Mumbai : Innovative ideas, smart business plans and strategic efforts to bring about a social transformation were carved by young social entrepreneurs at the Global Social Entrepreneurship Summit (GSES) during the course of three days starting from Thursday. The summit hosted at the American School of Bombay at Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) witnessed 73 students from various schools of the country and few students from Jordan.
Discussing and analysing the basic positives and negatives of any idea with social entrepreneurs, the students came up with a plethora of social enterprises. The students brainstormed in different groups and developed plans for sustainable cities and communities, quality education, clean water and sanitation and sustainable agriculture.
These enterprises were further analysed by mentors who fine-tuned these plans and pointed out various ways in which these plans could be made feasible and fundable in a practical way. The students came up with social enterprises like to name a few a mobile application for booking buses for transport, constructing sewage treatment plants for protecting contamination of water bodies, a website for teachers to know the mood and interest level of students during lectures and cashless transactions for farmers to reduce the burden of loans.
A group of students from Bengaluru came up with a plan to protect the Varthur Lake from high volumes of pollution. A student from the group said, “The Varthur Lake is one of the important water bodies of Bengaluru but nothing major is being done to protect it from any kind of pollution.” Another student from Mumbai, said, “We have developed a plan for smart transport in smart cities as Mumbai though being such a well connected city has major transportation problems.”
These social enterprises were also scrutinised in terms of funding and practical feasibility to decide whether these plans can be implemented at the ground level to make the society a better place. Shabbi Luthra, Chief Executive Officer of Consilience, the organiser of this summit, told the Free Press Journal, “Through this summit we aim to give students a platform to empathise with social issues, ideate on various problems around them and develop plans for a social transformation. The design thinking cycle has helped students to reason out various aspects and tackle issues in an innovative way.”