Participating in the C3 programme, where selected entrepreneurs attend group workshops on foundational topics, simulate board meetings with impact investors and connect with experts from across the world, was a great learning opportunity for EduPloyment’s founders.
“C3 was the only accelerator programme that we found which focused on social impact and the whole concept that a business can generate profit and solve a social or global problem at the same time,” says Dr. Rana A. Batterjee, Co-founder and Chief Purpose Officer.
Witnessing firsthand the power of C3’s phenomenal network of organisers and various professionals was among many different takeaways from the programme, as was the chance to learn from people with a common mindset, EduPloyment’s founders say.
The UAE-based start-up helps blue-collar job seekers from the Indian sub-continent, Philippines and Egypt create CVs and video introductions, and starts them on a journey learning and improving their English before matching them with suitable jobs in the GCC countries.
Workers pay a small monthly subscription fee of U.S.$1.50 to use the platform to improve their language skills and look for job opportunities. There are no additional costs in accepting a job offer.
Over the next three years, EduPloyment aims to place over 340,000 candidates in jobs across worker-dependent sectors such as manufacturing, logistics, facilities management, security, hospitality, retail and food and beverage.
For other aspiring social impact businesses, their advice is to focus on your purpose.
There will be many obstacles, many naysayers, hopefully even more wins big and small, but it is very important to stay focused on your mission and not get distracted by what could potentially look like low-hanging fruit,” concludes Co-founder and CEO Mazen Omair.