Hold on -- does that mean I'm claiming that candy could save your life? The answer is yes. But not just any candy: a sugar-free chewing gum designed specifically to fight cavities.
If one jar of honey can help one slum-dweller suffering from diabetes, what else can one jar of honey do?
Often referred to as a "disease of the wealthy," diabetes is anything but, with the majority of diabetics living in low- and middle-income communities where the disease is rarely detected until it has progressed to late stages.
We expect our proposal to be sliced up and rearranged, looking very different to what it is now by the time we present our final business plan in September to Bill Clinton and Muhammad Yunus. Exciting times await us!
I arrived at a limb-saving solution ... a solution to replace multi-thousand dollar, negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) devices with a multi-dollar, simplified negative pressure wound therapy (sNPWT) device, called the Wound-Pump.
How do you make drugs work on people who don't take them? That was part of the puzzle my team members and I were trying to solve as part of this year's Hult Prize Competition, the largest student competition in the world.
Exactly one year ago, I stood frozen cold inside the warm amphitheater of the Boston Museum of Science.
When you think of business school students, what do you think of? Do you view them as the next generation of managers, armed with a Millennial mindset and a solid grounding in business principles? Or do you see them as socially-minded young people (more so than previous generations) searching for greater meaning in their careers? How about both?
Thankfully, the final leg of our Hult Prize journey concludes tonight. In front of 1,000 of the world's top entrepreneurs, leaders and development experts, we will be unveiling our concept and having them prod and poke our brainchild in public.
Last year, President Clinton issued a challenge to university students around the world to create a social enterprise that will address food insecurity in very poor urban areas, which are often marginalized and left out of progress. More than 10,000 students from more than 150 countries answered this call-to-action.
Today are the four of us and our business plan. We have brainstormed over this dream of ours for months now, and the more we learnt about the business we were entering, the more we understood the value of our role in it.
Living in the slum neighborhood for 26 years, our team understands the problem confronted by our fellow brothers, and we have a solution
Patient ambition means that you do not wait for success to come to you, nor do you expect success to manifest by patiently waiting. It requires ambition to create opportunities, persistence to achieve breakthroughs, and a relentless pursuit of experts and talent.
One exciting aspect of social enterprise is that in the information age, cutting-edge technology makes social enterprise commercially viable where it might not have been before.
"With the amount of money, brains, and resources we have, there is no reason for the current level of poverty to persist," says Patel, linking a lack of inspiring human and cultural change to the call for action by President Clinton.
"Not enough business people even know that there's a business opportunity servicing the poor," he says, adding that bottom of the pyramid solutions to food insecurity are the "hottest space" in entrepreneurship.