TEDxKCG - Paul Basil - How to make the poor richer?
Paul Basil is founder and CEO of Villgro Innovations Foundation. Over the last decade, Mr. Basil has worked in discovering thousands of innovations and innovators incubated around 50 rural businesses and impacted over 400,000 house-holds in rural India. Paul co-founded the Lemelson Recognition and Mentoring Programme for Innovators in collaboration with India's leading technology institution, the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. Paul was part of the initial marketing team at Kerala Horticulture Development Programme (a collaborative programme of the Govt of Kerala and the European Union) in developing farmers' markets. Paul also has contributed to building the social enterprise eco-system in India. Unconvention, India's leading conference on innovation/social entrepreneurship, Wantrapreneur, a social B-plan competition, a Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship that focuses on research and education, Villgro fellowship that recruits global mid career professionals to experience social entrepreneurship are some of his achievements in building the eco-system in India. Mr. Basil was awarded the Ashoka Fellowship in 2002 for his outstanding contribution to social entrepreneurship in setting up Villgro. He has also been conferred the Samaj Seva Bhushan Award and the Star Entrepreneur Award.In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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