Manav Subodh is young and dynamic thinker, innovator and an energetic doer. He co-founded A Million For A Billion (1M1B) initiative to identify entrepreneurs from the under served communities and to help them provide suitable solutions for pulling out people in the villages out of poverty. He works with a multitude stakeholders- corporations, social entrepreneurs, investors and universities. For his efforts he was featured in Forbes as “The Man Who Will Help 1 Billion People”.
In this Live Hangout, I asked him about the basic idea behind the 1M1B initiative, how his village accelerator program works, his views on social entrepreneurs aligning with SDGs and the way ahead for him.
Few tidbits from Manav:
What we are really trying to do is helping social entrepreneurs on one side and helping leaders on other side really co-create business models for people at the bottom of the pyramid and drive them out of poverty
We are really not starting from the interest of the corporations or the interest of entrepreneurs, first. We go into the under served area and find out what is required
The biggest mistakes that all of us make is really force-fitting our solutions to people we think who need it. And that’s not really not the idea
Everybody talks about making people in the villages as consumers. We think we can make villagers producers
In 4 months we created 7 entrepreneurs and 16 jobs
Village accelerator is called the Startup Gurukool and the idea really is to take the startup revolution in a gurukool format,in an informal format to people in the villages and give them technologies, give them access to markets and give them access to even entrepreneurs who can help them
We developed a new curriculum which helped the social entrepreneurs with technology innovation and social entrepreneur from the village on business model innovation co-create a process which helped both of them
We are making this model not just for India but for the world
Social entrepreneurs already doing work in this area, I see them already aligned to these (Sustianble development) goals