XLRI meet on change-agents

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  • Published 28.01.12

The spotlight is firmly on young achievers who junked lucrative jobs for offbeat ventures for rural change at the fourth National Social Entrepreneurship Conference at XLRI, Jamshedpur.

The three-day event on the theme ‘Entrepreneurship for Rural Revival’ kick-started on Friday on the B-school campus with over 30 delegates with talks on livelihood programmes and challenges in rural India.

On Saturday, a special showcase event on emerging social ventures will be hosted.

Young entrepreneurs with business models at the grassroots will share their stories with well-known names such as managing director of Small Farmers’ Agri-Business Consortium, Pravesh Sharma, Jharcraft managing director Dhirendra Kumar, Aavishkar Venture Management Services principal Ajay Maniar, Kutumbakkam model village panchayat president Elango Ramaswamy, to name some,

“We want young entrepreneurs to present projects and share their experiences, issues and challenges before stalwarts,” said Madhukar Shukla, conference co-ordinator.

Two social entrepreneurs are XLRI alumni. Ankit Jain has founded Green Leaf Energy in Gaya, working on renewable energy. Malavika Sharma has founded Avika in Ranchi with a mission to bring wearable contemporary wear with ethnic art forms that includes Madhubani paintings.

Besides the duo, there are Kalyan Akkipedi of ProtoVillage in Andhra Pradesh, Vijay Jaju and Piyush Jaju of Onergy in Bengal, Shashank Kumar and Manish Kumar of Farms and Farmers Foundation in Bihar and Satish Viswanathan and Venkat Sriraman of Evidyaloka in Bangalore.