Spread the Food

The idea is having a vision to alleviate hunger among the poorest of poor.
It contributes to global sustainability efforts by saving on wastage of food.
It generates self-sustaining and multiplying employment opportunities.

About You

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About You

First Name

Barundeb

Tell us about yourself/your team.

I am on my own. I only have my visions. And a fire to help the needy whichever best way I can. I have spent my life in multinational corporate world. I hope I can contribute to the poor with my skills and knowledge so far gained in past 30 years in business administration.

What makes you an intrapreneur? What are the skills, capabilities, and personality traits that make you an intrapreneur?

My education, love for world literature and life in a country where poverty is everwhere, has given me a different perspective to life. At my age of 54, I no longer have any desire for money or success but only to contribute to those who are most in need.

About Your Organization

Company Country

India, UP, Greater Noida

Primary country where this project is creating social impact

n/a

Additional countries or regions

Industry

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Innovation

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Select the stage that best applies to your solution

Idea (you're poised to launch)

The Need: What social or environmental problem are you trying to solve?

Distribution of left over food primarily from hotels, restaurants and may be in future from residnces to the below poverty line people.

The Solution: What is your solution? Be specific!

Involve companies like Bayer for providing their cold box solutions, collaborating with cold box manufacturers, lining up a model based on methods used by Dabbawallahs in Mumbai, India for distributing the cold boxes among restaurants and hotels and delivering them to slums and poor people on returnable basis. Financing this concept will depend on roping in the hotels & restaurants, to project them for their partnership in such novel philanthropy. Charge a small fee from them for the cost they save on disposal of the waste food. Local government bodies to be brought in for financial support. Thereafter to enlarge the scope under aegis of a global charitable foundation to make it worldwide so that it adds to the brand image who join the program.

The Solution: Why is this solution innovative for your company and industry?

The companies who provide material for cold boxes would also be supporting a social cause. They can use it in their brand building. Government would be participating in a program alleviating hungry people with a stable sustainable program.

The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities.

The model works on long term sustainability by reducing wastage of food. It needs to be started at a small project scale in a metro city for a targetted locality. It can then gradually be scaled up. Speed and growth will depend on support this idea can attract from venture funds.

The Marketplace: Who are your peers and competitors? Identify others also working to address the needs you are and what differentiates you from them. What challenges could these players pose to your success or growth?

None to my knowledge

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Impact

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Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world.

Still on my note book. World is yet to see it.

What has been the impact of your solution to date?

Not yet

What is your projected impact over the next 1 to 3 years?

Starting from impact to the lives of 5000 people, hopefully growing to reacxh out to 1 million in 3 more years.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

Firstly, initial funding. Then Government support. Lastly, getting any large global social organization to lend its support. For initial funding, being in the corporate world, I am confident to muster support of large organizations for the seed funding of 1 to 3,000 food boxes. For the logistics cost I can bear from my own savings. Once the idea takes off, I am confident of garnering the support of remaining.

Sustainability

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What is the benefit or value you're creating for your business?

The growth of the enterprise will be modular. Each module will involve 50 collection points and 1000 distribution points. Each module would employ 8 to 10 heads. Since investment will be required only for 2000 cold boxes and 5 distribution mini vans, the entire operation replication would be self sustained and regenerative.

How are you leveraging internal resources (funds, time, knowledge, etc.) to support this initiative?

As already mentioned, the initial investment required is very low and which is available from my personal savings. The working capital shall be generated from the fees charged to the hotels & restaurants. I will devote devote 100% of my time and over initial months and year, will garner support from within friends and contacts.

Expand on your answer, explaining the long-term funding and support plan.

The growth can be limitless if international charitable organisations can be sold the idea. The expansion can be first within country itself in every metro city. With expansion and addition of refirgated vans, the scope can be broadened to include outskirts of metros and villages. The knowledge thus gained can be further replicated to Asian & Afircan countries.

Tell us about your partnerships across your company and externally that are key to your project's success.

Currently none. But I have contacts through NGO's and coporates to push it forward.

What internal support have you gotten for your project? What kind of push-back have you received?

This is the first time that I have narrated my vision.

96 weeks ago Emily Bosland said: Hi Barundeb, Thank you for your interest in the League of Intrapreneurs. Based on your entry, it sounds like you’re a social ... about this Competition Entry. - read more >
98 weeks ago Barundeb Chatterjee updated this Competition Entry.
98 weeks ago Barundeb Chatterjee submitted this idea.