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Vinay Ganti

Vinay is in his fourth year of a four year JD/MBA program at the New York University School of Law and the Leonard B. Stern School of Business in New York City. Prior to coming to New York, Vinay graduated from Brown University, worked in technology transfer as a consultant and also founded a financial literacy program for underprivileged youth. Currently, Vinay is an InSITE Fellow for Venture Capital and Innovation. His primary interests are in the social venture capital investing space and its role in transforming micro-businesses into globally competitive SMEs. After school, Vinay wants to create novel ways to provide clean energy & water to the world’s poor.

2013 Stanford-India Biodesign (SIB) Fellowship Accepting Applications

What: Stanford-India Biodesign (SIB Fellowship)

Where: New Delhi and Palo Alto, CA

Application Deadline & Link: May 18th, 2012; submit application

Length of Fellowship: 1-year (a second year may be granted depending on project scope)

The goal of this programme,…

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As India grows too rich for the World Bank, other philanthropic sources are needed

According to a presentation by Cornell University Economics Professor Ravi Kanbur, India is only a few years away from becoming ineligible to receive funds from the World Bank’s International Development Association– the bank’s fund…

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Shifting Focus: From BoP to EM

The term Bottom of the Pyramid is one that has garnered significant attention in recent years. C.K. Pralahad championed the term in his book, The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid, and numerous other publications have…

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Fixing the Agricultural Supply Chain from the Top and Bottom

In a land where roughly 70% of the population resides in rural areas and half of the nation’s population farms for a living, the importance of India’s agricultural sector cannot be overstated. Despite these massive numbers,…

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Necessity is the Government

“Necessity is the mother of Invention.”

Many of us are familiar with this quote. Basically it describes how innovations we see today aimed to solve a problem or need of before. We admire the…

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New Report Optimistic About Branchless Banking in India

MicroSave, an organization committed to expanding the reaches of financial inclusion, released a report that was bullish on the state of electronic/mobile banking (e/m) (aka branchless banking) in India. The report effectively says that fast growing…

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Women Need to Be Invested In

Building upon Shital’s post, another article has raised the importance of including women in the global economy. In the recently concluded World Economic Forum, there was a panel titled “Women as the Way Forward” suggesting that even big…

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Good and Bad News for Indian Microfinance

It appears that the microfinance sector in India has received a mixed bag of news recently. First, the good news is that investment in the sector continues to appear robust. According to, the The Michael and

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NSEF Authors of Change to place 50 interns in 30 social enterprises this year

The National Social Entrepreneurship Forum (NSEF) (written previously about here) is conducting its 2nd annual Authors of Change initiative, which will connect and place 50 interns in premier social entrepreneurship organizations. These organizations include

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Special Series on Clean Energy and the BoP, Part 3

IFMR Centre for Development Finance and the World Resources Institute came out with a report focusing on clean energy options for the base of pyramid in India, this report is titled “Power to the people” and it is being

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