Entrepreneurs are Change-Makers, says Dr Deshpande

Entrepreneurship when directed to prevalent social problems, can also be a great way to achieve development. The Sandbox works on this idea of people-led development driven by passionate, mission-driven individuals. Multiple programs managed by the Sandbox work to support and enable such individuals, and companies driven by social goals, to achieve the desired impact.

The founders of the Sandbox model believe in the power of entrepreneurship to transform the world around us. A world that embraces entrepreneurship as a way of life can be free of problems, according to Sandbox founder, Dr Desh Deshpande. “The world needs 75 million entrepreneurs to really run the economy over the next ten years. India needs 10 million entrepreneurs. There has to be entrepreneurship everywhere,” he said at the keynote session of Development Dialogue held in Nizamabad.

17828235144_089a31b635_z-1According to Dr Deshpande, lasting societal change can happen through entrepreneurship. “Entrepreneurs are real change makers. An entrepreneur thinks about something that he does not like in the world and he thinks of an opportunity: a new product, a new service, a new way to socially organize. He does not just leave it at the idea stage, but actually makes that idea happen.The Sandbox works to enable people within communities to become entrepreneurial. The founding goal is to make entrepreneurship a way of life,” says Dr Deshpande.

The approach of the Sandbox is to enable entrepreneurs to create replicable success for solutions, within a given market. Once an entrepreneur validates the viability of a product/ service in a market, he can expand his market and reach a wider audience. “If the solution works in one place, make it work in more places. Once the impact of the solution becomes obvious, it is for the government to take the model and replicate in more places,” he said about his vision for scalable models of social development.

The Beauty of Entrepreneurship is the Empowerment it Brings: Dr Deshpande

The magic of entrepreneurship is that it unfolds new territories in one’s persona, and empowers people to do extraordinary things. It expands the horizons of one’s capacities and helps to fully exploit hidden capabilities within a person. Beyond leading to financial stability and revenue generation, entrepreneurship opens up new possibilities within a person’s potential, according to Sandbox founder, Dr Desh Deshpande.

24454674740_dce4ce2ca9_zDr Deshpande was speaking at the keynote session of the Development Dialogue at Nizamabad when he dwelled on the benefits of entrepreneurship beyond its revenue implications.“The beauty of entrepreneurship is that it opens up a lot of capabilities within you that you didn’t have. Ability to take on a mission and do something makes us feel like our own capabilities are expanding, he said.

The Sandbox itself works on cultivating an entrepreneurial vigor among the people it works with. While fostering entrepreneurship is intrinsic to Sandbox programs such as Startups, other initiatives work on building a can-do attitude and proactive problem-solving approach among participants.

According to Dr Deshpande, the aim of Deshpande Foundation was to instill a spirit of entrepreneurship among people to make them realize their true potential.”When we were thinking of doing something good through Deshpande Foundation, we realized that the biggest gift we could give to the people was to make them feel that they were a lot more capable. It is to make ordinary people do extraordinary things.”

“I am a big believer that you have to create opportunities for experiential learning in entrepreneurship. Once people experience the rush of entrepreneurship, it is just so empowering that people will do nothing but be entrepreneurial. The thing about entrepreneurship is: every year when you look back, you can say: I didn’t know I could do that!”Dr Deshpande had earlier said in a television interview.