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CitizenCommons/ eCoveSpaces graduates first Cohort of Open Gov Social Impact Challenge.

After a week of intensive training, Abuja Finalists of the Open Gov Social Impact Challenge Finalists successfully graduated and pitched their social ideas.

The 5 Day Accelerated BootCamp exposed fellows to the fundamentals of social enterprise; starting, expanding and running a social mission organisation. With seasoned facilitators such as Bukky Shonibare of Invictus Africa who taught the Business of Social Impact and Design Thinking. Hamzat Lawal of Connected Development shared his exciting journey as a social entrepreneur and change maker, as well as the timeless tips turning Idea to passion. Segun Fatodimu of SOZO Network for Leadership Development facilitated the Resource Mobilisation and Grant Writing session, while Tariah Adams of White Ribbon Alliance share on Communication and Storytelling for Change.

Fellows and Projects.

  1. Areo, Olumide – The Nigerian Student Accountability Network- NSA
  2. Jonas, Godfrey  – Open Health HelpDesk
  3. Ajongbolo, Oluwagbenga  – Open Sunshine Initiative.
  4. Oche, Tony  – The Verdict Game
  5. Joshua, Issac –  Open Voices Africa
  6. Amalu, Chidimma – CleanToLive
  7. Abdullahi, Michael – LiveShapesNG
  8. Adindu, Jane – Inclusive Government with value (IGV)

Other Topics and Sessions of the Bootcamp includes:

  1. Ideation and Brainstorming (Each participant presents their projects/ideas, Needs/ Project Assessment / Intervention Analysis, Theory of Change, Stakeholder Analysis. 
  2. The Business of Social Good: Creating a validation and execution plan, Proof of Concept
  3. Organisational Strategy  (Leadership for Social Good, Recruiting Team (Board Members + Volunteers, Developing your organisational strategy, strategic plans (1-3year Plan)
  4. Fundraising and Resource Mobilisation: Cracking Fundraising for new social ventures, Partnerships and Collaboration, Proposal Writing: Primer, Leveraging social capital, Budgeting your financial requirements and Tips and guidelines for fundraising for new social enterprises
  5. Communication (Branding and Corporate Identity, Communication Strategy and Workplan, Using Social Media for Social Good / Advocacy,  Storytelling and Advocacy. 
  6. Evaluating Impact: Measuring and Communication Impact.  
  7. Business Model Canvas Adaption for Social Enterprise  
  8. The Social Start-Up Pitch 

About OSIC

The OpenGov Social Impact Challenge (OSIC) is a competition that seeks to identify practical, original and social impact ideas (especially those that promote open government, accountability and improved citizen engagement – broadly defined) promoted by emerging social entrepreneurs across Nigeria. Designed as a pilot, the program is presented as a platform that gives emerging social entrepreneurs an opportunity to showcase their solutions and access some resources (mentorship, training, and workspace) and potentially funding. 


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