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UnLtd India - Call for Applications
Claudius Gutemann, UnLtd India - Call for Applications 24 Aug 2018
Changing the Paradigm for Energy Finance and Technology for Women
Claudius Gutemann, Changing the Paradigm for Energy Finance and Technology for Women 10 Aug 2018
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Changing the world for girls? Start in India

"If you are a social entrepreneur with ambition, you want to work in a country where your efforts can have a huge incremental effect.  If you want to change the world for girls, then India has to be where you start." (Safeena Husain, Executive Director and Founder of Educate Girls)

Read the full story about Safeena Husain and her company Educate Girls which has enrolled 120,000 girls into goverment schools in some of the worst gender gap districts in India.

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Agriculture Products

Villgro incubates agri start-up GRoboMac

Villgro announces a new addition to their investment and incubation portfolio - GRoboMac (Green Robot Machinery Private Limited), a social enterprise that develops farm robotics for harvesting farm produce. The company is currently developing a cotton-picking machine that will be bought by large farmers or FAAS (Farming As A Service Companies), who will rent it out to smaller cotton farmers for harvesting cotton.

Agriculture in India is primarily dependent on manual labour; however, according to a FICCI study between 2004-05 and 2011-12 the agricultural workforce has reduced by 30.57 million people.

Started in 2014, GRoboMac is working to mechanize farm tasks by building smart machinery using 3D vision technology and robotics. The company's first product is a cotton-picking machine that aims at reducing drudgery and dependency on farm labour while maintaining the quality and speed of human picking. Non-availability of farm labour is the single biggest deterrent for farmers to grow cotton, although cotton is a profitable cash crop.

Read more here and here.

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Solving for India: Five startups tackling social problems

By Harichandan Arakali, Forbes India Staff

In the recent years, a new clutch of companies have come up that aim to make money by tackling some of India's biggest social problems. Forbes India puts list 5 such ventures across education, healthcare and energy. We are thrilled to see two of our portfolio companies, Hippocampus and UE LifeSciences making it to this list!

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Energy and Power

How India's 'smart villages' are centralising solar power

Please note: This is a repost from BBC News By Edd Gent 

The Indian government has committed 980bn rupees ($14.5bn; £10.9bn) to a flagship smart cities' programme, but the social entrepreneur behind the country's first smart village thinks they've missed some low-hanging fruit.

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Agriculture Products

With four incubators Villgro invests Rs 1 cr in Flybird

CHENNAI: Social business incubator Villgro, along with four others in the agri startup space, has invested Rs 1 crore in Bengaluru-based micro irrigation startup FlyBird Farm Innovations. Rianta Capital's Artha Initiative, IIM Ahmedabad's incubation centre (CIIE), National Academy of Agricultural Research and Management's a-IDEA and Centre for Incubation and Business Acceleration are the other investors.



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'Now We'll Know Real Foreign Investment Into India'

RIS' Ram Upendra Das on the implications of the amended India-Mauritius tax treaty

by Lola Nayar

On May 10, 2016, India and Mauritius signed a protocol amending the bilateral double taxation avoidance treaty. While the text of the protocol is awaited, based on the information released by the government, Dr Ram Upendra Das of Research and Information Systems for Developing Countries (RIS) tells Lola Nayar that the change is nothing to be feared as it provides for a cushioning effect on investors. Excerpts:

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Agriculture Products

Realizing Indian Agribusiness Potential through Innovations

by Hemendra Mathur

No other event in the recent past has brought more cheer to a large section of Indian population than Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast of an above-average and well-distributed monsoon for 2016. Farmers, consumers and Government is happy with this news, so are the stock markets. This reflects the importance of Indian agrarian economy despite reducing share of agriculture in GDP (approx. 15% of GDP).

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Education

Only Education Can Solve Social Issues

Ronald Cohen, chairman of The Portland Trust and Bridges Ventures, talks to BW Businessworld’s Haider Ali Khan about social entrepreneurship and philanthropy

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Sankalp Forum Announces the Winners of Sankalp Awards 2016

The Sankalp Forum, Intellecap's flagship initiative is a revolutionary impact enterprise platform which brings together pioneering social enterprises together with governments, corporations, influential platforms, media and civil society to drive a paradigm shift in inclusive development approaches.

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Sankalp Forum Announces the Winners of Sankalp Awards 2016

The Sankalp Forum, Intellecap's flagship initiative is a revolutionary impact enterprise platform which brings together pioneering social enterprises together with governments, corporations, influential platforms, media and civil society to drive a paradigm shift in inclusive development approaches.

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