The extrapreneurship framework is a concept adopted by the Sahara Foundation, whose raison d’etre is directed at youth empowerment and poverty alleviation through the principles of entrepreneurship. Our chosen approach at Sahara will involve leveraging internal and external strengths to drive cross-sectoral collaboration by connecting the right people and organizations towards providing sustainable solutions to global social problems while creating wealth in the process. This will require developing projects, programmes and initiatives that add value to the beneficiaries whilst making them self- reliant. Unlike entrepreneurship which focuses mainly in income generation, extraprenuership is centered on wealth creation and preservation.
The shift in the Foundation’s focus is modelled after the Group’s strategy. Sahara has evolved from being a small business into a world class conglomerate with operations across 4 continents. The journey started with three young budding Nigerians and has now grown to an employer of over 4,000 staff across 4 continents with business operations across the energy value chain including upstream, midstream, downstream operations. Sahara Group has leveraged on its network of committed stakeholders to expand the business and embrace opportunities.
The core of the extrapreneurship framework is ‘to create a platform that finds, creates and connects young people with business interests in emerging markets’. This will be achieved by leveraging on Sahara Foundation’s key strength to bringing together various committed stakeholders through a platform that will promote partnerships amongst organizations from various sectors to solve common social problems.
We believe that the experience we have gathered over the years will serve as a spring board towards the achievement of the new goals set by the Board of Trustees.
The initiative sought to promote a hub of enterprise that connects budding film makers with stakeholders that can help hone their skills to enhance productivity, excellence and sustainability in their careers.
The project was designed to provide a platform to task Nigerian youth to showcase their creativity and innovation in film making by celebrating entrepreneurship in Nigeria through short docu-films using the theme -My Nigeria, My Platform Seeing Nigeria through an entrepreneur’s eyes. The documentaries highlighted stories of Nigerian entrepreneurs, with a focus on how their efforts are providing sustainable solutions, creating employment and promoting socio-economic development in the nation.
Over 150 entries were submitted by various aspiring film makers from across Nigeria, Ghana and Uganda. The entries were screened and streamlined to the top 20 by award film maker Kunle Afolayan. Joseph Duke was selected as the overall winner with ‘Give Us This Day’- a documentary which highlights the challenges faced by two Nigerian entrepreneurs at different levels of business operations opportunities encountered and their contributions to the society.
Chinenye Balogun and Alabi Kayode emerged first and second runners-up respectively, with entries that showcased the creativity and resilience of Nigerian entrepreneurs. Chinenye ‘s work highlighted the efforts of a young disabled Nigerian who is into the production of footwear, Shea butter, packaged water and small scale agriculture, whilst that of Alabi focused on a female graduate entrepreneur who ventured into shoe making when a supposedly paid job could no longer pay. The overall winner will undertake a six-month internship with Kunle Afolayan, while all the three top finalists will attend the 2017 Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France with the support of Sahara Group.
These film extrapreneurs will be inducted into Sahara Hub where they are expected to serve as mentors to young and upcoming film makers alike.
This was designed to create a platform that will identify, support and reward young people with business interests whilst improving the efficiency of extrapreneurs to ensure growth and sustainability. This was achieved by granting young and innovative individuals with business interest access to a network of mentors and angel investors to guide them to success.
The Sahara “Extrapreneurship” Challenge is an integrated extrapreneurship development and management programme that harnesses strategic partnerships and networks to support and reward relevant, innovative and scalable entrepreneurial ventures.
In partnership with ENACTUS Nigeria, a call for entries was made to which we received over 200 entries. Of the 200 entries received, the top 5 were selected after a rigorous screening process. The top five finalists pitched their ideas before angel investors after which they were placed on a 3 month mentorship programme with ENACTUS in a bid to further support them and help position their business for long-term sustainability.
The top five entries are
Fatara farms produce fresh tomatoes in large quantities and then processes the tomatoes into powdery form (end product) named “Easy Access Tomatoes”. The tomatoes are processed using grinding machine with very minimal additions of artificial preservatives. The end product enhances healthy living and is easily affordable throughout the year (in and out of tomato season).
Bamwase is a labour-force web base platform that links “clients” with “technicians” also known as service providers. With smart verification processes and responsive web technologies, Bamwase is a seamless platform for artisans with little or no capital for digital marketing, or branding to showcase their skills and expertise. With “keywords” (cities, town, job category) form of search, Bamwase plays a win-win form of business solution for the client and the artisans while it makes profit from subscription, web adverts/promotions and linkages.
Irisha is a poultry farming business that operates in a very unique way as it adopt a free ranging form of rearing the birds resulting in an organic, low fat, hormone free and health eggs. Currently, Irisha farms uniquely brands her egg crates and offers free live chicken and eggs delivery services. With a natural feeding formula, hygienic environment and a free ranging approach, Irisha farms is pushing to become a world class bird farm with healthy but low fat chickens.
FITCO Tech manufactures 4 design variants of 2-burner gas stoves that broadly fall under two categories.
They are expected to pitch the ideas before a group of Angel Investors which include LAN/RT DealDay and Investment One in early 2017. Upon this phase; they will be provided with cash prizes to help develop the businesses to sustainability while also being inducted into the Sahara Foundation Hub.
The objective of this programme was to support young Nigerians in the use of digital technology to drive small businesses, give them digital identities and ensure they benefit positively in the digital space.
This programme was a collaborative partnership between the Presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment, Sahara Group, Diamond bank, Airtel Nigeria, Intel and Microsoft. The project is in alignment with Sahara Foundations Extrapreneurship framework whose raison d’etre is directed at youth empowerment and poverty alleviation through the principles of cross sectoral collaborations.
It is expected that Sahara Group through the Foundation will help drive the top 30 business ventures towards long term sustainability by introducing the top 30 innovators to Sahara’s network of cross sectoral partners comprising business development professionals. The top 3 innovators were supported with cash prizes of N500,000 each to further develop their businesses ultimately for growth and sustainability. Furthermore, the innovators have been inducted into Sahara Hub wherein they are expected to serve as ambassadors and mentors to upcoming innovators.
Tracology is a proudly Nigerian limited liability payment and data verification solutions company, which focuses on the utility industry. Tracology employs the use of a patented process of deploying quick response (qr)/barcodes on residences and businesses serviced by utility companies. These quick response (qr) codes are scanned when offering services to obtain real-time verification of payments made. At the core of tracology is a goal to make African cities and states more efficient, livable and sustainable using smarter information and logistics centered technology.
RecyclePoints is a waste recycling and social benefit venture that is addressing Nigeria’s waste management crisis. Through an incentive based scheme it is geared to motivate citizens to recycle by creating value from their everyday waste. Subscribers to this laudable initiative deposit their home sorted recyclable waste items in exchange for Points which is recorded on passbooks called GreenCards. These Points are accumulated and used to redeem cash or household items offered through its iRecycle store. The scheme deploys the use Electric Cargo Tricycles manned by youthful adults -WasteBusters, who embark on a door-to-door collection of recyclable waste from registered subscribers on its iRecycle Network. The entire value chain of this unique waste recycling model promotes Poverty Eradication, Women Empowerment, Youth Engagement, Community Engagement and Environmental Sustainability.
Shuttlers is a technology-enabled transportation company that enables professionals in Lagos metropolis access efficient, comfortable and affordable transport to and from work using a multi-staff bus system. With Shuttlers' technology, Professionals can book, pay and track arrival and departure times of their shuttles.