"The beginning of a journey."
These were the inspiring words of Ms. Satoko Kono, the board director of ARUN Seed, as she welcomed participants of the Sustainable Business Platform Kickoff (SBP) on March 21, 2023.
ARUN has been providing opportunities for social entrepreneurs and projects with the vision of reducing poverty in developing countries. SBP is among ARUN`s initiatives aimed at supporting projects that have a strong inclination towards societal advancement.
The session kicked off with Mr. Shohei Yoshizawa`s introduction of the platform. Mr. Yoshizawa stands as the platform`s team leader of ARUN seed. He is also the CEO of +LU, a security information platform. His introduction highlighted SBP`s vision as well as the key features of the platform`s Beta version.
Mr. Vineet Rai, the founder and chairman of AAvishkar Group, gave valuable input with his expertise as an entrepreneur. He emphasized on using capital to leverage entrepreneurship as well as creating and scaling impact. Further adding that knowledge alone would not be enough to succeed in the field, Mr. Rai inspired the participants to focus on the vision and persevere in achieving it.
Among the highlights of the session is the "Lightning Talk". Here entrepreneurs were given the floor to "pitch" and present an insider's view of their projects and businesses. These entrepreneurs come from diverse fields, including but not limited to technology, agriculture, and commercial products. The lightning pitch presenters for SBP 2023 were Saathi, Concat, Gringgo, Agapi Farms, Trateng Greens, StandWeSpeak, and AgriVijay. Each business/project presented impressive milestones as well as unique perspectives on social impact.
ARUN Seed continues to encourage more entrepreneurs through its platform by giving them a voice and a hand to succeed and create impact in society. For more information on SBP, please visit www.platform.arunseed.jp .