Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
The access to education is probably the most amazing chance I had in my life and I feel the need to put it to good use for environmental and poverty issues.
At first, I have created with two friends in 2003 a program “Antipode Inde” to raise money and build houses in South-India for underprivileged families. Then I went to Auroville to manage the development of air turbines systems to draw water from the ground. In 2006-2007, I Co-created the company Gaïa, to valorize ecotourism in dedicated villages. Despite our feasibility studies and business plans, we did not manage to find appropriate land with legal authorizations. This experience gave me the exciting and sometimes bitter taste of entrepreneurship and despite the disappointment; It was clear than my next project will be the good one. This intuition has been strenghten by many entrepreneurs’ testimonies “Most of the 1rst business initiatives fail; only perseverance pays”. My next initiative was the production of my boat Tara-Tari, my solo-journey and the beginning of a new story. 4 years later we are a solid team of young minds from various background supported by thousands of volunteers…
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
The NGO Gold of Bengal relies on a huge network of partners: Companies (CPHD-Composite Fiber, Jabaida and Janata Jute Mills…), Laboratories (Quantis, Kairos, Ifremer…), Universities (UBS, Sustainable Design School…), Nautical and furniture’s Designers (Marc van Peteghem, Joran Briand…), Public Institutions (La Guilde du Raid, JDPC, Bangladeshi Jute Research Institute…), foundations (Fonds Explore, Anber…), and on the unreserved support of individuals and volunteers.
Among many others, two very special person for Gold of Bengal are:
- Saim Faisal: CEO of CPHD-Composite Fiber, Bangladeshi business partner-entity to whom we are transferring the first innovative reinforcement we have developed. Saim Faisal has invested for a year now in a complete production chain to launch the production of this fabric and closely follow the activities of Gold of Bengal in Bangladesh.
- Roland Jourdain, French Navigator, Winner of the Route du Rhum 2006&2010, founder of the Explore Foundation and of the Kairos laboratory. The Explore fund is a key support of Gold of Bengal development. As a great leader actively committed inthe protection of the environment, Roland and his personal advices are very precious to develop my management skills.
Both of them stay available to send recommendation letters.