UN Young Business Champion for the SDGs, Manasi Kirloskar at the YUVA Summit
A sea of young people passionate about innovation, entrepreneurship and the Sustainable Development Goals, congregated at the annual Yuva Summit organised by the Deshpande Foundation in Hubbali, Karnataka. Connecting with the young on the role and importance of business in the achievement of the SDGs, was United Nations India’s Young Business Champion for the SDGs, Manasi Kirloskar.
“There is no better place to begin transforming the world than India and no better generation to do it. You are the largest generation of young people in history. You are the SDG generation.” Addressing the audience at the session hosted by UN in India, ‘Shifting Tides: A Dialogue on Business and the SDGs, Manasi shared some inspiring initiatives through which industries, nationally and globally, are contributing towards Agenda 2030 with a strong focus on sustainable business practices, innovative financing models, gender diversity and inclusion.
“India is home to the largest generation of young people in history and the social innovations being forged here, through young entrepreneurs, social leaders, and business champions, will be examples for the world”, said Manasi while introducing the SDGs to an enthusiastic crowd of 200 + youth from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, who are part of the LEAD (Leaders Accelerating Development) programme of the Deshpande Foundation. The YUVA Summit aims to foster innovative and entrepreneurial thinking amongst the youth – a mixed group of students and potential entrepreneurs, by exposing them to social issues and encouraging them to volunteer with the communities around them.
The session also featured a stimulating fireside chat between Manasi, Prerna Mukharya, founder of Outline India and Prince Kapoor and Ketan Munoth of Urban Essentials. The conversation revolved around the challenges faced by start-ups, the solutions needed to address these challenges and the importance for budding entrepreneurs to look at the social, economic and environmental impact of their businesses.