SEB 2019

Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp 2019

Rishihood School of Entrepreneurship in association with Vision India Foundation  organized a week-long Bootcamp on social entrepreneurship and innovation from 5th July to 9th July, 2019. The bootcamp helped social innovators by augmenting their understanding and ability to bring a change through social entrepreneurship.

The bootcamp had sessions on leadership, team building, business modeling, social development, legal affairs and more. The program was delivered through workshops, mentor interactions, lectures, case studies, visits, and peer-to-peer sessions. The program was hands-on and interactive.

The delegates at the Bootcamp were from 3 different continents and almost all parts of India. There was a small and diverse cohort to maximize learnings, networking, and collaboration. There were representatives from non-profits, corporates, students, grassroots workers and more.

In association with

Ashok Pavadia

Ashok Pavadia

Former Additional Secretary, Home Affairs

Kunal Jain introducing the concept

Mr Kunal Jain founder of Kaushalam Foundation conducted the orientation session for our prolific and enthusiastic delegates on the Day 1 of the Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp organised.

The delegates were introduced to each other and they got a sneak peek into what the sessions in the following days had to offer.

Mr Kunal shared his life journey wherein he recollected his memories of his childhood and how he grew up learning from his father. Where his father left behind teachings of running an enterprise, he also learnt from him what should not be done. He concluded that a social enterprise is all about people and it’s important to consider their opinions. This keeps you relevant and going.

Patrick McNamara

Patrick McNamara

Professor, University of Nebraska Omaha | Nebraska

Workshop on Social Problems and Business Model

Startups are not a smaller version of large companies. Startups are startups and are supposed to be treated like a company. Day 2 of Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp started with a session of Mr Kunal Jain from University of South Florida and founder of Kaushalam Foundation. He took the delegates on the journey of converting the business idea into a business model.

He discussed with the delegates the Customer Discovery Call. “A business model based on the customer call is meant to last and create a lasting impact.” Mr Kunal stated.

Shobhit Mathur

Shobhit Mathur

Executive Director, Vision India Foundation; IIT Bombay | University of Washington | Indian School of Business | Delhi

Prof Patrick on Finding your Purpose

Prof Patrick keeping the delegates busy on the Day 2 as well of the Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp.

From discussing the people from the past in the field of Social Entrepreneurship and the relevance they still have to why do we need Social Enterprises today Prof Patrick with the delegates analysed various factors and scrutinised each for deeper learning.

He shared his memories working with Mother Teresa and discussed his experience and learnings with all. Also did all get a glimpse to see Prof Patrick’s TED Talk Omaha which put across his vision and helped delegates to get a deeper insight to the discussion.

Sunil Goyal

Sunil Goyal

Founder, Managing Director & Fund Manager YourNest

Aman Gupta on Digital Media Marketing for a Social Enterprise

Aman Gupta, a digital media professional, leading a multi-channel digital media network in Delhi concluded the Day 2 of Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp with a session on Digital Media Marketing for Entrepreneurs. Digital Media Marketing is really important owing to the fact that digital place is where everyone is.

Taking the case studies of Kama Ayurveda, Paper Boat, Keto, Akshay Patra and many more, he explained the significance of digital space these days. From being a cost-efficient way to generating an organic pull, digital media space comes up with these pros.

“Content is the King, but Platform is the Kingdom.” stated Aman Gupta and gave insightful statistics and relevance of each platform today in regard to the audience.

Sahil Aggarwal

Sahil Aggarwal

Co- Founder & CEO, Rishihood University

Dr Pooran Pandey on Legal Aspects of a Social Enterprise

“Self-belief is the most important” states the second speaker of Day 3 Dr Pooran Pandey, at Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp.

Dr Pooran is the Managing Director of Soent Group, based in Germany and advises businesses, agencies, diplomatic missions on a wide range of aspects. He led Teach India, lead India and Aman ki Asha. He has been associated with the international-think tank, UNG Global Compact Network, working groups on human right and Times of India Group.

Dr Pooran guided the delegates through the legal aspects of a social enterprise. He further added to it the importance of policies and the ecosystem it works in. He reminded the delegates to not forget their uniqueness in the process of earning revenues and to stay relevant. Guiding all with the fact that there is no said formulae for success, he said that all that one needs to do is to figure out who we are, our aim, the limitations we might face and how will we navigate through them.

