An entrepreneurial journey is one with many challenges and surprises, more so that of a social entrepreneur in India who struggles with multiple bottom-lines. But we all get by with a little help from our friends and funders. In the Spotlight captures the secrets of success of our social entrepreneurs from different parts of the country who have hustled, challenged and conquered the social space. They talk about their experiences and share their method to the madness. We wish to introduce to our listeners the lives of changemakers who are moving the needle and transforming India from ground-up
Identifying a societal problem is the first step of being a social entrepreneur, but setting up an organization that addresses the needs of the people and takes into account their perspective requires resilience. Let’s hear it from an entrepreneur who has truly lived his problem statement to understand, empathize and design a better problem-solution fit. Sharad Patel, the founder of Badlav India, is an inspiring entrepreneur from Lucknow who talks about the different ways to leverage people, organizations, and conversations to mobilize change.
Everyone knows how hard it is to raise money as a social entrepreneur. All methods have been tried and tested including marathons - the only place where you can literally run away with money! Purnota Dutta, founder of Cuddles Foundation unveils some smarter hacks that will help you raise funds and keep the good work going.
As a budding social entrepreneur, the world of branding is mind-boggling. Making your organisation known in the space mounted with stories of change requires determination, time and a little creativity. Ashok Rathod who set up Oscar Foundation at the age of 18 talks about the little things he has done all the way to grow his reach, leverage connections and make his organisation known.
Parveez Ubed is a Doctor from Jorhat, Assam. Against the background of poor connectivity and infrastructure, Parveez founded ERC Eye Care Pvt Ltd. in one of the most challenging terrains - North East India. He shares his journey of working against the odds to provide affordable and accessible healthcare in the region.
There is a need for a coherent roadmap that creates opportunities and empowers women in rural areas who can spark change at the grassroot level. Uthara Narayanan – a strong feminist who is blazing the world of financial inclusion through her organisation Buzz Women shares the secrets on how to unlock the power of rural women in India.
Restorative and regenerative by design, a circular economy aims to keep products, components, and materials at their highest utility and value at all times. Tarun Bothra, who successfully runs Saathi Eco Innovations India Pvt Ltd, enlightens us on how we should harness the circular model of development—sans sacrificing economic growth to create a cleaner, healthier and sustainable world.
To scale impact, partnering with the government is crucial for any organisation doing development work in India. Yet, knowing how to leverage and navigate the system effectively is not easy. Communicating is hard especially with bureaucracy. Let’s hear it from Surendar Yadav from Rewari, Haryana who founded Self Reliant India and seamlessly works with the government to provide access to education for all.
Hundreds of millions of people in India depend on farming for their livelihoods, but many of them struggle with losing crops to disease and weathering the challenges of climate change. Renuka Diwan, the mastermind behind BioPrime AgriSolutions Pvt Ltd, introduces to us the latest tech and techniques that is paving the way to a new agricultural era in India.