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Energy for India's Poor : A USD500,000 Investment Competition

E-mail sent by Grace Sai, Wednesday, 11th November 2009 @ 10:34pm


As  majority of India's population has no access to affordable and clean energy. The objective of the competition is to discover the most valuable for-profit solution worldwide to provide renewable energy to India's rural poor. ennovent will invest up to USD 500,000 in the winning enterprise and give a reward of USD 3,000 to the nominator. We are looking for the smartest and most disruptive innovation and hope to advance sustainable change for poor rural people in India.


We would like to partner with student clubs to promote and market the challenge. Also, we are interested in setting up a formal partnership with the institute. We would be grateful if you could suggest who we can approach in this matter. We would appreciate an opportunity to discuss this further with you.




Advancing Change: Energy for India's Poor

A majority of India’s population has no access to affordable and clean energy.  Discover the most valuable for-profit solution worldwide to provide renewable energy to India’s rural poor. ennovent will invest up to USD 500,000 in the winning enterprise.


Lack of access to energy is part of the poverty trap for a majority of India’s rural poor. Dirty and unsafe energy sources lead to health hazards and take time away from productive livelihood activities. The cost of energy is often higher for Base of the Pyramid (BoP) households than for higher income groups. Rural BoP households in India respectively spend an average about USD 700 a year (USD 2 a day) on energy. The most common energy sources among the lower BoP income groups are kerosene for lighting and firewood for cooking. Innovative approaches and new investments are needed to bring clean, safe and affordable energy services to the Indian BoP market.

ennovent's mission is to promote entrepreneurs who advance innovations for sustainability at the base of the economic pyramid. This competition is part of our activities to achieve this mission.





Communication in International Development - Wendy Quarry and Ricardo Ramirez

  • Wednesday, 18th November 2009 at 4pm - 5:30pm
    Location: Seminar Room 13

    Wednesday, 18 November 2009
    4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
    Said Business School  -- Seminar…

Communication in International Development

E-mail sent by Karin Lui, Wednesday, 11th November 2009 @ 9:58pm

Dear SE-OBN Members,

Mark your calendars for our upcoming SE-OBN event!  If you'd like to come please RSVP to me (  Hope to see you all there!



Wednesday, 18 November 2009
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Said Business School  -- Seminar Room 13
Communication is everything. 
Or at least that’s what Wendy Quarry and Ricardo Ramirez, both independent communications consultant practitioners with extensive experience in international development, argue in their new book Communication for Another Development: Listening before telling. To prove this, they use vivid case studies, draw on the stories of individual project leaders who have championed development for communication, and use a range of situations to show different possibilities and contexts.
Come meet the authors and learn strategies to overcome communication challenges in International Development.
Wendy Quarry is a communication specialist with extensive experience adapting her Canadian communication experience to a development context.  She has worked in Bangladesh, Ghana, West Africa and Pakistan for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).   She is currently an independent consultant in communication, evaluation and capacity building for governments, NGOs private sector and a variety of donors.
Ricardo Ramirez is a consultant and Adjunct Professor at University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.  He has conducted extensive research on communication planning, participatory evaluation and capacity development.  Most recently his doctoral research focused on how rural and remote communications harness information and communications technology.  He also advises NGOs, consulting firms and Communication for Development at FAO, Rome.

More information about their book can be found at:

Skoll EMERGE: Register TODAY! Earlybird ends midnight today (Wed, 11/11)

E-mail sent by Grace Sai, Wednesday, 11th November 2009 @ 2:43pm

Dear SE members, 

Remember to get your early bird ticket today (£18)!
Anything later costs more!

It will be a 1-day event on 29th Nov(Sun) and panel discussions/workshops will centre around these exciting areas:

-Starting out as a social entrepreneur
-Careers in social entrepreneurship
-Global challenges
-Ideas workshops

For the aspiring entrepreneurs among us, why not test out your idea with the panelist from UnLtd at the Ideas Workshop? Submit a concept note by 5pm 20th November 2009 and who knows, you might stand to win up to £5000, office space, and free consultancy service, to bring your idea to life!

See you all on the 29th latest!

Meanwhile, stay fit, stay happy and stay SE...

SE love,

Chain Reaction Event, Thurs 12 Nov

E-mail sent by Grace Sai, Monday, 9th November 2009 @ 1:04pm

Hi guys! 

