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Ennovent partnered with Veolia, a global leader for optimised resource management, to implement Veolia's Pop Up programme in India. Pop Up India is a unique program that uses open innovation and co-creation between Veolia and promising startups to address existing business challenges and explore new opportunities with social and environmental impact in India. The first edition of Pop Up India was launched in 2018 and focused on co-creating business solutions in the space of waste and water. Following the success of its first edition, Pop Up India 2.0 was launched in February 2020 and called for applications from social enterprises working...

The Langtang National Park in Nepal attracts around 18,000 annual visitors, bringing international visitors to the High Himalaya of Nepal, but also contributing to a large amount of plastic waste from water bottles and soft drink bottles. PSD Nepal (Partnership for Sustainable Development, an organisation that aims to facilitate social transformation, development, and empowerment, by providing consultancy for executing, monitoring, and evaluating development projects, has an ongoing plastic waste management project in Langtang National Park. Since 2017, their project encourages trekking and tourism in the region whilst limiting the environmental damage by clearing and recycling 40,000 PET bottles a month,...

Fair Trails is a business venture between Trail Angels, Ennovent and PILUM digital that promotes safe, responsible and inclusive travel experiences in the Himalayas. Launched in 2018, the venture successfully designed two new Fair Trail’s experiences in Nepal's Manang and Chepang regions, which are open for exploration as of March 2022. Central to designing these travel experiences is promoting inclusive, sustainable development in the target destinations through fair partnerships with local tour operators, trekking agencies and other service providers such as homestays, lodges and shops. With this approach in mind, Fair Trails has joined hands with Global Himalayan Expedition (‘GHE’) to...

The Healthy Cities for Adolescents (HCA) Program is a global initiative funded by the Swiss philanthropic organisation, Foundation Botnar, and managed by the International Society of Urban Health (ISUH) based in New York. In India, it is being managed and implemented in partnership with Ennovent. The HCA Program has now announced the Healthy Cities Ideas Challenge. What is the Healthy Cities Ideas Challenge? The Healthy Cities of Adolescent (HCA) India is launching the "Healthy Cities Ideas Challenge" wherein it will identify and promote youth (10-19 years) led solutions and aims to support ideas of young leaders and organisations working with adolescents from low-resource...

We highlight some notable business and project-level developments in 2021 with you in this blog post.   2021 was an unprecedented year for us all, as the pandemic continued to impact each of us personally and professionally in myriad ways. Nevertheless, we at Ennovent are grateful for the support of our clients, partners, and well-wishers who enabled us to go about our mission of catalysing business ventures with sustainable solutions in low-income markets. Looking back at the year that was, we emphasised our venture partnership approach in response to the needs we observed in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. We re-engaged several clients to...

The Healthy Cities for Adolescents (HCA) Program is a five-year global initiative funded by the Swiss philanthropic organisation, Fondation Botnar, and managed by the International Society of Urban Health (ISUH) based in New York. This global program includes seven projects addressing the health and well-being of young people living in secondary cities. The projects are based out of Senegal, Ghana, India, Vietnam, and Colombia. In India, the program is being anchored by Ennovent and has been initiated through projects in Smart Cities in two states - Jaipur and Udaipur in Rajasthan and Bhubaneswar and Cuttack in Odisha. Haqdarshak and World Resources...

In our latest position paper, we present Ennovent’s venture partnership model after a critical analysis of the existing support models available for entrepreneurs to create a sustainable impact in low-income markets.  Entrepreneurs often require support to ideate, pilot, launch, and scale their business ventures. Incubators, accelerators, and advisory services are among the most frequently encountered models offering the expertise, networks, and resources to a business venture. However, while working with ventures that create a sustainable impact in low-income markets, the support offered by the existing services can often be restrictive.  Over the last decade, with considerable experience in implementing such models of...

Who is Matanataki? Matanataki is a development and investment partnership for green and blue businesses in the Pacific. Named after the Fijian word for ‘action’, this venture is a private sector partnership between four founding organisations - The Josei Shiraito Group, Landscape Finance Lab, Ikigai Advisors and Ennovent. Together, the partners have formed a dedicated team with complementary skills and backgrounds, as well as compelling track records. Jodi Smith, Matanataki Partner and pipeline business lead, reflects on its inception: “We came together out of a pressing need to incubate a pipeline of bankable regenerative businesses to meet impact investments that were...

Karma Primary Healthcare is one of Ennovent's Impact Investment Holding (IIH) portfolio companies, which first received investment in 2015. Karma's mission is to provide equitable access to quality primary healthcare in rural and semi-urban India through a technology-enabled ecosystem. They started working towards their mission with their nurse-assisted e-Doctor clinics, and gradually over the last year, they have made massive strides in the digital delivery of healthcare. In this story, we speak with Karma's CEO and Co-founder, Jagdeep Gambhir, to understand how they have doubled down on their focus on the digital delivery of healthcare during the coronavirus pandemic.  Scaling Contactless...

Ennovent has recently partnered with Plasticpreneur, an Austrian business that develops and provides affordable, small-scale plastic recycling solutions and combines them with social entrepreneurship skills. With its mobile CE-certified machines, Plasticpreneur enables grassroots access to turn plastic waste into new opportunities to create innovative recycled products and set up new, income-generating projects and social businesses worldwide. Through its work, Plasticpreneur aims to empower communities and foster a rapid transition towards a circular economy.  With the dual aim of tackling plastic pollution and unemployment, Plasticpreneur produces a series of innovative machines, including extruders, granulators, and injection machines, that support plastic recycling until...

 

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