Jagriti Yatra a 15 day train journey sponsored by Google For Entrepreneurs that takes 450 young people with startup dreams around India to meet top entrepreneurs and learn from them.
There is a famous quote of Thomas Edison which I truly believe in when it comes to starting something new – “I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent” – T Edison. I was delighted to see that in India some people are actually putting this quote to the test, there is a massive initiative underway that’s designed to nurture entrepreneurship with this approach. The program called Jagriti Yatra (Journey of Awakening) is an annual train ride that takes hundreds of India’s highly motivated youth across the length and breadth of the country, exposing them to the needs and concerns of the masses with the idea that they would go back and start something that would serve those needs and contribute towards the overall development of the country. Jagriti Yatra has been running successfully for the past 5 years and is highly sought after. In 2012, for 450 spots, the organization received more than 17000 applications. These numbers speak highly about the enthusiasm amongst India’s youth to serve the country. The yatra …
If you are using consumerism to change the world, Kickstarter is a great place to fund and launch your business. Many changemakers with consumer ideas have met with overwhelming fundraising success by tapping into the fact that people love getting stuff. Kickstarter, the largest and most popular crowdfunding site, allows anyone to fund creative ideas on the planform in exchange for rewards which are mostly creative, tangible and fairly priced products. On Kickstarter and Indiegogo, the other popular crowdfunding site, backers are looking to contribute to projects where they could possibly get something really cool and inspiring in exchange. Changemakers with consumer ideas are able to offer niche and inspiring products, thus attracting backers and hitting their fundraising target, at times closing much higher than their initial fundraising goal. Take for instance, 1:FaceWatch, a simple, stylish watch that comes in six colors, each color representing a cause that part of the purchase price will go to. The project was founded by brand development firm Mirza Minds, who wanted to use the power of consumers to change the …
On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, March 8th, we’ll like to highlight five brands that are using the power of commerce and design to uplift marginalized women. They are doing this by bringing beautifully crafted, one of a kind products to the global markets, handmade by female artisans from the developing world. These brands are using trade instead of aid to help women beat poverty. 31 Bits: A jewelry company that works with women artisans from Northern Uganda. The female artisans handicraft the jewelry using 100% recycled paper and other locally sourced materials. The California-based 31 Bits, has created a buzz around their jewelry collection, with Jessica Alba and few other celebrities being spotted wearing their stunningly beautiful pieces. Bliss: Works with adolescents girls and women from Pakistan, teaching them embroidery and needlework on fabric, which are then finished into stylish handbags for sale in global markets. Available in vibrant colors and hues, Bliss bags boasts of traditional embroidery and design from different regions of Pakistan, which the girls in the program design and …
We’d like to introduce you to a Frenchman who has given up his well paying job, first world luxuries, and comforts of being at home to travel the world for one full year. This self funded journey is not a holiday but an adventure to learn about social issues and social ventures world over.
Four startup incubators that are exclusively for social entrepreneurs, they have the expertise and connections to help nurture your social ventures and are sensitive and accommodative of the tension between managing and valuing social outcomes over profit.
InclusivePlanet.com is a social network that persons with visual disability can easily use to share information and content in accessible formats.
The Social Capital Market (SOCAP) conference in San Francisco last week, provides a platform to social startups from around the globe to pitch their business ideas and showcase their products to the world. I picked five of the most interesting, simply because I was so wow-ed by the ingenuity of their innovation and the need they were filling.
Tees At Risk markets t-shirts featuring innovative and thought-provoking designs by at-risk teens. The t-shirt sales help to fund non-profits that assist at risk youth.
PROOF makes amazingly well-designed sunglasses from sustainable wood sources and use their profits to fund social projects worldwide.
AdvertActivist.com is a crowd funding platform that helps fund advertising campaigns that carry a positive social message.
RRI takes riders on horseback through remote regions of India and Turkey, providing much needed relief and medical assistance to villages along the route.
Ecomodo is an online marketplace that makes it easy for you to lend and borrow each others everyday objects, skills and spaces.
June 28th is Professor Muhammad Yunus’ birthday, and in his honour, Grameen Creative Labs declares this day as World Social Business Day. A day to celebrate and promote the concept of Social Business – inclusive commerce aimed at creating a better world.
GiveForward.com is a platform to help families receive financial assistance by crowd-funding medical expenses for life saving treatments and surgeries.