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    Date submitted
  • 15-Nov-2017

MULTILAB ACCESS & TRAINING CENTRES

Abstract

PART 1

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

SOCIAL VENTURE OVERVIEW

Whereas Kenya is faced with an ever increasing number of mushrooming public schools (mere classrooms without Labs), we have always had a host of needy secondary schools in marginalized areas without Labs and Lab Equipment, even as the government continues to provide a meager yearly Lab Grant of Kshs. 160,000 per public school p.a (as at the year 2014); Moreover, we are now faced with a new post-2017 reality with the new government’s fulfillment of its campaign pledge of free education in Kenya’s nearly 10,000 public secondary schools, thereby jeopardizing in-house funding for basic infrastructure in the once thriving public secondary schools. .

Our multiple makeshift Labs facility under a tent (with a strong room for overnight safe-keeping of valuable equipment, materials and re-agents) comprising a Medical Diagnostic Lab, a Chemistry Lab, a Physics Lab, a Biology Lab, and Computer Lab doubling up as a Communication Bureau for communal connectivity and basic support services.

We will franchise our typical centre and seek impact investors to offer loans to our qualifying franchisees in their regions.

VALUE PROPOSITION

a) Problem

The National Education Sector Plan 2013 – 2018 on Laboratory and Laboratory Equipment Investment (pages 45 – 47) cites inadequate Labs and Lab Equipment in marginalized areas; An ever increasing number of new schools (with classrooms, but no labs); and The running of examinations of practical Science subject papers are conducted in crowded rooms. Apart from these, as a motivation for pupils to take up future careers, there is need to showcase Labs in use in real life practice

b) Solution

SOCIAL IMPACT

Typically, for flexibility of erection, our makeshift Medical Diagnostic Lab and 50-seater Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Computer Labs, together with a strong room for overnight safe-keeping of valuable equipment & material, pre-exist in the form of panels, planks and Canvas material for roofing and walling, and suitable easy-to-clean plastic polymer flooring tiles to be assembled on site. Our Solar-powered facility (with on-grid power back-up) will be manned by technicians and government-certified teachers with combinations that cover Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Computer Studies. The labs which will operate Monday to Saturday, with a possibility of Sunday, will sit on a leased piece of land (1/4 acre). The medical lab will be available to Private Hospital Laboratories, Multi-National Health Non-Governmental Organizations, Research Institutions, General Medical Institutions Fraternity, Leading Health Care Specialists, Clinics, Major Laboratories, Private Companies, Community Based Health Care Programmes, Walk-in Clients, and Insurance Agencies; the school labs will be accessible to an average 8 schools, which will share the facilities in shifts from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday, throughout the school terms at an access fee. Private classes of pupils in the Sciences with a bias in practical labs will be conducted by our teachers from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm, Monday to Friday and from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturdays and Public Holidays during the school term. Similarly, during the School recess, our teachers will attend individually paying pupils from 9 am to 7.30 pm. Where whole classes are concerned, Lab access sessions will be scheduled such that teachers of participating schools have rehearsals with our technical staff beforehand and design ways to transfer the essential concepts to their students by themselves before beginning lab sessions. Our Communication Bureau will offer Computer Studies training to individuals, fast internet access, bulk document digitization, professional digital photography, printing, photocopying, binding, lamination, et. al. With franchising as our expansionist strategy, impact will be measured by the extent of our program’s footprint across our target areas in the country, region, continent and third world.

MARKET

The Medical Diagnostic Labs

Private Hospital Laboratories, Multi-National Health Non-Governmental Organizations, Research Institutions, General Medical Institutions Fraternity, Leading Health Care, Specialists, Clinics, Major Laboratories, Private Companies, Community Based Health Care Programmes, Walk-in Clients, Insurance Agencies

The 4 School Labs

(1.) privately registered candidates for national science examinations; (2.) individual high school-going pupils privately for science preparation; (3.) pupils of forms 1 to 4 classes in schools. We estimate that 5,000 schools are potential customers.

COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE

Our competitors are conventional Science Labs of established schools.

