At Ennovent, we have come a great distance since we started as a social venture fund in 2008. Through our various projects with clients, we have realized that early-stage enterprises require more than money to move from idea to innovation and over the years we have transformed into an innovation accelerator.
Our vision today is to create a sustainable future for low-income communities in developing countries by working with a global set of clients to accelerate innovations for sustainability in low-income markets. However, with our dreams as an organisation growing, we also need a bigger team, which is why we now have a team of 14 – almost double our size since last year!
Three of our latest team members are Karan Chandran, Chandrakant Komaragiri and Jayanth Kashyap, our Associates. They bring experience in the development, social enterprise and investment research fields respectively to Ennovent and we are happy to have them on board.
A few days into their roles at Ennovent, I spoke to them to understand their experience and why they decided to join:
Karan: I am inspired by organisations that are paving sensible development pathways and have a strong desire to be involved in the private sector’s creation of long-term social and ecological value. Ennovent was a great fit in this sense and my role here aligns to my master’s degree in Sustainability & Management, and my research, which is great.
My first month as an Associate at Ennovent has been both challenging and rewarding. I have experienced a steep learning curve, but am really enjoying the variety that Ennovent’s dynamic culture brings to the role each day. The work so far has given me an up close view of how enterprises are tailoring innovative business models that approach diversification into low-income markets as not only a socially responsible investment, but also a commercially viable one. With lots of promising tasks on the horizon, I’m eager to see how things develop work-wise in the coming months.
Chandrakant: I only recently moved to India and have been looking for an opportunity that helps me to interact with and explore the country, through the development and social entrepreneurship sphere. And, Ennovent seemed like the ideal place to do it because not only do I get to benefit through the experience of the team but my job also puts me in the forefront of interacting with and channeling those shaping India at the grassroots level and beyond.
The month since I have joined has been intense but nice. The Ennovent team is an energetic lot and I am looking forward to becoming a core member of the team.
Jayanth: Through my previous roles, I have been exposed to the nuances of working for a startup. However, I joined Ennovent because I wanted to be a part of this growing investment community that invests in firms with innovative ideas for low-income markets. As a Finance Associate at Ennovent, I get the opportunity to be at the frontline of identifying, researching and interacting with potential investees, which is really exciting.
My first few days have been just as I had expected it to be. Hectic! But, even though the entire business operates in a virtual environment the team is so helpful, proactive and friendly that work is fun. The collective and diverse experience of the Ennovent team is what makes Ennovent so different. From Austria to India, every person has different perspectives to share!
It can be seen from the above that we at Ennovent are a dedicated and energetic lot with experience from all across the globe.
If you have been thinking of exploring a role where you get to make a difference while being challenged every day, we are still recruiting! There are vacancies for a range of junior, mid-level and senior roles. Check out Ennovent’s Career page now.