Summer 2016 Frontier Fellowship Applicants

Summer 2016 Frontier Fellowship Applicants

The Summer 2016 Frontier Social Entrepreneur Fellowship received applications from aspiring entrepreneurs committed to 22 countries! These applicants impressed us with their deep commitment to social entrepreneurship as a solution to the water and sanitation crisis expressed through their applications, videos and interviews. With over 70 applicants from a variety  backgrounds, we have an incredibly competitive pool to choose from and 2016 promises to be a very exciting fellowship year.

Watch out for summer 2016 introductions in the coming weeks!

Video clips from some of the 2016 semi-finalists.

Fellows receive a stipend to defray flight and housing costs. If you'd like to support the Fellowship program, you can click here to make a donation.

Profile of Iynna

Summer 2015, as the Archimedes Project’s first co-founded venture in Haiti continues to innovate and expand its operations, Iynna Halilou, the first Archimedes Project Frontier Social Entrepreneur Fellow, was hard at work in Cameroon. While there, she worked to define the sanitation needs, challenges and opportunities in the capital city of Douala, as a potential country for a sanitation-focused social enterprises to be co-founded with Archimedes Project.

 

 

Iynna spent three months  living and working in Cameroon, talking with workers, entrepreneurs and policy makers to gain insight into the most urgent sanitation needs of the people of Douala. “I quickly made the connection between sanitation, education, poverty and the sexy concept of ‘development,’ as well as what this equation would mean for Cameroon, and more generally Africa,” says Halilou.

 

Her findings pinpointed two high-risk groups who would benefit greatly from a sanitation solution; one that would simultaneously improve the overall health of the city. These two groups, Taxi drivers and Bayam Sellam (food-cart vendors) both work near or on roadways in the city center, and often do not have access to toilets during their workday. This makes theses groups a key point in the sanitation chain because they are often left with no other option than to relieve themselves openly on the side of the road, causing sanitation dangers throughout the community.

 

A global nomad, Iynna was born in Cameroon and grew up there for ten years before moving to France. She has studied, lived and worked in England, the United States, Canada, Russia and Senegal. She most recently received her Master’s degree from New York University in International Affairs with a focus on international development. Upon graduating, she saw working with the Archimedes Project as “an opportunity to impact change and touch on some topics I am deeply passionate about. Indeed as we enter a new age, we are also faced with more challenges that need new and sustainable solutions.

 

Iynna believes that innovation and creativity are the solution to Cameroon's development challenges. Her goal as a social entrepreneur is to unlock the potential within local communities to create solutions for the lack of access to sanitation and clean water. At the culmination of her findings, Iynna and Archimedes Project will work together to design and implement a strategic social enterprise business model tailored to the sociopolitical climate, culture and needs specific to Cameroonians.


The next step will be Iynna and her committed and expert colleagues at Archimedes Project working with her findings in Cameroon to build a strategic, agile business model focused on the needs of the local people. Meanwhile, Archimedes Project is searching for its next Frontier Fellow and raising money to send them to yet another at-risk country to continue the process by actively using human-centered design, rapidly scalable business models and a passionate contempt for the status quo. The mission is to save lives all over the world with simple, localized solutions to water and sanitation scarcity.

Video Update #6

Video Update #6

Examining the Market - Fellow Update Video 6

Watch this update and hear about how the research of Archimedes Project's first Frontier Fellow, Iynna, has transitioned from talking to NGO's and the Government to talking to the people who have to solve this problem for themselves on a daily basis!

Posted by Archimedes Project on Monday, October 26, 2015

Video Update #5

Video Update #5

"Everything is Possible" - Fellow Update Video 5

Did you follow Iynna's preparations? Watch this update and hear about how her first month researching the sanitation market in Cameroon progressed!She recounts her difficulties and tells us how "everything is possible".archgrp.org/s2015

Posted by Archimedes Project on Thursday, October 1, 2015

Video Update #3

Video Update #3

Frontier Fellow Update 4

Haven't been following our first Frontier Fellow, Iynna? She leaves tonight for 12 weeks in Cameroon examining how to increase access to toilets! Watch her last post before leaving and catch up with all her videos at ArchGrp.org/s2015

Posted by Archimedes Project on Thursday, August 20, 2015

Introducing Iynna!

In the coming week, this blog will transform into a space where you can follow the development of Iynna as a social entrepreneur as she tackles the big question of how to increase access to sanitation products and services in Cameroon. Join her!

Iynna believes that innovation and creativity are the solution to Cameroon's development challenges. Her goal as a social entrepreneur is to unlock the potential within local communities to create solutions for the lack of access to sanitation and clean water.

A global nomad, Iynna was born Cameroon and grew up there for 10 years before moving to France. She has studied, lived and worked in England, the United States, Canada, Russia and Senegal. She most recently received her Master’s degree from New York University in International Affairs with a focus on international development.

Frontier Social Entrepreneur Fellowship

A year ago, the Archimedes Project launched our first enterprise in Haiti. Over the past year, I have watched our co-founder Jessica face the challenges and rise to the opportunities of that enterprise with grace and resilience. She has grown Kouzin Dlo from an idea on paper to into an enterprise with a promising future.

To ensure that our future enterprises have the strongest possible entrepreneurs, we initiated the Frontier Social Entrepreneur Fellowship. This fellowship recruits an aspiring changemaker who is deeply connected to one of our target countries to spend 12 weeks defining what the problems and opportunities are for the distribution of drinking water or sanitation products or services. They will work, not only to determine what has been done in the past and what is being done by existing local and international organizations, but also dig deep into how households currently meet their needs every day.

They don't go with answers, they go with questions and curiosity. 


How do households see the problem?

How are they currently solving it?

Could a lean enterprise be designed to provide a better service and could it scale?


We set a high bar for our first Fellow. Our goal was to find an aspiring changemaker who not only felt deeply connected their target country and but also had a strong entrepreneurial spirit and a fierce character.

We are very lucky to have found our first fellow for Summer of 2015 in Iynna. Born in Cameroon and dedicated to the development of that country, she believes in unlocking local potential and giving voice to local solutions. She has strong ideas and a clear dedication to making her own path. I am very much looking forward to working with her as our first Frontier Social Entrepreneur.

If you would like to follow this journey, you will be regular updates here. If you'd like to support the fellowship program, make a donation.

- Faith


Iynna believes that innovation and creativity are the solution to Cameroon's development challenges. Her goal as a social entrepreneur is to unlock the potential within local communities to create solutions for the lack of access to sanitation and clean water.

A global nomad, Iynna was born Cameroon and grew up there for 10 years before moving to France. She has studied, lived and worked in England, the United States, Canada, Russia and Senegal. She most recently received her Master’s degree from New York University in International Affairs with a focus on international development.