Rich Fletcher | Research Scientist, MIT; Assistant Professor, UMass Medical School, Department of Psychiatry
Sorin Grama | Co-founder & Director Promethean Power Systems
Manoj Kumar | Senior Advisor Tata Trusts
Honey Bajaj | Masters Fellow, Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship, MIT
As an impact-oriented entrepreneur starting a business for social or civic change, you will face a series of unique strategic choices and execution challenges. Ability to make the right choices for yourself and your venture while seeking out opportunity and overcoming barriers will ultimately determine your likelihood of success, and your degree of impact, at a local and global scale.
You will face business choices related to your customer, product, team and funding strategy. You will face choices around how to define impact and how to weave this definition of impact into your business decisions and strategy. You will face location choices such as, where to incorporate and locate your team, all while navigating the real challenges of doing business in a complex social environment with corruption and extreme poverty at your door steps.
Focused on exploring how businesses can be agents of change and a force for social good, Connectedreams brings together practicing social entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and academicians who will advise you what should be the key choices and challenges and give you a perspective on how to build a sustainable business, while also shaping an organization that enriches the lives of your customers, employees, and the local ecosystem.