Learn about Trends Driving Rural Growth & Multi-Billion Dollar Start-Ups
Create & Publish a Research Based Article
2 Months of Mentorship by Industry Experts
1-on-1 Guidance Session to Amplify your Ideas
Winners Work is Published in The Village Square
Earn a Completion Certificate by EIRP
Become an Impactful Leader, Entrepreneur or Change-Maker for an Inclusive India
With the fastest-growing economy in the world India is on the path the becoming the next world superpower.
At 46% of GDP, India’s rural economy is growing steadily at 10% p.a. Disruptive business models are stimulating inclusive growth, and we are seeing a surge of start-ups such as indigo which is valued at $3.5 billion and provides agronomy advisory, quality testing to increase yields and a marketplace to connect buyers and sellers. Indian conglomerates and global tech giants like IBM and Microsoft see this space as a new growth opportunity and are investing in innovative solutions for crop health monitoring and yield estimation.
To become a future leader, entrepreneur or change maker you must know what the emerging trends are, build the research skills which are fundamental to innovation and learn to communicate your ideas with passion and purpose - qualities all leaders possess.
In EIRP, over 5 days you will deep dive into the opportunities emerging in Rural India - Agritech, Healthtech, Edutech, Livelihood, Women Empowerment and Financial Inclusion. Then we will teach you how to develop a research based article and you will create your own article under a 2-month mentorship from industry experts.
No other program is covering these emerging trends and offering mentorship from industry experts with over 20+ years of experience, experts who have created disruptive change themselves.
Deep Dive Into Emerging Opportunities in Rural India
Along with industry experts, you will examine the emerging opportunities in 6 key areas:
How to Develop a Research Based Article
Learn how to conduct a review of secondary literature and identify a unique topic to write a research based article on.
Select a Topic and Present your Idea for Feedback
Under our guidance, you will select a topic, conduct a review of secondary literature and present your idea to get detailed feedback to refine it.
Finding Evidence to Develop and Support your Argument
You will learn how to find and use different types of evidence from: Anecdotal, Fact, Judgement, Testimony (Experts and Eyewitness), Analogical and Hypothetical. You will also learn how to interview sources.
Effective, Engaging, and Relatable storytelling
Learn to write impactful Headlines, Sub Headlines, Body Paragraphs and Conclusions and how to develop a Photo Essay.
2 Month Mentorship
Create Your Article, Mentored by Industry Experts
- the topic and line of argument they are pursuing
- structure and sources they plan to use
- any problems/difficulties they are having in putting together a cohesive piece.
5 group mentorship sessions to gain feedback on refining
Amplify Your Work
We will conduct a one hour 1-on-1 session to help students understand how to get their article published on other platforms and take their ideas forward and reflect that in recommendations and essays.
Transform Rural India Foundation & Village Square
Village Square is a unique platform by the Transform Rural India Foundation to share stories and insights about rural India. The Village Square has three verticals: Editorial, Data Intelligence Unit and Youth-Hub. Youth Hub has launched several successful programs from internships to Rural Media Fellowships for experienced journalists.
TRIF works across
- 4 states
- 73 districts
- 18,000 villages
TRIF is supported by
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Tata Trusts
- Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives
- Ikea Foundation
- Standard Charted
- Aspen Institute
- CAF America
- & many others
Meet Your Faculty and Mentors
Kavita SinghCEO, FutureWorks
Coached 10,000+ students BA, Oxford University MBA, Columbia Business School
Founding Futureworks to help students become high achievers and live with purpose and passion, Kavita has worked with 10,000+ students and designed a 4 credit college course for IES Abroad, and helped to design and pilot a high school program on Entrepreneurship with Columbia Business School.
She has extensive corporate experience in the US, working with companies such as Mars, Colgate-Palmolive, and WebMD where she won several key performance and leadership awards for her ability to drive innovation and achieve outstanding business growth.
KRISHNAN PALLASSANACountry Director, Digital Green
With 20+ years of international experience in low carbon, climate resilience & sustainable development Mr Pallssana was previously COO, Population Foundation of India
ADITYA SETHISenior Agritech Consultant
Investment banker turned social entrepreneur, Aditya worked with Barclays Investment Bank & TD Asset Management and then became Co-founder & CTO, Loop & also MD, Technology, Digital Green
SWATI SETHIAssociate Dean (ex) & Consultant
Swati was Associate Dean, PGDM Rural Management at Prin. L.N. Wellingkar Institute of Management Development and Research and is now a Consultant at Village Square while also pursuing a thesis on the buying habits of rural consumers
DR AMRITA MISRADirector, Project Concern International India, Health & Nutrition
Before joining PCI India, Dr Misra worked with John Snow India as Senior Technical Advisor, the UN and WHO
VINAY KUMARDirector, YouthHub
An international development professional with 35+ years’ experience in public, private and non-profit sectors primarily in Asia and Africa. He has led large international nonprofits to exponential growth ad India director at PATH, Regional lead for Asia/Near East at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, an Advisor at Ministry of Science & Technology, an officer at the Reserve Bank of India and as Chief Operating Officer at Digital Green
LYNDEE PRICKETTChief Editor & Producer
International journalist and award winning digital storytelling pioneer, Lyndee also co-hosts the critically acclaimed world news podcast for kids, Newsy Pooloozi, with her desi daughter. She also contributes to Monocle, the New Statesman and BBC regional radio, where she first started her career.Lyndee has extensive international media experience working with Thomas Reuters for 10+ years.
UDIT BERYYale Academic
With a undergraduate and postgraduate degree from Oxford University, Udit is now at Yale where he teaches first year students and is pursuing his PhD.
Nick TenciOxford Academic
Having won the Edson Prize in Biochemistry for his work on agricultural pathogens in kiwifruit, Nick worked in a neurotechnology laboratory at the Rockefeller University and is now at Oxford University working on the production of renewable chemicals from desert crops and agricultural by-products.
Who Should Participate?
- You are a student who wants to become a leader, entrepreneur or change maker
- You want to build your ability to write a research based article – this will help you create further research papers in the future, help you enter competitions like John Locke, the RA Butler prize or Robert Walker Prize by Trinity College Cambridge, the Columbia University Law Review High School Essay Contest and help you succeed in college.
- You want to learn how to communicate with passion and purpose.
- You want to develop a community of like-minded people who are excited about creating change and an inclusive India
- You want to learn about emerging trends – the trends that will shape the future of tomorrow’s India.
- You want to develop the critical thinking and research skills fundamental to innovation
Questions? Check out our FAQs here.
- 2 month mentorship
- 1-on-1 guidance session on how to take your ideas forward
- Certificate of Completion from EIRP
- Winners will have their articles published in The Village Square
- Outstanding students will receive a Letter of Recommendation