A local school, Dr. Jacques Vigne National School, was selected to host the first 1M1B Microaccelerator with the aim of providing accessible healthcare to the people of the community. The students, beaming with enthusiasm, proved to be amazing speakers and ideators. 4-5 enthusiastic students were selected for community mobilization and centre promotion. Four people from the community, including three women, were selected to run the centre. On 3rd March, 2016 the 1M1B Micro accelerator was setup at Guptkashi. The centre staff was trained in the use of equipment and administrative duties to finally kick start the first 1M1B tele health centre in Uttarakhand. The training began with awareness on basic hygiene and sanitation activities, waste disposal, administrative procedures and finally, tele-health equipment usage for remote consultation. The centre, which started with bi weekly services, soon became a daily feature. A free health check camp was also organized. This included free diagnostic checks and medicine distribution as well.
The program aimed at enrolling people to volunteer their time and skills for the community while getting the chance of exploring the place as a tourist. The volunteers helped to generate awareness on various issues as well as contributed to 1M1B's activities. The volunteers took up an array of activities with the kids focussed on employability skills. Six volunteers were selected from Delhi for the programme. The sessions ranged from identifying local manufacturing capacities, local market assessment, enabling written and spoken self-expression in kids, art and singing sessions and awareness on recycling & reusing non-biodegradable waste products. The volunteer took sessions with local kids and structured a street play session where the kids were trained on scripting, presentations and voice modulations. They enacted a street play on 1M1B Telemedicine services in the area and on the issue of health awareness in general.
An R-factor model was also created wherein the local workers were made aware of the market needs, give them feedback and suggesting them on products they could make and sell, keeping in mind the producing capacity of the community, in order to help the workers of the community earn a better living. The volunteers visited Mandakini Mahila Bunkar Samiti and local women to explore the possible products that can be made from the raw materials available in Guptkashi, including various types of wool and nettle leaf. Their efforts were directed towards ideating upon a model along these lines to provide employment opportunities to the women who lost their families during the floods. The R-Factor model incubated 'The Teddy Bear initiative' when local children were given teddies, made by other community members, to participate in health-checks at the 1M1B Tele-health centre.
'Lend them a hand in need, show them the world so green Let them prove others, they are brighter than the stars that shine with the light of others.' Each day, thousands of children in various orphanages in Vietnam wonder what their future will look like? Orphan Impact, an organization working in orphanages towards teacher's professional development and integration of technology in curriculum, is diligently working for these children who have limited support. For a child who has felt the isolation of orphanhood, simply providing food and shelter is not enough to help them regain a footing in life. These children and adolescents need to be assured of their self-worth, need to be educated and more importantly made jobs ready.
1M1B worked with volunteers from Team 4 Tech (a non profit based in Redmond, California) and Orphan Impact, to make children graduating out of orphanages jobs and entrepreneurship ready. This was done by executing a small idea which has the potential to develop an entire new level of thinking amongst teachers and the community at large in Vietnam. The children in these orphanages are provided assistance with basic schooling but are not able to pursue higher studies in universities. The reason not just involves affordability but also, lack of confidence due to lack of proper resources, mentoring, guidance and of course absence of a family. These young adults, graduating out of orphanages, specially girls face a huge risk of getting trafficked out of Vietnam as they leave the orphanages or they are at risk of getting into low skilled, very long hours' jobs that leave them with no time to do anything meaningful.
Working on the 1M1B operating principle, "Small is the new big" the team started off with training a few teachers of Orphan Impact based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The teachers were trained first on demystifying entrepreneurship and how entrepreneurship is a skill required today in most jobs - the simple fact that "Entrepreneurship is not just for entrepreneurs" was established. After getting trained these teachers then did training of students in an orphanage in Ben Tre (a small town in Mekong Delta).
Before doing the training, 1M1B trainer and cofounder, Manav Subodh went for an exploration visit to an orphanage in Vung Tau and interviewed teachers and Orphan Impact staff to identify the exact requirement and the gaps. Based in the need assessment, requirements and the gaps in Vietnam, 1M1B and the team of volunteers from Team 4 Tech came out with a curriculum which laid emphasis on developing an entrepreneurship mindset to enhance the employability of both boys and girls in search of jobs and opportunities in the Vietnam IT industry. At first when introduced with the term "Entrepreneurship" people didn't accept it and thought of it being related to starting up a business, investing lot of money and resources. They considered it to be a far out dream not even existent. Hence, 1M1B embarked on a mission to first decode the meaning of "Entrepreneurship", change the mindsets of the people towards this term and then leverage this term to help them accomplish their dreams.
