Strivers combines the education and financing into a single 6 week long workshop. The units are based on useful real world skills with an emphasis on collaborative problem solving, student interaction, and discussion. The curriculum consists of lessons in managerial and leadership skills, business English, basic science, sales, negotiation, accounting, customer service and computer technology. With the help of teachers, mentors and Ugandan businessmen, students are encouraged to channel their passions into a feasible business plan. They are given the time and tools to develop this during the program. Upon graduation they will have the option to present their work in front of the Strivers board. The most promising projects will be offered financing, in the form of a start-up loan. Companies which are launched as a result of the workshop will also receive follow-up monitoring from the Strivers Foundation.
The Foundation's objective is simple: empower, motivated, smart young people with a penchant for business to be the future of Ugandan economy. In doing so the entire society benefits from more available jobs and an increase in available products and services tailored to address local needs.
The Result: Greater economic opportunity, homegrown solutions to social problems and more people with an ownership stake in the country.