This year (2016) The Goa Project features a separate track on Entrepreneurship.
Any form of Entrepreneurship is not easy. But there are specific sectors that are more challenging than the others. If you are trying to build a sustainable organization in a difficult and / or unglamorous market, this is a great opportunity to show case it to the world. Please come and share your success stories, failures, learnings and experiences.
Some examples (but not limited to) are:
Creative entrepreneurs in design / performing arts / social impact space
Consumer facing business that is self-sustainable and profitable
Sectors like infrastructure, waste management, renewable energy, engineering, agri-food..
The tragedy of the commons
Useful technologies that require behavioural change / have poor adoption curves..
Developing markets outside India
Difficult to monetize sectors such as music or entertainment
Any thing else and more..
The emphasis is not really on the sector or even the problem-opportunity-solution. Tell us how you are cracking the challenges of adoption, sustainability and scalability. Even if it is Work in Progress, there is a lot we can all learn from you.
Importance of humanising businesses while adopting latest technologies
To show the importance of having a human side to your business and what it takes to ensure that a start-up from the beginning doesn’t get lost in technology and forgets to humanise their processes, for customers and for employees.
I will share ideas and insights on how I am building a community of illustrators and while everyone is busy automating their processes to increase efficiency I am busy humanising the processes to increase efficiency and build trust with the use of technology.
Vishvan Saran ran a sports management company (SPT Sports Management Pvt. Ltd.) for 8 years, taking time to build a team which could take the company forward, once that was done he then set out to set up a community of illustrators and designers under the brand name CanofJuice, where he runs collaborative projects with upcoming illustrators and already established designers to create lifestyle products and wall art. It all stemmed from wanting to combine great designs with great products and at the same time making sure that these products don’t fall under the luxury market. Good design should be functional and for everybody.
Brand story here - http://thecojprocess.tumblr.com/