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Partners - Villgro - Enterprise development and Support PDF Print E-mail

Villgro logoVillgro identifies and supports rural social innovation in India through a number of programs including a small fund; a mentoring program and an emerging distribution channel.

We have been impressed by their team and incubatees and have been participating in Villgro's first "Pre Incubation Program" where Mitra is mentoring Cleanstar, a vertically integrated biofuels startup.

www.villgro.org

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 May 2011 16:59
 
Engineers - getting involved PDF Print E-mail

Most of the ideas that approach us are not yet complete technically, by matching your skills, and an innovators needs, there is a potential to make a big difference and remove the next blockage on the route to a successful invention.

We can deal with various levels of commitment, from those wanting to drop everything and work alongside an innovator in a developing country, to people happy to lend their skills for small projects they can do alongside their day-job or as a university project.

We are interested in hearing both from individuals, and from organisations (such as chapters of Engineers Without Borders, or student associations etc).

At this point we are also building capacity, so that we have a range of skills that can be made available. Specific skills that we think will be needed include:

  • Rapid Prototyping
  • CNC machining
  • Engineers of all descriptions - including electronic, mechanical, electrical.
  • People who understand "Design for Manufacture"
  • 3D modellers - skilled in Autocad or similar software.

Some of the innovators have made specific requests - which are listed below.

(see all - not just technical - requests)

 
Partners - Harita - Manufacturing support PDF Print E-mail

Harita Resources

Natural Innovation is partnering with Harita who have expertise in bringing products to manufacture in India. They will help the innovators that we are working with to select appropriate manufacturers and act as the eyes and ears at the factory to make sure that promises of quality, and delivery times are met.

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 May 2011 16:49
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Getting involved PDF Print E-mail

There are lots of opportunities for people with other skills to get involved, especially if you have legal, web design, or administrative skills.

In particular there are current needs for:

 
Innovators - Getting involved PDF Print E-mail

If you've come up with an invention or innovation in the area of clean technology, and if you are more concerned with impact on people and the planet, than on financial reward, then we may be able to help you.

We are interested in ideas that provide renewable energy, reduce emissions, clean water, reduce waste and pollution, increase food production sustainably. We are especially looking for ideas that help people raise themselves out of poverty. 

First please read our Innovator Guidelines for the kind of ideas we work with, and then you can contact us.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 02 May 2011 17:15
 
Martin Fisher - Advisor - Market Development PDF Print E-mail

Martin FisherMartin Fisher is the co-founder and CEO of KickStart. KickStart works with the design, development and most importantly distribution of products that enable people to escape poverty in East Africa. It is not enough just to design a product that people like. Poor people have little money to waste, so even the most useful product has to be introduced into a supply chain. Martin brings his expertise in that process, and with using technology and tools to alleviate poverty in Africa.

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 April 2011 20:45
 
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