Work in a developing area collaborating with local communities to establish real social ventures aimed at solving complex issues. Implement design thinking and innovative methodologies pulled together from Stanford Design School and leading resources around the world. It’s time we learnt that social change comes when communities are vested in the change themselves. So their involvement is crucial to the process. They’ll bring the culture and context and you’ll bring the education and execution.
We run multiple times a year, taking students from Australia, Singapore and Europe. We work across Malawi, Vietnam, Timor-Leste, Fiji and Cambodia. Our program runs continuously across January, February, May, June, July, August and December, with the aim to be running 10 months of the year. This will allow for seamless changeover of Social Venture Projects and strong execution of the Social Venture Business Model.
Social Venture Projects currently focus on Sustainable Agriculture and Nutrition, Water Development and Sanitation (Engineering), Education Resources and Environmental sustainability. All have business principles at the core, enabling sustainable implementation of developed solutions.
For more information on each Project, please choose a focus area below.
Project Everest aims to position itself as a provider of affordable finance due to a widespread lack of collateral and security on loans throughout rural and developing areas. Through business consultation and working alongside these groups of stakeholders in developing their businesses, Project Everest will be able to promote local food security, empowerment of minorities, and economic empowerment while remaining financially sustainable by generating a margin on the microloans issued.
Under the proposed scheme, individuals and communities report failures of water infrastructure, such as pipes and taps, to Project Everest who then posts the jobs as tenders on an online platform. A community of local service providers interact with the platform to place tender offers. This proposed solutions has been prototyped at a fundamental level and has received approval from stakeholders in consultations.
Project Everest is dedicated to helping realise the Sustainable Development Goals. Of these goals, Project Everest has been working on goal six, Clean Water and Sanitation: ensure availability and sustainability of water and sanitation for all.
Project Everest is interested in assessing the state of water resources in Vietnam to ascertain whether we can develop or scale social enterprises relating to water and sanitation.
Project Everest is seeking to understand if there is a need for alternative, more sustainable energy sources in Malawi, Cambodia and East Timor and whether Project Everest is well placed to develop social enterprises that sell socially beneficial goods or services surrounding the provision of energy.
Project Everest is dedicated to helping realise the Sustainable Development Goals. Of these goals, Project Everest has been working on goal eleven, Sustainable Cities and Communities: make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. One component of this goal is minimising the per capita negative environmental impacts of cities, specifically as it relates to waste management.
This project is in the implementation and test stage. The mission is to swiftly implement a minimum viable product with existing stakeholders within Dili to test the viability of a plastic and aluminum transport and recycle business. This would include developing contracts, MOUs, handling cash flow projections, testing and iterating on the prototype, managing stakeholder relationships, marketing, and human resources.
A profound change of the global food and agriculture system is needed if we are to nourish today’s 795 million hungry and the additional 2 billion people expected by 2050. The food and agriculture sector offers key solutions for development and is central for hunger and poverty eradication.
Project Everest is currently in the process of developing an information resource for farmers in rural Fiji and Cambodia. The proposed system, FarmEd, incorporates weather, soil and market data with optimised agricultural practice to provide farmers with time and location specific farming advice. Additionally, Project Everest hopes to complement this advice platform with data collected using drone technology; allowing insights into elevation data, changes in the landscape over time due to rainfall and land size vs recorded produce to create yield data.
Project Everest is interested in assessing the education and attitudes towards nutrition and cost of a nutritionally comprehensive diet, in the hope of making a varied and nutritious diet more affordable across the globe while ensuring local economic empowerment.
In a number of developing countries, widespread inefficiencies in local agricultural industries contribute to food insecurity.
Project Everest will be seeking to create new project ideas that can grow into sustainable and scalable ventures that will address the aforementioned SDGs. Within this process will be the assessment of the potential to port over existing project ideas in other countries and apply their progress and learnings to a new context.