Social problems can be solved through business and businesses have a responsibility to solve social problems’ observed speakers at a workshop on social entrepreneurship organised by the World Trade Centre (WTC) Bhubaneswar in association with several other organisations here yesterday.

The workshop was attended by 100 students from 10 varsities. It aimed at creating socially minded business  leaders. Ms. Nimeshika Natarajan, manager of WTC Bhubaneswar highlighted the urgency for such training and why the need is to have collaborative approaches to learning about the experience of social entrepreneurs. Social activist Mr Jagadananda spoke about several social entrepreneurs who took up the courage and risk to start something that has made a great social contribution and at the same time added value to the local and national economy.

He offered support to new social entrepreneurs and promised to guide and mentor them. Speaking at the workshop, A.K. Sharda, Managing Director, Grow Green Consortium Pvt. Ltd (GGCPL) shared how tribal communities have started planting trees and how they have started earning a livelihood from it. Narasingha Panigrahi, Director, Siddha Development Research and Consultancy (SDRC)made a presentation to demonstrate that waste management provides a great opportunity for social entrepreneurs.

C.R. Pattanayak, Coordinator, Eastern Region, Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDI), Prof Kaushal Borisagar of Sri Sri University also addressed the gathering.The workshop was organised in partnership with Odisha State Planning Board, Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI), Sri Sri University and Kalinga Kusum Foundation (KKF). Centre for Youth & Social Development (CYSD, (IQMES),(SDRC) and (GGCPL) were knowledge partners.

Students of National Law University Odisha (NLUO), Utkal University, Sri Sri University, College for IT and Management Education (CIME), Biju Patnaik Institute of Technology and Management (BITM) and Siksha O Anusandhan (SOA) University attended the training workshop.