By Dhanusha Gokulan
Khaleej Times, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Entrepreneur Jivika Rajani is a recent graduate in environmental economics and media studies from Pomona College. Rajani has returned to the UAE to launch “Aspir8”, a five-day social innovation and entrepreneurship boot camp (SIEB). The goal being…you can do well and do good!
Social entrepreneur and Dubai resident Jivika Rajani wants young people in the emirate to believe that they can work for the benefit of the society, and earn a great salary at the same time.
“Social work is not limited to charity or personal sacrifices. Business initiatives today must have inherent value created for people, community and the planet — all three should benefit from the business initiatives,” Jivika told Khaleej Times.
A recent graduate in environmental economics and media studies from Pomona College, Claremont California, United States, Jivika returned to the UAE to launch the Aspir8, a five-day social innovation and entrepreneurship boot camp (SIEB).
Jivika is one of the recipients of the prestigious Napier Fellowship, a programme that is held in partnership between Pilgrim Place and the consortium of Claremont Colleges to encourage leadership for social change. She received a $15,000 funding from Napier to continue her work in the UAE and India.
Students will have the opportunity to learn from scholars and industry leaders, and finally, pitch their socially conscious business idea. The camps will be held in Collegiate American School in Umm Suqeim in three batches, starting December 17, and will continue until January 4. Mentors for the SIEB sessions in Dubai include Mark Hanis, a research fellow with the Handa Centre, Stanford University and Madison Vorva, United Nations Forest Hero.
Students attending the programme will also have access to curriculum provided by Jane Goodall’s roots and shoots foundation, Net Impact, and much more. The sessions are free of cost, and up to 130 students have registered for the boot camp. Jivika added that she can host 10 more students.