Satvika Mahajan

Satvika provides strategic advise to international clients at Sattva.

She has also worked with large scale foundations, social enterprises, consortiums and organisations in designing and implementing key strategic solutions and programmes in India.

Satvika’s foray into this sector began early, when she volunteered part-time with Mr. Maheishgirri (current Member of Parliament) in his political campaign on key health initiatives. She was a founding member of the LSR chapter of the international social entrepreneurship society, Enactus, as a part of which, she enabled farmers to transition from chemical farming to organic farming and helped their wives gain alternative means of livelihood, thereby increasing the average household income. As a Young India Fellow, she worked with a Dalit Youth Advocacy Organisation to help them address key operational challenges and address gaps in effective engagement with the youth. She strives to marry her business knowledge with the social context to achieve impact outcomes. She is dedicated to working with social entrepreneurs to bring innovations to scale

Satvika is a Young India Fellow (2016) and has a Bachelors in Commerce from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi

ADVISORY – SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS

OBJECTIVE
A group of social entrepreneurs developing technology innovations to optimise water usage for food production were looking to take their idea to market. They wanted to develop a robust business model in order to create impact in emerging economies. In our role as advisors, we helped these founders take ideas off the ground supported by a right business model, go-to-market strategy, and execution to scale their efforts.

SATTVA’S VALUE-ADD
As advisors our primary role with these entrepreneurs, whose innovations were mostly at seed or early stages of development, was to develop an actionable strategy to grow their venture from idea to market. We worked with them closely to establish the best business model to validate their innovations as well as identify the ideal consumer base in every market. We designed a business model strategy for three to five years which included correct pricing to ensure a product-market fit for long-term sustainability. Our mission was to condition entrepreneurs with business thinking and this involved working proactively with them to zero down on the core value-proposition of their product. Once they hit the market we delved into specific capacity building around sales, marketing, operational planning, financial forecasting and partnership strategy for the foreseeable future. From June 2016 we have meticulously helped these entrepreneurs move through each stage of their journey to reach the ultimate end goal of impact on the ground.

KEY LEARNINGS
We documented our actionable strategy for each aspect of business and entrepreneurship in a playbook which we believe can be customised for use by any innovator in the ecosystem. This knowledge material is a valuable asset for all players in the sector. Alongside, we contributed to change the mindset of social entrepreneurs to prove that innovations can lead to viable and sustainable businesses. Also, we were able to give them actionable strategies to survive and scale ventures, thereby boosting overall confidence in the sector. Innovators were able to strengthen their go-to-market strategy and capacities for next three-five years.

HIGHLIGHTS
Number of entrepreneurs advised: 12
10 Regions covered: Ghana, Mali, Mozambique, Kenya, South Africa, Bangladesh, India, Cambodia, Vietnam and Nepal
Innovations included: Seed tape, affordable green-house technology, contract farming, precision agricultural devices, and weather management phone service