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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...

I graduated from the Government Medical College in Guwahati (Assam) in the summer of 2007 as an ophthalmologist. I was confident that I would start a successful eye care practice in Upper Assam, in my hometown Jorhat. But, starting an eye care practice requires considerable investment, so I opted to start in a corporate hospital at first. The patients were rich, could afford anything, and my paycheck was not something to complain about. It was not long, before I realized that treating high profile patients was not always a piece of cake. Many times, you not only treat the patient,...

Members of the Ennovent Circle, the Ennovent Impact Investment Holding and Upaya Social Ventures, closed a seed investment round in Delhi based Anant Learning & Development. This investment in Anant is the eight investment facilitated by the Ennovent Circle – an exclusive group that collaborates to accelerate innovations for low-income markets – since its launch three years ago. It is also the fourth investment made by Ennovent’s Impact Investment Holding. Upaya’s support of Anant Learning has been made possible by LAF: Creative Venture Fund, a venture philanthropy fund that invests in employment and empowerment initiatives that provide vulnerable youth around...

The Ennovent Circle is an exclusive community of impact investors, specialist service providers and mentors that collaborates to accelerate innovations for low-income markets. In this monthly series we highlight one of our Circle members and ask them five questions about their work in low-income markets and their insights about the sector.   For our latest post in this series we spoke to serial entrepreneur and angel investor Sumantra Roy.  He is the Co-Founder & CEO of Learning Yogi, which is developing a game-based learning platform to help underprivileged children teach themselves. Another of Sumantra’s ventures, formed in association with Dr....

The world’s population reached 6 billion people in 1999 and is expected to reach 8.5 billion by 2025. This population trajectory means that from now to 2030, the world will need to build the equivalent of a city of 1 million people every five days in developing countries.   Close to one trillion people in the world do not have sufficient food for a healthy and active life. Therefore, going forward, farmers must necessarily produce more food per unit of land. However, in order to do so, they simply cannot keep producing in the same ways. They will need to...

In this week’s roundup we share details of a new eye care facility, focus on digital education, list India’s CSR spends and showcase the winners of a social entrepreneurship challenge.   Assam-based ERC Eye Care has opened its first hub hospital in Sivasagar on February 6, 2015. Using its award-winning eye care products and services, ERC plans to provide basic eye care to the underserved people in the district and neighboring areas. In December 2013, Ennovent Impact Investment Holding and Ankur Capital along with Ennovent Circle members, Beyond Capital Fund and Sadeesh Raghavan had closed an angel investment round in...

Assam-based ERC Eye Care has opened its first hub hospital in Sivasagar on February 6, 2015. Using its award-winning eye care products and services, ERC plans to provide basic eye care to the underserved people in the district and neighboring areas. In December 2013, Ennovent Impact Investment Holding and Ankur Capital along with Ennovent Circle members, Beyond Capital Fund and Sadeesh Raghavan had closed an angel investment round in ERC Eye Care. Speaking about the launch of ERC Eye Care’s first hub hospital, Peter Scheuch, Managing Director at global innovation company Ennovent said, “Ennovent’s Impact Investment Holding invested in ERC as we...