Fw: Summer of social change

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“When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” George Washington Carver

What is Social Entrepreneurship?

Statement of Faith
You can find other “Market with Meaning” but you definitely want to see “Profit with Purpose”.
I personally “Believe in Kingdom Transformation” because I know there is only ONE “Life for Significant”.

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2011年5月12日 星期四,UnLtd India <info@unltdindia.org> 寫道﹕

寄件人: UnLtd India <info@unltdindia.org>
主題: Summer of social change
收件人: “Houghton” <houghton.wan@incubator.com.hk>
日期: 2011年5月12日,星期四,上午11:47

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UnLtd India Update: May 2011

With a growing team and a soon-to-be-growing base of investees, these past three months have been exciting ones at UnLtd India. 

Investee Spotlight: Ketan Deshpande, Students FUEL
Empowering rural students with academic opportunities

Ketan Desphande of Students FUEL

The problem: A lack of information about academic opportunities prevents students in rural India from launching their higher education. This limits social and economic mobility and fuels the rural/urban gap.

Ketan’s dream: All students should be able to pursue studies that lead them to the careers of their choice.

Students FUEL’s approach: FUEL bridges the information gap by producing and distributing career magazines, conducting trainings, organising fellowships and connecting students with financial aid networks.

Students FUEL’s reach and impact: 

  • Academic guidance, career counseling, training and networking for over 2 lakh (200,000) students in rural India
  • Applications from areas where FUEL works to national exams are up by 48%; rejection levels are down to 28%

“UnLtd India has helped me take my organisation and myself to the next level. Through incubation support, we have been able to generate a plan for self-sustainability, expand to three states and strengthen our vision.”

Coming Soon: A new batch of investees
New investees
Since we launched our call for new investees in March, our incubation team has received more than 120 applications from potential investees as diverse as Mumbai itself. They represent all parts of Mumbai’s socio-economic spectrum; they seek to address issues ranging from employment and environment to the creative arts. The selection process will culminate in late June. 
Investees on Social Venture Challenge shortlist
Social Venture Challenge SP Jain’s Social Venture Challenge is searching for enterprises that can address Mumbai’s most pressing issues. Four investees are on the shortlist — Ashok Rathod of Oscar Sports Club, Charvi Parikh of Bin Hostess, Raj Janagam of Cycle Chalao! and Sagar Shinde.
Oscar Sports Club goes to Bihar
Oscar Investee Ashok Rathod and the Oscar Sports Club team traveled to Bihar in March. They led a training for staff of Bal Shakha, an anti-child trafficking NGO. Bal Shakha hopes to soon implement a football-based empowerment programme for the youth of Bihar.
Investees celebrated on International Women’s Day
Women's Day On Women’s Day, Samhita recognised investee Nikita Ketkar for her transformative work within night schools and DNA spotlighted Aarti Naik’s work with women in her basti. Hindustan Times featured ECF’s philosophy that  men must be empowered to end violence against women.
Team news
New team Big welcome to Karen D’Costa, Snigdha Manchanda-Binjola and Amy Sturman! Karen is our new Level 2 Associate, Snigdha our comms specialist and Amy our fundraiser.

And it’s so long, Madeleine. Our incredible creative content producer is going to the U.S. for a masters degree. We’ll miss her.

Investees media highlights
Shirin Shirin Juwaley of Palash, empowering burn survivors: Brave Face, Times of India

The young social entrepreneurs behind Cycle Chalao! and Oscar: Being the Change, Hindustan Times

Happy summer!

All the best,

The UnLtd India team:
Amy, Ben, Guncha, Karen, Mahesh, Madeleine, Preeti, Pooja, Ravi, 
Richard, Roshan, Snigdha, Swati

UnLtd India

UnLtd India is a launchpad for social entrepreneurs.

We find, fund and support exceptional individuals whose ideas, passion and entrepreneurial skills can bring about long-term solutions to India’s social problems. 

We provide:

Seed funding and incubation for early-stage social entrepreneurs.

Bootcamp – a four-day accelerator for early-stage social entrepreneurs.

The Bombay HUB – Mumbai’s first collaborative space for social changemakers. We are a diverse community, a shared workspace, and a center for stimulating events.

Social Mashup – two ground-breaking days of conversations, connections and inspiration for early-stage social entrepreneurs.


Thank you

All that we do is made possible by our supporters.


Take Action

STAND UP – Have an idea to change the world?  Mumbai-based? Become an UnLtd India investee.

COLLABORATE – Mumbai-based? Use your expertise to enable our investees to maximize their impact. Become a mentor on our Expert Panel.

SUPPORT – Your donation is a highly leveraged way to bring about social change in India. Contact us now to learn more.


Are you a senior leader? Curious to learn from some of India’s most inspiring social entrepreneurs?

Visit the Journeys for Change website to find out more.


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