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Reinventing delivery of education in rural areas – Trecc Idea Challenge

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TRECC partners with Seedstars World to collect revolutionary ideas to deliver educational products and services to rural areas. Entrepreneurs are encouraged to submit their ideas around education at www.treccideachallenge.com until January 31st and win a prize of $1000.

Education is one of the key areas to drive change in emerging markets, especially in Africa. Despite a lot of technological progress, even today most rural and low-income communities are especially disadvantaged when it comes to accessing and benefitting from educational services and innovation as many education solutions currently only work on smartphones, need internet and are therefore not always applicable and impactful in rural areas.

Rural distribution challenges often limit access to quality education for the communities that need it most, further exacerbating social inequalities.  We want to better understand how education systems – as well as education entrepreneurs – can  leverage existing distribution networks or create socially responsible distribution networks to ensure these communities have access to not only quality education, but other goods and service that can improve the quality of life.

This is why Seedstars World has partnered with TRECC to encourage people from all over the world to submit ideas for bringing education products and services to rural areas in the “Rural Distribution Idea Contest”.

The challenge is looking specifically for ideas in the following areas:

  • Help established education companies and entrepreneurs expand to rural markets, where there is limited electricity, internet, and quick transportation options
  • Improve education delivery systems and access to learning through technology or new distribution models
  • Spark demand for quality education and education-focused goods and services in rural communities

The challenge is open until January 31st and entrepreneurs from across Africa can submit ideas at www.treccideachallenge.com

The winner will be announced on February 10th and will be awarded a prize money of $1000.

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Seedstars World is a Switzerland based startup competition that takes place in emerging markets.