International Leadership &

Business Internship Summit

Team: Dicaprio Fish Farming

Our Life-Changing Project

Our Business Partner: Shehu Gagare Fish Farming

Business Owner:Shehu Gagare

Location: GRA Anguwan Shugaba. Gun I Village – Bauchi State

0 Fish Harvested Per Year
0 Number of People Employed
0 People Directly Benefiting from the Business

Our Challenges

To allow Shehu to grow more fish in

each of his fish tanks so he can feed

more people within his community.

Increase Oxygen Levels In Fish Tanks

Business Partner Challenges




New filtration systems need to be

tested so Shehu can increase the

number of fish he can grow in

his tanks.

Ph Testing In Fish Tanks

Business Partner Challenges




Our Solutions

Solution 1

One of the main problems our partner, Shehu faces is the lack of water and clean water in general. So the solution we came up with is a recirculating bio filter. It generates water in and out of the tank and converts harmful toxins to neutral compounds through biological filtration. The filter also reuses the water which will allow Shehu to save water and have a sustainable and long-term solution which will allow him to ultimately increase revenue and expand his business.

Solution 2

To test the effectiveness of the filter, we wanted to target the issue concerning Shehu’s inability to properly test the water for chemicals. Currently, he is only able to change the water once a month and checks the levels by solely the smell and look of it. To target this issue, we offer a cheap solution, pH strips. This is a simple answer to solve the issue to test the water for chlorine, pH, alkalinity, as well as the phosphorus levels. This is also a highly cost-effective solution since the cost would be $10-$15 for 100 strips and the levels only need to be tested about twice a month.

Our Presentation

Our Team

Our Internship Highlights

Meeting Our Business Partner

Our team began the solution-development process by having a one-on-one Skype call directly with Shehu in Nigeria. We learned more about his life, family, and business—as well as the issues he was having.
By discussing first-hand the problems Shehu faced, our team successfully and efficiently began to brainstorm solutions to improve his business. The on-staff translators and business development experts helped facilitate the process and ensured our team asked the right questions to put us on the right path to change the world.

Expert Assistance Work Shop

Our team then met with leading experts in the field of business and community development, from top US companies and the State Department, as well as specialized mentors in the field our solutions focused on.
We streamlined our initial solutions and used their guidance to further our efforts in solving Shehu’s problems. Our team advanced our communication, teamwork, and problem-solving skills through hands-on project management and development.

Nigerian Embassy Consulting & Embassy Immersion Event

The Nigerian Embassy invited our team for an exclusive tour, a presentation on Nigerian economic development, and a banquet with top diplomats. We ate authentic Nigerian cuisine, immersed ourselves in the culture, and discussed problems facing Abdullahi and the country as a whole.
Our team also had the opportunity to tour other embassies, including the People’s Republic of China, France, Sweden, Israel, Austria, South Korea and Turkey, as well as a European Union lecture focused on international development and immigration issues.

Business Consulting, Speaking and Partnership Review By Leading Development Experts

Throughout the course of the program, our team also met one-on-one with leadership and community development experts. They offered advice on communicating effectively, reviewed our solution proposal, and briefed us on the upcoming presentation.
This consultation gave our team the confidence and acumen to develop practical solutions and present them to the panel.

Solution Review By Leaders from Dartmouth, the United Nations, the State Department and the Pentagon

Our team presented the final solutions to Shehu and a panel of expert judges from Dartmouth, the UN, the State Department, the Pentagon, and Nigerian Development experts. This formal presentation allowed our team to practice our skills and measure the effectiveness of our communication, all while showcasing our efforts to transform Shehu’s business and life.
This culmination of hard work truly demonstrated the impact our team had on Shehu and completed a life-changing week of personal growth for each and every one of us.