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Dear readers,

A very Happy New Year to all of you!

The last year was really exciting for us at the Acara Institute and before I begin to share more updates, news, thoughts and analysis with you, I’d like to share these stats on how our blog did last year. It’s an acknowledgment of your love for our work and our continuous effort in creating better content everyday.

Here’s a high level summary :

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2010. That’s about 29 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 60 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 148 posts. There were 114 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 46mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was April 8th with 354 views. The most popular post that day was MIT honors IITKGP student for innovative clean energy technology.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for drip irrigation, plan, drip irrigation system, stay hungry stay foolish, and irrigation system.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


MIT honors IITKGP student for innovative clean energy technology April 2010


Cashmira, Yash and myRain June 2010


Acara Challenge Team JAL from VIT-UIC is working on Clean Water April 2010
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Bottom of the Pyramid : A Paradigm Shift in Sustainable Business Development May 2010


National biomass Cook stoves Initiative (NCI) – A Promising Clean Energy Initiative June 2010
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Yours truly

Yes, IT is on. And here’s the link to all events happening around and through the week.  NextBillion did a post on GEW a few days ago and it reminds me of how entrepreneurship and sustainable development continue to dominate as topics of interest at universities around the world. Each November, the Global Entrepreneurship Week connects people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. Co-founded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and Enterprise UK in 2008, GEW has become a quite popular series of events.

So what does this mean for us? As a community of students, researchers, VCs and mentors  including people from academia and industry, entrepreneurship is something we celebrate throughout the year – through the Acara Challenge and through our Sales for Social Impact program. Entrepreneurship is a part and parcel of our vision and nature.

I want to use this opportunity to do a series on some important and difficult questions that we have been facing in our work of encouraging and supporting student entrepreneurship, both in developed and developing countries.

Here’s the first question: How important do you think it is to teach entrepreneurship and design thinking to students? As Acara Institute, we have been doing this for over two years now and have faced several roadblocks. And when we looking at business plan competition organizers or early stage incubators, we wonder whether that’s what we should focus our efforts on.

Should we drop our agenda of teaching students about concepts of sustainable development, business planning and team management! And instead, just invite entries for social business plans from universities around the world! Wouldn’t that be much easier, rather than continuing to work with faculty members and training them so that they can hep students? But isn’t education an important component of the value chain. Can we simple assume that students have enough information and self learning tools that they can start ventures, particularly those focuses on the bottom of the pyramid. Or maybe with limited resources at hand, it makes sense to just support mature ideas with successful proof-of-concept and forget about the education part!

We look forward to hearing from you!