This Sunday, we attended the ‘Social Enterprise Panel and Digital Vision Showcase’ at Stanford. The event was a part of the Entrepreneurship week at Stanford and we were invited by our advisor, Neerja Raman, to showcase United Prosperity. The event consisted of a panel discussion followed by showcase of several new interesting social enterprises. The panelists had interesting things to say about the challenges of starting a social enterprise and I agree with several of their conclusions.
We had several enthusiastic visitors for the poster presentation and it was a great opportunity to explain United Prosperity’s unique guarantee model. I had the pleasure of meeting David Geilhufe, Philanthropy Program Manager at NetSuite (one of our supporters), as well as Gaurav Gupta, who is building a facebook application for us. It was also great to re-connect with an old friend of mine, Shankar Raman, who is an enthusiastic champion for United Prosperity.
One of the interesting presentations was by Driptech, a venture started by a recently graduated Stanford MBA and a few students from the Engineering School. Most drip irrigation systems are fairly expensive and are not viable for small and marginal farmers. Driptech has pioneered a drip irrigation system for $20. Since most land holdings in countries like India tend to be small, I think this product has immense potential. The challenge is going to be to make the system available to millions of small farmers.Also check out pictures of the other poster presentations.