Inclusive Business Models For Startups
ForStartups is an initiative of NSRCEL@IIMB
Inclusive Business Models For Startups
Saturday, May 06, 2017 @ IIMB
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 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.
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)”
He believes in hands on approach and travels extensively in rural areas understanding the need first hand. Sought after as thought leader in Impact space and inspired many students as a motivational speaker in number of colleges. Delivered C.K.Prahalad memorial lecture at WorldCoCreationDay. Chaired “Green Revolution 2.0 – Food Security and the role of innovation” at 10th CII Innovation Summit. Spoke at launch of Bank of Innovations and Ideas (BII) by Ministry of Rural Development along with Dr.Abdul Kalam. Awarded “Successful Person 2015” by Sangam4, Chennai. Proud to join CM of Rajasthan, to unveil state startup policy.
Partner at Acumen – New York based $100M impact venture fund and serves as an independent director in one of its portfolio company, Guardian – a micro finance venture working in Water and Sanitation.
Founder Chairman of Native Angels Network (NAN) by Nativelead foundation (NLF) – enables entrepreneurship in non-metros of Tamilnadu, with the vision to Enable, Nurture, Incubate, Invest. NAN grown into 152 angels in Madurai, Trichy, Coimbatore, Erode with 2 investments in less than a year, touching 120 startups, 37 colleges.
Mentor-in-Residence at NSRCEL, IIMB. Advisory Board member of Action for India. Mentor at CIIE, IIMA. Advisor – Change Alliance; VIT – TBI; CARE School of Business, Trichy; IIHR-Bangalore incubator for Agri-preneurs.
Investments – Lumiere Organic, Guardian, SP Robotics, Saahas, Freshworld (raising series A), Uniphore (raising series B), GoCoOp (raised series A), Happy Hens, Rain Stock, Sattva Consulting, GramVaani (merged with OnMobile), Consure (raised series A) , Orangescape, Gamiana, Stayzilla (raised series B), UnBxd (raised series A), Druva (raised series D), Solaron (exited).
Serving the board of GoCoOp – online market place for co-operatives, Uniphore – voice recognition for 60+ languages and 100+ dialects. Pushes valuable information to 45Lakhs farmers a day. Freshworld – Farm to Home vegetables using cleantech smart carts. Saahas – Zero Waste Management; recycling 30 tons of waste a day . Rain Stock – affordable RWH, Gray/Black water recycling in Madurai, Guardian, SP Robotics, Lumiere Organic, Sattva Consulting.
Served as President of Atlanta and San Diego Chapters for the Association for India’s Development (AID). AID received Times of India Social Impact award in 2011 from the Prime Minister.
Earlier in his career, as President of CDC Software (world’s 12th largest enterprise software company) South & Southeast Asia, managed sales and India Engineering Centre of Excellence. During the 16 years tenure, grew from Systems Engineer to President and involved in growing the company from $50M to $400M with ups and downs. At the age of 35, youngest executive to be given country head responsibilities. Intrapreneurial culture that he inculcated made the company to be shortlisted for prestigious NExT Practices Award for “Promoting Innovation & Entrepreneurship” by NASSCOM.
Currently residing in Bangalore, Naga holds a B.E. degree from Thiagarajar College of Engineering, India and an MBA degree from the San Diego/Kennesaw State University, United States.
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”.
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.