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Causes: Adult Education, Economic Development, Education, Job Training, Leadership Development, Urban & Community Economic Development

Mission: We are an all-volunteer nonprofit - - - organized to mentor and coach unemployed young adults residing in high-poverty, remote, or marginalized areas of the world to set up and run their own Internet-based companies as well as connecting them with investors and partners to help them succeed. We believe talent and initiative are distributed equally over the planet; however, opportunity, technology, as well as access to capital, markets, and electronic payment methods are not - - - and we are helping to fix that If you would like to donate your time, money, or in-kind resources to us, we are tax exempt, so just go to our website at www.PlanetStartup.org to make a donation and receive an immediate receipt.

Results: We are working with the Fort Lauderdale school system with at risk young adults to help students to gain the skills to start their own companies, and providing access to investors and internships to those completing the program. Related programs are underway in Brazil where we are teaming with Cisco, Togo, Sierra Leone, Ghana and others. Our mentors are local or broadcast interactively from locations such as China, Brazil, Australia, Canada, the US, and other locations.

Target demographics: We believe talent and initiative are distributed equally over the planet; however, opportunity, technology, as well as access to capital, markets, and electronic payment methods are not - - - and we are helping to fix that

Direct beneficiaries per year: About several hundred young adults

Geographic areas served: We are an all-volunteer nonprofit - - - organized to mentor and coach unemployed young adults residing in high-poverty, remote, or marginalized areas of the world to set up and run their own Internet-based companies as well as connecting them with investors and partners to help them succeed.

Programs: Training and mentoring in Ghana, Sierra Leone, Togo, and Fort lauderdale in the US to enable young adults to start their own companies

Community Stories

50 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Gratien M.

Donor

Rating: 5

I joined Planet StartUp last year because I love the way It is helping young adults in economically disadvantaged and isolated communities over our planet - - - both in rural areas as well as inner cities - - - to combat growing unemployment of young adults by leveraging the free enterprise system to train them and provide the resources to help them set up their own Internet companies, hire others, and to connect them with the major world economic centers so they might prosper.I am developing a group of venture capitalists and investors, spanning continents, to help forge investor relationships with our Planet StartUp studentsI believe a staring point of all achievements is desire and people with passion can change the world for the better

Client Served

Rating: 5

With Planet startup entrepreneurship training program, I'm now able to conceive a business plan from the idea to the realization..Without needing an expert . The teachers are greats and experienced.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Relevant and inspirational stuffs discovered and learned!

1 niquy

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Planet is making a huge impact as a non profit in my country Ghana with the entrepreneurship training it offers the youth. As the adage says it is better to teach how to fish rather than given out a fish .

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am helping Planet Startup Inc. with getting a group of of people in Togo to act as an advisory board and help sponsor the class - that is a group of investors, media people, business leaders, and university types and so on.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Planet Startup is a nonprofit with a focus on the ultimate efficiency. What I mean by the ultimate efficiency is the having the greatest impact while precisely allocating their resources.

Their entrepreneurial programs have an aim of spreading opportunity equally over the world to tap into talent from ignored parts of the world.

