Can technology-based learning improve employment rates in India?

This is the first blog in a two-part blog series on a program developed by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Sattva Consulting to expand English-language skills to address employment challenges in India. This blog will focus on the challenge this program aims to address, how the program was developed, and how the outcomes … Continued

A new model for education in India

In India, low-fee private schools or Affordable Private Schools (APS), as they are popularly known, are emerging as schools of choice for poor families who want to provide education in English to their children. The APS market is growing rapidly and appears to be meeting the need of a large portion of our target segment … Continued

Blowhorn: Providing meaningful jobs and lasting social impact in India

In 2014, two young entrepreneurs in India’s tech capital of Bengaluru set out to solve the problem of providing market-relevant skills and meaningful jobs to the country’s large, young and growing workforce.  They did this by launching Blowhorn, an intra-city company that connects customers with mini-truck drivers to ensure the delivery of goods in a … Continued

Blowhorn: Providing meaningful jobs and lasting social impact in India

In 2014, two young entrepreneurs in India’s tech capital of Bengaluru set out to solve the problem of providing market-relevant skills and meaningful jobs to the country’s large, young and growing workforce.  They did this by launching Blowhorn, an intra-city company that connects customers with mini-truck drivers to ensure the delivery of goods in a … Continued

Risk-taking and creating lasting social impact with iMerit

One of our guiding principles here at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, “Take the Risks Your Challenge Deserves,” comes from an understanding that the greatest challenges require us to do things differently, to push the boundaries and be willing to take risks in order to realize greater impact.

Kinara Capital: Building financial inclusion for businesses in India

The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation invested in Kinara Capital as we strongly believe in the vision of its owner, Hardika Shah. Hardika believes in creating a financially inclusive community so that micro and small entrepreneurs, the core engine of job creation in India, have a chance at success.

i2e1: A step towards creating a more connected and engaged India

There is so much untapped potential in India. From skill development to urban microfinance, we’re working to improve the lives of those living in urban poverty by opening doors for them in new and innovative ways. This requires thinking outside the box, and it’s not always easy.

Blowhorn: Driving employment opportunities through efficient online logistics

The startup driving this revolution is Blowhorn—the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation’s latest investee. The foundation announced that it would invest $1.25 million in the organization earlier this month, together with IDG Ventures India and existing investors, Draper Associates and Unitus Seed Fund. Blowhorn plans to use this investment to expand to eight Indian cities and employ more than 25,000 truck drivers over the next 24 months.