There is an interesting, power-packed event in London this Thursday for SE, including various topics such as Social Finance, investor pitch, networking and mentoring. It is a full day event at Canary Wharf.

The original price is £171, but I've contacted the organisers with a pitiful story to get a lower price. So now, for SE OBN members, we can attend the event at cost price - £38 (to cover lunch).

The minister of the third sector, UK will be there alongside other power-packed individuals. For event info:

To register and pay £38:
You can either pay by credit / debit card online here:   (just enter £38 in the Bursary Donation space)

If you book your train ticket in advance (with Young persons/mature students rail card), tickets are at less than £7, restricted return.

Email or call me if you need further clarification. 075 00 8389 77

SE Love,

Business for Tomorrow - Fundraiser for Acumen Fund

Posted by Karin Lui, Sunday, 8th November 2009 @ 12:27am

  • Interested in how to change the world through a blend of finance, technology, entrepreneurship and development?

    Learn more about the world of social enterprise and the work of the Acumen Fund - the world's first social venture capital fund. Join us at the London Chapter launch of the Acumen Fund soiree!

    Saturday November 21 2009 @ 7pm - midnight

    Location: The Saint Bar, London (St Paul's tube station) Rose Street, Paternoster Square London EC4M 7DQ Come join us for live jazz, drinks and canapes - and learn about the Acumen Fund

    Tickets: £15 for students, £20 for all others

    Further questions can be directed to Julia at


Wake Up and Smell the Sustainably Produced Coffee @ Chicago Booth London Campus

Posted by Karin Lui, Wednesday, 4th November 2009 @ 12:15am

  • Wake Up and Smell the Sustainably Produced Coffee

    University of Chicago Alumni Club of the United Kingdom

    November 19, 2009: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

    Wake Up and Smell the Sustainably Produced Coffee - ...why social enterprisers need feasible business models

    Unlike traditional business models, social enterprise businesses reinvest a percentage back into community projects. Kathleen Fitzgerald, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Management at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, argues that whilst social enterprise can be an inspirational catalyst for change, it’s crucial that budding entrepreneurs have a firm grasp on the realities of business. Good intentions are not enough! Join Kathleen and learn why developing a solid business plan should be the first step up the ladder for anyone planning a social enterprise project.

    Why should you attend:
    •Learn how to structure and build a business plan, whatever your industry or project
    •Network with other entrepreneurs and social enterprisers
    •Discuss key insights with one of Chicago Booth’s most popular faculty members

    This event is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week UK (

    A light lunch will be provided.


    Chicago Booth London Campus
    Woolgate Exchange
    25 Basinghall St
    London, United Kingdom


    No Charge


    Register Online
    Deadline: 11/18/2009


    Rachel Waites
    +44 (0) 207 070 2218

2009 Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship @ LBS

Posted by Karin Lui, Tuesday, 3rd November 2009 @ 10:11pm

  • Time: Friday, 20 November 2009, 11:00 to 16:00
    Location : London Business School (LT6)

    2009 Symposium on Social Entrepeneurship
    Presented by LBS, Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) Committee

    Explore how Backers of Social Entrepeneurship are supporting social enterprises, the latest Ideas and Results stemming from the social-entrepeneurship movement, and the Bigger Picture - how social innovation can achieve scale - with us and the following at London Business School:

    Jonathan Jenkins, UnLtd Ventures
    Skye Heller, Bridges Ventures
    Alejandro Litovsky, Volans Ventures
    Prof. Michael Hay, London Business School
    ESSEC Business School Paris
    A Panel of Social Entrepeneurs

    RSVP or Additional Information: Colin Ma

Fair Trade Futures: Authenticity and Action

  • Saturday, 7th November 2009 at 9:30am - 6:30pm
    Location: Said Business School

    A one-day conference looking at key issues for the future of Fair Trade:

    The Economics of…
    • 1 person attended

A discussion and working session with Reinaldo Pamponet

  • Thursday, 5th November 2009 at 5:15pm - 6:30pm
    Location: Edmond Safra Lecture Theatre

    Reinaldo Pamponet founded Eletrocooperativa in 2003, a creation company for low income youth…

    • 3 people attended

Social Entrepreneurship OBN

Networks: Oxford University, Saïd Business School

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