Spice Mobility and Spice Digital’s initiative, EkSoch Sandbox to empower 7 districts in Eastern UP

 EkSoch Sandbox to host ‘Development Dialogue 2016’

~The program plans to seed 10 more social entrepreneurs in eastern Uttar Pradesh and 25+ mentors~

Chandigarh, 30 June 2016: Spice Mobility and Spice Digital’s initiative,EkSoch Sandbox in collaboration with Deshpande Foundation is organizing‘Development Dialogue 2016’on 19th July 2016 at Banaras Hindu University Campus, Varanasi.Development Dialogue 2016 will have social entrepreneurs under one roof who work in partnership to impact lives of people at grass root level.

With the Development Dialogue 2016, EkSoch Sandbox aims to initiate a dialogue on affordable and scalable solutions required to empower the lives of people at the grass root level with the necessary leadership and skill development. Addressing the local challenges, it will provide affordable and scalable solutions required for social entrepreneurship.

The keynote speakers of this Development Dialogue will include the Mr. Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande, Founder of Deshpande Foundation; Mr. Dilip Modi, Chairman, Spice Mobility; Mr. Ramji Ragavan, Agastya International Foundation; Ms. Shelly Batra, Operation Asha;Mr. N K Chaudhary, Jaipur Rugs and leaders from diverse non-profit and social enterprises who will share their stories of change and transformation. The theme for the upcoming Development Dialogue 2016 is “Execute locally and innovate globally” to deliberate on the intertwined nature of innovation and execution.

Mr. Dilip Modi, Chairman, Spice Mobility and Spice Digital, said; “Through EK Soch Sandbox model, we have developed an ecosystem that will foster innovation and entrepreneurship in one of India's most densely populated regions, Eastern Uttar Pradesh. Development Dialogue 2016 is a platform to bring social entrepreneurs under one roof, and work in partnership to impact lives of people in rural areas.I firmly believe that we can build a developed India with focused intervention in particular areas of development.”

Going further, EkSoch Sandbox plans to seed 10 more social entrepreneurs in eastern Uttar Pradesh and 25+ mentors. Currently, through its various programs like Lead, Agastya, Save a mother, Navodyami impact, fuel etc. it has already impacted the lives of people in 50K households and further plans to improve the lives of many more people.

Mr. Naveen Jha, CEO-Deshpande Foundation says; “We started with “Social Innovation Sandbox” model eight years ago with focus on Hubli, Karnataka to nurture social entrepreneurship. The noticeable success it has achieved in the last eight years has inspired us to take it to other cities in India. We are pleased to share that our bottom up approach and steadfast principle of ‘scaling up’ by proving first has been recognized and appreciated. We are now replicating it at different locations in India. We are now looking to empower social entrepreneurs in smaller cities like Varanasi with the EkSoch Sandbox. Going forward, the Development Dialogue 2016, Varanasi will help us to cater to the development and encouragement of more business aspirants.”

Development Dialogue 2016 invites social entrepreneurs, impact investor, CSR professional, policy makers and developmental academicians who want to be part of this program, can mail at eksoch@dfmail.org or can register online at http://www.eksochsandbox.org/registrationform.php

About EK Soch Sandbox 

Inspired by the Deshpande Foundation's Hubli Sandbox, Mr. Dilip Modi (Spice Mobility Ltd) is supporting the EkSoch Sandbox initiative to empower the seven districts - Azamgarh, Jaunpur, SantRavidas Nagar, Mirzapur, Chandauli, Ghazipur& Varanasi - in the eastern region of Uttar Pradesh. It is centered in the historical city of Varanasi which holds immense talent, intellectual ability and the keenness to see positive change happen. Community based social entrepreneurship, enabled by technology, can create affordable, scalable solutions addressing local challenges and bring forth the power of 1 million people.

 About Development Dialogue 

The Development Dialogue is one of the biggest social entrepreneurship ecosystem conferences organized in Hubbali, Karnataka in India. It is annually organized at Deshpande Foundation’s Hubballi Sandbox since 2007.

The Sandbox Approach 

The Sandbox provides a place for the catalysts to test ideas, make changes and eventually develop truly scalable solutions. The ecosystem allows for sharing, networking, collaborating and deliberating ideas with other catalysts. The value of the Sandbox lies in its ability to identify synergies and explore potential collaboration in the catalyst network. The aim of the Sandbox is to create an environment where an innovative approach to addressing social challenges is encouraged.

We work in compact geographic areas that we call ˜ (social) innovation sandbox, a living laboratory for a diverse range of entrepreneurs and development practitioners to get their ideas tested, strengthened and sustained over a period of time. Applying a 'bottom up' approach to building scalable solutions, the Deshpande Foundation at Hubli Sandbox works to create an effective ecosystem where resources are put to use through entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainability. At the bottom of sandbox approach is the Foundation’s quest to create critical mass to take up entrepreneurial solutions of various magnitudes and scope.