Business Name: Colearn
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/Colearn-742202352801450/
After taking Harvard Business School’s online course on “Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets,” I realized that South Africa’s institutional void lies in education. Thus, the idea for Colearn came as a possible resolution.
Colearn is a website that allows high school students to ask any question they have with their school work or problem that they’re stuck with which will be answered by another student. The issue with googling your questions is that the answers provided are never done in the same methods and style that we use and are never with regards to the South African syllabus or way of questioning. With Colearn, they get help from people who are doing the same syllabus or have done it. Students can also begin a discussion on a certain course topic. I believe that the issue with education in South Africa isn’t the content, but the access to it. Anyone with access to the internet can make use of Colearn. It is free to use, however, the profit comes from ads.
The current drawback I see is the fact that not everyone has access to the internet and not all those that do have data to use for schoolwork.
Therefore, my goals for the business are to make it accessible to more people (perhaps if a network could make the site data-free), get local brands that target a high school audience to advertise on the site and to improve the overall feel of the site and its advertising.
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What is this about?
Students in Grade 8 to Grade 12 can enter their existing money-making venture, hobby or business and stand a chance of winning R100 000. Four runner-ups will each receive R10 000 worth of coaching for their businesses.