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Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT and Edx have announced the launch of a free online course with certification from MIT on how to evaluate social programs for NGO’s, development practitioners, international development organizations, economists, academics, social workers, impact investors and students. The course begins on the the 1st Oct 2014 and will last for 5 weeks.

Course Introduction Video :

Register for this course at

https://www.edx.org/course/mitx/mitx-jpal101x-evaluating-social-programs-3026

About this Course

This four and a half-week course on evaluating social programs will provide a thorough understanding of randomized evaluations and pragmatic step-by-step training for conducting one’s own evaluation. Through a combination of lectures and case studies from real randomized evaluations, the course will focus on the benefits and methods of randomization, choosing an appropriate sample size, and common threats and pitfalls to the validity of the experiment.

While the course is centered around the why, how and when of Randomized Evaluations, it will also impart insights on the importance of a needs assessment, measuring outcomes effectively, quality control, and monitoring methods that are useful for all kinds of evaluations.

This course is designed for people from a variety of backgrounds: managers and researchers from international development organizations, foundations, governments and non-governmental organizations from around the world, as well as trained economists looking to retool.

Courtesy : http://indiamicrofinance.com/evaluating-social-programs.html

Entrepreneurs are invited to compete for the BW|Businessworld Young Entrepreneur Awards 2014-2015 in two categories. Category A is for companies between 3 and 5 years old as on 30 June 2014. Startups that are 0-3 years old are invited to apply and compete for awards in category B. Three winners will be chosen and awarded in this category. At least one founder has to be 35 or under as on 30 June 2014. The last date for applications is July 31, 2014.

Q. Who can apply for the BW|Businessworld Hottest Young Entrepreneurs 2014 awards?

A. There are three basic criteria.
One, all founders should be no more than 35 years old as of June 30, 2014 .
Two, companies which are between 0-3 years old as on July 31, 2014, can apply. This is a category we introduced for the first time last year.
Three, companies which are between three and five years old as on July 31, 2014. All companies must be registered entities.

Q. What is the selection procedure?

A. After applications close on July 31, 2014, winners will be picked via a three-step process. In Step 1, independent auditors will shortlist eligible candidates based on a due diligence of accounts. In Step 2, a screening committee comprising venture capitalists will interact with applicants and shortlist finalists for the jury round. Shortlisted candidates will then be put through a mentoring process before being presented in front of an independent jury. The jury will pick five winners, ranked 1 to 5, with 1 being the highest rank. The winners will be awarded at an awards function hosted by BW|Businessworld in March. We will update applicants on the outcome of each step on this website.

Q. Apart from the winners, are there any other awards?

A. We pick five companies as winners in the Editors’ Choice category. These companies are featured in BW|Businessworld as part of the special issue on the awards. We don’t not award them at the awards function.

Q. Is there a cash prize for the winners?

A. No, at this moment we do not give cash prizes.

 

 

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Bina Rao of Hyderabad-based Creative Bee foundation and Villoo Mirza of SEWA (Self Employed Women’s Association), Ahmedabad, have for been friends for years, bound by their passion: handlooms.

A vegetable-dyed kalamkari jacket adorns a mannequin in SEWA’s modest workspace in Ahmedabad. “This is for Bina Rao’s collection to be showcased at the International Workshop on Natural Dyes in Hyderabad. Besides, I will be presenting my own line,” Villoo Mirza says. The line will feature mosaic-like appliqué patterns Gujarat is known for.

The SEWA studio deals with a multitude of textiles and techniques, from Kutchi to Kashmiri embroideries and the coarse Japanese Boro yarn.

The establishment’s ability to cater to diverse requirements is its hallmark, says Bina: “Once I design the garments, the fabrication work is done at Mirza’s studio.”

 

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Courtesy : Dara Acidwalla

8th March, International Women’s Day
In partnership with Moneylife Foundation, Bhartiya Mahila Bank (BMB), the new
government bank and India’s first Women’s Bank,
offers a one-time opportunity for quick processing of these loans on 8th March
If eligible, you may even get your sanction letter on 8th March at the hands of 
CMD Mrs Usha Ananthasubramanian
Special Loan Products:
  1. SME Easy loan: For traders, services and manufacturers – 100 bps concession for women entrepreneurs
  2. Kitchen Modernisation Loan: For renovation of kitchen & purchase of electronic and electrical appliances – longer repayment period of 7 years
  3. Beauty Parlour loan: Term loan for purchase/construction – attractive rate of interest and low processing charges
  4. Catering Service Loan: Term loan for purchase of utensils, gas connection, stove, tiffin boxes, etc – low processing fees
  5. Child Day Care Centre/ Creche Loan: Term loan for purchase of cutlery, gas connection, refrigerator, furniture, office equipment, etc – easy repayment in 5 years
  6. SHG Loan: Both term-loan and working capital – no processing fees with insurance facility available
Eligibility for loans from Rs5 lakh-Rs25 lakh:
A) An established and profit-making business with experience of 2 to 3 years.
B) New entrepreneur skilled in any activity, desirous of implementing a new profitable project with established market demand.
C) Income-Tax returns for the last two/three years.
For forms, brochures and information, contact:
  1. Bharatiya Mahila Bank Ltd, Ground floor, Air India Building, Nariman Point, Mumbai, 400021.
    Email: br.mumbai@bmb.co.in | Tel: 22022603 / 04
  2. Moneylife Foundation, 315, Hind Services Industrial Estate, Shivaji Park, Dadar, Mumbai 400028.
    Email: foundation@moneylife.in | Tel: 49205000
    (Moneylife Foundation is an NGO, which is only facilitating distribution of forms/information)

Courtesy : Firdos Shroff

The Economic Times Young Leaders is the largest and definitive platform for the most promising young Indian corporate managers. It was born in 2011, in partnership with SHL (now CEB India), the authority on leadership-tests. The program has since become the national benchmark for talented youngsters, offering them an unfair advantage in the climb to leadership. Previous winners have received national recognition, and more importantly, glorious tributes from their supervisors and CEOs.

