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Good Water: Standing on Holy Ground

30 June 2010 | Cases | Resources

Case Abstract By 2009, New Zealand businessman and Good Water CEO, Grant Hall, was one year into his five year plan to achieve his nirvana vision of a closed loop system. He wanted to sell water in bottles made from local biomass, with the used bottle waste separated, recycled into plant pottles, allowed to biodegrade to support new plant-life and sources of biomass for further production of water bottles. To make his plan a reality, Good Water and competitors who took up the Good Water project challenge of using plant-based plastic (PLA) bottles for their products, needed to ramp up volume considerably. Doing so would create demand for a local biomass supply and incentivise the infrastructure needed for... »

ALTIS – A Microfinance Startup in Nepal

30 June 2010 | Cases | Entrepreneurship, Finance

Case Abstract This case describes the issues and dilemmas facing a social entrepreneur in his efforts to initiate a microfinance operation in the rural agricultural areas of Nepal. Although Nepal government supports microfinance models, a recent civil war severely disrupted government services and worsened poverty.  The case covers the recent history of Nepal, the condition of the country’s capital markets, the ALTIS concept and the competitive landscape. Sanjay is seeking to establish the microfinance enterprise to serve the rural agriculture regions of Nepal, where little to nothing has been done to serve the poor. Sanjay possesses much of the expertise, a high level of motivation and many key stakeholder relationships to help him establish the microfinance enterprise. He... »

Farmstar Goes Global: Corporate Entrepreneurship Bringing Sustainable Value Innovation to Agribusinesses

30 June 2010 | Cases | Consumption

Case Abstract In 2006 Infoterra France was created as a subsidiary of European aerospace group EADSAstrium to develop and commercialise earth observation satellite technologies with partners Arvalis. Among these was the precision agriculture product – Farmstar. Farmstar provides farmers with recommendations throughout the growing season and enabled subscribers to manage their crops with unprecedented precision. Research began in 1996 and by 2009, 30 agricultural cooperatives representing almost 9,000 farmers and some 400,000 hectares of land, had adopted the service. By 2008 with Farmstar, Infoterra-Arvalis had captured a near monopoly of the rapidly growing market in France. This joint-venture had succeeded where many other companies had tried and failed. The technology’s potential was enormous but could they now grow... »

Business Model Innovation by Better Place: A Green Ecosystem for the Mass Adoption of Electric Cars

Case Abstract Shai Agassi started Better Place with the ambition of setting up an ecosystem – including a ‘smart grid’ of charging stations and battery swapping facilities – for electric vehicles. These charging stations were to be powered by electricity generated from renewable sources to eliminate indirect emissions due to the operation of electric cars. Better Place also partnered with governments, parking lot operators, and companies to install charging stations. This ecosystem was expected to eliminate the barriers to the mass adoption of electric cars for personal transportation. This case discusses the innovative business model of Better Place, which proposed to offer transportation services to consumers through miles per month subscription plans, with the cost of the electric... »

Workshops And Their Role

10 February 2010

It is crucial for teachers to only use the most updated information possible when involved in their teaching. Workshops that focus on transforming the learning curve and the teaching process itself are some of the most noteworthy. The Problems With Teacher Workshops The main problem with the majority of these workshops is the fact that they primarily concentrate on the theoretical aspects of all maters which often times are impossible to put into practice under normal class conditions. Hence the frustration of many. Good teachers should find ways of introducing the new strategies, but also of switching the right gears whenever unavoidable problems rise. Course follow-up is also a huge must for the wheels to spin just right.... »