You would have heard a lot about the term entrepreneur but have you heard about ‘social entrepreneur’? An entrepreneur is someone who sets up a business in the hope of earning profits and expanding their business. But, a social entrepreneur is someone who builds a business to tackle certain community-based problems through their innovative ideas. Social entrepreneurs are often ready to take risks to fulfill their social responsibility through their business ventures. They aim to create a positive impact by serving the community and providing solutions through their organization and skills.
India is a country with a large number of entrepreneurs building their businesses in multiple sectors. Similarly, the country has many social entrepreneurs who are trying their best to solve specific community-oriented problems using their innovative ideas and technology.
In this article, we’ll introduce you to 3 such social entrepreneurs who are bringing a positive change through their ventures.
Vidyut Mohan -
Every day, we often come across a debate on the rising air pollution in India. Especially in winter, North India witnesses a smog situation when the air quality becomes so poor that it becomes difficult to breathe and schools, offices are shut down. There will be a constant tiff between the government and the farmers over the crops being burnt and the agricultural waste which contributes to the air pollution. Upon witnessing this scenario, Indian entrepreneur Vidyut Mohan came up with a new idea to convert agricultural waste into fuel and fertilizers. His venture Takachar uses this unique technology to tackle the ongoing air quality problem in the country. Interestingly, it also won the Earth shot Prize under the ‘Clean Our Air’ category. It is said that this award is labeled as Eco Oscars set up by Prince William and the Royal Foundation.
Mukti Bosco -
Mukti Bosco is the founder of Healing Fields Foundation (HFF) based in Hyderabad. The social entrepreneur Bosco, a postgraduate in health management, was on fieldwork in the Charminar area of Hyderabad. It was here when she was interviewing women for her project that she decided to help people and eventually set up the foundation for social welfare.
Upon questioning a poor woman during her field visit interview about what she would do when there is a medical emergency at home. The woman answered that she had to discontinue her 6-year-old son from school to send him to work to earn extra money to pay off her debt. This response moved Mukti Bosco to the core and she decided to support women when they face medical challenges.
For the past 20 years, the HFF foundation has done amazing work in terms of supporting people in need and assisting in providing access to healthcare to those in need. Recently, the organization was in the news for its exemplary services during the Covid-19 pandemic. HFF was also recognized as one of India’s Top 50 COVID-19 Last-Mile Responders by the World Economic Forum.
Prabhdeep Singh -
Prabhdeep Singh is the CEO and the Co-founder of StanPlus, an Indian ambulance company that has high-end technology and a quick response system. Prabhdeep Singh and his partners Antoine Poirson, COO, and Jose Leon who is the CTO got this idea about StanPlus when they participated in an entrepreneurship competition named INSEAD conducted in France. At that time, they were doing their MBA in France. Soon after, they decided to explore this section of business where they can cater to health emergencies through their ambulance services. StanPlus, with a network of hospitals, fast transport, high-quality paramedics, and top-notch medical facilities and equipment, has now become one of the biggest ambulance dispatch services in India. The Red Ambulance of StanPlus also played an important role during the Covid-19 pandemic and reached out to several patients on time.