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Urban Works bats for sustainable entrepreneurship

Urban Works bats for sustainable entrepreneurship

In a bid to transform the future work environment in India, Columbia Global Centers, Mumbai, with the RMZ Foundation, launched the Urban Works Innovation Challenge, 2018. The three-year programme will give young innovators an opportunity to gain from mentorship by the faculty and alumni of Columbia University’s prestigious Fu Foundation School of Engineering and
Applied Science, as well as from distinguished entrepreneurs and academics in India. As part of the launch, a panel discussion at the CoWorks Foundry in Worli was organised on September 6, 2018. The discussion showcased opportunities and challenges facing Indian businesses in adopting environmentally sustainable policies and practices. Speaking on the positive impact of sustainable planning on business outcomes, Sharad Sanghi, MD & CEO of Netmagic, stated that “from a business perspective, if we are more energy efficient, our cost of services is lower and clients are happier.” Pirojsha Godrej, executive chairman of Godrej Properties, vagreed that a growing number of Indian businesses are ready to incorporate environment-friendly solutions at work as “sustainability is about consuming less resources which, by and large, gels very well with saving money.” Columbia Global Center’s director, Ravina Aggarwal, concurred, “India must lead the way in creating working conditions that attract, nurture and retain top talent. This means promoting new ideas, designs, skills-sets, and inventions that can support workspaces that are sustainable, secure, healthy, creative and inclusive.”

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