Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
Right from early childhood, I have always kept myself open to take up new and exciting endeavors. As a trained national-level karate champion, with a black belt in Yamaguchi style karate, a debate enthusiast who has one several laurels and an elected representative of school cabinet, I have gained my leadership skills and perseverance since school days. Carrying them forward with me to college, I was elected by a record number of votes by the general body of the campus to co-chair the General Secretary, Social and Cultural post of Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, one of the most prestigious and premier institutions of the country. During this tenure, I not only headed the college’s Rs. 1.83Cr. Social and Cultural Fest, but also implemented several initiatives to benefit the student community. One of the several proposals that were implemented by me was ‘Raag’ the institute’s first official music instrument classes at subsidized prices to encourage music as a hobby amongst students. This program benefited c.550 students within the first year of its inception. I was responsible to take care of the sponsorship, marketing, publicity, finances and all other aspects of Spring Fest, during which I gained a holistic experience of leading an organization. After deciding to venture into social entrepreneurship, I was one of the two Indians to be selected as a commitment maker at the Clinton Global Initiative University 2015 at University of Miami. My past experiences have given me the required skills to lead, dedication and perseverance to succeed in a goal oriented fashion. With further support from Unilever Awards, I’m confident I can lead Feed India to make a lasting impact.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
Apart from the existing team we have partnered with several organisations to help grow quickly, making the planned impact. Below are a few organisations we partnered with:
1) Annakshetra: This Jaipur based food re-distribution NGO serves over 4,000 people per week.
2) Glowtide: Based in Hyderabad, they save 400+ meals daily.
3) Swagath Hotels: Famous chain of restaurants in Hyderabad who have agreed to give away excess food.
4) Maherashram: A shelter house for destitute women and children, they have expressed an interest to accept food donations on a regular basis.
Above mentioned only cover how our associations can be connected to get the desired result. Besides, these we have experienced social entrepreneur from CGI U experience to mentor us regularly, guiding us in further steps.