Accelerate the Economic Inclusion of graduates from underprivileged territories / social background

Increase the employability of underprivileged graduates, acting upstream their graduation to prevent unemployment and deskilling risks

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Initiative's representative name


Initiative's representative date of birth


Initiative’s representative gender

  • Man

Which eligible market are you based in?

  • France

Where are you making a difference?

5 Régions : Ile-de-France, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Hauts-de-France, Pays de la Loire, Occitanie

Website or social media url(s) @mozaikrh

When was your organisation founded?


Focus areas

  • Helping people adapt to technologies of the future
  • Reskilling and upskilling the workforce

Project Stage

  • Scaling (expanding impact to many new places or in many new ways) 

Yearly Budget: How much capital do you need to accomplish your proposed project?

  • $500k - $1m

Organisation Type

  • Hybrid

1. Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder(s) to get started or the story of how you saw the potential for this to succeed

The association Mozaïk was born based on an observation:that discrimination in access to employment is a reality in France -With equal qualifications a foreign-sounding name of a candidate may require sending four times more CVs to get a job interview -The unemployment rate is 2,5 time higher for young graduates from underprivileged territories -In another side, many companies declare that they have difficulty to find good profiles for their recruitment needs It lacked an intermediary to build bridges between companies with recruitment needs and talented young graduates from diverse backgrounds. Mozaïk RH has the vocation of combating discrimination in access to employment and promoting equal opportunities and diversity in companies

2. The problem: What problem surrounding employability or financial capability are you helping to solve?

In France, we’re struggling with equality of chances in employment access. People from underprivileged areas/social background, face barriers that are hard to overcome even with quality education. The time to access a first job is 30% longer for graduates coming from underprivileged areas, their unemployment rate is 2,5 time higher. It’ll take 6 generations for descendants of underprivileged families to earn the national median income

3. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

For 11 years Mozaïk RH created courses for employment readiness, tailor-made for the difficulties faced by underprivileged graduates. We enrolled unemployed graduates in intensive programs (workshops & coaching) to empower & help them find a job matching their qualification. Our training programs have a modular approach: group sessions, individual coaching, networking activities, mentoring. They learn to define the jobs they seek, build a professional network, prepare job application materials, prepare for interviews, learn transversal skills & regain confidence. The more graduates take time to find their first qualified job, the more the risks of deskilling are increasing. To limit these risks & prevent unemployment after graduation, we want to anticipate & act upstream the graduation, directly in universities with students in their penultimate/ultimate year of their studies. We are adapting our programs & content that we have for graduates to propose qualitative workshops in universities. We aim to scale our services & our methods allow us to: react to unemployment issues faced by underprivileged young graduates/Anticipate & prevent unemployment for underprivileged students

4. How are you innovating or using unique approaches to solving the problem?

The competition in the job market is getting harder.Underprivileged young don’t know the rules&how to enhance their skills.Nowadays,students from universities in underprivileged areas don’t have preparation training for employment readiness.Our method is unique,prevention instead of curation:workshops in universities to prepare students to get their 1st qualified job faster.We are working closely with companies,recruiters,we know their needs,methods,recruitment process. Our HR expertise allows us to give to these young far from the economic world all the keys to be prepared&make a difference.We want to mobilize speakers from companies in our programs,is that way beneficiaries can be inspired&confronted to the realities of the business world

5. Employability: how is your organization or project teaching people to develop the skills that they need to survive in the future job market?

