Saturday, October 27, 2012

Khemka Forum on Social Entrepreneurship 2012

7 and 8 December at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad

Without doubt, traditional processes and "business-as-usual" has its limitations in meeting the needs of the BOP and innovation is the key that will drive change in today’s world. And yet, resources are mostly dedicated to research and innovation for causes that have little meaning for those who are economically disadvantaged. With almost one third of the world’s poor living in India, the goal of innovation that aims to serve the economically disadvantaged should be to reduce costs while ensuring products remain of high quality.

Easy to say, but the question remains, how do we achieve high quality at price points affordable to those at the BoP?

How do we re-design and re-engineer products to meet specific needs and wants of the undeserved?

How can these innovations be commercialized, launched and grown into new successful businesses?

The  4th edition of the Khemka Forum on Social Entrepreneurship shines the spotlight on the  pioneers who have taken upon themselves to find the answers to these sticky questions..... Join us as we celebrate the spirit of innovation in business models, processes, products and partnerships.

What does the 'big tent' have in store for you:
  • The team from San Francisco leads us through the fascinating world of ‘human centered design thinking'
  • Factory to Farm – the Acumen Fund team examines how modern agricultural inputs can be accessible at the last mile.
  • The Dasra session 'Crafting a Livelihood'  will bring to the fore innovative models used by artisan communities and networks to reach the markets 
  • Join the team from IKP Centre for Technologies in Public Health (ICTPH) as they analyze the ecosystem for creating sustainable healthcare enterprises in primary care…
  • The  Ashden India Collective looks for the perfect cookstove design  in their session on 'Clean Cooking Energy for All'

Speakers include

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Details will follow soon.

The Khemka Forum on Social Entrepreneurship 2012  is supported in part by FEM Italia Onlus with the support of Cariplo Foundation and Vismara Foundation

The Despande Fellowship Program - Now Accepting Applications !!!

We are pleased to inform you that the Deshpande Fellowship Program is now receiving applications for tenth batch. Deshpande fellowship program was begun in order to empower a major untapped resource in the development field: hungry young people with plenty of potential to go for in their field who are held back only by their skills and self- confidence. DFP seeks change that and help participate to realize the true potential and ambitions.

This rigorous 7½ month residential leadership development program,Through NGOs visits, village studies, entrepreneurial and Leadership activities and intensive course work, fellows gain skills needed to become true leaders in their chosen field.  
With a concentration on social entrepreneurship and innovation, the DFP has transformed over 200 fellows into entrepreneurial young leaders. Kindly spread the words with your colleagues, friends and who interested to become part of the Fellowship Program.  
Interested one apply directly by using attached application or can be downloaded from online-
For more information you can reach us at or 09740011883 
We look forward to hear from you soon.
Note: Last date for application will be 28.11.2012, Hurry to apply!

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Acumen Fund's Global Fellows Program

The Global Fellows Program is a one-year fellowship program designed to train the next generation of social impact leaders. Fellows undergo two months of leadership training in New York and then spend nine months with one of Acumen Fund’s investee companies in India, Pakistan, East or West Africa providing on the ground management assistance and strategic support to help scale the business.

The Global Fellows Program is distinct from the East Africa and Pakistan Fellows Programs in that the Global Fellows Program is a full-time rather than part-time program, accepts candidates from any country, and does not require Fellows to be driving a social change initiative prior to joining the program.

Competitive applicants for the Global Fellows Program will meet the following criteria:

+  Strong business experience – such as finance, operations, or consulting
+  Demonstrated passion and commitment to creating positive social change
+  Proven track record of leadership and management responsibilities
+  Experience living and working in emerging markets
+  Unrelenting perseverance, moral fiber, and critical thinking skills
+  3-5 years of work experience