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#1 Travel youtuber Louis Cole ( and social entrepreneur Dave Erasmus ( Friday 1st April 2016 launch Solvey (, the world’s first search for solutions from across the globe to tackle poverty and social injustice.

The duo, who have a reach of over 1 million viewers in 200 countries, are seeking video applications via their youtube channels from fresh talent from any country in the world with any idea that could help to encourage human flourishing, measured by the Social Progress Index and framed by the UN Global Goals initiative.

They fly to Ethiopia Friday 1st April to begin the first of their ‘Idea Jam Sessions’ to encourage and help develop the ideas of those who attend, before continuing to fly east round the world in 30 days to raise awareness of the project in 7 more global territories. The global tour completes in Iceland on April 28th where they will be joined by Iceland’s Prime Minister, who will press the ‘Publish’ button on Louis’ youtube channel to upload the video announcing that the application window is officially open.  Eventually closing 2 weeks later on 3pm GMT May 15th.

David Erasmus said: “We have all seen the reality shows pitching business ideas and performing pop artists but we wanted to create a show via youtube that was community based, global and worth doing, so we are looking for small voices with big ideas, compassionate problem solvers who want to change the world. We want our kids to aspire to be brave, creative leaders not be limited to being just another pop artist or money maker.”

Louis Cole said: “I have spent the last three years daily filming my life, making over 1000 videos and sharing them with people in 200 countries, I have always been passionate about following my dreams and ‘living the adventure’.  Joining with Dave to do Solvey is an exciting opportunity to connect with my youtube community in a new deeper way that really could help make a difference in the world!” 

The pair will select 7 winning ideas to put in the ‘Solvey Spotlight’, where the ideas will all receive a combination of intellectual, financial and social capital to help get the ideas to the next stage in their evolution.

Dave Erasmus Said : “We decided on 7 teams because there are 7 continents, 7 billion people and 7 is a number small enough we can dutifully care about and big enough to build a real fellowship.”

In 2015 Cole and Erasmus ran a successful pilot which received applications from 20 countries and Awarded One Wave (, an Australian team helping make a dent in our global mental health problem through taking people surfing, funds, social exposure and mentorship as well as a trip to LA to receive global exposure on stage at Vidcon, the iconic youtube convention.

Notes to editors

  • For more information please email the Solvey team on
  • Deadline for Applications : 3pm GMT 15th May
  • To apply : post application video on youtube and submit link on
  • Dave, Louis and A board of mentors will select winners who will receive any where from $1,000 – $10,000 in funding
  • Funding partner enquiries welcomed at

About Dave Erasmus

David Erasmus is a serial social entrepreneur will 3 tech and marketing company exits, selling his first online marketing company at 21 and recently passing CEOship of,  which he founded, to Neil Mehta. He is an experienced public speaker with talks for Google, UCL, Oxford University, and 4 different TEDx Talks.  He has a youtube channel where he shares his learnings and experiments And blogs at and on the Huffington Post

About Louis Cole

Louis Cole is a video maker and world traveller, with 4.5 million followers across his social platforms. He has made over 1000 daily videos on youtube  viewed over 200 million times. He is the founder of ‘’ and is currently working on plans to build a treehouse eco village.

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