WHY PARTICIPATE?

  • To self-discover your own leadership strengths basis industry-endorsed standards
  • To feature in the coveted The Economic Times Young Leaders ranking, thus gaining recognition as one of India’s top talents
  • To meet and learn from India’s blue-chip CEOs
  • To network with the country’s best young managerial talent

Read testimonials of finalists of previous editions of The Economic Times Young Leaders.

So if you are between 26-32 years and yearning for your place in the corporate spotlight, here’s your moment.

To know more about participation and related details, read the FAQs

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Dear Entrepreneur,

YES BANK and Business Today have been recognizing the excellence of SMEs on a national platform since the last four years. This initiative has received an overwhelming response and exceptional participation of more than 4 lakh applications last year and 15 proud winners. We are proud to present the 5th edition of this prestigious awards for 2013.

The survey will be carried out for the following awards, both under the Small sized (enterprises with turnover upto Rs.50 crores) and Medium sized (enterprises with turnover from Rs. 50 crores to 200 crores) categories and selected SMEs with exceptional performance will be felicitated with awards across categories for the Best CEO, Best SME, Social responsibility, Innovation etc.

We are pleased to invite your nomination for the 5th BT YES BANK SME Survey and Awards 2014. 

Click here to apply online

The Application deadline is 10th Feb, 2014.

The award winners will be determined through a robust three-step selection process, on the basis of the application form and publicly available sources. The winners will be decided by an independent jury and will be felicitated at a Special Award Ceremony. 

We look forward to your valuable response. Thank you.

Sincerely,

ASHISH BAGGA
Chief Executive Officer
INDIA TODAY GROUP
RANA KAPOOR
Founder, Managing Director & CEO
YES BANK
For further information please contact:
Mr. Devendra Maydeo Mr. Nitin Das Mr. Dharmarajan M
devendra.maydeo@yesbank.in nitin.das@yesbank.in dharmarajan.m@yesbank.in
+91 22 6669 9245 +91 11 6656 9034 +91 22 3347 9841

We are pleased to announce that the Entrepreneurship Cell of KJ SIMSR is organising ‘Entrepreneur Expo ’13’.

It will be a platform where 15 start ups operating in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai area will be given an opportunity to present themselves to 400+ first year MBA students. Entrepreneur Expo ’13 provides a perfect opportunity to both the start up firms and students to interact. The objective of Entrepreneur Expo ’13 is to provide a chance to such wavering young minds to wet their feet at start-up firms through concurrent project and internship opportunities.

The Expo is a 1 day event scheduled on 15th January, 2013. The participating students are from varied industries including but not limiting to automobile, IT, electronics, banking, etc.

So, what’s in it for the start ups?

The start ups will get the opportunity to harness the knowledge and experience of varied pool of students. Since the students are majorly between the age group of 21 to 27, the ideas and the energy will be vibrant and fresh.

We would like to invite you to be a part of the Entrepreneur Expo ’13 and looking forward for the same…

Event Details:

Date:                      15th January, 2013

Venue:                    K.J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai

Time:                      5pm-8pm

Participation Fee: INR 1,000

Contact us at:

Facebook:              https://www.facebook.com/ECell.SIMSR

Email       :              entrepreneurexpo.simsr@gmail.com

Website   :              http://simsrecell.weebly.com/index.html

 

Our Team of Pathfinders Ecell:

Faculty In-charge: Radha Iyer   9820440178radhaiyer@somaiya.edu

Co-convenor        :Gaurav Jakhotia 9920062244gauravjakhotia@gmail.com

Members             : Parag Bhandari  7758833388parag.b@somaiya.edu

Shikha Mehta  9820318537shikhamehta53@gmail.com

 

Entrepreneur Expo’13_ Brochure

INDIA SME BUSINESS CONCLAVE
Theme : Empowering SMEs for Global Competitiveness
19th Foundation Day Celebration

 

Topics to be Covered

 

  • Innovation & Excellence – Competing in the Globalised World
  • Accelerating Growth – Moving from KYC to Understanding Your Customers
  • Streamlining International Business Operations and Acquisitions
  • E-commerce – The latest buzz for Market Penetration
  • Capturing New Markets by Effective Marketing and Branding Strategy
  • Benchmarking and Reengineering – Importance for Global Competitiveness
  • Private Equity and Venture Capital – Fueling better Business Growth
  • Leveraging Supply Chain Management: Improving Business Performance
  • Investment Opportunity for Expansion and Diversification
  • Capital Market – Strategic Entry for SMEs
  • Good Governance & Business Ethics – Building Market Image
  • Involvement of CFO for Financial Discipline and Transparency
  • Initiatives for Developing SMEs into Corporate
  • Business and Financial Management Strategy – Maximising Value
  • Technology Upgradation to focus on Quality and Efficiency
  • Managing Business and Operational Risks

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Microsoft BizSpark India Startup Challenge 2013 is a unique platform to identify and promote upcoming startups with a promising product in focus areas of connected devices and continuous services across India by submitting their business ideas on Cloud Computing and Mobility.

Microsoft BizSpark India Startup Challenge 2013 for the first time is organized in 10 different cities with a national grand finale in Bangalore. The event will be held between May 25 – June 7, 2013.  Last date for submission of entries 5 May 2013

Grant Prize of $70K cash and $2M worth of non-cash prizes.

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