Eram Scientific wins India’s first Swachhathon 1.0 award

Siddeek Ahmed, CMD, Eram Group, right, received the award from the Minister of State for Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, S.S. Ahluwalia, in a function in New Delhi, on Oct. 2.
Updated 13 October 2017

Eram Scientific wins India’s first Swachhathon 1.0 award

Kerala-based Eram Scientific Solutions, part of the Middle East-based Eram Group, has won the Swachhathon 1.0 award in the country’s first-ever Swachh Bharat Hackathon, organized by the Indian Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. The hackathon aimed at crowdsourcing solutions for some of the sanitation and hygiene challenges faced in various parts of the country.
According to Eram Group, Eram Scientific pioneered the concept of automated electronic toilets, which work on remote sensing technology.
A number of domestic and foreign firms working in the field of sanitation technology participated in the competition.
The hackathon received a total of 3,053 entries in six categories. Eram Scientific won in the “Monitoring Usage of Toilets” category. Siddeek Ahmed, CMD, Eram Group, received the award from the Minister of State for Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, S.S. Ahluwalia, in a function in New Delhi, on Oct. 2.
“We are proud to receive the maiden Swachhathon 1.0 award from the government,” Ahmed said.
The company has previously won over 44 national and international accolades for its contributions in introducing high-end, future proof and scalable technology in the sanitation space.
Eram Scientific introduced the concept of Internet of Things (IoT) in the country’s automated sanitation space. It is the first company to roll out the concept of connected eTolilet infrastructure with a motto of setting up self-sustained sanitation solutions. The company already has installed more than 2,500 odd facilities spread over 22 states.
Eram Scientific started its operations in 2008 as a research and development focused social enterprise of Eram Group, operating primarily in the water and sanitation sector.

360-degree mentoring to boost Saudi social enterprise sector

Updated 23 May 2019

360-degree mentoring to boost Saudi social enterprise sector

The King Khalid Foundation (KKF) and Mowgli Mentoring have collaborated to strengthen the growing social enterprise sector in the Kingdom through the provision of 360-degree mentoring, which will support the personal and professional development of social entrepreneurs. The EMCC-accredited mentoring organization is working to built the capacity of Saudi mentors by instilling best mentoring practices and sharing experiences from its 10-year work around the world.

Globally, the concept of social entrepreneurship is increasingly gaining momentum and positive attention as it combines commerce with social good, allowing entrepreneurs to go beyond profit to positively impact communities and societies. Supporting these entrepreneurs, therefore, is in line with the KKF’s vision, which is to have a Saudi society with equal opportunities.

The KKF’s collaboration with Mowgli resulted in the creation of the Athar (Impact) Mentoring Program.

This program aims to build and increase the capacity of Saudi mentors, and equip them with the necessary tools to be able to provide mentorship, support and guidance to social entrepreneurs in the Kingdom. Matching mentors with social entrepreneurs and managing their mentorship relationships is a key benefit of the program.

To commence the mentoring program, Mowgli recently delivered a four-day workshop in the KKF premises in Riyadh. Fourteen professionals and business leaders received training to be 360-degree mentors before being matched with 14 social entrepreneurs. Both groups were provided with the guidelines to build solid foundations for their 1-2-1 mentoring relationships. In addition, the matched pairs will be supported over a duration of six months, during which structured on-going support will be provided to ensure that trust-based and impactful mentoring relationships are developed.

Mowgli Mentoring’s CEO Kathleen Bury said: “We see this program supporting the three themes on which the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 was built upon: Developing a vibrant society, a thriving economy and an ambitious nation. By supporting social entrepreneurs, we’re working toward achieving the Kingdom’s economic aspirations of increasing SME GDP contribution by 20–30 percent by 2030. We are, therefore, excited to be back in Saudi Arabia and are honored to be working with the King Khalid Foundation in delivering this program, and building Saudi Arabia’s mentoring capacity to sustainably support change-makers and their surrounding ecosystems for years to come.”

The key to developing entrepreneurship and fostering economic development lies in having a well-balanced ecosystem with equal investment in four key pillars: Environment (schooling, parenting), finance (working capital, debt and equity financing), infrastructure (incubators, accelerators, utilities and sound legal frameworks) and human capital development (mentoring, skills and knowledge development). Mowgli supports the latter and has successfully delivered more than 110 mentoring programs across the Middle East, North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.