Ranchi, Jharkhand | September | 25, 2021 :: The Atal Bihari Vajpayee Centre for Leadership, Policy, and Governance, IIM Ranchi, conducted a webinar on “Doing Business Sustainably: Stories from Jharkhand” on September 24, 2021.
The speakers for the webinar were Mr. Saurabh Kumar-Founder@Towaso, Ms. Shikha Jain -Owner, Neev Herbal Handmade Soaps, and Mr. Neelkanth Mishra- Founder@Centre for Aquatic Livelihood Jaljeevika
Prof. Saakshi, IIM Ranchi welcomed the speakers, and Prof. Angshuman Hazarika coordinated the Q and A session. Prof. Shailendra Singh, Director, IIM Ranchi, graced the occasion. He highlighted the vision of the Centre with the focus on entrepreneurial activities in Jharkhand and IIM Ranchi. ABVCLPG wants to be relevant in the state of Jharkhand by providing support to the Govt. and local entrepreneurs. The Centre embodies three areas of work in the fields of leadership, policy, and governance and he asked the centre to continue with the work ahead.
The first speaker Saurabh Kumar said that the wrong positioning of resources is called waste. The startup was initiated in Dhanbad by seeing the huge amount of garbage lying in colonies and everywhere. He said that three factors are essential for a startup- to be successful. First is opportunities, second is passion, and third is skills. The proper intersection of the three factors leads to the success of Towaso.
The second speaker of the session, Mr. Neelkanth Mishra, spoke about Jaljeevika. It was formed in the year 2013-14. The journey started from being farmer-centric to direct service delivery. The focus was on exploring the localized possibility of value creation and entrepreneurship development.
They made women aqua entrepreneurs. He emphasized the fact that many crop varieties can be grown in water. By growing aqua crops in the water, food security will be fulfilled, putting less pressure on land.
The third speaker of the session was Ms. Shikha Jain. She spoke about her enterprise Neev. It is a social enterprise based on integral living and celebrates harmony between man and nature. It provides a dignified means of employment for rural women and thus helps in regenerating the rural economy.90% of the employees in Neev are women.
In the end, the speakers summarized the value of sustainability and the environment.