Our competitive advantage: our training is practical-oriented; alongside our teachers, we could engage teachers from neighboring schools in part-time engagement; Our Labs have up-to-date equipment and technology; affordable as outsourced services; solar power source insulated from power black-outs; offer livelihoods to neighbors.

REVENUE MODEL

We will charge an access fee, payable quarterly (in advance), in our contracts with schools; We will charge fees to private examination candidates and individual pupils in the Sciences and Computer Studies in our home school arrangement; We will offer basic Computer trainings for the public; Our bureau will offer Cyber Services, Bulk document digitization, Printing, Digital Photography, and Photocopying;

GO-TO-MARKET STRATEGY

After successful proof of concept, we will establish 4 other typical centres by the close of the first year. We will develop tools of Franchising the business countrywide, regionally and globally and sell our franchises from the beginning of the 2nd.

STAKEHOLDERS

Impact Investor(s) for financing; The government for licensing and Curriculum approval; and Tertiary Institutions for quality control collaborations. The neighboring community for support; CDF, County Government Funds, NGO/CBO, Donors & CSR programmes of corporates finance needy pupils and schools Lab Access fees at our facilities;

TEAM

Philip will take care of design and structural constructions; Boniface will take charge of networking, setting up and troubleshooting of computers, Joseph will deal with computer software, video editing issues and I, Eric will handle business development and issues of Science Labs.

Skill Deficit

In offering Medical Diagnostic Lab services, we will acquire a technical partner such as http://www.nyumbanilab.co.ke to provide the technical standards and expertise at our outlet

We will outsource Design and fabrication of physical infrastructure

We will employ the rest of the staff

TRACK RECORD AND NEXT STEPS

We have got a documented theory of change. We seek to get resources to execute a successful proof of concept, from which point we will expand to more areas.

FINANCIAL MODEL AND 5-YEAR PROJECTION

Our cost drivers: design and erection of the physical facilities; consumables for the multiple labs; Lease of land Space; Salaries; Permit(s)/License(s)

Revenue Streams: (1.) Medical Diagnostic Lab services; (2.) School Lab Access fees; (3.)Tuition Fees; (4.) Income from Communication Bureau services

Assumptions:

REVENUES

Medical Diagnostic Labs

Assuming Kshs. 25,000 net income per day or Kshs. 7,500,000 p.a

School Labs Outsource Revenue

Assuming 6 schools, 500 pupils each charged 500 per month for 9 months = Kshs. 13,500,000

Training/Coaching Revenue

Assuming 50 private national exam candidates, 1 pupil @ Kshs. 200 per hour, 4 hours per day, 20 days a month, aprox. 9 months = Kshs. 7,200,000

Assuming 100 school going pupils @ Kshs. 200 per hour, 1 hour per day, 12 days a month for approx. 9 months = Kshs. 2,160,000

Assuming 100 school going pupils on holiday @ Kshs. 200 per hour, 3 hours per day, 10 days a month approx.. 2 months = 1,200,000

Communication Bureau Revenue

(a.) Cyber Café

Assuming 30 [email protected] Kshs. 60 per hour 6 hours a day 24 days a month for 12 months = Kshs. 3,110,400

(b.) Bureau Services @ Kshs. 10,000 per day 24 days a month for 12 months = Kshs. 2,880,000

EXPENSES

Lumpsum One-off Expense

Design & Development of Unit Physical facility, furnishing = Kshs. 5,000,000

Purchase of equipment and material = Kshs. 2,000,000

Recurrent Expenses

Licenses = Kshs. 500,000 p.a.; Coordination [email protected] Kshs. 2,400,000 p.a.; Salary for 1 Administrative Assistant/Accountant = Kshs.720,000 p.a.; Salary for 1 Medical Diagnostic Lab services [email protected] Kshs. 100,000 p.m = Kshs. 1,200,000 pa; Salary for 2 Science [email protected] Kshs. 50,000 p.m. = Kshs. 1,200,000 p.a.

