Favalley-Co-Founded by four enthusiastic and enterprising Cambridge PhD Scholars-Paulo, Nikita, Stefano and Martin recently made an impressive debut at the Hult Regional Finals in London which is the biggest social entrepreneurial event in the world. They pitched to a brilliant audience with over 300 participants, judges and organizers, at the Museum of London, on the evening of Saturday 12 March, as one of the 6 finalist ,out of 60 participating teams, chosen from 25,000 applicants from across the globe.
Favalley is a social enterprise with the mission of turning slums around the world into the next Silicon Valleys. This social start-up, will teach youth living in slums to code through gaming, then provide tutoring to them and will get them placed with IT jobs- all for free! Thus, they aim to provide a better life and stable income to millions of young women and men living in over-crowded urban spaces in the world. This project is soon to be launched in Chennai, India with BHUMI- who is the partnering NGO .
Nikita Hari, the Malayali Co-founder who is a PhD student in Electrical Engineering at Cambridge said “We could not have asked for a better debut-it was a wonderful opportunity and spectacular experience with amazing jury and fantastic teams ; we have received great feedback and many words of encouragement from the judges and participants at the HULT prize London and now we believe we can turn this idea into a stunning reality.Dr Richard Broyd, director at Waypoint Capital, Northill Capital and Sollers, as well as Chairman of Reach-to-Teach, told us on the night: “Favalley is a great idea, I hope you guys will keep going with this”.
‘#Favalley’ and ‘@favalleyHackers’ were trending in the social media at @Hult prize # HP16 : Hult [email protected] : “Turning slums into the next Silicon Valley”– awesome thinking! #hp16 #urbanimpact
Jon-Andreas Soldberg, former Policy and Strategy Advisor at UN Habitat :@favalleyHackers; An amazing idea that I’m excited to follow further! @hultprize #hp16
Carolina Arriagada Peters, Head of Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America at London & Partners, the official promotional organization for London :Congrats to @favalleyHackers for great project/pitch yesterday at @hultprize London. Please keep going & let me known if I can be of any help.
Arifa Nasim, invited speaker on the night of the event and Founder & Executive Director of Educate 2 Eradicate and UK youth delegate to UN:#Favalley is an incredible idea and I wish you good luck with it! Very well presented!
Elías Kamal Jabbe, writer in Dubai and jury at HULT Dubai regionals :Favelas+SiliconValley=
Nikita on Favalley journey – “Stefano, Paulo and Martin are incredibly smart people and wonderful human beings with whom I planted, nurtured and developed this dream which has blossomed into our vision and passion now. We are an awesome team-we are best friends and together, we are building something phenomenal and we are here to make this happen …! So join us -be part of our vision to empower millions of young women and men living in slums by giving wings to their aspirations!” You can follow Favalley’s journey online at favalley.com, contact us at [email protected], Twitter (https://twitter.com/favalleyHackers), Facebook (www.facebook.com/favalley) and Linkedin (www.linkedin.com/company/favalley).