Project Everest

We're knocking on doors and taking names!

Tomorrow is a big day for Social Consulting. We have been experiencing difficulties contacting stakeholders, meaning they have not been answering calls nor have they been answering emails. We are only here for a month, and we want to make an impact, so we're going to Suva to knock on doors and have some face to face conversations. 

Aim: 

Primary:

  • To get Elrico from SPBD to grant permission for us to run our workshops in his Sigatoka branch (Goal 2). 
  • To get Fiji National University to disclose what they would like from us in order for them to sign a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding). (Goal 3)

Secondary: 

  • Learn how lecturers teach in the Fijian Culture so we can replicate this in our workshops 
  • Gain feedback on our workshops from lecturers, SPBD and other educators in the Suva area 
  • Get suggestions from potential partners, or interested businesses for workshop locations (if SPBD is no longer interested), or even workshop content. 

Why

We are looking into workshop locations because we would like to get a concrete location so that we can get started on goal 2 (Run 3 workshops). Running the workshops and getting feedback is the only way that we can test our product. 

We are asking for University cooperation (Goal 3) so that we can potentially start an internship programme with the Universities to have our workshops running all year, rather than just the time when Project Everest is in Fiji. This will encourage Micro Financing businesses such as SPBD to invest in a referral scheme. This referral scheme is outlined in the attached documents. 

Additionally, we are always searching for feedback on our workshop content as we strive for the best product-customer fit. 

How: 

We do not have any scheduled meetings, due to the difficulties contacting them. So, we need to be prepared for any situation. This includes a formal pitch with slides, and a business plan or even just a conversation while on the move. We want to get the most out of this trip to Suva, so we are prepared for either situation or any in between. Attached is the Formal Business Plan, as well as the pitch decks for SPBD and the University. 

Wish us luck! 

edited on Dec 5, 2017 by Danni Lockwood

Wade Tink Dec 5, 2017

Great to see you are going to hustle into Suva to get it done. With respect to the assets you are taking forward I would say that the business plan is too light whilst the pitch decks are too heavy.
I've attached a business plan example contents and with the decks the key is to be explaining the story and sharing only critical information.
With respect to the information gained from the people you have interviewed have you thought of adding profiles...? What is the main concern of those people? What are the challenges they are having in business?
You could look at research from other countries as well as a starting point for data which will make it more powerful.
Do you have deck examples?
You are on the right path with this as a business model in partnership with the Uni. Also, education being a feeder for micro-finance could potentially work as a business model.

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