Entrepreneurship / Inclusive innovation / policy / social innovation / Start-ups / technology

Big mandates: Bigger Vision and Even Higher Compassion

When society gives big mandates to parties and social standpoints, it also expects  magnanimity and inclusiveness in the same measure. I want to list some of  the reforms that are crying for implementation in the larger institutional interest of an inclusive society.  For a long time, we have been trying to universalise the benefits of food security, … Continue reading

Awards / Creativity / Inclusive innovation / policy / Research / social innovation / Start-ups

celebrating inclusive grassroots innovations: Third festival of innovation

The Festival of Innovation (FOIN) is a unique initiative of the Office of the President of India to recognise, respect and reward grassroots innovations and foster a supportive ecosystem.  President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the FOIN at Rashtrapati Bhavan today lauding the contributions of the grassroots innovators. Thanks to the support of his office, the  FOIN … Continue reading

Awards / Children / Creativity / frugal innovations / Inclusive innovation / Innovation / policy / Start-ups / technology / Uncategorized / women

a legacy of inclusive grassroots innovation

What is common among Santosh Pachar, a lady farmer from Rajasthan, Paresh Panchal, a mechanic from Gujarat, Akash a tenth class student from Tamil Nadu, Shalini, a student from Patna and six other innovators from around the country?Hosted by The President of India as innovation scholar in residence along with two artists and writers at … Continue reading

Innovation / policy / Start-ups

Rural start-ups: making a policy and institutional highway

I inaugurated the GIC unit set up by  Subhash ola, a Presidential  Grassroots Innovation Award winner of NIF at Behror, midway, Delhi-Jaipur highway. He invented a very cost and energy efficient way of recycling steam to generate power, and/or improving efficiency in textile, food, pharma, plywood industry etc. Sixty per cent saving in water and … Continue reading

Entrepreneurship / Innovation / Start-ups

Will 2016 be different for innovation-based startups?

When the whole world looking at Indian renaissance as a sign of hope for pulling the global economy out of recession, the policy ambivalence is difficult to understand.  In the year about to pass, several initiatives took shape.  But a very few could get concretized.  One good example is that of BIRAC [Biotechnology Industry Research … Continue reading

Entrepreneurship / Start-ups

How to listen, learn and leverage ideas of the young innovators

Designing an empathetic start-up ecosystem needs an administrative culture that trusts young people and builds upon their creative ideas. It has to be flexible enough to adapt rules and regulations to match their aspirations without violating ethical norms of transparency and social accountability. Let me explain. There will always be some people who will not … Continue reading