Salary for 1 School Lab [email protected] Kshs. 55,000 = Kshs.660,000 p.a.; Salary for 1 Computer Studies [email protected] Kshs. 50,000 pm = Kshs.600,000 p.a.; Salary for 1 Computer Lab Attendant/[email protected] Kshs.600,000 p.a.; Salary for two security [email protected] 180,000 p.a. = Kshs. 360,000 p.a.; Lease for 1/4 acre land space from an institution/individual @ Kshs. 100,000 = Kshs. 1,200,000 p.a.; Medical Lab [email protected] Kshs. 3,600,000 p.a; School Laboratory [email protected] Kshs.3,600,000 p.a.; Communication Bureau [email protected] Kshs. 1,200,000 p.a.

General Assumptions: both Revenue & Expenditure leap yearly to the following year by 10%

Video

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Introduction Video

Additional Questions

Who is your customer?

Our Medical Diagnostic Lab will serve Private Hospital Laboratories, Multi-National Health Non-Governmental Organizations, Research Institutions, General Medical Institutions Fraternity, Leading Health Care, Specialists, Clinics, Major Laboratories, Private Companies, Community Based Health Care Programmes, Walk-in Clients, and Insurance Agencies; Our High School Chemistry Lab, Physics Lab, and Biology Lab will serve school going pupils privately and private high school exam candidates and access needs of needy secondary schools, and our general Computer Lab/Communication Bureau will serve school going pupils privately, private high school exam candidates, and post-high school trainees.

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

Physics, Chemistry, and Biological Labs The National Education Sector Plan 2013 – 2018 on Laboratory and Laboratory Equipment Investment (pages 45 – 47) highlights issues and constraints as: (1.) Inadequate Laboratories and Laboratory Equipment especially in Arid and Semi Arid Lands (ASALs) and poverty-stricken rural and urban slum areas. (2.) Lack of laboratories and laboratory equipment at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), which makes curricula for science … largely theoretical. (3.) An ever increasing number of new schools (with classrooms, but no labs) being erected by Constituency Development Funds (CDFs), Local Area Transfer Funds (LATFs) and other stakeholders for social, economic and political reasons. (4.) The running of examinations of practical Science subject papers where examinations are conducted in crowded rooms in several shifts and with candidates sharing equipment. Many schools in ASAL and poverty-stricken rural and urban poor areas have improvised makeshift laboratories and laboratory equipment. (5.) Students get to use actual lab equipment only during their final national examinations. Medical Testing Labs Private clinic owners outsource medical diagnostic lab services as they are very expensive to establish individually Information, Communication and Telecommunications There is a digital divide between our target areas and the rest of the world. This arises from very outdated technologies in use and very low internet speeds at our cyber cafes. Similarly, because of frequent power blackouts, even existing providers in our target marginalized areas do not serve the adequate ICT needs of the communities.

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

1.) Flexibility in the ease of assembly of the makeshift facilities 2.) One-stop centre with self-powering facilities with up-to-date technology and affordable charges unlimited by power outages 3.) Communication Bureau to serve whole neighborhood in bridging the digital divide between marginalized areas 4.) Affordable Medical Testing Facility accessible to private clinics clinics that dot the the entire community 5.) Franchising massive expansion to unreachable areas using local entrepreneurs

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

I am a holder of an undergraduate degree in Science (Chemistry and Mathematics), a mini MBA holder in Startup Entrepreneurship and a MBA holder in Global Business and Sustainability (Social Entrepreneurship Track). I will be involved in the overall direction of the enterprise. Philip, my partner, a practicing building professional, is a diploma holder in building construction. Philip will handle all the design and construction of structures. Boniface, my partner, a practicing Computer Professional, is a diploma holder in Computer engineering. Boniface will deal with all ICT hardware and connection issues Joseph Shipendi Experienced in computer assembly and repairs; Audio and Video editor, ; 11 years experienced as a driver classes A, B, C, E and Artic. He will be instrumental in video and audio editing, computer hardware repairs, networking issues and as a transport manager. He will approach corporates and other donors to adopt our needy customers (schools and pupils).]