Impact Startups creating sustainable development through entrepreneurship
We are making an impact by addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with breakthrough solutions with youth from all across the globe. Collaboration to reach the SDGs with a fully-funded mentorship and prototyping of new business ideas with 21 chosen from 8650 youth that address the indicators within the SDGs.
These three individuals have said yes to participating in the YSI program 2018 and to explore the Sustainable Development Goals, creating a sustainable business venture this year. From building a startup environment and a massive collective of programmers; to exploring the anthropocene, understanding the relationship between nutrition, health and the environment; or understanding behavioural psychology and the world of Ashoka’s impact-oriented projects. These three have a breadth of complementing experience that could carry them far.
Usama Tauqeer – developing the developers
“Giving up on a broken system is easy, mending it is challenging and I am an agent of the latter.” Usama is leading a community for developers and computer engineers in Pakistan with over 5000+ youth. He is the Founder and CEO of AlooClan & the Community Lead for Facebook Developer Circle: Lahore. Usama is also the core team member of Plan9 – PITB’s Tech Incubator and is closely linked with the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Pakistan. Eldest of 4 children he was born in a household where major emphasis was put on acquiring good education.
Alaine Johnson – understanding complex stories
Alaine is a fourth-year student at Yale-NUS College in Singapore majoring in Environmental Studies. She grew up in the rainy city of Seattle, Washington and has studied abroad in Thailand, Guatemala, Swaziland, and currently Singapore. Fascinated by language and cross-cultural encounters, her writing focuses on the local impact of the big issues. Environmental studies was the major which made the most sense to her figuring out how we can all live together (humans and non-humans alike) on this planet of finite resources with a misaligned system of infinite growth. She’s interested in food security in the era of the Anthropocene and understanding the relationships between nutrition, health, and the environment.
Shrushti Runwal – the unconventional impact
Shrushti holds an honors degree in Psychology from Fergusson College, with an unconventional mix of private and social sector experience. She has previously worked as a therapist and fundraising manager in two leading nonprofits in Pune. The Art Mob project was co-founded by her with the aim of mobilizing budding artists to create a platform for them to display their artwork, network with potential buyers and explore different art forms. She has a unique blend of grassroots and managerial experience in market research, marketing, and communications. Yoga has a major influence in her life, she began practicing at the age of 8 and is trained as a teacher. She began her career at Ashoka by organizing the Fabric of Change Globalizer that focused on sustainability in the apparel industry and is currently working with Ashoka Venture and Fellowship team to search and select Ashoka Fellows in South Asia.
Can these three create a new wave together? Only time will tell, yet we hope you will support them in their pursuit of a sustainable business venture together.
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