Workshop: The Social Business way to transform Kerala
Kerala has a rich history of promoting social businesses through its SHG movements such as Kudambashree, which is solely responsible for transforming millions of lives. As Kerala propels into transforming its startup ecosystem, it is critical to take along the social enterprise ecosystem. This workshop aims to lay the foundation for the work that needs to be done by different ecosystem players to promote Kerela’s social enterprises at a global level.
Day 1
15:00 - 15.10
Introduction to the session
15.10 - 15.30
Presentation - What is a social business? YSBFB and FSF give a brief talk/presentation on what comprises a social business
15.30 - 16.00
Part 1 - Identifying challenges and opportunities
  • Ques to the Capacity building orgs - What resources exist today within the SHG ecosystem, and how can they be improved to promote entrepreneurship?
  • Ques to the social innovators and think tanks - What are the challenges of running a business in Kerala?
  • Ques to Policy and academia - What are the policy gaps, and what is the urgent course of action?
16.00 - 16.30
Part 2 - Assimilating practical recommendations for the way forward
  • What products from SHGs can be scaled to the global level? What is needed for scale?
  • How can academia and government help incubate SHGs (youth and women)
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