The 9th edition of YIC witnessed the participation of a budding author Rashmi. Her novel ‘Kamyabi ki udan abhi baki hai’ took shape over years as she continued her passion for storytelling and writing. Talking about the protagonists and the broad outlines of her story, Rashmi has aroused our curiosity and we cannot wait to have our hands on a signed copy of her book.
Budding poet Ankit recited his poem ” A New Beginning ” with much enthusiasm. The auditorium is just a bit warmer and fuelled with energy than it was moments before.
Moving out from her parents apartment at 17, Tanisha rented an apartment in Waliv, Vasai, and sustained herself through a meagre income derived by training the children in the slums in spoken english.
Many people accused Tanisha of giving up on studies and moving out of her house only to avoid mundane college life. But Tanisha never got deterred from her path. She was curious to travel and with a hunger for discovering new territories, Tanisha took the journey of her lifetime to visit the temple of the Menstruating Goddess Kamakhya, lived among the Nagas and found herself in the Khasi Tribe of Meghalaya.
She took up her studies in sociology and found herself dejected when a professor suggested that she should stick to studying from her textbooks and staying within the four walls of the classroom.
When her college routine took a toll, she altered her routine and discovered India, one destination at a time. The first solo trip she took was to Bengal and she shared her travel experiences through her blog. Bringing responsible travel into her choices helped her benefit local communities. There were many who called her names and without support from family, Tanisha kept going. Wishing 2 months of her travel, her travel articles featured in a popular travel startup. She found her success through her persistence and constant efforts.
She concludes saying :
We live in a society where following your passion is underrated, the best reward you can give yourself is doing what you love.
Born with a lot of difficulties and coping up with health challenges ever since school days, Gopi was interested in Computer Programming. He was stopped from pursuing his dream career in computer science and that did not deter him at all, it only made him even more determined. Gopi’s resolve hardened and he continued his fight against the concerned authorities. Today Gopi has a startup based on Artificial Intelligence and is currently working on a women’s safety product.
Gopi says that through his journey, he learnt that,
“People are competitive, instead of collaborative”
But the only way to go about success is to pursue your dreams with passion and never look back in your life.
Aarti Khetrapal, actress and model, motivated the young delegates at YIC and connected with the audience with her journey from being a delegate to a mentor and speaker.
Getting nostalgic, she mentions that her hardwork and commitment propelled her career and groomed her professionally, even before she was a graduate. Aarti shares how rejection no longer matters to her and she motivates and appreciates herself for having crafted her passion into her profession.
A year ago when she arrived in Bombay, she just ignored the negativity around her and solely focused on bringing positivity in her life.
Her rule for success has been – embracing being random and being open to ideas and motivation. She stresses how every interaction is a chance to contribute meaningfully to their life or work.
She wishes more delegates take the journey that she has taken and the anticipation about the winners is brewing more than ever!
With a dramatic beginning, team Gaia’s wrath is presenting their solution to climate change. Rural areas struggle with the problem of smoke from the cow dung stove that they use and the team suggests the use of biogas.
Their financial plan included recurring cost and current cost. Marketing and collaboration strategies like awareness programmes and street plays would help them in increasing their market size.
Working towards the goal of transforming India into carbon neutral country, Gaia’s Wrath aims to sell their produce to biomedical and Pharma companies. They have nailed sustainable development and climate action.
House of Crafts is presenting the idea of selling India’s rare handicrafts to tourists. Inviting them over to stay with the artisans and craftsmen of Orissa, they would promote tourism and their business.
Their market plan includes a 3 month and 6 month plan for supply of the handicrafts. A major emphasis would be placed on bags and purses. They would achieve the goal of sustaining their business by partnering with companies and distributors in Spain. Sanitation facilities in the villages of Orissa are their concern and they will use the revenue generated to cover their regular cost and the logistic and inventory costs.
The team has forwarded the idea of digital marketing and marketing through exhibitions.
Impressing the jury with their idea of integrating tourism with the selling of handicrafts, team House of Crafts has left their mark in the 9th edition of YIC in Mumbai.
Team Aarogya shared survey results of expired medical disposal habits. Their proposed solution is an app that seamlessly connects chemists who have medicine close to expiration date with chemists who are looking for the same on an urgent basis.
Their business model proved sustainable as it ensured timely use of unexpired medicine and advantages to consumers. The reason why a chemist would install the app would be their intention to save their own losses in case of expiration of the medicine.
The app would charge a minimal one – time subscription fee and address the problem of energy loss and incineration. Their timeline and work plan involved a detailed list of plans and a comprehensive budget including resources, technology and operations.
Overall team Aarogya promises a swiggy like model for sustainable and responsible consumption of medicine.
This team has its eyes set on collecting e-waste, rendering it and empowering the fragment of society that is below poverty line.
Their intention is to work alongside the government and realise their goal of employability and employment generation. E-waste would be rendered by ITI and interns, post a quality check, the product that has been salvaged would be distributed through distribution centres.
They intend on backing their social entrepreneurship through their sales in urban localities.
With confidence and enough research to build a solid foundation for their project, this team has an edge as their target audience is the lower wage segment of society. Their revenue model impressed the jury with it’s classification in 3 steps – collection, rendering and distribution.
With interesting market insights and an impressive revenue model, Team Sustainofires has an edge over others with their innovation and practical solution.
Team Takshashila at YIC emphasises over the quality of education. Their teacher empowerment program is focused towards developing the skill set of teachers and in turn imparting quality education to students in private schools.
They plan on collaborating with government schools and getting funds from the CSR activities of MNCs. The mentors are impressed with their dedication towards developing the quality of education in society.
They aim to break free from stereotypes and have developed their own plan to ensure holistic growth of society and its education.
Team 12 at YIC Mumbai has the objective of eradicating poverty in farmers and improving their standards of living.
The team has decided on Makhana as the produce and farmers in Bihar are their first choice for a pilot run. Doing away with the middleman and investing in rural development is their priority.
Their budget is roughly 30 lacs for their infrastructure, construction and operation. The execution plans and quality assurance plans backed the proposed project for social entrepreneurship.
The delegates have left no stone unturned in their efforts to eradicate poverty in rural areas.