A few weeks ago I was shooting a short film for a startup accelerator’s first ever cohort program in India. The theme of the program was to encourage entrepreneurs who are creating jobs in the formal economy for those from the informal economy. Thus the accelerator was looking for startups which could create large-scale impact and uplift people at the bottom of the pyramid from poverty.
During the course of program I watched their pitch presentations (of course, from behind the camera), casually interacted with many of them and eavesdropped on their conversations with potential investors and industry experts (this is a part of my shoot). While all this was happening, the blogger inside me started contemplating on whose business model seemed most suitable for real and large-scale impact.
So, in this article I am going to very briefly describe 3 startups that I thought are good candidates for such a discussion. I invite your responses on whom do you think is creating tangible and sustainable social impact.
Which Of These Startups Are Creating Real Impact According To You?
Provides hygienic and packaged meals to passengers on their seat in long distance trains thru mobile app.
The primary pain point it is trying to solve is unhealthy food and the lack of cuisine options for passengers in Indian trains. It has created a network of food vendors that comprise small-time caterers, self-help women groups, big restaurants and food brands. Effective use of technology helps it deliver the right meal on the right train on the right seat.
Is working towards upgrading manual rickshaw pullers and cart operators to electric rickshaws so that they can double their income and become owners of the rickshaw.
Its vision is to eliminate the drudgery of pulling a manual rickshaw and help thousands of rickshaw pullers live a better life.
It has created a mobile app for maids, drivers and housekeeping staff to find jobs instantly and without the hassles of going through middlemen like security guards or others.
It is using technology to connect low-skilled workers with potential employers and charges the later to register with them.
Soliciting Your Responses
This will be a 2 part series article. In this part I solicit your responses on who do you think is creating tangible social impact and why. I am keen to understand your opinion on this and how you perceive an impact organization to be. Please leave a message in the ‘Comments’ box below.