funded
Hub Support Services for Proposers
Current Project Status
In Progress
Amount
Received
$18,538
Amount
Requested
$19,400
Percentage
Received
95.56%
Solution

Leverage the untapped contributor potential in developing nations via Comm Hubs to match and meet the needs of Catalyst proposers and beyond

Problem

There is limited business demand to support the growth of successful support services enterprises in developing nations

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Hub Support Services for Proposers

CA summary

The Developing Nations Leveraging Brilliance Programme

Our goal is to support Community Hubs through developing an integrated modular pathway that will enable them to:

· become self-sufficient,

· Revenue generating,

· Social Impact Organisations*

· Offering well defined professional service products both to local national and international markets.

We will do this whilst promoting their position within their local communities:

· As education and impact enablers and innovation technology specialists

· By acting as a channel connecting Cardano and Catalysts to their local stakeholders, and

· By initially working within the professional services sector

*Where a Social Impact Organisation refers to an organisation that is:

· Positively aligned on being both: Return on Intent and Return on Investment focused.

· One that is self-sustaining: equally at home funding its operations from grant funding and Commercial operations. And with a strategy and capability to do both.

· One that is capable of measuring and managing both the Cultural and Commercial value that it provides to its stakeholders.

Introduction

Our objective is to fast-track a valuable outsourcing sector within the communities and nations whose hubs utilise the approach described in this proposal.

We will enable Community Hubs to offer productised solutions to other Catalyst driven services, including:

· SPO services,

· Accelerator services,

· Tech Dev support,

· Local Community Advisor services, and

· Rapid Product Development collaboration

…within Catalyst and for separate country markets.

Our aim with this ‘**Hub as Channel’** approach is to actively support decentralisation across all areas. And by leveraging the benefits of the Local* to Global, Global to Local systems approach to enterprise sustainability and growth.

Leveraging Brilliance Through Community Hubs, Programme detail:

This proposal is one of several discrete but interconnected feasibility studies and MVP’s that will research, and produce blueprints for:

· Delivering real-world business use cases and solutions in the context of Cardano blockchain, Community hub and business capability.

Each will result in a blueprint for the steps for tech, business and community dev’s to scope delivery of

· The technical, business and community platform requirements necessary to develop a series of future, proof of concept MVP’s

· Followed by product rollout and implementation.

We will achieve this through collaboration with partners such as WADA.

Community Hubs: Modular Proposals

This proposal is part of a set of modular proposals. Proposals so far include:

Community Hubs Impact Accelerator

Support Services for Proposers

THE PROPOSAL

Support Services for Proposers

This proposal will produce a blueprint that will integrate the business strategy and operations necessary to empower a Community Hub to become a social impact organisation (SIO), delivering both cultural return on intent, and, commercial return on investment.

These social impact hubs will deliver channelled, local resources, targeted to support the Catalyst Ecosystem in proposing and running challenge proposals

Primary Impact – From this phase 1 whitepaper feasibility study blueprint design and implementation plan

The global problem

Opportunities for developing nations to grow a viable professional services sector has been limited by access to demand for these services at a local and national level. This has resulted in a lack of investment to:

· Provide a sufficient business infrastructure and

· Develop the relevant capabilities to deliver these services.

This has been exacerbated by the recent history of conflict, for instance, within the African and Latin American continents.

This has put the people of these nations at a major disadvantage compared to the old world.

Direct Impact

At the country level

The blueprint will describe:

· How to support Cardano’s mission in building self-sustaining community hubs within nations

· By giving these hubs a roadmap to becoming being profit-making organisations that act as local channels for Catalyst supported products and capabilities.

At the community hub level

The blueprint will describe:

· How to give community hubs and their staff a stronger reason for engagement with their target community – as they will be able to offer access to paid work on an ongoing basis for local contributors.

At an Individual level

The blueprint will describe:

· How qualified individuals will have the opportunity to engage with their local Community Hub, become a contributor, and so gain both income and experience from working with Catalyst members.

At a Cardano and Catalyst level

The blueprint will describe:

· Catalyst proposers need access to specialist resources to effectively produce fit for purpose proposals. Part of this need could be met by engaging the services of an outsourced specialist contributor, such as report writing or specialist intern from a participating community hub.

Secondary Impacts

The Potential

There is a great pool of well-educated, highly talented and motivated people within these nations that can add enormous value to organisations and the global economy.

The potential at country level

· To support Cardano’s mission in building self-sustaining community hubs within Nations

· To support nations in building a successful internationally focused professional services sector – starting with outsourcing.

These will be achieved by giving hubs the ability to develop the position of being:

· Profit-making organisations

· That act as local channels for Catalyst supported products and capabilities

· That they can use to engage with their local stakeholders and resources.

The potential at community hub level

· To give community hubs and their staff a stronger reason for engagement from their target community – as they offer access to paid work on an ongoing basis for local contributors.

