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India is fast becoming an increasingly urbanized country. Currently estimated at 377 million, the country’s urban population is projected to rise to nearly 600 million by 2030. Such a dramatic rise implies a near proportional increase in pressure on the country’s resources, particularly its water and sanitation infrastructure. As is the case with many such social stresses, the burden for this pressure will be disproportionately borne by the poorer and more vulnerable sections of the population. The government, in recognition of the need for urgent redressal, launched the Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban in October 2014. The scheme objectives include the elimination of...

The North East of India, comprising eight adjoining states, has the presence of abundant natural resources in the form of fertile lands, vast forest cover and rich mineral deposits. However, the region’s vast potential has been underutilized for business, primarily in the agriculture and tourism sectors.  Also, the area faces multiple challenges like lack of infrastructure, poor connectivity, unemployment, ethnic conflict and insurgencies. There is a strategic advantage to these states in North East India. The region shares the border with Bhutan, Bangladesh, China and Myanmar which could be a potential trade and business opportunity. The Government’s 'Look East, Act East'...

What has been the journey like for you? After completing my post-graduation in 2007, I started my career in a general hospital where I worked for 3 months but soon realised that this was not what I wanted to do. So, started working with an NGO and a year and over 10,000 patients later, I decided to move on to working in the government sector. It was this experience that crystallised into the single principle on which we based the operations of ERC. I realised that the base-level of the pyramid needs to be treated like a market and with dignity. For...

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...

Cities in India today are plagued by multiple water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) challenges. Drinking water supply and sanitation facilities continue to be inadequate. India tops the global list of countries with the largest urban population without access to sanitation. The rapid pace of urbanization growing at an annual rate of 2.1 percent further compounds this problem, and sustainability of water and sanitation services is expected to be affected even more severely in the future. Common problems across urban locations, such as the lack of space for the development of sanitation facilities, low sewerage network coverage, inadequate number of functional toilets...

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....

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...

In partnership with trainconsulting, Ennovent is conducting one-day Organisation Design workshops in December 2016 across Bangalore, Mumbai and New Delhi. The aim of the workshop is to help social enterprises better understand organisation management and design through insights from industry leaders. Through the workshop's intensive learning process, participants can expect to gain the knowledge, tools and skills necessary to successfully manage organisational change and build a stronger foundation for their enterprises. The workshop is free. The Organisation Design workshop is being held as part of the feasibility assessment of an innovation project – the Organisational Evolution Accelerator. This project implements new approaches...