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Help Parivartan Academy launch its second pilot in India
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Dear friends,

As most of you already know, I am currently building Parivartan Academy, a secondary institution to empower young Indians with the mindsets and skills to uplift their communities and their country. 

Last December, with the gracious support of friends and family members, we launched our first pilot in Brahmavar for high school students. We are back to launch our second leadership pilot in Chennai this July. We have learned from our mistakes, iterated on our curriculum and tweaked the business model for our next pilot, which is to be hosted at IIT Madras, my alma mater.

What’s different?
Our one-week entrepreneurship accelerator programs are hosted at universities to help young undergraduates embark on sustainable social initiatives. We coach high potential youth, with a deep sense of purpose and commitment, to create impactful business plans. We also plan to connect these budding entrepreneurs with a network of changemakers, mentors, local incubators and potential investors.

We just concluded our month-long selection process on May 31, mostly enabled through independent partnerships, university networks and word-of-mouth marketing. As a result, our Chennai boot camp will feature 20 undergraduate students from IIT Madras, Ashoka University, Manipal Institute of Technology and PES Bangalore. Our participants who hail from a range of undergraduate backgrounds demonstrate a passion for conservation, access and inclusion. They are aspiring to tackle issues in education, healthcare, gender and many other pressing concerns in today’s world.

Finances for the curious
IIT Madras has opened up its beautiful campus for our camp. Owing to the recent water scarcity in Chennai, we have had to arrange last-minute accommodation arrangements for our participants. African Leadership Academy (ALA) has supported one of facilitators to travel to India, as a part of this project. After accounting for committed income, we still have a mountain of expenses to climb. Any money raised will help us provide scholarships to our participants and subsidise our operations.

The overall boot camp costs us around 4300 USD (INR 2,80,000). We have managed to subsidise 33% of this through collections, partnerships and surplus from our December fundraising campaign. This leaves us with a deficit of 3000 USD (66% of 4300 USD + Milaap fee) to fundraise via crowdfunding.

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Why conduct these pilots? What are we trying to achieve?
India has one of the world’s highest growth rates; it is also home to the second largest population of people living below the extreme poverty line. Every day, members of marginalized communities struggle to live lives of basic dignity. India needs leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs to create sustainable and socially responsible solutions to these problems.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. We have started making small, yet significant, steps towards our mission by running small-scale pilots across targeted demographics. These pilots serve to test hypotheses surrounding the implementation of our innovative educational model and to carefully craft our business model. We are actively creating a generation of young changemakers who are willing to fight our biggest battles. Join us now in our mission to revolutionize the Indian education system and our country.

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A little bit about me:
was born and brought up in Brahmavar, a little town in Karnataka. I graduated from IIT Madras in 2016 with a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering and joined McKinsey & Company. After my two year stint as a management consultant, I decided to join African Leadership Academy to learn more about education and leadership in the Global South. My vision is to build a world-class high school in India to develop the next generation of change makers who would be socially responsible citizens and community champions.

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