Published on November 27, 2009
Sunit Shrestha, founder
e bridge of dreams Floating on a spring night Soon breaks oﬀ: Parting from the mountain top, A bank of clouds in the open sky. Fujiwara no Teika (1205)
e Floating Bridge of Dreams
Our service: Social innovation design Social enterprise investment
Our clients & partners:
Key design impact
2.5+ million people access to high quality health information via the Internet.
Mobile/Internet disease surveillance systems
Socially responsible investment (SRI)
Community bio-gas facilities
Key investment impact
Number of social enterprises 27 15 5 2007 2008 2009
PIPELINE: Examples of portfolio social enterprises (mix of seeding, start-up and scale-up cases) BANGLADESH PHILIPPINES Padma Ideal!s Provides critical information on agricultural best- Provides high-quality communications solutions for non-proﬁts who practices to farmers through information kiosks. cannot afford commercial service. XayanIT Let IT help Provides IT training, education and jobs within the enterprise to provides capacity building on PAKISTAN underprivileged youth. speciﬁc IT skills that are in market demand and match trainees to job opportunities. Youth Engagement Service Provides seed ﬁnancing and incubation Youth Works for youth-led micro social enterprises in Provides microﬁnance services to youth entrepreneurs in rural remote rural areas. communities Kaarvan Rural Light Channelling women groups handicrafts Provides rural electriﬁcation solutions at the small community level. around Pakistan to shops in big cities employing fair-trade model. Mobile Telecentres Provides on-site training and career opportunities for students through 3 wheeler trike mobile telecentres. THAILAND INDIA Grassroot Innovation Network School and Community Hoticulture Provides micro organic agriculture methods and (SCHE) inputs to over 1,000 poor rural farmer families Provides nutritional supplements to that improve multi-crop farm productivity by mid-day meals in schools in India over 400%. MALAYSIA through poly-houses. OpenDream SOLS-24/7 MicroﬁnanceJobs.com Provides web, online application and virtual SOLS 24/7 provides life-skills education to Online jobs placement and aggregator in the communities services to non-proﬁts. underprivileged youth in Cambodia, East Timor and micro-ﬁnance sector in India. Thoth Media Malaysia. Krishak Mitra Provides video podcasting and viral clip services Elevyn Improving the livelihood of marginal farmers in and news platform for citizen journalism, non- Online platform that links the selling of India by using agriculture decision-making proﬁt and social groups. handmade products to the support of social and software at various rural knowledge centers. Chivalry Silk environmental causes. Source wholesale unique silk products from poor rural Community Friendly Movement families and conducts sales overseas. CFM sources hand-made crafts from artisan communities in India and conducts sales to wholesale craft buyers overseas.
Areas Micro-ﬁnance Sustainable agriculture Information and communication technologies (ICTs) Community-scale renewable energy Development communications Fair-trade and cultural preservation ink-tank
Our method; the ﬂow Social entrepreneurs / Change Fusion Process innovators Attraction Finance Innovation partners Incubate Social Innovations Social Enterprises Investors / donors Co-design
Social Enterprise Cases
One world health
ai cra fair trade
Trends and situation
A rising global trend
the funding gap
Social enterprise investment gap in Asia.
Some interesting development Regional infrastructure in Hong Kong and Singapore. Emergin social enterprise support interest in ailand. ailand will launch ‘Social Enterprise Committee’ chaired by the PM.
e Essence of Social Enterprise
OUTCOME Economic Social SE Environment
DISCIPLINE Compassion Capacity SE Market
PROCESS; Sensing > Innovating > Testing > Scaling
ACCELERATION METHOD Full potential analysis > Game plan > Focused performance > Capacity > Exit
Cases from the Portfolio
Community Friendly Movement (CFM)
Let IT Help
Grassroots Innovation Network (GIN)
Supreme Renewable Energy
Business development Business plan Connection Marketing Strategy Finance Legal
Approach Respect Simplicity Harmony Emptiness
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