Social Enterprise Panel and Digital Vision Showcase at Stanford University

24 Feb

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.

 

 

David Geilhufe

David Geilhufe

Gaurav Gupta

Gaurav Gupta

 

 

Bhalchander and Chiradeep

Bhalchander and Chiradeep

Shubha, Bhalchander and Chiradeep

Shubha, Bhalchander and Chiradeep

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. 

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