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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania March - October 2017

AMUA ACCELERATOR

Innovate For Sexuality

ABOUT AMUA Acceleration Program

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Innovate For Sexuality

Amua accelerator is a six-month mentorship driven acceleration project supporting young entrepreneurs with seed funding, training and skills development. The project is geared to generate innovative solutions to sexual and reproductive health related challenges.

The project is implemented with United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA) in collaboration with Sahara Sparks.

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Challenge Statements

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  • How might we come up with innovative solutions to impact youths at the individual level by providing the right information? How can we control the distorting SRH information from different sources e.g media sources and uninformed peers?

  • How may we break cultural barriers that hinder men’s participation in SRH issues? How might we come up with innovative solutions to promote co-creation and community inclusivity when it comes to address SRH challenges?

  • How might we come up with innovative ways or tools to help youth access health facilities when they want to get services about their body changes and how to manage themselves? How can we come up with an innovative solution that will address issues of Service provider’s attitude towards youths looking to receive ASRH services?

  • How can we find innovative ways to advocacy for proper laws and policies on SRH issues? How can we come up with innovative ways to change community perception (positive) towards SRH issues ? How can we strengthen effective parent-child communication on ASRH issues (social norms)? How do we innovatively inform policy makers on SRH issues?

  • How do we ensure inclusivity on accessibility of SRH services to different social classes of the community? How do we reach people living at the bottom of the pyramid (BoP) with proper SRH information and services?

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Trainers, Mentors and Judges

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A diverse team of experts in Ideation, User Centered Design, Team Building, Managing Finances and Administration, Research and Development, Products and Services Development, Business Model Development, Legal, IP and Company Registrations, Communication Pitching and Soft Skills plays the role of working with the entrepreneurs in training, judging and mentoring the ideas comming from the hackathons and individual applications as per project specifications.

The team includes Successful Entrepreneurs, Government Personnel, Innovation & ICT Expert consultants, Sexual and reproductive Health Experts and Youth and Gender Experts

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Mentor

Dr. Cuthbert Maendaenda

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Mentor

Prudence Masako

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Mentor

Dr. Elizabeth Mapela

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Mentor

Davide Piga

The Acceleration Program Timeline

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Challenge definition day

February 21, 2017

Stakeholders from the Sexual Reproductive Health convene with an expert facilitator to identify problems and generate specific challenge statements that will be used as the basis for the competition. The participants will include a cohort of public and private sector representatives, e.g. government officials, academics, business owners, universities, etc. The general topic will be on Sexual Reproductive Health. Ideally, we are expecting representatives from the UNFPA team come up with a shortlist of challenge statements and share this shortlist with stakeholders attending the challenge definition day. The stakeholders then validate the challenges and may help settle on 1-3 thematic areas.

Challenge launching ceremony

March 22, 2017

The challenge launching ceremony is the official launching ceremony of the project where by all the key stakeholders of the project convene in one area. The event will be structured in a form of an information session to introduce the project to the general public. The event will be covered by both digital and traditional media houses ensuring maximum reach to the general public.

Bootcamp

May 22 - June 4, 2017

The best 10 teams receive further intensive training, education, coaching, and mentorship to refine and develop their ideas and/or products. The last day of the bootcamp is a pitching day to select ideas for the acceleration.

Call for idea submissions

March 22 - May 12, 2017

The registration is open for the submission of ideas. The ideas can be submitted by individuals and teams but individuals are advided to form teams.

Hack wekeend 1

May 13 - May 14, 2017

Borrowing elements from the globally established Startup Weekend architecture, applicants will form teams, develop solutions, and pitch ideas that respond to the challenge statements. Participants will be drawn from the local pool of innovators, including students, sexual reproductive health experts, computer scientists, engineers, developers, designers, business and social entrepreneurs, etc. For those who have their teamsalready they will be left intact.

Hack wekeend 2

June 3 - June 4, 2017

Borrowing elements from the globally established Startup Weekend architecture, a broad range of participants will form teams, develop solutions, and pitch ideas that respond to the challenge statements. Participants will be drawn from the local pool of innovators, including students, computer scientists, engineers, developers, designers, business and social entrepreneurs, etc.

Acceleration

June 5 - July 30, 2017

The best 6 teams receive further mentorship support from mentors to develop their minimum viable products. The 6 teams will be the finalists during the demo day. 4 teams from the 6 teams will receive the seed fund.

Demo Day

August 10, 2017

Teams present their ideas and the best 1-3 teams are then identified.

Did you miss the idea submission deadline? No worry. Register to attend the Hack Wekeend 2.

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  • Our office hours
    Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Visit us at our office

    3rd Floor, Moyo Health Center,
    Near Open University,
    Kawawa Road Kinondoni B,
    Dar es salaam, Tanzania

  • Email

    info@amua.or.tz