Mr.Macarthy

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with Planetstartup Entrepreneurship Academy, I have worked with them to organized two online cohort trainings in entrepreneurship and Project Management. Through my volunteering with Planetstartup Entrepreneurship Academy we have been engaged in helping to mobilize unemployed youth, adults or those with interest in using innovations, entrepreneurship as part way to unlock unemployment, improve self-reliance capacities and boost up economic growth within Sierra Leone. In this regards we have helped potential participants in our course trainings with innovation and entrepreneurship trainings, mentorship and coaching services in order to help them set up and run their own local business, internet-based companies as well as connecting them with partners to help them succeed. We believe talent and initiative are distributed equally over the planet; however, opportunity, technology, as well as access to capital, payment platforms, and markets are not and we have been helping to fix that.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an organization, we are more passionate about youth’s issues with more focus on how social innovation and entrepreneurship can be used in mitigating the high rate of youth unemployment.
Really we as a team are trying to mitigate the high rate of youths unemployment in the world, and this further help to reflect our minds to the current trend of the world, really the world is approaching a period of economic chaos where jobs are going away in the farming, mining, transportation areas due to automation and robotics while young adult unemployment is growing at a rapid pace causing nations to become unstable and we are helping to fix this through entrepreneurship.
We are fixing this by creating a world organization of volunteers to mentor and coach unemployed young adults residing in developing, remote, isolated, or marginalized areas to reach world markets by setting up their own internet companies and becoming entrepreneurs as well as connecting them with investors and partners to help them succeed.
We as an organization decided to come up with such an initiative because we as an organization have a deep trust in the need to put youths at the center of their own transformation , believing in the capacity of youths to initiate and promote processes that can eliminate factors that inhibit the holistic development with the determination to work as a unit and to increase self-reliance capacities. Our role is to mobilize committed youths around the world that are willing to acquire skills to transform our society through online skills training in entrepreneurship. We having been facilitating online training sessions and also have been working together to give leadership training in entrepreneurship and project management to help youths develop skills in technical leadership capacity in areas such as business plan writing, crowding funding opportunities, electronic publishing, strategic operations, business ethics, social entrepreneurship, organizational development and management, project management, marketing, innovation and technology, emerging markets and risk analysis, strategic business planning, and corporate social responsibility. This programme has helped to strengthen many youths within Sierra Leone to develop socio-economic knowledge in catering, buildup resilience to ownership and self-employment to businesses and an increase for economic growth in our community.

Brigid Tara M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing non-profit. It serves many who would otherwise not be able to have a brighter future. Dr. Feinstein is an amazing mentor and change agent. There are many facets to this organization. The curriculum is guided by the organization but each group brings valuable information to tailor it to their needs and their regions. It truly is a global organization and family. This organization helps underutilized youth realize their dreams of building a business as well as helping in their respective communities...talk about being a bridge and positive social change. Education, mentorship, and entrepreneurialism are tenets of this organization!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am thrilled to be part of Planet Startup, Inc. I had the opportunity to be a guest speaker for a class in Brazil. It was amazing to see the impact that Planet Startup, Inc. is having across the world! The students in the class were so inspiring as they are creating solutions to some of the toughest problems they face in their communities. The course has empowered them to be social entrepreneurs and to help others in their quest to create a better world. Planet Startup, Inc. and their professors are helping individuals find their inner potential and creating a design thinking process that is making this world a better place. I am so inspired that I am seeking others to help teach and guest speak to ensure that we all contribute to this amazing adventure!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

Am meterand Anamoh am a student of planet start up, am impressed with the classes because it's very educative and help to run a business, I do snails rearing .

Kamal D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Planet Startup helped me to appreciate the nuances involved in writing business proposals and ways techniques of pitching. I was connected to like minded young entrepreneurs within my locality and abroad. This has led to discussions on possible collaborations.
Planet Startup is indeed getting young entrepreneurs to understand and sharpen their skills in using internet tools to run their businesses. This gives young entrepreneurs a global exposure and has the tendency to grow businesses and consequently lead to employments.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was trained and prepared to drawl my business plan and how to get support from international Donner's.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i am enthused with Planet start ups for their great help to coach unemployed youth in both rural and urban areas by connecting them with partners to help them excel in their businesses. These youth are motivated with capital to start up their own business, training them to be best entrepreneurs in their field and also instilling them with mindset to leverage

Priscilla Ocran
Ghana

Client Served

Rating: 5

Alhassan Imoro is my name, C. E. O. at Ramu Trading Enterprise. A student graduate of Planet Start up.
Having successfully completed the entrepreneurship training being organized by Top Zone Foundation Ghana in conjunction with the Planet Start up Florida united States of America, I have gained much knowledge in entrepreneurship and business management modules.
Kudos to the team!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Apart from learning how to write a business plan, I have also learnt about project management.
In fact, Top Zone and Planet Start Up collaboration is a blessing to those of us who hitherto could not have time to go through the formal way into school to learn all that have been thought us.
That free tuition given is highly commendable. This type of charity to equipped entrepreneurs with the requisite tools for their growth and development is in the right direction.
It goes to buttress the Chinese adage that says' teach a child to fish and you would not spend your years fishing for the child.'
Kudus to Planet StartUp and Top Zone Collaboration.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am Alhassan Baba Iddi, C. E. O. Bab-Z Poultry Farm. I am a student graduate of the Planet Start up.
As a student I enjoyed the services and training guide offered me during and after my studies.
The training module has shaped me to implement what I have generously acquired in my business for growth.
I thank the entire mentors for the great coaching.

