Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
Ontrack, Grassroot Human Management Institute- Ontrack is a HR management and leadership program aimed at developing business, industrial and personal skills of community youth. Ontrack will not only prepare the youth for getting jobs but will also equip them with the necessary social skills necessary for mainstreaming in society and career growth. Ontrack is catering to 1000members, who are getting worldwide recognition. Salim Shekh and Sikha Patra, two senior most members of Ontrack and peer educators, have been keynote speakers at Tedx, Skoll World Forum, Oxford, Global Vaccine Summit in Abu Dhabi and were principal characters in Revolutionary Optimist, a documentary by Stanford University.
Another participant Manish has visited S. Africa as a peer educator to train community youth alongwith two teamates , organized by Slum Development International.
Visual Basics, Grassroot Film Studio-This initiative, supported by Adobe Foundation, first in Asia, provides a platform to the amateur film makers to further develop their skill and knowledge and use film as a tool of mobilization and advocacy. The members very recently have developed a spot film on immunization of diarrhea and pneumonia in collaboration with Global Health Strategies for sensitiszation of stakeholders at the national and state level.. Besides, the members have developed spot films on various social cross-cutting issues which have been premiered at Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, a national institute that offers post graduate studies in cinematic studies, and have been taken up by Cine Central Kolkata, the largest film society in India, films were screened at the “International Children’s Film Festival” in Kolkata and at the “International Children’s Film Festival” inMumbai next year as well as Kishalaya Boys Home, a government correction home and in different government aided schools. The screening of these in the community has raised awareness and sensitized the community people on the social issues that they often tend to either succumb to or be ignorant of.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
The founder of the project is the chief mentor together with team of 4others who are mentoring on field management, finance, public relations and social media. The members of the Area Health Minders team are working as partners in the 6communities. Additionally we also have volunteers and interns that receive training in various skills and data collection. We have volunteers from Symbiosis University conduct classes on media skills, interns from Indian Institue of Management (IIM) Joka to orient on pitching and presentation skills, volunteers from Columbia and Stanford University teach best practices on data collection and evaluation and global volunteers from IBM to share knowledge on organization development and branding.