Indian needs entrepreneurs to lead the country to economic prosperity. Entrepreneurs, especially from the small towns and villages of India need exposure and mentoring to achieve their dreams. Jagriti Yatra (JY) is a unique pan- India enterprise programme whose mission is to build India through enterprise.
This organisation creates a market for entrepreneurship development. It identifies and catalyses entrepreneurial talent, using unique methods, beyond the classroom teaching and based on experiential learning, to inculcate transformative learning among the youth of the country. The organisation also runs world’s first ‘Learning-on-Wheels’ programme, a 15 day, 8000 kms annual national train journey that takes 500 entrepreneurial youth (selected rigorously from over 15,000 registrations), to meet with and learn from role model social and business entrepreneurs who are developing unique solutions to India’s challenges. The journey includes enterprise-training, structured peer-to-peer learning, panel discussions, and is followed by yearlong mentoring and networking events for the alumni of the Yatra.
Scalability and Impact:
The organisation has produced more than 350 entrepreneurs, creating over 1000 jobs. The wide network, consisting of 3200 alumni, is contributing significantly to ‘Building India through Enterprise’. The organisation aims to nurture 1 lac entrepreneurs by 2022. The next step also includes the creation of an incubation platform: Jagriti Enterprise Network (JEN) to supports the alumni, and other small and medium entrepreneurs in Tier 2 & 3 districts of India.
Awards and Recognition:
Shashank Mani, Chairman awarded for his outstanding contribution to National Development in 2013 Ashutosh Kumar, previous Executive Director awarded a fellowship by ‘International Visitor Leadership Program’ of USA to study social entrepreneurship and innovation by meeting the innovators in USA for 3 weeks in 2012 Rewati Prabhu, Board Member, Jagriti Yatra was nominated for the Asian Women of Achievement Award in 2014 for her outstanding contribution to Jagriti Yatra. Her focus on equal participation of women has increased the role of women on the Yatra by highlighting women role-models and Women Yatris.