Alex B.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Planet Startup, Inc. Is going amazing works world wide by promoting skills transfer. This organization links people with business skills from different countries to the marginalized young people particularly those from the south who are being trained to acquire skills on how to do business online. It's rare to find such a nonprofit offering free business entrepreneurship skills. The founder Dr Jerald has dedicated his time to make sure many young people acquire entrepreneurship skills training for self reliance.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is one of the most insightful and impactful program I have ever seen. Keep up the good works @Planet Startup, Inc.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am Yussif Eliasu the current National Director of Planet Start up in Ghana
I am the CEO and founder of Top Zone Foundation. Investment NGO working in urban/rural communities in Ghana for poverty alleviation through the provision of alternative livelihood Opportunities such as Beekeeping, Poultry Farming, Soap making and Shea Butter processing.
I am s student graduate of Planet Start up in 2015. I have since been receiving sponsorship financially to run my activities.
I have invested these funds into the purchase of 92 bee hives and set to apiaries. Each year, I harvest 1288 volume of honey and sell to my clients and consumers at large.
Through the fundings I received I was able to organise skills training on all the principal activities with the objective to equip microfinance groups and farmers at large. 1,600 women and girls as well as men had been benefiting from these fundings.
I also, organized and enroll Young unemployed Adults in my country-Ghana for the Planet Start up entrepreneur Academy classes every 3 months. 120 students have graduated so far.
In fact, Planet Start up have helped me touched many lives.
I say thank you and may God bless the team.

Client Served

Rating: 5

"The courses have re-energized me and my approach to planning and grant writing. I feel I now have the tools to vigorously tackle the most daunting tasks I'm responsible for. Thanks again!"

Chiamaka E.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Planet startup,Inc is an organization that gives hope to the youth from many disadvantaged communities. They are committed to the growth and well being of the youth by providing opportunities for them to make their dreams come through.Its an amazing experience to work with them.

E N Prince M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Epie Mabrice Njume from Cameroon. I have been working with Planet Startup Inc for a while now aND we are getting ready for our first project and I can say they are simply the best.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering for planet startup was a thrill. Woohoo!!! What a rush!!! From connecting to the collaborators of the project and putting smiles on the faces of the different beneficiaries in their communities made me realize there's more to life and you just got to give it your all.

Menes K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The people at planet startup know what they are doing. They are courteous, efficient and are very committed to their cause. I actually think they would exceed all their set goals and objectives. I am that positive about them. Kudos.

1 Clarchi

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Planet Startup is an NGO that believes in the capabilities of mankind. They have empowered individuals with necessary tools they need to unravel their potentials for the development and continuity of human race.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is really a wonderful organization, they have helped many lives.

Jameelah I.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Planet Startup is really changing lives. and this is quite hard to come by in times like this.

Ceslause Okechukwu O.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Planet Startup is doing awesome work with African youths!

1 youthvibe

Board Member

Rating: 5

I believe we are in a place where Everyone Have A Reason To Help "EARTH". This is what we are meant to do because, wealth is not measured by the amount of personal belongings or money we have but the number of lives we can touch or have inspired.

This is what planet startup have come to do. To inspire young people that they can be that change maker and global positive influence regardless of their socioeconomic background.
I am glad to be one of the volunteers of this great opportunity.

Let us all work together to inspire, touch and change peoples lives positively, It is a major way we can measure how successful we are in life.