· To support community hubs in building revenue-generating enterprises as part of their Social Impact Organisation’s development

These will be achieved by helping to build and deliver the products and channels needed to support:

· Local knowledge-based business capabilities, processes, and structures

· SPO Incubation,

· Business Accelerator services,

· Word of Mouth Marketing capabilities,

· Tech Dev training and

· Developing outsourced high-end professional support.

By building relationships with local and national academic institutions, Community Hubs will start to work more closely with local universities and colleges to help potential contributors enter the employment pool of those who will offer their services for the Catalyst community.

The potential at an Individual level

· Qualified individuals will have the opportunity to engage with their local Community Hub, become a contributor and gain income and experience from supporting Catalyst members with their proposals.

Over time as the hub grows and develops, individuals could engage with the hub in other ways – such as becoming a CA for catalyst, offering and being trained in Tech Dev skills and offering skills through the hub to other organisations

The potential at a Cardano / Catalyst level

· Catalyst Proposers need access to specialist resources to effectively produce fit for purpose proposals.

Part of this need could be met by engaging the services of an outsourced specialist contributor from a participating community hub.

As Project Catalyst scales this need for qualified support looks likely to grow and could be met in part by developing an effective outsourcing operation that is part of the Cardano Ecosystem

The constraint

This is a big complex challenge that can produce exponential results for all concerned.

But to deliver on the potential evident in this solution will take an integrated, highly focused, immediate, short, and medium-term approach with specialist input from dev’s from all sides: tech, business, community, etc,

Summary

In order to achieve the objectives outlined above, the first phase – covered by this proposal – will be to produce a feasibility study and whitepaper. This will explore:

· The opportunity for building a platform that matches the specialist support needs of catalyst challenge proposers and coordinators (such as research and report writing requirements),

· With the capabilities of providers (such as university students) in Developing Nations

· To provide those services.

Access to these service providers (contributors) would be managed locally by the relevant community hubs through organisations such as WADA who will be our partners for both this and the implementation plan of this project MVP.

The solution described above will leverage the untapped outsourcing potential in developing nations to match and meet the needs of Catalyst proposers and beyond, and will be described in a whitepaper.

The whitepaper will produce a blueprint for the development of an MVP of operational business models and create the applications that will deliver on this, tapping the outsourcing potential in developing nations.

The whitepaper will include wide-ranging input from other interested parties such as Catalyst, WADA and other community hub operators. This will ensure that we meet the needs of Catalyst proposers.

Following this whitepaper stage, implementation of a blueprint will be run as an MVP trial through WADA, who will act as lead partners and submit a separate proposal for implementation in Fund 9. Following that it is envisaged that the programme be rolled out through the other developing nations' challenge groups as appropriate.

The BIG picture for Community Hubs

This proposal is one of several discrete but interconnected feasibility studies that will

research and produce blueprints for

· Delivering real-world business use cases and solutions in the context of Cardano blockchain, Community hub and business capability.

Each will result in a blueprint for the steps for tech, business and community dev’s to scope delivery of

· The technical, business and community platform requirements necessary to develop a series of future, proof of concept MVP’s

· Followed by product rollout and implementation.

1 Support Services for (Catalyst) Proposal development – this proposal

Linked proposals

2 Community Hubs: Impact Accelerator for Community Hubs

3 Community Hubs: Growing contributor capability and specialist education expertise

4 Community Hubs: Scale-up and external outsourcing providers

5 Community Hubs: Building local dev capability for Cardano and Catalyst

6 Community Hubs channels to extreme product development in challenging markets

· Challenge – identify key partners to assist in describing the gap between capability and delivery of the proposed Collaboration and market-making

o Mitigation – Engage with Catalyst members and co-ordination team to identify appropriate channels and partners

· Challenge – Describing the solution that delivers the outcomes required by the business use case in terms that will lead to a coherent scope of work for the development phase of the project in the future

o We will partner with WADA and through their community hubs and other developers learn what social, business and technical development needs to occur to deliver the solution, and how to describe it in a scope of work

Roadmap

Miroboard

https://miro.com/app/board/uXjVOE42TvI=/?invite_link_id=966910038906

The main deliverable will be the creation of a whitepaper that describes the process for building out the outsourcing potential in developing nations.

The main milestones and timeline of the project are:

After voting takes place and funding is successfully secured:

Phase 1 – Project Management – 10 hours

Develop detailed project plan, liaise with stakeholders and manage the programme elements throughout duration

Phase 2 - Scoping – 16 hours

Establish the current situation & Complication to define the Questions needed to be asked and answered

Define Methodology

History review

Phase 3 - Internal Audit / External review – 24 hours

Understanding and articulating the business process use case

Meet business process owners

Map business processes

Agree process map with process owner

Write up Conclusions

Phase 4 – Establish Recommendations – 16 hours

Investigate technical feasibility to deliver the business process use case

Write technical description

Consultation with developers

Second round of developer consultation

Conduct Risk analysis

Phase 5 – Write up of whitepaper and development pathway to deliver the business process use case – 23 hours

Map capability to business needs

Consultation with developers

Develop blueprint plan to close capability gaps

Whitepaper authoring

Overall, the project will have a duration of approximately ten weeks elapsed time

Skills required

The following skills are required to deliver our proposal.

