Tata Talks: Manoj Kumar, Head of Innovation at Tata Trusts

India-based expert to discuss social entreprenuership and creating sustainable social ventures at MIT.

Wednesday, April 17, 4:05 PM
Sloan School, E62-276
All Tata Talks are free and open to the MIT community!

The topic:

The Foundation for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (FISE) promotes socially relevant innovations and entrepreneurship with a mission to create large scale sustainable social impact. FISE is a Technology Business Incubator, approved by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, that nurtures and empowers social sector startups through their lab to market journey, helping them create high quality, commercially viable, accessible and affordable solutions.

FISE searches for entrepreneurs and innovators having a strong focus on addressing development sector challenges to create social impact and remains engaged with them throughout their product lifecycle stages. This is achieved through a unique 3-tier ecosystem architecture stack called Social Alpha. Social Alpha stack is focused on catalyzing innovation, enterprise incubation and growth hacking, in order to address the challenges of scale and sustainability in providing access to affordable education, healthcare, nutrition, livelihoods, sanitation, water, clean energy, credit, insurance etc. to the underserved communities.

About the speaker:
Manoj Kumar is a Senior Advisor to the Tata Trusts with executive responsibility for university partnerships and the innovation portfolio. He is also the architect of Social Alpha, an ecosystem stack that aims to provide full lifecycle support to social innovators and entrepreneurs. Manoj is currently raising a social enterprise fund to provide early-stage risk capital to high impact technology startups in the social sector. He is based in Bangalore, India.