The training focused on demonstrating through heroic stories and role models, that Entrepreneurship is all about solving problems, getting work done with minimum resources in hand, effectively handling workload, timeline and delivery pressures all at the same time. Crisply and effectively communicating an idea, developing a team, also forms part of this term, called Entrepreneurship. In the training it was emphasized that all these skills in an individual serve as a foundation of growth and makes a person employment ready. Such a person can bring a change in the world we live. The training was named "How to develop an Entrepreneurship mindset". The teachers undergoing this training interpreted entrepreneurs as heroes, the change makers of the world.
To further simplify, the team established the local cartoon character, Doraemon, and the famous Spiderman and Superman as heroes or entrepreneurs and renamed the training as "How to develop a Hero Mindset". The training was then delivered to the students by the trained Orphan Impact teachers with continuous mentoring from Manav Subodh, from 1M1B. It was through this small idea a big change was brought. The Orphan Impact team is now getting ready to scale the "Hero's mindset curriculum" to various orphanages in Vietnam.
1M1B aimed to create more opportunities for the African-American community in New York City who have faced several challenges due to poverty. 1M1B's initiative was first executed at Monroe College in New York, where they helped this minority segment "identify, activate and monetise" their own passion by developing the required skill set to become an entrepreneur so they may have the opportunity to take control of their future and improve their life conditions.
Manav Subodh (Founding Board Member, 1M1B) identified that the African-American students were pursuing degrees in fields their interests did not lie in, their reasons for being at college included homelessness or escaping gang violence. He believed that somewhere inside them they must posses a variety of diversified passions.
Three major interest areas were identified amongst the students - sports, music, and arts. Following the United Nations' "Sports for Development" (S4D) model, 1M1B planned a series of workshops in July, 2016 by Kareem Hertzog (Partner, 1M1B USA) in multiple colleges. Students were engaged in creative and innovative discussions with role models who were musicians, sportspersons, DJ's, street artists to bring out the entrepreneur in each of them.
15 teams were selected to further undergo a 9 weeks 1M1B accelerator and mentoring program. The Top 3 teams will get the opportunity to showcase their businesses at the 1M1B annual event at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in January 2017.
Under the ChangeShips 2015 program, students were mentored to generate business plans and tested their ideas in the field over a rigorous 6 months program. The program was simultaneously executed in the United States of America (in New York by Kareem Hertzog, the 1M1B US partner), Caribbean Islands (in partnership with Global Leadership Coalition's Mary Symmonds), and in India (in partnership with Connecting Dreams Foundation).
Manav Subodh and Ritu Singh from the 1M1B team mentored the students. Guest mentoring sessions were also conducted. Michael Robinson, the College Recruiter and Intern Program Coordinator for The Boeing Company, mentored the students in Networking 101, Ingrid Vanderveldt, the Founder and CEO of Empowering a Billion Women by 2020, mentored the students on Cashflow, Mark Searle, an award-winning international serial entrepreneur and instructor & Senior Fellow for Global Programs UC Berkeley's Lester Center for Entrepreneurship, mentored the students on how to make a winning pitch, and Ravi Karkara, Strategic Adviser Partnership to the Assistant Secretary-General & Deputy Executive Director of UN-Women, mentored the students on Opportunities of the Sustainable Development Goals.
One winner each from the US & the Caribbean Islands, and two teams from India were selected at the 1M1B Women Entrepreneurship Summit held in New Delhi. The winning teams presented at the 1M1B Event at the United Nations Headquarter in New York City on 16th October on the eve of the United Nations International day for the eradication of poverty (IDEP)
Team Basta, represented by Akshita Singla and Apoorva Sharma, presented their innovative model that aimed to make customized hand bags for young adults using waste flex material while financially employing rural women. Harsh Agarwaal and Shreya Gupta of Team Sanjeevani presented their work on the production of an Indian food accompaniment, Papad, with women of Shampur village in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The winner from the US, Caseena Karim, presented her project Crave where the marginalized youth got the chance to voice their opinion in a non violent but effective manner using her customized t-shirt line. Josanne Arnold & Janice McLeod, winners from the Caribbean islands presented their project G.O.T Greens and AgroCentral respectively, which are agriculture based businesses aimed to empower the local farmers with information, networks and products to be able to raise their output and reach a bigger market for their products.
The winning teams also got the opportunity to present to the Washington DC ArchAngels, which is a collaborating partner of Ventana Capital, Irvine, CA and a Chapter of the Orange County Archangels and Private Capital Network (California). The ArchAngels gave extremely valuable feedback to the young entrepreneurs on revenue models, grown potential & scalability.
