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  • Rural Markets Hold The Key…

    On his extensive travels across rural India as founder of MART, a rural marketing and research consultancy, Pradeep Kashyap has seen several instances of the kind of micro level development prescribed by policy statements such as the Union Budget. Kashyap, whose organisation earlier this year had done a study which showed that rural demand for goods and services was alive and kicking despite the slowdown in urban India, says that the increased spend in the rural economy as envisaged by the 20...

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    The Hindu Business Line (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    South Asia
  • ’Poverty Pushes People Towards Entrepreneurship’

    BANGALORE: More and more people are getting into an entrepreneurial mode and setting up their own businesses. This is not necessarily out of choice, but mostly because they do not really have many other options open to them. Speaking at a lecture on ’Economic Lives Of The Poor’, Prof. Abhijit Banerjee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said this diversification into business and entrepreneurship is not necessarily due to choices or lack of it, but because the poor do not have acc...

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    Times of India (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    South Asia
  • CK Prahalad: A unique combination of strategic vision and financial acumen

    Renowned management thinker CK Prahalad has been watching Devi Shetty for the last six years now. Back then Narayana Hrudyalaya was still a relatively small facility. But even then Prahalad believed that the model held immense promise. “My job has always been to look at models that are different, models that are scalable. And it was clear to me, even at that time, while talking to him that this model is going to grow and he is going to be able to execute it because he is not only a ...

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    Forbes India (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    South Asia
  • Rice Power: Cisco, DFJ Award Seed Money to Husk Power Systems

    We first wrote about Husk Power Systems, a startup that turns rice husks into energy, back in November 2008. Now the startup, which already powers an entire small town in India, has beat out over 1,000 competitors to win the Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Cisco-sponsored Global Business Plan Competition. As a result, Husk will receive a $250,000 seed round. Husk Power Systems, founded in 2007 by University of Virginia business students Chip Ransler and Manoj Sinha, operates 35 kW to 100 kW...

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    Fast Company (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    South Asia
  • India?s New Retailers

    I n a dry and dusty fair in Osmanabad, a small town tucked away in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra, a thousand women have just spoken. Their verdict is loud and clear. CANDY RED. Consumer durables firm Godrej & Boyce is parading several colours of its new breakthrough product, ChotuKool, a nano refrigerator. A few fluorescent colours come first. The women vote this out with a cacophonous show of hands. They know what they want. Candy Red. ...

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    Outlook Business (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    South Asia
  • Fund houses target the bottom of the pyramid

    Savita Devi, a daily wage earner in Gujarat, is saving for her future through a mutual fund. And she has company. Around 150,000 small investors are putting Rs 50-200 per month in UTI Asset Management Company’s (AMC’s) Micro Pension Plan. UTI AMC is not the only fund house targeting the bottom-of-the-pyramid investors to extend its presence. SBI Mutual Fund, an affiliate of State Bank of India (SBI), also launched a ‘Chota Systematic Investment Plan (SIP)’ in Apr...

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    Business Standard (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    South Asia
  • India needs a brilliant wave of entrepreneurs

    MUMBAI NEW DELHI: Zeus, for once, was thwarted as the driving rain and rolling thunder failed to dampen the cheery mood at the concluding chapter of The Power of Ideas programme in Mumbai. The Times of India building was the venue for the interaction between shortlisted candidates and investors from the Indian Angel Network (IAN), VCs and incubators. There was a flurry of activity as entrepreneurs and ...

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    The Economic Times (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    South Asia
  • Safe, comfy and chatting away – women?s empowerment at PCO booths

    New Delhi, June 28 (IANS) Anjali Kher, 33, a small-time designer from Srinagar, keeps in touch with her family in the Kashmir Valley from the public telephone booth next to her home in Delhi. “The booth remains open till midnight and I drop in almost every day after work to call my father and my brothers,” Kher, who lives in Mayur Vihar, told IANS. The public telephone - including the PCO (public call office) phone booths with STD facilities - in India has become a too...

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    Thaindian News (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    South Asia
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