Ketan Deshpande one of youngest Paragon fellows!


Ketan Deshpande, a third year student of engineering at a city college, has become one of the youngest in India to bag the Paragon Fellowship awarded by the Hong Kong-based Foundation for Youth Social Entrepreneurship (FYSE) this year. Ketan got the award for starting a voluntary organisation – Friends’ Union for Energising Lives (FUEL).

FUEL works towards creating awareness of entrance tests and centralised admission procedures to colleges for students of X and XII standard. The organisation, started three years ago, also runs a helpline and conducts workshops giving details of the exam dates, tips on filling forms, preparing for the tests and so on.


Amit Singh in EFY Times!


Amit Singh, entrepreneur and co-founder, HeadStart Network shares his thoughts on the relevance of this recognition, "The FYSE team is doing some solid work in finding two-three mentors for each of these fellows. Besides they have also connected us to over 30 serial entrepreneurs and investors for advice, encouragement and support. So I guess for each of these 100 individuals, the fellowship is highly relevant." Singh is one of the recipients of the annual Paragon fellowship.

"As a part of accepting the fellowship, we all have agreed to address at least two gatherings of youth/students sharing our experiences as entrepreneurs. There is nothing that spreads like enthusiasm.


Report about Fellow Manish: On Independence Day, they cleaned the city 2009.08.19

A group of 12 people, in their mid-twenties to early-thirties cleared garbage in several localities in south Bengaluru as part of the citizen-launched “Clean Bengaluru campaign” on August 15th. Thousands of individuals from around the city had signed up in the preceding weeks on the website, and some NGOs joined the cause as well.

Manish Sankla, a final year BBM student, and co-founder of an NGO 'Yuva Ignited Minds' was one of them. These youth are very well aware about their own generation.  Sankla said his group wants to create awareness about not to litter public areas. “Kids come to parks, we have to keep it clean for them.” Another group was cleaning JC Road in the meantime.


Casey Wilson, Paragon100 fellows 2009 from China featured on Worldbank Blog

'Facebook for farmers' brings microloans to people in rural China

Wokai has been dubbed by some as a “Facebook for farmers,” yet it may be more comparable to well-known microfinance sites like Kiva, which allow people with an Internet connection to give loans directly to entrepreneurs in developing countries. Wokai, however, focuses solely on impoverished people living in rural China.

The comparison to Facebook is made because individual donors and borrowers have profiles on the site, and contributors can read about (and watch the progress of) the people their loans go to. Casey Wilson, one of the site’s founders, explains more about the organization in this video shot by a reporter based in China.


Animal Angels story in The Week!

Inspiring story how the two are making a difference in childrens life.


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