Business Models

Aakar Innovations provides commercially viable solutions for production, distribution, marketing, and sales of affordable and environmentally friendly sanitary pads by local entrepreneurs in areas where these products would otherwise not be available.

Jayaashree industries is helping women buy affordable sanitary towels and provide them with an income at the same time. Arunachalam Muruganantham created the world’s first low-cost machine to produce sanitary towels. He is producing low cost sanitary napkins for poor women at affordable rates without compromising on the raw material used or quality of the product as compared to the multinationals.

Eram Scientific is working on solving public sanitation by developing a product that is portable, hygienically maintained, and eco-friendly. eToilet is India’s First Electronic Public Toilet.

Ekam Eco Solutions works in the domains of Sustainable Sanitation, Value-added Bamboo Products and Sustainable Livelihoods. Their aim is to design, develop and disseminate safe, sustainable and culturally appropriate sanitation solutions so that communities experience better health and abundance of pure water bodies is restored.

Janajal works on water ATMs with state governments and NGOs. The objective is to solve the issue of providing clean drinking water at reasonable price. Each ATM is monitored and controlled from a remote Command and Control Centre which monitors daily operations and collection of revenue through a GPRS based software.

Under The Mango Tree promotes beekeeping to increase agricultural productivity and provides market access to enhance income and improve livelihoods of marginal farmers in India.

Edubridge works to fulfill the skill gap that exists currently between semi-urban/economically backward youth and the skill requirements of the high-performing companies/government organizations.

LabourNet enables sustainable livelihoods for men, women and youth in urban and rural areas. It focuses on improving the socioeconomic status of people associated with unorganized value chain. This is achieved through skilling interventions, facilitating wage/ self-employment and entrepreneurship by bringing together all the stakeholders: large, small and medium enterprises, corporates, government, individuals and educational institutions.

RuralShores is India’s largest rural outsourcing organization with 20 rural BPO/KPO centers spread across 10 states in India. RuralShores provides a range of BPO & KPO services across verticals – Telecom, Banking, Insurance, Government, Health care, NGOs, Microfinance and the Retail sector.

Rangsutra is a craft company of thousand artisans from remote regions of India – the deserts of Rajasthan and Eastern U.P. It aims to ensure sustainable livelihoods for artisans and farmers, by creating top quality hand made products based on the principles of fair trade and a celebration of India’s rich craft heritage.

HippoCampus offers learning opportunities for children and youth in rural India thereby enabling their power of choice. By demonstrating improved learning judged at the scale of a European country it aims to help shape policies and markets around early childhood education in emerging economies around the world..

ConveGenius is edu-tech company focussing on improving quality of learning for underprivileged children.The company has been backed by Michael Susan Dell Foundation and works with state governments, CSR and NGO projects. It also has retail product called CG Slate

Culture Alley focusses on free language learning Apps targeting the youth population. Their main product is Hello English App which helps in learning English from regional languages and has got more than 12 million downloads.

Varthana is an unique social enterprise offering loans to affordable private schools to upgrade their infrastructure and quality of the schools. The social enterprise also works closely with schools identifying the gaps and empowering the schools by connecting them with technology, curriculum and training partners

Initiated by U.S. based social enterprise fund in 2009, Gray Matters works on school education in India using assessments and analytics to drive data based decisions and outcome based monitoring in affordable private schools). It has worked with 4,50,000 students across different geographies

Neurosynaptic offers high-quality remote healthcare delivery solutions. It has been validated by the reputed medical institutions of India for its accuracy and quality methods. It connects various doctors, Mobile Health Workers (MHWs), diagnostic labs and hospitals to avail quality healthcare to the rural population at an affordable price

Bempu aims at reducing the infant mortality rate with its unique invention, Bempu Bracelet. This bracelet empowers a mother to better manage her newborn’s health and prevent death and illness related to hypothermia.

Forus Health aims to eradicate preventable blindness and make screening for common eye problems affordable and accessible. Forus Health‘s 3nethra is a technology innovation which helps in screening of common eye problems which can lead to blindness. It is simple, portable, rugged and can be operated by a minimally trained technician.

Biosense is a healthcare technology firm looking at ways of providing affordable and quality healthcare solutions. They have designed smartphone based portable diagnostic system as well as specialised diagnostic products for diabetes and needle free anaemia screening tool.

Accuster Technologies is a healthcare technology firm working on providing remote locations with access to diagnostic through its mobile lab which can perform 36 tests all fitted into size of a suitcase. The company has been working with the Indian Army as well in hilly terrains and providing them support

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