Gold Nib Fellowship Commission (GNFC) recently announced the winners of Gold Nib Collegepreneur Awards 2012. Receiving 210 entries from all regions of the country, Gold Nib Fellowship Commission finally selected the winners after several rigorous rounds of selections process. Talking about the general trend among student entrepreneurs, Pranav Pranav Chatturvedi, Founder, Gold Nib Fellowship Commission and Gold Nib Collegepreneur Awards said, “The engineering students of South India are creating technological products while the commerce students of Mumbai and Delhi are more into creation of enterprises which are service oriented.”
India has the highest number of households (145 million) excluded from banking. RBI has identified bank branches closest to every village. But most of these villages are 5-40kms away from the nearest bank branch that they are assigned to. Private banks don’t exist in these areas. How can the government create a more inclusive and accessible financial system for 70% of India living in these villages?
BITS Pilani, the engineering college in India has been at the forefront of the entrepreneurial wave in India as far as support from the college is concerned and TunePatrol is another one from the BITS community. Having been incubated at The Hatch, this young team with an average team age of below 20 has already [...] Read More
WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) for Water Supply and Sanitation (2012) report: 780 million people lack access to an improved water source
Over 5.6 billion in the world have a mobile subscription with China contributing a billion to that number and India trailing right behind
These numbers clearly indicate the deep penetration of mobile phone subscription in the world today. What’s interesting is that several social enterprises understanding this extent of mobile penetration have innovated on mobile phones to create social impact. Over the last few months, YourStory.in has been tracking many of these social enterprises. Here’s a quick overview of some of these companies that have introduced mobile innovations for social impact.
Talk about exposing scams in India, the one constant weapon in the hands of the citizens has been the Right to Information Act 2005. Be it exposing– our Hon’bl Ex-President Pratibha Patil’s uncanny expenditure on flying her relatives around the country or 2G scam or other cases of corruption in India, RTI Act has been [...] Read More
National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development announced the winners of NABARD Awards 2012 for Rural Innovations on October 17, 2012 at New Delhi in order to commemorate 30 years of its existence. Hon’ble Union Finance Minister of India, Dr. P.Chidambaram and Hon’ble Union Minister for Rural Development, Shri Jairam Ramesh presided over the award ceremony.
Being the apex development bank in India that facilitates credit flow for or promotion and development of agriculture, small-scale industries, cottage and village industries, handicrafts and other rural crafts, NABARD Awards recognizes 12 rural innovations in 6 categories with the potential to change the face of rural India.
In a ground breaking move, Indian Air Force will be training women pilots in combat mode. Women are going places foraying into industries that were not considered suitable for women. Take for instance, Kayalvizhi. She is one among three daughters in a poor family hailing from Chennai. Thanks to ANEW, Kayalvizhi is also Chennai’s first woman ambulance driver making women all over Chennai very proud.
While Facebook is still struggling to find its way to its users through mobile phones, Rocketalk has already added over 17million registered users (9 million active users) and claims to be India’s largest mobile social network. It initially started as a peer to peer voice messaging system. “People realized that the application converted the phone into a walkie-talkie. They wanted to search for other people then they wanted a profile where they could add pictures and videos and finally be able to add friends. So we then created the media gallery, not just for you to share stuff with friends, but also with the outside world as well,” shares Sameer Agarwal, Founder, Rocketalk
As a minimum qualification for teachers, Government of India requires that the interested candidates pass Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) to become eligible to teach Classes I – VIII. This also means that teachers need not be graduates or even possess subject matter expertise to teach the kids. Often, the teachers who teach in government schools are the product of the poor quality of teaching in the same government schools. How will this vicious cycle come to an end?
When a modern day product company wants to take a product to the consumer, brands try to understand their market by learning about their likes, dislikes, pain points, preferences etc before they enter urban markets. Do companies adopt the same approach with respect to the rural poor?