Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
1) Straight out of college, I, Shivani, was an analyst on a trading floor. At the time the bank bought a business. Subsequently, I ended up designing the entire business, becoming the known expert and earning the respect of very senior people. Did so by learning from other experts, providing potential solutions when tensions were high and working in a team where I recognized the strength was the diversity of everyone involved.
2) As Executive Director of the OQLA, I, Jessica, led a team to the successful negotiation of English signage laws in Quebec. My leadership style is encouraging of creativity and I believe that team work is the key to a successful enterprise. I try to lead by example and encourage employees to use their strengths and allot tasks accordingly.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
While we are consulting with many experts in our own capacities, we have not officially enlisted anyone except our pilot projects:
Pilot Project 1: The World Pathfinder Children’s Fund in Nepal
Our first project is with The World Pathfinder Children’s Fund (name relation is just a coincidence!). Their mission is to give every child in Nepal access to education.
Their organization works like this: every child sponsored by the fund commits to sponsoring two more children from his or her village upon successful completion of school. Those two children then, upon completing their education, sponsor two more children of their own. And so on and so on.
We see great potential for this model and plan to scale it far beyond Nepal.
Pilot Project 2: Soap Making Sisters (The Drunken Chemists) In India
Two sisters, chemists by trade, hand-make ethically-developed, locally-sourced soaps. Our mission is to help this sustainable and socially responsible business become a thriving franchise in rural India, run entirely by women, who will also promote local sanitation.
This is another scalable model that holds promise beyond India.