Thank you Dr Jerald Feinstein!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

After speaking to Dr. Feinstein about his vision and plans for Planet Startup, I was convinced that this is an organization I have to work with. I have challenged myself and my friends to help Planet Startup eradicate youth unemployment in Africa by the year 2030. Greater things are on the way for the motherland

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Planet Startup has really helped to hone my skills especially in the area of business and have also helped to expand my business network. I will always recommend this organisation for any startup or anybody intending to enter into business.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5



Planet Stsrtup is guided by the principles that talents and initiatives are evenly distributed around the world, but opportunity is not.
It aims to level the playing field by making oppotunities available and accessible to these otherwise ignored, and ostracized demograohics due to poverty.

Planet Startup works in the US, across the world in Brazil ,and in select countries in Africa.

The program works with different school boards, and schools in high poverty areas. and teaches unemployed young adults how to set up and run Internet-based companies under the giiduance of mentors and potential investors who also give hands-on help in the process.

This program has saved many young women from succumbing to human trafficking, violence, abuse and forced marriages .

Planet Start up is a worthy program that needs to be replicated in all corners of the world where poverty is disempowering young adults from accessing opporunitues and resources for their initiatives and talents which help them, and contribute to our common good.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have developed a partnership with Planet Startup, Inc. to bring entrepreneurship training to the less privileged in my country Ghana hence equipping the youth with employable skills , reducing unemployment and alleviating poverty rate in our communities.

I recommend Planet Startup, Inc. for the immeasurable and positive impact on our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have experienced Planet Startup make meaningful change using a very empowering method. Education. The organization has the ability to educate people of low income and marginalized areas of the world to create their own reality through entrepreneurship. The organization essentially teaches through business courses, which results in a community of financial independent people in low income countries. It is one of the most creative and effective ways to help eradicate poverty, and to educate the people.

Komi K.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the experience to work with Planetstartup's leadership team and field directors in the US and across Africa. These are some very serious people who are dedicated to changing people's lives on a daily basis.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I like the idea but can you broaden it to all types of industries. People can use seed money to any and all types of businesses period.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Planet Startup will change the youth how to view the world and how to change the world by building their entrepreneurship mindset!

1 margarethe

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great things happen, when a group of compassionate, smart professionals
roll up their sleeves and act on an idea that was envisioned first by Harvard.

Please, go the website you will be impressed!

Linda474

Advisor

Rating: 5

I joined Planet StartUp last year because their goals and objectives of alleviating poverty through empowering the youth to be entrepreneurs and creators of wealth was in line with mine. The way the organization helped young people in deprived communities by providing the training and resources they needed to help them set up their online startups and connect them with potential investors was exceptional.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Between September and December 2015, as a Planet Startup advisor, I worked with 10 Ghanaian entrepreneurs and startups to develop business plans, create resumes, understand ways to raise capital, and use web and social media applications to advertise and market their businesses. The participants' entrepreneurial pursuits ranged from logistics and poultry farming to renewable energy installation and engineering. Each of the 10 participants completed the three-month workshop. Of these, although comprehensive data are unavailable, indications are that more than 50% actually expanded or initiated new entrepreneurial pursuits.

1 Emas P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined Planet Start-Up because of it's unique model. Planet is empowering disadvantaged young people from all walks of life with hands-on expertise in entrepreneurship and yet for free. Instead of giving the "fish" to those who lack it, Planet instills amazing skills for people to gather even more "fish" and even plenty.
I do hope that the initiatives by Planet will reach out to a lot of young people in my country Malawi, equipping them to become finally independent and transform Malawi's economic malice

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am currently working to become a junior developer. I would not have been afforded this opportunity without the support of others. Because of this, I relate to the mission of Planet Startup on a personal level.