All our pedagogical contents are created from the needs of the market, the requirements of recruiters and responds to the problems encountered by young people during their job search. Our programs are dynamic, fun and we have a learning by doing approach. Our programs are modular and they mix : - Group coaching - Individual coaching: follow up by a HR consultant or connection with a collaborator of a company (mentoring) - Networking activities and empowerment events - Collective thematic workshops - Digital learnings

5a. Please describe which future-oriented skills your organization is focused on fostering and how you have measured / plan to measure progress

The duration of a hard-skill is 3 years while soft-kills is unlimited. In our employment readiness programs we emphasis on the importance of Soft-Skills, we help young to identify, highlight, & develop them. We are promoting & experimenting 4 mains Soft-Skills in our programs: creativity, collaboration, critical mind, communication. We measure the appropriation thanks to questionnaires. We are fostering 10 other Soft-Skills: People Management, Innovation, Initiative, Emotional intelligence, Service orientation, problem solving, Mental flexibility, Decision making, negotiation, leadership

7. Marketplace: Who else is addressing the same problem? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Lot of actors are proposing training programs for underprivileged people.But these organizations focus on young with no diploma/low education. Mozaïk RH is focusing on young graduates having inclusion difficulties despite their diploma. When young graduates don’t find their place in the society, it’s all their entourage who is drag down & discouraged. But when they are successful, they become role model for their relatives & next generation. By giving employment readiness training programs in universities from underprivileged areas, we are acting upstream graduation,preventing unemploym

8. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

1.We trained & follow more than 2000 young graduates in our intensive “employment readiness programs”.50% of them find a qualified job within 3 months after integrating the intensive program and 80% within 6 months 2.Almost 400 students where trained directly in university since 2018, our objective for 2020-2021 is to: -Train & prepare 220 underprivileged young graduates through our intensive program toward employment readiness -Train and prepare 660 underprivileged students thanks to our employment readiness program in universities 3. Impact Measurement: -Internal: We have tools to monitor precisely quantitative & qualitative data -External: the EExiste agency specialized in social impact will do an external & independent evaluation of this project. They will define, collect & exploit more demographic & social datas & measure the effect of the programs on beneficiaires

9. Financial Sustainability Plan. Can you tell us about you plan to fund your project and how that plan will be sustainable in the short, medium, and long term?

Our strategy is to mix our financial partners: public and private partnerships, this strategy allows us to reduce the financial dependence with our partners. Also, we try to contract several years partnerships with Public/Private actors. We already have partners for 2020-2021, our main partners for this project is the Salesforce Foundation, but we need other partners to achieve our ambition. We developed our training programs toward employment readiness for young graduates for 10 years, they are already sustainable programs that are running each year (we adapt the pedagogical content with the evolution of the needs & job market). Our next challenge is to continue these programs & develop/sustain our program in university toward students

10. Team

We have many competencies in our team: -HR consultants and coach: specialist of HR, recruitment process, recruiters need, job market, candidates need, coaching and empowerment methods. They design the pedagogical content and animate our training programs, workshops, and follow the young students/graduates. -Coordinators: manage the team & objectives -Communication to promote programs -Partnerships (financial & operational) We also work with external experts who animate thematic workshops

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Ashoka page or contact

11. Bring it to life: Please walk us through a concrete example of how your solution will solve the problem you’re trying to address

University program: 1.Universities partnerships to settle down our program for their students in the university’s campus from underprivileged areas.3 paths: from one half day module to 3 half day module 2.Partnerships with companies to mobilize their collaborators to be speakers in our inspired students&connect them soon to the business world 3.Animation of the modules in universities.The identification&development of key softskills is transverse: - Module1:My professional career with my diploma + How to valorize my profile - Module2:Prepare a powerful professional pitch + How to be successful in interview - Module3:Develop my network + how to get recruited by LinkedIn 4.Unlimited Services à la carte for all the students regarding their needs: thematic workshops in smaller group, Connection with mentors, networking events 5.Alumni community 6.constant Impact

13. Financial Sustainability – funding breakdown: please list a quick breakdown of your funding, indicating an estimated percentage that comes from each source.

For the first year :

  • Public Funds : 39%
  • Private Funds (foundations) : 57%
  • Apprenticeship Tax (it is a tax that companies have to pay for action toward studients / student that are looking for apprenticeship, Mozaïk RH can collect this tax) : 30 %

14. Financial Sustainability – please tell us more about how you plan to fund and scale your project over the next 12 months.

