We spoke with May Samali of Tumml empowers entrepreneurs to solve urban problems. A nonprofit, Tumml's goal is to support the next generation of Zipcars and Revolution Foods.
May Samali : May serves as Director of Tumml, running the accelerator program and working closely with the organization’s portfolio companies. Prior to Tumml, she worked as a strategy consultant at Alchemy Growth Partners, a boutique venture firm, and as an attorney at Herbert Smith Freehills. Mayearned her MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School and her economics and law degrees from the University of Sydney. She is a John Monash Scholar and a delegate at the Australian American Young Leadership Dialogue. May’s work in urban innovation has been featured in a wide range of outlets, including TechCrunch, SSIR, and Philanthropy News Digest.
Knowledge Series: 7th Jan - Workshop:Navigating India's Governance Landscape as an Urban/ Civic Entrepreneur
The first session as part of Urban Venture Labs Knowledge Series focused on government as a stakeholder and how entrepreneurs can engage them.
1)Viraj Tyagi ,CEO, eGov Foundation;
2)Rajarshi Sahai, Country Manager at TRAFI.com &
3)Raj Cherubal, Director at Chennai City Connect
Below are the lectures:
We hosted Lectures & interactive meetings with our mentor Mr. George Ferguson, Former Mayor of Bristol in Mumbai.
Mr. Ferguson believes that better decision-making happens at city level and that the success of urban areas can help improve the national economy. The discussions focused on how livable cities are a crucial economic development strategy.
Some of the entrepreneurs from the Urban Venture Lab participated in the events.
"Accelerating social innovation products and services that will improve our cities"
The 12 Social Venture Teams presented their ideas to a eminent Jury.
Jurors included Dr. Jagan Shah, NIUA ; Abhishek Bhatewara, Mumbai Angels ; Padmanabhan, Asia Initiatives ; Santhosh Ramdoss , Michael Susan Dell Foundation ;Naresh Narasimhan , Founder , NUMA ;Prof.Suresh Bhagavatula, IIM B ; Ravichandar Venkataraman, Civic Evangelist & Philanthropist ; Social Entrepreneur Ashwin Mahesh.
Ravichandar Venkataraman, Civic Evangelist moderated the discussion with key ecosystem partners on how to enable city transformation. (L-R) Padmanabhan, Asia Initiatives; Abhishek Bhatewara, Mumbai Angels; Dr. Jagan Shah, Director, NIUA; Prof. Gopal Naik, , IIMB; Steven Babitch, Presidential Innovation Fellow, White House .
Reap Benefit solving local environmental and civic problems won the first place
PAQS which is a air quality monitor ; inhalor and quality of air solutions won the second place.
Smartterra which is a urban data platform won the third place.