02 Sep 2015 18:44 IST

Students to design venture on women safety

Students at the workshop

Students from India, Pakistan and UK met at Jindal Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The Jindal Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship at OP Jindal Global University, recently hosted the International Social Innovation Challenge (ISIC-15), designed around the theme of ‘Empowering Women through Safer Communities.’

The format consisted of students from three different universities — OP Jindal Global University (Jindal Global Law School), University of Southampton and Lahore University of Management Sciences.

After an intense competitive pitch on the last day, one of the teams emerged victorious. The winning team and their venture, ‘Sashakta’ will receive support from a leading crowd-funding platform in the UK and undergo incubation from all three partner Universities for the fruition of their social enterprise.

The format of the challenge had a three-fold approach — to understand, design, and deliver a sustainable solution to the global social challenge of empowering women through safer communities.

How it worked

Upon arrival, the students from three universities were divided into five international teams, which then underwent 10 days of skill focused workshops to facilitate creation of sustainable social enterprises. Workshops were conducted by the University of Southampton staff — Pathik Pathak, Josie Francis and Roxanne Persaud — who led students through the process of design thinking, prototyping and digital dimensions on social innovation.

From the Jindal Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship (JSiE), Jeremy Wade and Rohini Sen led workshops on the business model canvas and community engagement. Rahul Nainwal, Founder of UnLtd Delhi (a partner organisation), delivered workshops on the theory of change and the ideation process.

Each team was designed to work collaboratively with students from each of the three countries.

“Forums such as ISIC-15 allow students to discover in an experiential way, that as future global leaders they will have to find local solutions to global problems and understand local perspectives and challenges to address global issues,” said C Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor, OP Jindal Global University.