Business plan competitions are great platforms for social entrepreneurs to pitch their startup to investors and partners, share their story with the world, raise some cash and get valuable feedback on their business.
The bigger problem that originates out of the massive data inaccessibility that exists in the Social Enterprise space in general is that it becomes incredibly difficult to get a sense of how the space is growing. The understanding that currently prevails about the space in India, for example is mostly experiential and anecdotal instead of quantitative.
It was a documentary on autism that inspired Nishtha to understand more about the disorder and the lives of the people it affected. To her dismay, the NGOs which she had reached out were not as active as she had thought them to be. With a desire to do more, she started working with people from AIIMS to develop products for children with autism all the while pursuing her studies at IIT Delhi. This led to the genesis of Hope and Happiness in November 2016, India’s first non-profit which develops and provides technological solutions for people with autism.
Rohit Prakash, son of an environment entrepreneur, left his well-paid job at Marico to chase his dream of being a changemaker. He co-founded iDream Education with his like-minded partner Puneet Goyal in 2016 where they are striving to transform education by making it more personalised and interactive via tablets and mobiles. Impactpreneurs had a detailed talk with the co-founder of iDream Education, Rohit Prakash.
Social development fellowships offer opportunities to high achieving individuals to spend some time working on problems that can have a huge positive impact on the society. They also bring out the leadership qualities out of the fellows and serve as a platform for personal development. Impactpreneurs has listed few promising fellowship programmes of 2018.
According to UNICEF India, India accounts for about a quarter of neonatal death globally which means 630,000 babies die within the first four weeks of life. India has set-up India Newborn Action Plan (INAP), where UNICEF is a key partner, to reduce the number of neonatal death rate and stillborn rate to a single digit by 2030.