Patrick McNamara

Patrick McNamara

Professor, University of Nebraska Omaha | Nebraska

Bharti Singhla discussing the journey of Chakra Innovation

Day 3 of Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp witnessed a great and informative session from a young and enthusiastic entrepreneur, Bharti Singhla, Founder of Chakr Innovation.

She shared the journey of Chakr, from the idea generation stage to now serving to elite clients. “A journey without challenges would be boring.” stated Ms Bharti and shared with all the challenges the team faced in the entire process. Starting with finding the right team who have the requisite skill-set and share the same vision, she guided all on how to go about finding the right set of people. She also suggested everyone to find the right mentors who can guide them through pitching the idea for funds.

Ms Bharti tried to bust as many myths as she could which the delegates had regarding a social enterprise and social entrepreneurship. On being asked how does Chakr plan to stay in the market, she answered that the team believes and is working around building the core capabilities which will enable the enterprise to be sustainable.

She concluded her session saying that the struggle does not end until one has a solution to the problem and guided all to keep looking for the right solutions.

Prof Nagendra Nath Sharma

Prof Nagendra Nath Sharma

Associate Professor, Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMTECH) | Chairperson, India Centre for Public Policy(ICPP)

Anu Meena taking the delegates through the journey of Agrowave

“The first investment is not in the project, it is in the team” stated Anu Meena founder of Agrowave as she shared with the delegates her journey from helping her father to building her own enterprise.

She explained what role a team plays in any enterprise and one should get the right team before looking for funding. She added to it the criteria she uses for hiring which is, attitude over skill because she believes if you share the same vision as your employees, then they will take you to your desired position.

Anu guided them through the concept of raising funds through investment and to learn the art of it. She also stated that any enterprise will always bear some cost, it depends on us how do we optimise it and sustain our business model. On being asked what motivates her the most, its the faces of people and their families who are dependent on her work for her that motivates her everyday to move ahead.

 Mohammad Haleem Khan

Mohammad Haleem Khan

Former Secretary | Govt of India, Ministry of Finance

Jury Presentations

Delegates at Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp presented their ideas to a jury consisted of some extremely accomplished experts from the field. Their contributing inputs helped delegates to know the ground realities better and perception to pitch for their ideas well.

Vijay Kumar Singh

Vijay Kumar Singh

Vijay Singh has over 19 years of working experience in different capacities in the voluntary sector, humanitarian as well as the private sector. He has extensively worked with voluntary sector in Canada, U.K and India. In CSR Domain he has worked as Lead CSR with Bennett & Coleman Co Ltd, DLF Ltd and Sahara Group as CEO for Sahara Welfare Foundation and now with PI Industries Limited which is into the business of Agchem value chain from R&D to distribution providing innovative solutions to farmers.
 Mohammad Azhar

Mohammad Azhar

He is a development professional with an experience of investments in 160 social businesses. He is also representing the INVENT fund in the investment committees. He has previously worked with the multiple projects funded by Government of India & UK Government. He has also incubated and invested in 500+ women micro-entrepreneurs in Rajasthan & UP. At the Ministry of Women & Child Development, he was deputed as a Nodal Officer for Asian Development Bank, UN Women and Rashtriya Mahila Kosh supported projects.
Gaurav Goel

Gaurav Goel

Founder & CEO, Samagra; IIT Delhi | IIM Calcutta | Delhi

Satyajit Mittal on how his class project converted into a product | SquatEase

“Art is for self while the design is for users.”

Day 5 of Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp concluded with an extremely insightful session by Mr Satyajit Mittal, Founder of SquatEase.

He explained how his classroom project converted into a product. He stressed upon knowing the customers which enables an entrepreneur to deliver the best and sustainable offering. He never believed in sitting within the four walls and carrying out R&D. He carried out T&E that is, trial and error while being on the field. This helps an entrepreneur to develop a product which caters to the needs of his consumers in the best way possible. Thus the key to sustain according to him is reaching out to maximum people one can.

He also in detail, discussed the significance of the social capital being in the field.

The week-long Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp concluded with his session, leaving the delegates with a profound understanding of social entrepreneurship and clarity in terms of ‘THE IMPACT’ they wished to create in the society.

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