We need people providing these training opportunities because everyone has the skills. Once I've complete my own training I hope to pay it forward and volunteer with Planet Startup.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Developing a partnership with Planet Startup brings Computer Science from drills and assignments to authentic real world experiences. Our partnership provides an opportunity for Lauderhill 6-12 students to develop projects (websites, mobile apps) that address current relevant needs of the local community. Student motivation, excitement, and engagement have improved knowing that their ideas can help others and with investor support original ideas can come to fruition. Planet Startup’s internship model creates a direct link of knowledge and skills into practice; the feedback students receive for industry experts is immeasurable.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great concept: "Talent is evenly distributed over the planet but access to computers, training, reliable power, banking and the capital markets is not -- our mission is to fix that through technology and the Internet." I also like that in addition to very concrete programs and great results globally, Planet Startup also has plans to help locally. The need to recognize and encourage talent and drive is not limited to exotic locations, it is needed everywhere.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Like many volunteers my goal when I joined Planet Startup was to share many years' experience in the hope of providing a leg-up to others. Having worked with enterprises of all shapes and sizes especially in the area of business impacted by digitisation, I was attracted to the opportunity to mentor and teach young people in Ghana.

The willingness of the Planet Startup participants to learn and work hard to put their new knowledge into practice is extraordinary. Every idea, lesson and piece of feedback shared is eagerly embraced - to the point where you feel that you have to keep up with the students, not the other way around!

It is a pleasure to be involved with Jerald and the talented team at Planet Startup.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Despite ZERO funding, we have created two successful educational programs. With the help of amazing partners in Africa, we teach young adults in Africa how to design and develop e-commerce businesses. With the help of Oracle Volunteers and Lauderhill 6-12, we teach South Florida middle school and high school students how to code and design websites. Additionally, we will help place these students in local tech internships and give these students an opportunity to pitch e-commerce ideas to potential investors. All of our partners and volunteers do not receive compensation for their work. We help so we can provide opportunities to the disadvanadged.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I joined with Planet Startup last year because I finally found a non-profit which I felt was doing something concrete. Instead of being some charity that provides, books, food or other items which are just given out to a local selected population as some sort of instant panacea or bandage to a condition, Planet Startup provide hands-on education and real world business tools that create new entrepreneurial skills in people separated from the common place business environments most of the world enjoys. Planet Startup assists in the building of enterprises - with education, equipment and most importantly, mental support of creativity and entrepreneurial spirit - in remote locations where no such enterprises could have ever gotten started without their aid. They shine a light of tomorrow on backwaters that are often mired in the past. They give real hope of a better future than any food ration, community development project or other common charity work could ever hope to do because they help instill a knowledge base combined with real world skills that teaches a man "to fish, as opposed to giving him a fish to eat". This is the way of the future of global assistance - providing the path to self sustaining lives not a dole that perpetuates dependence.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Professors from top universities such as George Washington and Harvard are teaching entrepreneurism courses similar to those taught in those universities to young adults in economically disadvantaged communities around the world and helping them to start their own companies in the
Internet Age.

This should achieve extraordinary social impact as we add worldwide
volunteer mentors from locations such as China, Brazil, Australia, Canada and United States of America who interactively teach their courses over the internet as well as local mentors and teachers who provide close support to the participants.

The goal is developing local leaders and empowering youth to create their own companies. Added to the special success mix are angels, futurists, investors and mentors to help the new startups of these students and to help insure success. You have heard about the creation of disruptive and innovative businesses? Perhaps, but certainly economic empowerment of young
adults through education is a key factor to combat global unemployment and increase quality job creation through entrepreneurism. The name of this
“great non-profit” is Planet Startup.

2 Jerald Feinstein

Board Member

Rating: 5

We are an all-volunteer nonprofit - - - organized to mentor and coach unemployed young adults residing in high poverty, remote, and marginalized areas of the planet to set up and run their own Internet-based companies as well as connecting them with investors and partners to help them succeed.

We believe talent and initiative are distributed equally over the planet; however, opportunity, technology, as well as access to capital, markets, and payment mechanisms are not - - - and we are helping to fix that.

This is an important initiative because nations have not been able to sustain good job creation for graduates and this, many think, is the cause of rising crime, violence, and terrorism around the world as the young and unemployed are usually the root cause of political instability

If you would like to become involved in this important initiative - donating your time or money, you may do so here or contact us for more ways to help. Check out our site at www.PlanetStartup.org