• Capability to organise and run a research programme

• An ability to attract appropriate people to contribute to the programme

• A method of measuring the success of the programme

• The ability to adapt our existing understanding of business and culture to that of the Developing Nation and local community

• The ability to construct and deliver a research report on the programme

• The ability to engage with the Catalyst community to launch and leverage the programme

We have many of these skills within our current team including those provided by WADA and will welcome the contribution of others to further expand our collective capability.

<u>Feasibility for Support services for proposers</u>

<u>Costings</u>

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<u>Phase 1 – Project Management – </u><u>$2,000</u>

· Edify R&D and Management team – 10 hours - $2,000

<u>Phase 2 - Scoping – </u><u>$3,200</u>

· Edify R&D and Management team – 16 hours - $3,200

<u>Phase 3 - Internal Audit / External review – </u><u>$6,000</u>

· Edify R&D and Management team – 24 hours - $4,800

· Researchers – 24 hours - $1,200

<u>Phase 4 – Establish Recommendations – </u><u>$3,600</u>

· Edify R&D and Management team – 16 hours - $3,200

· Researchers – 8 hours - $400

<u>Phase 5 – Write up of whitepaper and development pathway to deliver the business process use case – </u><u>$4,600</u>

· Edify R&D and Management team – 23 hours - $4,600

The cost rates that we have estimated are:

Edify R&D and Management team – US$200/hr

Researchers – US$50/hr

The total cost of this proposal is US$19,400

Harry Hellyer

Company – Edify Business

NED, chairman, executive and business coach specialising in full value-based impact innovation programmes for enterprises and organisations.

Founding partner of 50th Generation – one of the UK's first Social Business Generational Accelerators – 2014-2018

Credited for supporting the development of the NHS's first Sustainable Development Vision and Strategy programme.

Coached Fellows on the Cambridge University, Programme for Sustainable Development,

Coached Fellows and Lectured for the Cambridge University, Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning - Social Enterprise

VP and director of strategy, marketing strategy and business development for several global IT, media and telecoms companies.

Alan Casey

Company - Golgafrincham

Manager of a sovereign national grid control centre during a period of technological and cultural change.

Founder and consultant in an organisational effectiveness measurement system deployed into a global advertising and marketing communications network.

Founder of a conversational AI company creating systems that evaluate and improve competence in key organisational skills.

Member of the Edify Community.

Fellow of the RSA.

Jude Ugwuegbulam

Company – Mule Management

Jude helps Coaches & Consultants digitise their customer journey and turn strategic ideas into business assets. Resulting in more leads, more sales and automated support. Helps Professional Practices (HR, Legal and Dental) struggling to implement and manage their data protection/GDPR compliance to gain clarity, control and, accountability.

Jon Arnett

Company – Equip Business

Background in Operations and Project Management with startups, small businesses and social enterprises.

Founder of coaching and consulting business supporting small businesses and startups.

Experience in coaching, facilitation, workshopping and programme delivery (online and in-person)

Won multiple EU funded L&D contracts, delivering workshops on entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship and leadership to diverse stakeholders.

Member of the Edify Community.

Mark Constable

Company – Equip Business

25 years+ working in small business as a Leader, Founder, consultant and coach - Supporting impact focused business leaders in building future fit organisations

Proven track record of helping clients in building high value, high performing organisations focused equally on both wealth and wellbeing.

Relevant Experience:

Development and delivery of high impact leadership programmes for fast growth businesses.

Launched a business line providing specialised business development training to bid management and sales teams globally.

Member of the Edify Community.

Advisory Team

Paul Farmiloe – former client, business and blockchain experience, trainee stonemason, VP Formerly VP responsible for BT's blockchain development and DLT programme.

Dr Julie King – client, educationalist, Head of Centre for Academic English, Imperial College London.

We will create and deploy a project plan overseen by a programme manager. The plan will have key milestones.

Describe what success looks like.

Funding great ideas that focus on problems that are not covered by any other Challenge.

‘Done’ for this project will be the publication of the whitepaper and blueprint as described above.

It will describe a pathway towards the development of the infrastructure and capability necessary to grow the outsourcing potential in developing nations. And a practical system for building the capability of Community Hubs to become a channel to engage with potential contributors, become a revenue-generating source for them and also support the catalyst community in gaining access to the brilliance available in the developing nations.

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