Seven Lessons from Silicon Valley for Social Entrepreneurs Globally

This post was originally published on Unreasonable.is on 2 March 2016: http://unreasonable.is/seven-lessons-from-silicon-valley-for-entrepreneurs-globally/ ****** As an entrepreneur based in Bangladesh, having worked at the intersection of technology and development on a range of issues over the last eight years (first at mPower and now at Jeeon), I have constantly been surprised how much we as social entrepreneurs try to box ourselves in a category of our own. Yet, there are a lot of best practices in entrepreneurship,…

Training the future of rural healthcare

The 20th, 21st and 22nd of April was a great learning opportunity for 9 RMPs (Rural Medical practitioners) from Kendua, a sub-district in the north-eastern part of Bangladesh. For 3 days, these RMPs underwent an intensive training program, arranged by Amader Daktar (Bengali for ‘Our Doctor’). Amader Daktar is a concern of mPower Social Enterprises, under mPower labs. The vision of Amader Daktar is to create a self-sustaining model of healthcare delivery for rural Bangladesh….

An Inspiring Innovator

  Dr. Reza Bin Zaid, a dermatology consultant at BIRDEM hospital, Dhaka, is a doctor with a difference. While the vast majority of medical professionals in Bangladesh are skeptical technology that facilitate remote diagnosis, Dr. Zaid has been successfully running the first instance of telemedicine services in Bangladesh since 2000. As the chairman of the Telemedicine Working Group of Bangladesh, he is currently operating in 16 unions across Bangladesh. Dr. Zaid truly is a rare…

Questions from the Past

While most NGOs are focusing on underserved rural communities, the BRAC Manoshi project is one that is addressing a problem much closer to home. The Manoshi program is an MNCH (Maternal, Neo-natal and Child Health) service that provides poor, underserved women in the urban slums of Dhaka city with much needed support to deal with the complications of child birth. Since 2010 mPower Social Enterprises Ltd. has been working with BRAC Manoshi to facilitate their…