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November, 2015

Editorial

Dear Reader,

This month, we bring to you once again a mosaic of the activities related to social entrepreneurship that we have been involved with at IIM Calcutta.

Some of our students have been working with Tomorrow’s Foundation and Australia-based entrepreneur Kayoko Govindasamy to explore the market for reusable sanitary napkins in India. They record some insights from their project

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Exploring the Market for Low-Cost Sanitary Napkins in India: Towards more sustainable solutions

Exploring the Market for Low-Cost Sanitary Napkins in India: Towards more sustainable solutions

By Arpit Srivastava and Arpita Yadav

Periods are a taboo in India. Lack of education and poverty add to this and only 12%1 of India’s menstruating women use sanitary napkins today. 68%1 of rural women say their families cannot afford napkins. Inadequate menstrual protection makes adolescent girls miss 5 days of school, every month. With the products that are available in the market, the chances of infections and skin reactions are significantly higher.

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A Week In Bihar

A Week In Bihar

By Ankit Garg, Arpita Yadav, Manjari Sharma, Sujeet Kumar Singh (IIM Calcutta) ; Anjali Sharma (JNU)

While much is being commented on Bihar on social media nowadays, we bring to you a report from the villages of Bihar. A student team from IIM Calcutta participated in a competition launched in the run-up to the Bihar elections. The participants had to send a proposal to document Bihar’s development for a week-long field research. The team from IIMC chose women empowerment as the focal theme and set out on their journey to record developments in Bihar.

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Seminar on “Thinking Social” – Pune

Seminar on “Thinking Social” – Pune

Tata Social Enterprise Challenge (TSEC) – a joint initiative of the Tata Group and the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC) held the second seminar series, ‘Thinking Social’, at Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication (PG), Pune on 3rd October 2015. The day-long seminar sought to introduce students from top professional colleges in India to the spirit of social entrepreneurship in a rapidly evolving global economy and addressed the concerns of young, budding entrepreneurs belonging to reputed B-Schools such as Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communications (SIMC), Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIMB) and Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). The speakers for the day comprised eminent social entrepreneurs, academicians and senior corporate executives working extensively in the Indian social entrepreneurship space.

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Bodhi Health Education

Incubatee Profile

Bodhi Health Education

By Abhinav Girdhar and Shrutika Girdhar – Founders, Bodhi Health Education

Fulfilling the gap in Medical Education for developing countries

Bodhi Health Education was founded in 2013 with the mission of providing quality medical education. The company has trained over 2000 health-workers including ASHAs (Accredited Social Health Activist) and Nurse Midwives. Bodhi strongly believes that critical health indicators in developing countries such as the maternal and infant mortality rates can be significantly improved with better skills and knowledge among health professionals including nurses, paramedics and frontline community health workers.

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Thinking Social Roundtable – Delhi

Thinking Social Roundtable – Delhi

The first event of the “Thinking Social” series of roundtables, organized by IIM Calcutta Innovation Park (IIMCIP), was held on 16th October 2015 at the India International Center, Delhi under the aegis of Tata Social Enterprise Challenge (TSEC) 2015-16. The theme of the Roundtable was ‘”Enhancing Quality and Affordability of Education through Technology”. The discussion was centered on three broad themes – Quality, Access, and Affordability of education for the masses. The overarching focus was the use of technology in meeting these three objectives.

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

The Social Enterprise Summit in Bengaluru on 21 November 2015

Villgro and Headstart present The Social Enterprise Summit – Bengaluru, a unique social enterprise event where you can learn about the power of social enterprise.

You will have the chance to hear about the startup journeys of social entrepreneurs, meet investors and incubators, other like-minded entrepreneurs and more

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We welcome your suggestions and feedback on the newsletter. Please email: tsec@iimcip.org

If you have news on social entrepreneurship to be included in this newsletter, please contact: henna.jaireth@iimcip.org / abhranila.das@iimcip.org

Please check the Tata Social Entrepreneurship website at www.tatasechallenge.org with the latest updates on our activities.

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