Manav emphasized how incredible it is for young entrepreneurs to interact with such a prominent and knowledgeable investor group in such an early part of their social venture. These experiences have been a pivotal point in many of these ventures. The experience that the entrepreneurs took from all this was a learning of a lifetime.
1M1B joined hands with Foundation for Excellence (FFE) to provide a platform for young entrepreneurs to develop and showcase their innovative ideas in this year�s ChangeShips program (ChangeShips 2016).
It's goal was to equip the students with the skills of social entrepreneurship over the course of 9 weeks through virtual mentorship. Entrepreneurship is the process of creating one's own world of ideas, innovation and inspiration which helps launch businesses and create employability and opportunities. This is especially relevant today since as more companies become capital intensive instead of job-intensive leading to fewer job opportunities for youth. To acquire such a skill can be life changing for these students who may otherwise not even have dreamt of such an opportunity. They were mentored and encouraged to launch their ideas as start-ups. FFE seeks out exceptionally talented but underserved students in India to achieve their goals of becoming doctors, engineers, and computer scientists. FFE does so by giving internships to meritorious students. This opportunity allows the students to make the most of their education and become job ready. 1M1B is an open innovation, entrepreneurship and a jobs creation initiative aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations (UN). They support local issues which potentiates a big social impact in the community.
To be a part of ChangeShips 2016, Students were asked to submit their startup ideas. Many who felt strongly about contributing to their communities applied for the program. 14 students were shortlisted from 80 applications and was assisted by the 1M1B team to develop their entrepreneurial skills and take their ideas to market. The students were mentored by Manav Subodh (Founding member, 1M1B foundation) and Ritu Singh (1M1B team member). During this period, the students realised the impact their idea could have. They made the required changes to improve upon their initial ideas. The students even got to interact with US students during the programme as it simultaneously ran there.
"Build your product later, first validate your ideas", says Manav Subodh. The program emphasized on coming up with an idea, going through an iterative process, validating your ideas, talking to people around you for feedback and then developing a prototype and then the product is launched. From a tiny spark may burst a mighty flame.
The Top 4 Entrepreneur-in-training (EIT) have been selected now, out of which only 2 will go to the United Nations to present their idea. These 4 Entrepreneurs have toiled to perfect their ideas. Sadasiba Behra, one of the top EITs, is working towards making his city clean and waste free. His idea is to collect bio-degradable waste (Kitchen waste, fruits, vegetables etc) from the households of Bhubaneswar and produce vermicompost at a lower price than the current market price. He is keen on connecting with Kabadiwalas of the city through the internet to increase the recycling of the scraps. People will find it easier to sell their waste with an app or internet and Kabadiwalas will also get a simplified approach. "ChangeShips helped me on giving a shape to my hidden entrepreneurial quality. It helped me change my raw idea into a business innovation", says Sadasiba.
On the other hand, Aishwarya Patra, another EIT, is working on an idea which helps in reducing the water problems people are facing on a daily basis. She is developing a scientific, innovative and cost effective purifier which can be used for drinking purpose and agriculture purpose as well. "My focus is on creating a healthy environment. People irrespective of their economic background can afford it instead of buying costlier RO Purifiers.", says Aishwarya. "It is no less than a blessing to be a part of FFE. Besides finance, it is supporting us in every aspect of our Engineering life" she adds.
Vaibhav Tawhare, the third finalist, is creating a sustainable network of biomass pellet distribution in rural parts of India which will meet the need of fuel for cooking purpose. He says, "I recently got to know about the deaths from household air pollution and price hike in petroleum fuels make it difficult for villagers to use LPG. In order to solve these problems, I came up with the solution of Biomass Pellet. "EIT Swaroop M. wants to change the way we park our cars. We're all familiar with the ever growing problem of finding parking at the end of the day, Swaroop wants to encourage property owners to list spaces for customers to book as a parking spot. He says, "I was inspired by Airbnb."
Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote once said, "There are lots of bad reasons to start a company. But there's only one good, legitimate reason, and I think you know what it is: it's to change the world." These young EITs have come up with brilliant businesses that can improve the lives of many. "These ideas may be very technical but their approach towards problem solving is praiseworthy", said Aishwarya about the programme's outcome. With the 1M1B operating principle, "Small is the New Big", this program is surely going to create some successful Entrepreneurs.
