Konexio trains vulnerable groups (refugees, disadvantaged youth) in digital skills to promote skills development and access to employment.
13. Financial Sustainability – funding breakdown: please list a quick breakdown of your funding, indicating an estimated percentage that comes from each source.
Individual donations or gifts: 4%
Foundation or NGO grants: 16%
Corporate contributions: 49%
Grants or contracts: 31%
Earned income (product or services sales, licensing, franchising, consulting, financing, etc.): 0%
15. Growth Strategy: What are your main strategies for scaling your impact?
With a current waitlist of over 300 students, Konexio is scaling by growing the Paris team, which directly increases the number of courses Konexio offers. We will also duplicate the Paris programs in other high-needs cities such as Nantes, Bordeaux, and Lille, all of which contain a high percentage of Konexio’s target beneficiaries. Governments in these cities have expressed both the need for Konexio’s programs and opportunities for partial funding. In Malawi, Konexio is scaling through a partnership model, in which Konexio collaborates with an established NGO to offer digital skills classes.
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?
Konexio gives beneficiaries long-term financial stability through workforce integration, creating changemakers on several levels. Firstly, beneficiaries affect workplace change by normalizing minorities. Secondly, having financial stability and self-reliance breaks cycles of poverty and supports health and well-being, allowing beneficiaries to better care for themselves and their families, set long-term goals, and invest in their communities. This is especially true in Malawi, where Konexio’s program is one of the first of its kind to connect trainees directly with job opportunities.
17. Awards & Recognitions: What awards or recognitions, if any, has the project received so far?
Winner, Google Impact Challenge (2019)
Winner, Vivatech Tech4good Prize (2019)
Winner, 2nd and 3rd seasons, Paris Code (2018, 2019)
Winner, Global Final Round: Quick Pitch Prize, Global Social Venture Competition (2018)
Finalist, Social Innovation Tournament, European Investment Bank (2018)
Semi-finalist, Social Innovation Tournament, European Commission (2018)
18. Tell us about how collaborations and partnerships would enhance the scalability and impact of your project
Company partners provide a “real-world” component to trainees’ educations through workshops, mentoring and apprenticeships. Growing this partner network helps us scale, since each partnership represents higher trainee capacity. In Malawi, Konexio runs programs jointly with established NGO partners, increasing efficiency and allowing for faster launches. Future programs targeting refugee camps will follow the same model, in which Konexio collaborates with existing nonprofits.