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Scojo Foundation

Scojo Foundation

Team: Nico Clemminck '08 and Sachin Kadakia '07
Areas: micro-franchising, international development, health - success factors assessment
Supervisor: World Resources Initiative

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Scojo Vision Entrepreneurs conducting a screening in a rural village in Andhra Pradesh

World Resources Institute (WRI), launched in 1982, is an environmental think tank that goes beyond research to find practical ways to protect the earth and improve people's lives. WRI partnered with Columbia Business School’s International Development Club (IDC) to engage MBA students to identify innovative private sector approaches to business development that are replicable, scalable and sustainable in emerging markets. IDC and WRI selected Nico Clemminck ’08 and Sachin Kadakia ’07 to travel to India to identify the key elements that make Scojo Foundation (Scojo), a successful micro-franchisor for reading glasses.

Scojo has developed an innovative, market-based solution to address presbyopia, or blurry up-close vision, which currently affects 700 million people worldwide and can be solved with readily available reading glasses. Since 2002, Scojo has launched operations in India, Bangladesh, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Ghana. Scojo India, headquartered in Hyderabad, is the largest and fastest growing operation today, due primarily to strategic investments, strong networks and rapid replication of the business model by local staff.

 

2014 Social Enterprise Conference

Millennials Rising: What's Next for Sustainability?

When: October 31, 2014,
8:30 am-6:00pm

Location:
The Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036
Between 45th and 46th Streets
New York, NY 10036

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The annual Social Enterprise Conference at Columbia Business School brings together thought leaders from across private, nonprofit, public, and academic sectors to share best practices, debate critical issues, and collaborate on innovative concepts to inspire change. Through interactive sessions, keynote speakers, workshops, a pitch competition, and networking opportunities, the conference presents guests with the opportunity to partake in the most important business and societal conversation of this new era. For updates on speakers and sessions, please visit the conference website.

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