1M1B organized a highly interactive, action-oriented summit for women & young upcoming entrepreneurs. The event, held at YMCA Auditorium in New Delhi on September 12 2015, brought together 200 of the entrepreneurs in-the-making and stalwarts, creating partnership and transforming wannabe entrepreneurs into role models.
The Women Entrepreneurship Summit is a platform designed to connect entrepreneurs, innovators and investors and to encourage collaboration and to foster economic opportunity. Both women and youth entrepreneurs had the opportunity to share their stories and inspire upcoming entrepreneurs. Along with interactive panels and networking sessions, the summit included the finalists of 1M1B's Change the World Internships, India. Two winning prototypes/teams selected by a panel of judges, won an all-paid expenses trip to United Nations HQ in New York City to showcase their work.
The finalists included,
The session started with an inspiring speech from Manav Subodh (Co-Founder 1M1B) on his journey from corporate life to starting 1M1Bto empower a million people by developing innovative solutions which in turn would positively impact a billion people.
There was a session with distinguished women entrepreneurs and leaders:
The panel discussion, moderated by Swati Subodh, Co-founder 1M1B, focused exclusively on the challenges and opportunities faced by youth and women. Our panel talked about how they raised funds, overcame challenges, and created successful businesses. They encouraged the audience of entrepreneurs-in-the-making to be willing to take risks, and to surround themselves with people who add new ideas and skills to their enterprise. They spoke about how fostering entrepreneurship can spur the development of new products and services, create jobs for workers, and anchor communities and families.
1M1B is excited about the collaborative work being done to help close the gender gap, an effort that is aided by partnerships to invest in women & youth entrepreneurs. By continuing to partner and innovate, more women and youth will have access to opportunities and their collective impact will help transform their communities and countries, to the benefit of all. 1M1B and its partners in this ecosystem belief, and can demonstrate, how innovation and technology can positively challenge unemployment and poverty, corruption, gender inequality and ecological crimes. Trying to tackle these issues alone is overwhelming. Doing it together is empowering.
(Part of McKinsey's 'Generation' program)
1M1B Foundation and McKinsey Social Initiative joined hands to execute the 'GDA Mentorship Program' in various hospitals in Delhi & NCR over four months as part of McKinsey's Generations program. What set the project apart is peer mentoring. College students from some of the best colleges in Delhi were trained to be mentors to the new general duty assistants (GDA's) in hospitals across National Capital Region (NCR), India. In spite of the socio-economic divide between the two groups of young individuals, empathy, commitment and sheer grit held the key to the success of this initiative.
McKinsey's broader five-year project called 'Generation' aims to address the issue of unemployment in various sectors across five countries (US, Spain, India, Kenya and Mexico) by "generating" a support system of 'mentors' who will help the unemployed youth connect to their suitable jobs, train them in accordance with a replicable and open-source methodology and groom them to adjust in their work environment against all odds. General Duty Assistants or Nursing Assistants work in collaboration with doctors, nurses, and other health care providers in hospitals and clinics. The quality of their service and the high attrition rates among them, however, has become a significant concern. Generation aimed to provide mentorship to the GDAs through the first few, and most arduous, months of their job to reduce their attrition rates and to guide them towards a safer and brighter future.
Twenty undergraduate students were selected as mentors, in partnership with Connecting Dreams Foundation. The program started with the young mentors being trained by Wisnes Consultants and 1M1B team in which they were introduced to different approaches of mentoring, the essential characteristics of mentorship involving listening/writing/introspecting activities, role-plays, etc. Each student mentored 5-6 mentees over 3 months. They took daily updates and provided support by directing professional advice or supporting them in domestic situations which could affect their professional commitment. The mentors had virtual weekly mentoring cum update meetings with 1M1B where the mentors were given a platform to share, give feedback, learn and received help when ever required. The mentees too were requested for feedback to gauge what they felt about mentor support and where they needed more focus and help.
At the end of the mentorship program, nearly 70% of the mentees had successfully completed their first three months at work. Many aspired to study while on the job and train to be lab technicians, ANMs, Nurse, OT Attendants or in other auxiliary healthcare professions.
The young mentors found their work highly gratifying. "Many stories have motivated and inspired us during this program" says senior mentor Hargun Aiden. Whereas Vedika Singhania, another mentor feels that she has gained immensely personally and has new found respect for GDAs in the hospital. Mentor, Deveshi Chawda states "I have learnt a lot more about human nature and have learnt from the mistakes of my mentees and have matured in the process. This internship quite successfully helped me in honing my professional skills". Here's hoping that this model of peer mentoring goes a long way in social sensitization and growth in years to come.
