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Ennovent’s Impact Investment Holding (IIH) made a follow-on investment in ERC Eye Care to help scale-up its operations and improve impact in North-East India. Speaking about the investment, Vipul Kumar, Country Director - Ennovent India said, “Ennovent has demonstrated its commitment to serve the North-East India with its follow-on investment in ERC and the on-going North-East Accelerator Program aimed to develop the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. ERC has come a long way in revolutionizing healthcare in the North-East and we are looking at a long-term association with them to continue to create a positive impact in the region. According to the WHO Report (2015), almost 40% of...

Based on our team’s baseline study of WASH pain-points in Faridabad, Mysuru and Udaipur and by working with key city government officials, we have identified and prioritized the following urban WASH innovations that the IHUWASH Accelerator would focus on: Water Related Innovations  Safe Drinking Water It is estimated that around 66%, 37% and 30% of households in the cities of NCR, Karnataka and Rajasthan respectively drink untreated or unpurified water. We are in search of innovations that make safe drinking water readily available at less than INR 1 per litre for these underserved urban households in Faridabad, Mysuru and Udaipur. Last-mile Water Distribution It is estimated that around 38%,...

The framework provided by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) prioritises the sustainability challenges faced by the developing world. At Ennovent, we align our innovation projects with the SDGs to focus on sectors with a need for immediate intervention in India, Nepal and Bhutan. To build these projects, we first analyse the needs and challenges faced in these sectors, identify business innovations to address the gaps and work with the innovators to test and launch their business projects. Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), the focus of SDG 6, has been at the core of many of Ennovent’s innovation projects over the past few...

In 2017, World Water Week (27th August-1st September, 2017) will address the theme “water and waste – reduce and reuse”. Ennovent, together with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and IRC, will make a presentation on the topic ‘Give a boost to sanitation entrepreneurs!’ We invite you to attend our session on Monday, 28 August (14:00-15:30) discussing inclusive revenue models in faecal sludge emptying and transport businesses. We invite you to meet us at the event, please write back and schedule a network meeting. There is a lack of scalable businesses in the faecal sludge and sanitation space. Entrepreneurs do not have sufficient...

Marico Innovation Foundation, the CSR arm of Marico Limited, works towards nurturing innovation in India. Started in the year 2006, this platform identifies and awards innovations that hold potential to generate large scale impact. Innovations are recognized under two categories – Social Impact and Business Impact. In 2018, MIF is introducing a new category- Innovations by Start-Ups- a first of its kind to encourage newer enterprises to innovate. Process: The process of selecting the list of the final few to be accoladed is a robust one- with a meticulous outreach and two rounds of juries. Applications are welcomed after an exhaustive outreach program....

Highlights from a Conversation with Founder Mayank Midha The Journey so far Garv Toilets began in 2015, with an idea developed by founder Mayank Midha to adapt the superstructures (i.e, the extension built above the foundation) of telecom products to create an indestructible portable toilet. The crux of Garv’s aim was to create a public toilet that could maintain itself, was widely available and environmentally friendly. Ultimately, Garv works to generate a sustainable sanitation solution that could end open defecation and it’s pursuant consequences. The research, prototype and design phase of about eight months produced a toilet with a stainless steel superstructure, body and...

New Delhi, India, February 2017- Ennovent’s Impact Investment Holding (IIH) has invested an undisclosed amount in Bengaluru-based Hasiru Dala Innovations Private Limited. The company was incubated earlier by the Foundation for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (FISE), a Tata Trusts initiative. This is the sixth investment made by Ennovent’s Impact Investment Holding. Hasiru Dala Innovations is a for-benefit, not-for-loss social enterprise that is dedicated to creating reliable and sustainable livelihoods for wastepickers through innovative, circular-economy centric businesses (www.hasirudalainnovations.com). It currently offers total waste management services for the responsible bulk waste generator, event waste management services for the eco-friendly host and easy to...

The SunLight Market-Testing Program 2017 is a unique nation-wide search for individuals and organisations interested in developing lighting products by using locally available materials to design the lamps and create value by selling the finished products catering to different lighting needs. Ennovent will be managing the program, in collaboration with Kairos gGmbh, and will support the entrepreneurs  in testing the viability of the business model in providing affordable lighting solution for off-grid regions in India. Therefore, we are seeking creative entrepreneurs and organisations who can develop Sunlight LED modules into affordable, off-grid lighting solutions. The specially designed Market-testing Program aims to...

The National Institute of Urban Affairs, Delhi (NIUA) in association with TARU Leading Edge, IRC and Ennovent, has initiated a project titled ‘Innovation Hub for Urban WASH Solutions’. The project, supported and funded by USAID, aims to promote the development of scalable solutions for urban water, sanitation and hygiene in India within the national, regional, state and city framework. The hub will lead activities that support national and state urban initiatives (AMRUT, SBM, SMART City Programs) and proactively engage with a wide range of partners, including the private sector, to discover and develop innovations and devise intervention strategies and business models for delivering effective, affordable and sustainable...

Ennovent is hosting a roundtable on September 7, 2016 in New Delhi to discuss the final phase of the Sanitation Innovation Accelerator 2016 (SIA '16). SIA ‘16 is committed to nurturing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the sanitation sector. The agenda of the roundtable is to discuss requirements across the ecosystem to drive for-profit innovations in sanitation. We will also present our key findings and learning over the past six months. Our SIA '16 mentors are supporting ‘scale’ initiatives for selected innovations with our 30-day virtual capacity building program. The program caters to two specific areas – tactical and strategic guidance as well...