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The Acara Challenge has over 200 highly motivated university students involved this semester. Acara very much wants to keep these highly passionate and driven students involved in programs and helping them to achieve their goals for social change.  We do consider every alumni of an Acara Challenge to be part of the Acara Corps. To date the Acara Corps has been an informal group that Acara stays in touch with and recruits from for various opportunities (such as mentoring this years teams!).

To kickstart the Acara Corps, we have created the  Acara Corps  Fellowships. These Fellowship allow talented and motivated students that were involved in the Challenge to continue on business plans with assistance from Acara, and assist Acara in expansion in of its other programs.

I am pleased to announce the Acara Corps Fellowships for 2010:

  • Vellore Institute of Technology – Himanshu Chandra, Raman Shrivastava
  • KJ Somaiya Institute of Management and Research – Vikash Singh, Anirudha Khandarkar
  • IIT-Roorkee – Cashmira Pramanik, Maninder Pal Singh, Yash Baheti
  • University of Illinois, Chicago – Jane Miller
  • University of Minnesota (2009 Acara Challenge) – Karthikeyan Bharath Kumar
  • Leonardo’s Basement (2009 Acara Challenge) – Elliot Altbaum

Karthik and Raman have already been very active helping Acara during the ongoing challenge. The rest of the group will be getting involved over the next few months and spend their summer vacation working either on business plans (theirs if it ranks highly), developing material for Acara Challenge (for example, documenting a collaboration process using best practices), or on establishing, and defining,  better relationships with communities or other partner organizations. All of us at Acara are looking forward to their contributions and ideas!

We would also welcome ideas from you on ways to organize the Acara Corps and things they could do.

Fred Rose (CEO and Co-Founder, Acara Institute) and Erin Binder (Chairman of Board & Director of Marketing, Co-Founder, Acara Institute)

In previous times college entrepreneurship was confined to campus borders and most entrepreneurs were confined to national borders, but Kairos transcends these boundaries because, in our inderdependent world, there are no borders when it comes to the pressing issues that we face.” – William J. Clinton,  42nd President of the United States.

Globalization has indeed made the world a very small place. And yes, in this new found world, entrepreneurship is getting all its due. Experts from the Bay Area are mentoring farmers in Gujarat and venture funds based in US and Europe are investing heavily in entrepreneurs across developing nations. Be it Kiva or the Unreasonable Institute, be it social or business entrepreneurship, everyday more people are putting in their money and belief in the hands of entrepreneurs and their dreams. And it comes as no surprise that in such exciting times, an international organization like Kairos has invited top student leaders and entrepreneurs from the best schools of India (the Indian Institutes of Technology, popularly known as IITs) to attend a global congruence of  students, ideas and entrepreneurship.

The Kairos Society is an international student-run not-for-profit foundation based in the United States. Kairos was founded with the belief that the key to improving our world lies in uniting the next generation of leaders, enabling them in turn to create greater impact. Each year, Kairos holds a Global Summit where it brings together its members alongside a collection of the world’s most impactful leaders to discuss the issues facing the world and the emerging opportunities for Kairos students to make a difference. This year, 20 of the most entrepreneurial students from all over India have been invited to represent the country, with the endorsement of Minister Shashi Tharoor, at the Kairos Global Summit beginning April 16th in New York.

Speaking about the selection, the head of the Indian delegation Krishna Gupta, MIT alum, founder of Romulus Capital and a Business Analyst with McKinsey and Company said, “Coming from various IIT’s, these students are hand-picked leaders, possessed with the entrepreneurial fire that will render them tremendously impactful in the future. We have ensured that the best of the best are representing the nation and help us in laying the foundation stones of the Kairos Society in India. Watch how we play our part in changing India and the world.

Paresh Ghelani, CEO of 2020 Company, LLC who is sponsoring the delegation said, “It is very exciting to promote and mentor these dynamic young entrepreneurs from India who will attend the Kairos Summit and connect with students and leaders which they wouldn’t have an opportunity to do otherwise. These are bright and passionate students who will surely make a positive impact on our future.

Some key guests during the summit this year include Phil Condit, former CEO of Boeing; Ellen Kullman, CEO of DuPont, and Duncan Niederauer, CEO of NYSE.  Subhendu Panigrahi, a student delegate from IIT Kharagpur, is extremely kicked about the summit and believes that initiatives like Kairos Global Summit are a launch pad for student entrepreneurs to become future business leaders.  Vivek Khandelwal from IIT Bombay is also participating in the summit. What’s most exciting for him is that Voicetap, a start-up he co-founded, will be one of the Top 100 Innovative Startups that will be showcasing during the summit.

Sunny Purswani, an aerospace engineering student from IITM who co-founded “Connoisseur”, an arts and handicrafts based company and Harsh Shah, a final year student at IIT Bombay, who is the Co-Founder and Director of Talent Acquisition for Nova Global will be also attending the summit. The 3 day summit will also include a trip to The Intrepid Air and Space Museum where students would be addressed by the foremost leaders from the Industry. With the India delegation already including IIT Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, and Madras, the Kairos Society will soon add chapters at other colleges across India.

On this journey of journeys, solitude found solidarity, ‘I’ turned into ‘we’. — Eduardo Galeano.

(Thanks to Subhendu)