Under the ChangeShips program, students were mentored to generate their business plans and test their ideas in the field. 6 young entrepreneurs attended the virtual weekly sessions over 9 weeks. The program ran simultaneously for students in India and the United States of America. Learning entrepreneurial skills can be life changing for these students who may otherwise not have come across such opportunities. They were mentored and encouraged to launch their ideas as start-ups.
Kareem Hertzog, the 1M1B US partner, Manav Subodh, the founding member of 1M1B, and Ritu Singh from the 1M1B Team mentored, counseled and guided the students. They evaluated the ideas and gave feedback to better and strengthen the ideas. During this period, the students realised the impact their idea could have. They even made changes to improve upon their initial ideas.
One of the Entrepreneur in training (EIT), Cris Mercado came up with his idea, KeyJargon, which is a career app that features keywords, key events, and key organizations to boost careers, all in one place. It may take multiple searches on Google to reveal as much as KeyJargon does in just a tap. The app was released in August 2016. Cris Mercado's take away from the ChangeShips programme was the importance of industry knowledge, communication and connections in securing career opportunities. Another EIT, Desiree Correa, aimed to establish a friendly neighbourhood bakery, whereas EIT Kitisha Johnbaptiste worked on her idea to launch a super hero themed TV show to impart information and knowledge to its viewers. Besides them, many other young EITs came up with promising ideas. The 1M1B team helped develop their entrepreneurial skills and take their ideas to market.
10-13 March 2017:
1M1B team to present at the United Nations in New York around the CSW Youth Forum on "Economic Empowerment of Indigenous and Underserved Communities through Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurship" Click here for details
29 December 2017:
1M1B launches the first Smart Village Accelerator and Tele-Health Center in the village, Mori, Andhra Pradesh, India
17th-18th June 2016:
1M1B initiates its project to establish a mobile telemedicine clinic in Mori, Andhra Pradesh, as part of the Smart Village Initiative in partnership with UC Berkeley Click here for details
12th June 2016:
Hero's Mindset Workshop organized at Bangalore. Click here for details
March 3, 2016:
1M1B kickstarts its Rural Tourism based Social Volunteering program in Uttarakhand. Click here for details.
February 13, 2016:
1M1B starts its Telemedicine services in Uttarakhand. Click here for details.
December 21-23, 2015:
1M1B Team visits Uttarakhand, with the newly appointed 1M1B Fellows, to set up its first microaccelerator. Click here for details.
December 19, 2015:
1M1B, in partnership with NavBharat Times, organized its first in series Entrepreneurship Workshop (Level-I) in New Delhi. Click here for details.
November 19, 2015
1M1B announces the '1M1B Fellowship Program 2015-2016'. Last date for submission of application is 30th November 2015.
October 18, 2015: Forbes features 1M1B & its co-founder, Manav Subodh (Click Here)
October 16, 2015: '1M1B Change The World Internship' winners from Caribbean Islands, India and the United States present their work at the United Nations Headquarters, New York (Click Here)
October 14, 2015: '1M1B Change The World Internship' winners from Caribbean Islands, India and the United States present their work to DC ArchAngels at Washington DC (Click here)
September 12, 2015
Winners of the 1M1B 2015, Change the World Internships announced:
Winners of 1M1B Change The World Internships to present at the United Nations (UN's) International day for the eradication of poverty (IDEP) on 16th October 2015 at NYC.
1M1B's Women Entrepreneurship Summit on 12th September 2015 at New Delhi. Click here for details.
August 26, 2015: 1M1B launches its crowd funding campaign to fund the finalists of 'Change The World Internships 2015' to showcase their work at the United Nations in September/October 2015. Click here for details.
August 20, 2015: 1M1B, in partnership with McKinsey Social Initiatives, kick start the 'Generation' mentorship program in Delhi & NCR. Click here for details.
August 20, 2015: 1M1B partners with Washington DC Arch Angels. Under this partnership 1M1B Entrepreneurs will not only get an opportunity to pitch their biz to the executive team of the DC Arch Angels but will also get opportunities to connect with multilaterals, bilateral, governments, investors, and accelerators on the East Coast
On 17 March, 2015 UN Habitat and A Million for A Billion (1M1B) Foundation signed an MOU for youth skill development and entrepreneurship.
We see youth and women getting skilled in creating jobs not just for themselves but also others and overcoming conversations like:
1M1B is a skill development, entrepreneurship education and an enterprise acceleration initiative that will solve the challenge of unemployment of youth and women in underserved economies.