16th April, 2015
Grameen Shakti Shamajik Byabosha signed MOUs to invest into the businesses of six Nobin Udyoktas, all women entrepreneurs, at today's Social Business Design Lab
The 71st Social Business Design Lab organized by Yunus Centre took place on 16 April 2015 at the Grameen Bank Bhaban. The half day long program was chaired by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, and brought together more than 130 participations from Bangladesh and abroad coming from diverse backgrounds.
Professor Yunus welcomed the participants to the Lab and updated the audience that 885 social business projects had been presented in the 70 labs organized to date since January 2013, of which 860 had been approved for investment, most of which were already in operation. He said that we would soon cross the 1000 invested projects mark.
At the 71st Lab held today, six new Nobin Udyokta - new entrepreneurs from Grameen Bank families - presented their business plans. Remarkably, four of the six entrepreneurs presenting today were young women.
Financial Times chose Professor Muhammed Yunus as one six Finance Pioneers of all time. In the March 31, 2015 issue in an article entitled "Business Pioneers in Finance" Professor Yunus has been placed alongside Warren Buffett, Amadeo Giannini, Henry Kravis, John Pierpont Morgan, and Mayer Amschel Rothschild as greatest business finance pioneers of all time. The article describes how financial innovation seems to be all around us today yet, it’s not only technology that shapes it, but it's rather about how a few pioneers in finance chose their investments and expanded credit.
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Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, presenting a gold medal to Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus for "giving the poorest a life of hope, opportunity and dignity" at the opening ceremony of the 102nd Indian Science Congress in the presence of 12,000 delegates in Mumbai on January 3. Also seen in the photo are Indian Union Minister for Science and Technology Dr Harsh Vardhan and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented a gold medal to honour Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus at the opening ceremony of the 102nd Indian Science Congress in Mumbai on 3 January.
Professor Yunus along with four other Nobel Laureates and five scientists from India received the gold medal during the inaugural session of the Indian Science Congress in the presence of more than 20,000 strong audience including Ministers, Chief Ministers, leading scientists, Vice Chancellors of dozens of Indian Universities and delegates from India and abroad.
The 61st Social Business Design Lab organized by Yunus Centre took place on 16 March 2015. As usual the half day long program was chaired Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and brought together 160 participants from home and abroad.
This lab presented six new Nobin Udyokta (new entrepreneurs from second generation of Grameen Bank borrowers) business plans, among them three young women and three young men. The three young women at the lab presented a beauty parlor business, a cow fatterning business and a variety store business respectively. These three, Rina, Shohagi and Josna each presented their business plans confidently to the gathered audience and fielded questions, including technical ones, from members of the audience about the details of their business plan. Years ago their mothers had been living on the margins of society and began their journey with tiny loans. Grameen Bank has not only changed the lives of its women borrowers but also the life trajectory of their future generations.