Author: Alaina Robertson

I’m working in India as a Frontier Market Scout, doing my part to build the social enterprise and impact investing world.

Pitching: Some Simple Advice

Pitching: Some Simple Advice

As we come up on our November 23rd Investor Demo Day  in Bangalore (edupreneursdd.eventbrite.com) and all our Edupreneurs are working on their final pitches, I’ve also been thinking about effective messaging.  When you get down to it, pitching a business is all about effective communication.  In my career as a student, my time in the […]

 

Village Capital’s Model in Practice

Village Capital’s Model in Practice

We’ve been running the PALF – VilCap Edupreneurs Accelerator now for a month.  The first workshop was in Hyderabad and it feels like no time at all, but I already find myself in Delhi for the second workshop, so I wanted to reflect a bit on first impressions of the Village Capital Peer-Review Model. How […]

 

PALF-VilCap Edupreneurs India 2013 Cohort

PALF-VilCap Edupreneurs India 2013 Cohort

Pictured above and described below are the14 fabulous Education Start-ups of the 2013 PALF-VilCap Edupreneurs Accelerator.  We kicked off in Hyderabad for four days of workshops in September and are about to have our second workshop in Delhi.  Reflections on Hyderabad to follow. 40K Plus Education (www.40k.com.au ) – sets up learning ‘pods’ in rural […]

 

Co-working spaces- A Good Place to Find Entrepreneurs

Co-working spaces- A Good Place to Find Entrepreneurs

Regardless of the marathon of training that Frontier Market Scouts receive, we are still essentially thrust into the world and told to “find entrepreneurs.”  In theory, this is easy, especially coming from Silicon Valley, where random people in line at Starbucks will pitch to anyone within earshot.  In the rest of the world, people do […]

 

A Stinking Pile of … Paper

A Stinking Pile of … Paper

Today marks the end of my registration paperwork for setting up my phone and my apartment. It’s been a long journey. First I’ll complain a little, then I’ll tell you why it’s relevant to the greater discussion. Feel free to skip ahead. Steps for Getting an Indian SIM Card Option 1: Following the Rules Go […]

 

Crossing the Street in India

Crossing the Street in India

A defining factor in the boundaries of an affordable private school’s market I was reminded today that one of the craziest things about India is that there aren’t any crosswalks/ zebra crossings and cars don’t stop for pedestrians. So how do you cross the street? Check out this video:http://www.snotr.com/video/404/Crossing_the_street_in_India It takes “go with the flow” […]

 

India Round II

India Round II

First Impressions I’ve returned to India exactly ten years since coming here the first time and the changes are striking. From a western perspective, India has become much more liveable, with consumer options multiplying like rabbits. The day I arrived, one of the girls I was staying with needed to go shopping in anticipation of […]

 
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