At an event held by IE Business School, students from the prestigious IIMs, IITs, IE and ISB participated in a business plan competition. The IE Venture Day saw hundreds of institutes participating in business plan competitions and then the winners were flown to Mumbai to compete with each other. More than 20 teams competed to win the final competition.
One of the highlights of the event was Social Impact Business Plan Competition. Almas,the 16-year-old daughter of a vegetable vendor, sources fruits from organic farmers and sources woven baskets from sex workers. The greeting cards sold by her company are made by handicapped people and the couriers used employ deaf people. Her business venture won a seed funding of INR 50,000 by IE & a further funding from INR 10,000 from sponsors. This picture was taken when Almas recieved her winning cheque & the trophy home to her family who live in a very small hut in Mumbai.
We met Almas at the Teach For India City Conference in Mumbai, who along with her mentor, Mayur was excited in participating in this competition. Her zeal & confidence was second to none & the presentation won many praises & deserved accolades. We wish a lot of love, luck & success to Almas & millions of Almas’ who set a powerful example of grabbing the opportunity & making a difference.