Inclusive Business Models For Startups

  ForStartups is an initiative of NSRCEL@IIMB

Inclusive Business Models For Startups

Saturday, May 06, 2017 @ IIMB


Sourav Mukherji
Organizational Behaviour & Human Resources Management
Professor Dean, Programmes

Sourav Mukherji teaches post graduate and doctoral level courses at IIM Bangalore. He has worked with IBM and Oracle in product management functions (1993-1998) and for the Boston Consulting Group as a strategy consultant (2002-2003). Professor Mukherji is an avid follower of sports, runs marathons, and coaches long distance runners as his hobby.

Professor Mukherji’s research interest is inclusivity and social enterprises – businesses that address the needs of the poor in a financially sustainable manner. In this domain, he has published several case studies and papers in academic and practitioner oriented journals. He also received UNDP Fellowship for Research in Inclusive Business Models and Villgrow Fellowship for Research on Social Entrepreneurship.

Research Areas: Social Entrepreneurship, Inclusive Business Models, Corporate Social Responsibility, Organization Design



Gayathri Vasudevan
CEO at LabourNet

Gayathri Vasudevan is a Doctorate in Development studies with more than 22 yrs experience in both national and international organizations. She has been extensively involved in policy issues and community mobilizations relating to livelihoods. Before joining LabourNet, Gayathri held a senior position at the multilateral International Labour Organization for 8 years.

She has also worked with various Multi-Laterals and Bi-Laterals – UNICEF, UNDP, UNESCO, NORAD, to name a few. She has more than 30 publications in the areas of labour, employment and gender issues to her credit.

LabourNet is a social enterprise based in Bangalore with a clear focus on enabling livelihoods and improving real income wages of the informal sector by improving worker skill and productivity. It provides financial inclusion, social protection and welfare services to unorganised workers, builds capacities of workers and markets their services to customers.

We believe education is not a one-time process but a continuous one, and that every individual should have an opportunity to better education and better livelihoods. Our model of work-integrated training ensures that individuals learn while they continue to earn. In the last three years, LabourNet has scaled up very fast and has a presence in 450 locations across India and has impacted more than 300,000 individuals in 15+ sectors till date.



Nagaraja (Naga) Prakasam
Angel Investor, Mentor, Fund Advisor

Naga Raju(Naga) Prakasam is a versatile and passionate leader with 2+ decades of global experience (decade in the USA and a decade+ in India). As a full time angel investor, invested in 18 start-ups and seen 4 exits. Spearheaded Impact thinking in Indian Angel Network and co-founded IAN Impact. His personal mantra is “Start-ups should focus on India’s strength – people, problems, Tech (PPT)”



Srikrishna Sridhar Murthy
CEO at Sattva
Srikrishna Sridhar Murthy (Krishna) is the Founder and CEO of Sattva and is responsible for the overall growth and strategic direction of the company. Over the last few years, Krishna has been working with the senior management of leading non-profits, social enterprises, corporate and funders to make their social impact initiatives sustainable and scalable.

Before starting Sattva, Krishna was a Founding Member and Partner at Longhouse Consulting, an Executive Search firm focused on the venture capital and startup ecosystem of India. As part of Longhouse, Krishna helped many fast growing companies in India to design their organizations and build their leadership teams in emerging sectors like e-commerce, mobile and clean technology.

Krishna started his career in 2002 as an early member of the Dell R&D’s India operations and was involved in leading global product development teams in the enterprise server and storage business of Dell. Krishna was also part of the core-team that led Dell’s CSR initiatives across the Indian operations of the company.

Krishna has worked with multiple non-profits over the last 12 years and has served on the Advisory Boards of Dream a Dream, a leading Indian non-profit and Hua-Dan, a social enterprise in China. Krishna holds a B.E (Hons) in Computer Science from BITS, Pilani and an MBA from INSEAD Business School with a focus on entrepreneurship and social innovation. Krishna is a visiting faculty at IIM-Kolkata on the topic of “Entrepreneurship in NGOs”.



Mr. Suresh Krishna
Co-Founder, Ceo and Managing Director, YSBF Bengaluru.
Mr. Suresh Krishna is the Co-founder and CEO of Yunus Social Business Fund Bengaluru and Co-founder and Partner of Yunus Social Business India Initiatives. Prior to this, he was at the helm of affairs at Grameen Koota, since its inception in 1999 as Managing Director (till July 2015).  He was instrumental in developing Grameen Koota into a large, socially responsible MFI having its outreach in 5 states of India. He has co-founded the microfinance industry associations, namely Microfinance Institutions Network and Association of Karnataka Microfinance Institutions. He has played a very active role in developing the microfinance sector in India. He has also co-founded Grameen Affordable Shelters P. Ltd – a company which develops affordable housing for the low income households along with Mrs. Vinatha M. Reddy – Founder of Grameen Koota. He is the Managing Trustee of Navya Disha Trust, an NGO working to improve water, sanitation, financial literacy, supplementary education for school children. He currently serves on the board of BinaArtha – an MFI in Indonesia, in USA – an open source core banking software for financial services, SAS Health Care P. Ltd. – an affordable healthcare company for the low income households. Mr. Suresh is a regular speaker and presenter at various national and international forums.  He is passionate about agriculture, social businesses including micro housing, financial literacy, client education, renewable energy, waste management, health care and livelihoods for the poor.


Achitra Borgohain
Founder and CEO, Bin Bag

Passionate about solving social problems at the intersection of technology.

After spending a decade in venture capital and project finance, Achitra wants to apply those business skills in solving societal problems. Currently founder of Binbag – a waste recycling startup based out of Bangalore. Binbag has landed coverage in national and international media such as BBC, Business Insider, The Hindu, among others and was shortlisted to present in Global Social Business Summit, Berlin.

Achitra interest lies in growing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in India and is a speaker at various forums and student communities. He was also invited to speak at the UNESCAP event in Bangkok on the e-waste problem in India.