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.
Unbundling waste management
Waste is a growing problem and lot of companies are working on it. So why does the problem still exist in this huge magnitude? Maybe we can learn from automobile industry and apply the principles of ‘breaking it down’.
Binbag is on a mission to democratize recycling. One waste at a time. We are solving the first mile problem of e-waste because we believe that the problem starts when it is not collected at source. We are leveraging technology to connect the nearest waste picker / collection centers through a mobile app (Uber for recycling?) and creating an inclusive society by bringing the kabadiwalas into the network.
Achitra Borgohain wants to live in a world where people get his name & gender the first time, follow road manners and there is less waste.
As the founder of Binbag, he has been featured in BBC, Business Insider and various other publications – mostly as a wastepicker. He is writing a book on entrepreneurship that will be released in 2050 – because he is still learning about it.
After chasing entrepreneurs while working in venture capital & investing banking for 10 years, he is now chasing investors. When he is not pitching or figuring out things at Binbag, you can find him giving talks in sessions like
this in the hope of customer and investor discovery. He enjoys road trips and is a sports enthusiast.