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.
Life After Crowdfunding
An inside story on the challenges of building a hardware product on crowdfunding budget. What you can plan ahead and how to manage that which you didn’t see coming!
Crowdfunding is the new hope for closet innovators. But it is hardly the happily-ever-after. The real test begins after you’ve raised the money, which, if you’re making hardware, will probably not keep things warm for long. What are the things you are likely to miss factoring in if you’re a first timer? How do you transition from tinkering to making a product, when the wallets are thin?
Mani & Mayukhini, the founders of Greenopia will share the inside story of what they learnt and what you could do better!
Mayukhini and Mani are the founders of Greenopia, the smart gardening kit that crowdfunded successfully at TGP‘14. Mani is a serial entrepreneur who started his first company when he was 13. He plays the role of a Technology Integrator in Greenopia. Mayukhini is an engineer-turned-designer who loves humanising technology. In Greenopia, she plays the role of a User Experience Architect.
- Story of Greenopia 2min Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIkh-uz63is