Budget year 1: 302542€ -Engineering: 28291€ -Implementation: 227878€ -Communication/Events:31450€ -Impact Evaluation:14923€ Actual funds: Salesforce Foundation for 2020-21 (main partner),others private partners,Public partners future source of funding: -Several years private partnerss: find big partners, we initiate with the Agency Equanity a big philanthropy fundraising -Apprenticeship tax is a recurrent revenue -We’ll negotiate a partnership with the Ministry of higher education -We have a forprofit activity (recruitment&consulting): we will inject our benefits in our nonprofit activities

15. Growth Strategy: What are your main strategies for scaling your impact?

-By doing programs directly in university we'll scale our impact:in one time we can touch between 20-100 young

-Geographic spread:we want to extend the geographic area where we are organizing our modules in university&multiply our partnerships with universities to touch more beneficiaries


-Digitalization:we want to make our pedagogical content accessible everywhere, by more people. We want to digitalize our pedagogical content.We’ve just started the engineering of the digitalization of our expertise.

-Fertilization:spreading our expertise to other structures to create systemic change

16. Activating changemakers: How are you giving people the power to control their own destiny and support other people to become changemakers in their communities?

We want to empower people by giving them the key they need to reveal their true potential,stand out&being able to do the career they deserve.They become changemarkers in their community by being role model

-The recruitment of underprivileged graduates leads to social cohesion.By being professionally integrated,they renew social interactions&link between territories.It’ll show to their relatives that it’s possible to foil social determinism

-Alumni:former successful beneficiaries will inspire new beneficiaries

- Communication campaign with success stories to inspire&change mentality

17. Awards & Recognitions: What awards or recognitions, if any, has the project received so far?

For the moment no award or recognition for this specific project

18. Tell us about how collaborations and partnerships would enhance the scalability and impact of your project

- Partnerships with universities: by doing programs directly in universities from underprivileged areas we will be able to touch more beneficiaries in one time by gathering several “school year” to attend our module. One of the keys of the project is to contract partnerships with universities, convince them to schedule our module in the students timetable.

- Partnerships with companies: it is essential for us to associate companies and their collaborators to be speaker in our modules

Finally - Your Selfie Elevator Pitch: Share a 1-minute video that shares a quick summary of the problem you would like to solve, how you’ve chosen to solve it, and the impact you hope to see.

WithCOVID19 crisis we did'nt anticipate this new application. I am discovering today that we must do a video. Our CEO Saïd cannot do it today. this video is only for private use not publication please

Evaluation results

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3. Does this entry have SOCIAL IMPACT?

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4. Is this entry VIABLE financially and operationally?

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6. FEEDBACK: Highlights

IMPACT POTENTIAL: You use specific numbers and evidence to describe what your project has achieved so far (or plan to achieve in the future) – and you have a concrete plan for future impact. You have specific tools for measuring impact. - 100%

QUALITY OF INNOVATION: You have a great understanding of the problem, have researched existing solutions, and have developed unique, thoughtful solutions - 50%

FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONAL SUSTAINABILITY: You have given a great deal of thought to not just the idea itself but how to make it work operationally and financially in the present and future; your plan is specific and you value sustainability. - 50%

CHANGEMAKING ACTIVATION: You have a good plan on how to activate changemakers and empower them to innovate through your product or programming - 50%

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7. FEEDBACK: Areas for Improvement

IMPACT POTENTIAL: make sure to provide specific instances of your social impact (or how you plan to measure impact) – it may be helpful to describe the beneficiaries, the main activities/products, and provide evidence of (or plan for) impact evaluation - 0%

QUALITY OF INNOVATION: make sure to describe how your solution is unique and innovative – it is helpful to include the research you have done on past solutions and how your solution is different from (and/or builds upon) these. - 0%

FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONAL SUSTAINABILITY: make sure you have provided descriptive information about your financial sustainability plan. Where do the funds come from now and do you have a concrete plan for future sustainability? - 100%

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WRITING STYLE. Try to be concise, descriptive, and specific. Avoid jargon. - 100%

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