This year Frederique Constant has sponsored Outlook Business Catalist 2014 in Mumbai, India.
Business Outlook rewards since 6 years Social Entrepreneurs in India for their initiative and entrepreneurship based on their stories, business models and impact.
This year the following six companies were selected: Spatial Ideas, iKure, MicroGraam, Banka Bioloo, iMerit and Janta meals. A Dutch man, Jesse van der Zande, set up the last company, Janta meals. I was quite surprised, as I did not expect to meet someone from Holland starting an adventure in India, more than 6’000km away from his home
country. I was greatly impressed by all 6 companies and their founders, their passion, dedication and hard work to make a difference in the world.
Renowned Indian business leaders, investors, social venture consulting firms, as well as successful social entrepreneurs were present at this event. The keynote speakers were Ajay Piramal chairman of Piramal Group, talking about the nature of social entrepreneurship, and D Shivakumar chairman and CEO of Pepsico India, speaking of how companies need to move beyond CSR.
During the event I presented our involvement in social responsibility; as a for-profit organization we feel we can also participate in making the world a better place by contributing funds to non-profit organizations, and thus we have chosen to help in heart and child related charity. We also
encourage non-profit organization in their pursuit of bettering the world.
Six winners with Aletta Stas-Bax principal associates sponsor
The 6 rewarded companies:
Spatial Ideas provides e-governance tools to enable transparency, accountability, efficiency, and cost savings in the delivery of important citizen services including healthcare, food security, infrastructure, and sanitation.
A technology start-up that has been established to leverage ICT’s strengths to extend healthcare services to India’s rural population.
Micrograam develops innovative solutions to provide the lowest-costing credit to borrowers. They partner with small, local non-profit organizations that work
closely with the communities to provide micro-loans and other supportive services. By leveraging technology, they are able to keep their costs low, and pass on these savings to borrowers and social investors
A women-led business organization engaged in promoting and developing innovative environmental friendly products and services for Human Waste Management System.
iMerit connects marginalized youth in eastern India with IT projects across the globe.
Janta Meals makes nutritious hygienically prepared and affordable food available to the urban working class. With the first restaurant having been opened in July 2013, Janta Meals aims to establish around 30 outlets, feeding nutritious meals to around 10000 people every day by mid-2015 in Gurgaon.
Pankay Jayaswal VP Outlook Group and Aletta Stas-Bax co-founder of Frederique Constant