungle’, Northern France’s
notorious refugee camp
May - August
2016
She starts a
Facebook
group to
determine the
level of interest
in refugee-
citizen skill
exchanges
Two weeks
later
4000 members
have joined the
group from 15
different
countries
Articles of
incorporation as a
non-profit signed;
crowdfunding
campaign launched;
app development
underway
February
2017
Soraya
continues
research at
Columbia;
monitors the
page & assists
refugees daily
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12
China
Spain
United Kingdom
France
Portugal
Ireland Austria
Morocco
Tunisia
Italy
Sweden
Greece
USA
Mexico
Russia
Turkey
Syria
Egypt
Japan
Philippines
VietnamMalaysia
Indonesia
New Zealand
Sudan
Lebanon
Belgium
Netherlands
Switzerland
Jordan
UAE
Oman
Afghanistan
India
LOCATION OF ACTIVE USERS ON OUR GROUP
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Accumulate points
Users will have a
wallet, displaying their
current balance, as
well as an ‘all-time
points-earned’ score
Use points for a wide range of services
- online or in person
From cooking and
language lessons to
web design work, medical
advice and help around
the help
Make connections
Blazing trails of
community where there
were none
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SORAYA BEHESHTI
S.BEHESHTI@COLUMBIA.EDU
Soraya is a BA/MA student at Columbia University, double-
majoring in Film and Middle Eastern studies and specializing
in post-colonial marginalization, displacement and migration.
She advocates passionately about veganism,
environmentalism and issues of exploitation through her
website, online store and creative projects. She also studies
several languages, and enjoys making documentary films and
music.
Meet Our
FounderAfter having spent time studying,
researching, visiting camps and
interacting with refugees in
Jordan and Europe (including “The
Jungle”, northern France’s
notorious unofficial refugee
camp), Soraya sought an
interdisciplinary approach to the
crisis, spanning the humanitarian,
political and academic realms.
She wanted to develop an
innovative tech solution that had
significant scaleability; to create a global
movement. The aim was to supersede
typical humanitarian responses,
which are sometimes demeaning or
unsustainable.
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THANK
YOUQuestions ?
www.facebook.com/groups/
RefugeeWork
Exchange
@karavansary
CROWDFUNDING
CAMPAIGN
www.launchgood.com/karavan
www.karavanapp.co.uk
soraya@karavanapp.co.uk

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Karavan pitch deck

  • 2. STARTU P X 2 KARAVA N By Soraya Beheshti Founder At KARAVAN we don’t believ kindness stops at A BORDER
  • 3. STARTU P X 3 More than 60 million people are displaced worldwide, with no country to call home. Lets make it zero. The average length of time spent in a refugee camp is 17 years.
  • 4. STARTU P X 4 GREATEST CHALLENGES One of the facing society today is how best to build harmonious and tolerant communities.ITH THE RISE OF XENOPHOBIC NATIONALISM THE POTENTIAL FOR A UNITED HUMANITY IS THREATENED
  • 5. STARTU P X 5 Refugees living in camps & UNHCR mandate Resettled in 2015 (with work permits) People forced to flee their homes DAILY due to conflict or persecution CURRENTLY People forcibly displaced worldwide65 MILLION 21 MILLION 107,100 34,000
  • 6. STARTU P X 6 61% of refugees live in urban settings They are prohibited from earning money in many countries Per week
  • 7. STARTU P X 7 Countless psychological benefits arise from the feeling of Social: As well as from nurturing meaningful relationships STUDIES SHOW onomic: The most effective way of rehabilitating refugee populations is by integrating them into the social, economic and cultural spheres
  • 8. STARTU P X 8 POINTS SYSTEM Our aim is to break down walls by enabling citizens and refugees to interact as equally empowered participants in mutually MOBILE APP KARAVAN FACILITATING SKILL & SERVICE EXCHANGES BETWEEN REFUGEES AND CITIZENS
  • 9. STARTU P X 9 HOW IT WORKS Safely exchange skills and services with our built-in identity-verification measures using our points system — no money involved Users create profiles detailing the skills and services they would like to offer š š GPS system connects users in geographical proximity who are offering the requested services Users use our in-app functions to arrange logistics. They log start and end hours, and earn points/hour of service After each transaction, users rate and review their experience
  • 10. STARTU P X 10 WHY WE EXIST • We believe that the world is a better place when human rights don’t stop at a border. • We believe the world is a better place when every individual is treated with respect, dignity and value. • We believe in a united humanity.
  • 11. STARTU P X 11 Founder Soraya conducts research and visits camps in Jordan, France and the UK The idea for the app was born in the ‘Jungle’, Northern France’s notorious refugee camp May - August 2016 She starts a Facebook group to determine the level of interest in refugee- citizen skill exchanges Two weeks later 4000 members have joined the group from 15 different countries Articles of incorporation as a non-profit signed; crowdfunding campaign launched; app development underway February 2017 Soraya continues research at Columbia; monitors the page & assists refugees daily
  • 12. STARTU P X 12 China Spain United Kingdom France Portugal Ireland Austria Morocco Tunisia Italy Sweden Greece USA Mexico Russia Turkey Syria Egypt Japan Philippines VietnamMalaysia Indonesia New Zealand Sudan Lebanon Belgium Netherlands Switzerland Jordan UAE Oman Afghanistan India LOCATION OF ACTIVE USERS ON OUR GROUP
  • 14. STARTU P X 14 Accumulate points Users will have a wallet, displaying their current balance, as well as an ‘all-time points-earned’ score Use points for a wide range of services - online or in person From cooking and language lessons to web design work, medical advice and help around the help Make connections Blazing trails of community where there were none
  • 15. STARTU P X SORAYA BEHESHTI S.BEHESHTI@COLUMBIA.EDU Soraya is a BA/MA student at Columbia University, double- majoring in Film and Middle Eastern studies and specializing in post-colonial marginalization, displacement and migration. She advocates passionately about veganism, environmentalism and issues of exploitation through her website, online store and creative projects. She also studies several languages, and enjoys making documentary films and music. Meet Our FounderAfter having spent time studying, researching, visiting camps and interacting with refugees in Jordan and Europe (including “The Jungle”, northern France’s notorious unofficial refugee camp), Soraya sought an interdisciplinary approach to the crisis, spanning the humanitarian, political and academic realms. She wanted to develop an innovative tech solution that had significant scaleability; to create a global movement. The aim was to supersede typical humanitarian responses, which are sometimes demeaning or unsustainable.

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