10 Coolest Ideas in Social Entrepreneurship Presented at Meraki

For young geniuses who chose to solve real world problems over text book problems, Meraki has been the platform to experiment, innovate, and prove themselves.Started in 2012, Meraki grew over the years receiving hundreds of B-Plans every year. The plans range from solving business problems to tackling societal issues. They are carefully evaluated and the best 10 plans get to present to a panel of Venture Capitalists, and Serial Entrepreneurs. The winning entries not only receive cash prizes worth 3 lakhs, but also gain access to exclusive pool of investors on the lookout for the next big idea. We have compiled 10 such coolest social venture ideas presented at Meraki. Take a look.

Project Raahat – Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Delhi
Year: 2018
Raahat is established with a mission to eradicate open defecation and provide safe sanitation in urban slum communities through means of innovation in management of community toilet complexes and sensitizing people on good sanitary practices. Their unique selling proposition is that they do not just focus on operations and maintenance of the complexes, they also focus on aesthetic modification of said complexes (Popular Bollywood dialogues, political slogans and cartoon related statements are used along with concepts of color psychology to change the perceptions and mindsets of people regarding open defecation and sanitation

Project Virasat – Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi
Year: 2018
Project Virasat, Molding Vessels of Hope, aims to revive the dying craft form of the Thatheras of Jandiala Guru, Punjab who make copper and brass utensils; modifying the design as per the contemporary needs without compromising on their traditional art. They sell handmade brass tea sets, handis, candle stands,flower vases, clocks made from parats, double-sided clocks, bathroom sets. They also use designers to modernize the art form, and help make products that are both aesthetically appealing and suit modern-day tastes. They also sell our products on websites such as Its handmade, The Indian Craft House, Souvenir & so on. Design, Development and Training: The Thatheras are then trained the basic designing skills of our modern wide product range without compromising on their craft skills, strengthening our supply side.

Manram, Institute of Rural Management Anand, Gujarat
Year: 2018
The social impact that millet processing and value addition will create is the ultimate aim behind this project, as this project will help in reducing groundwater depletion by promoting millets, the nature’s gift to farmers and also will help in reducing the infant mortality rate among tribal farmers(a study states that ever since the millet consumption and cultivation among the tribal parts of attapady reduced, the infant mortality increased. The idea is not just to provide a gluten free, protein rich and healthy food to the health seeking consumers but also to incentivize farmers to produce the God’s own crop

Thereforyou, Fore School of Management, Delhi
Year: 2017
The team has identified a web portal based one stop solution to the needs of the elderly, such as medication, general emotional and physical wellbeing or mere companionship.

Helpusgreen, Warick Business School, England
Year: 2017
Helpusgreen® is an award winning social enterprise that preserves the river Ganges from becoming a religious sewer by flower cycling® the waste from temples/mosques dumped in the river into patented lifestyle products providing livelihoods to 128 manual scavenger families in Kanpur, India.

Project Sattv, Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi
The Project is aimed to promote scientific cattle rearing practices and value addition to milk at the village level and revive the rural economy by establishing a direct link between village level producers and urban consumers.

Leaf, IIT Delhi
Year: 2015
Leaf is a standalone wearable device which connects mobile app to control room to protect women in dangerous situations. The idea was rooted from deep concern and the unsafe conditions for women in India. Leaf is easy to use and quick to respond.

Utopia, Jamia Milia Islamia, Delhi and SCIT, Pune
Year: 2014
The venture has planned greener, quicker and most economical transportation systems for the last mile in metros like Delhi, Mumbai. The team has launched its first product – a ‘green’ rickshaw that can also be operated by a disabled person and the business model involves working with the municipal corporations and helps generate better employment opportunities for the disabled and existing rickshaw pullers.

We Thinker, SNDT Women’s College, Mumbai
Year: 2012
The Business Model is to create sustainable livelihood opportunities for under priviliged people, through vocation of imitation jewelry making.

Rainmakers, Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai
Year: 2013
Rainmakers provide financial solutions to Indian farmers through forward contracts, micro-lending, and crop insurance.

Which one of the above did you think was the coolest? Do let us know in the comments!