Social Venture Design

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Social Venture Design

Programme Date: 1–7 June 2014 | Bangalore, India

Social Venture Design – a short course on social entrepreneurship is being organised jointly by Acara and IIHS. The Social Venture Design course is an opportunity to Design, Develop and Pitch a social business idea to a panel of investors and incubator representatives.

Course provides intensive, hands-on experience with entrepreneurship – particularly examples of social entrepreneurship and leadership in developing solutions to societal and environmental problems. This short course will enable learners to identify core issues and develop or redefine business model components of a proposed solution to address the identified challenging problem.

The SVD is an intense workshop for emerging social entrepreneurs. Venture teams will come with early stage venture models and leave ready to attract seed funding and resources to successfully pilot and launch. The SVD will accomplish the objective by bringing best practices from experienced corporate leaders and entrepreneurs to the participants.

Key Take-aways

During the course, the teams will:

  • Interact with successful social entrepreneurs who will share their stories, lessons learned and strategic feedback.
  • Receive guidance from practitioners on legal, financial, policy, and marketing aspects of launching.
  • Refine business models with support of facilitators to develop an executable plan going forward.
  • Develop skills from project management and communication to design thinking and leadership.
  • Build a compelling pitch, and deliver it to a panel of reviewers from industry and financial sectors.
Who should attend?

Social entrepreneurs and leaders of early stage impact ventures. We do not make a distinction about what constitutes a social entrepreneur. What we focus on is supporting the growth of the next generation of change makers interested in social and environmental impact.

Course Fee

Early Bird  Date : 20 May 2014
Early Bird Fee: ₹ 10,000/-
Group Price: for 2+ : ₹ 12,000/-
Course Fee: ₹ 15,000/-
Last Date for Application: 28 May 2014


Fred Rose - Acara

Fred-150x150Fred Rose is the co-founder and the driving force behind Acara, along with Julian Marshall. Fred has over 25 years of technology and business development experience, most recently as Director of Technology Strategy, Honeywell where he was responsible for strategy and development programs in India, US and China. He is also the co-founder of another non-profit, High Tech Kids. Fred has many years of experience in a wide range of technology R&D, emerging markets and global development teams.

Julian Marshall - Acara

marshall2-150x150Julian Marshall is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering at University of Minnesota. Marshall currently holds a McKnight Land-Grant Professorship. He is a Resident Fellow of the Institute on the Environment, and in 2009 won the Minnesota Young Civil Engineer of the Year award. Julian received his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University, and his Masters and PhD from the Energy and Resources Group at University of California Berkeley.

Brian Bell - Acara

bell_brianAs Assistant Director, Brian supports IonE’s Acara impact entrepreneurship program facilitating development of enterprises to address environmental and societal challenges in the US and internationally. He has an interdisciplinary background in civil engineering, sustainable development, and social entrepreneurship with experience in the U.S., Uganda, Kenya, Haiti, Nepal, and India. Brian has been involved in urban and rural engineering, policy, and business project design, implementation, and evaluation with IMNPACT Angels, Kounkuey Design Initiative, Envest Microfinance, the Government of India, UN-HABITAT, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, Engineers Without Borders-USA, and Inspec. Brian holds a bachelor’s in civil-environmental engineering from the University of Minnesota and a master’s in environmental sciences-sustainable development from Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

Aruna Raman - Indian Institute for Human Settlements

arunaAruna has more than 12 years of experience. As a Research Analyst with Vibrant Pittsburgh/Workforce Investment Board, Aruna studied economic patterns in workforce development, especially in the case of state-defined, high-priority professions. At Centre for Study of Science, Technology and Policy Bangalore, she conducted field research and interviews with stakeholders to formulate policy for rooftop residential solar lighting for the city of Bangalore. At IIHS, Aruna coordinates the activities of the incubator, helps potential incubatees develop their ideas as sustainable ventures and works with these teams through the incubation lifecycle. She also assists in the identification and nurturing of external partnerships with entities in the social enterprise ecosystem.

Guest Faculty

Dr. Radhika Meenakshi Shankar - Wise Owl Consulting

Dr. RadhikaDr.Radhika Meenakshi Shankar is a renowned MSME management consultant , trainer and academician with more than two decades  of academic and practice experience in entrepreneurship and  finance. She has trained more than 1500 entrepreneurs through various national and international workshops in the areas of business modeling, financing , business plan preparation and change management-business process reengineering .

She is a mentor at the Indian School of Business, BYST and Mentor Guru at the National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN).  Dr. Shankar is an advisor for the IIT Kanpur E-Cell and is also affiliated with The Hatch, a private incubator in New Delhi. She is a consultant for building and promoting a micro-entrepreneurship platform at the Rasoolpura slums in Hyderabad along Bhumi, a nonprofit organization.

She also consults with the Association of Lady Entrepreneurs in Andhra Pradesh (ALEAP) for a project on home-based women entrepreneurs, promoted by the UN Mission for Women, and Home Net. Dr. Shankar has taught courses on finance and entrepreneurship at several universities and educational institutions.

Pankaj Jain - Impact Law Ventures

pankaj-jainPankaj Jain is the founder of Impact Law Ventures, a mission-driven, start-up law practice based in New Delhi and Mumbai in India, which provides affordable legal counsel to start-ups, social business enterprises, impact investors and non-profit organizations.

Prior to founding his independent law practice in early 2011, Pankaj worked in-house as the India counsel for Acumen Fund, a non-profit social venture capital fund and was involved in working across agriculture, healthcare, water, housing and energy portfolios as well as structuring transactions in the social development space. Prior to joining Acumen Fund, he worked as an associate with the Indian law firm AZB & Partners in New Delhi on corporate advisory and private equity transactional matters.

Pankaj is a mentor to a number of start-ups, social entrepreneurs as well as non-profit organizations in India. He currently serves on a number of advisory boards in an honorary capacity. He received an integrated B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) degree in arts and law from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India, where he graduated as the university first rank holder and was a recipient of 11 gold medals.

Initiatives of Our Past Learners

Rent Karo, Ride Karo – bike sharing program in Mumbai

ChaloBest – Efficient public transit app in Mumbai

ACWUS – Artificially Constructed Wetlands for Urban Sewage, a venture setting up constructed wetlands and connected educational program in Delhi.

MyRain – Distributor of efficient micro-irrigation products and agricultural equipment to small-plot farmers in India to grow food and livelihoods while saving water and electricity.

Caddisfly – Low cost water sensor and mapping system. Great low cost system undergoing larger scale testing as of March 2014.

Pragati Palms – Import value-added palm leaf products from rural groups in Orissa, India to enhance income while providing sustainable paper products to the US market.