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Head Held High

Sector: Livelihood

Beneficiaries: Youth

Address: Head Held High Services Pvt. Ltd., No. 73/42,41st Cross road, Jayanagar 8th Block, Bangalore, Karnataka – 560082

Regions of Operation: Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh

Overview
Product/Services
Impact
Team
Clients/Partners
Recognition

Overview

In India, since the Independence, there has been a concerted effort by the government to reconstruct the rural India and the rural sector of the economy. But most of the efforts have yielded few or no results, leading to a large number of unemployed youth and giving birth to problems like migration to cities. In order to address the above gap and unleash the talent of new breed of rural youth and consumers, Head Held High Pvt Ltd. was conceived. Head Held High Services (H3S) is a Rural Access Accelerator that provides career access to rural youth, business access to rural entrepreneurs and rural market access to corporates. With a vision of ushering economic prosperity to rural, H3S’s mission is to enable 2 million Rubans to live life with their head held high, over the next 10 years. ‘Rubans’ is a term coined by H3S to define neo-rural youth with raw talent, entrepreneurial spirit, global aspirations and access to technology.

Model

Our model is the 3A Framework, with 3A’s being: “Awareness” which is bridging gaps in education, opportunities as well as perceptions; “Access” which is bridging the gap between shortage of manpower eclipsing the growth of knowledge and services industries and lack of skills among abundant rural manpower which hinders the growth of the rural economy and finally “Acceptability” which is converting the skill offerings and networking opportunities into job creation.

Products/Services

Literacy Program
Service Name: Rural skill training and employment enhancement
Service description:

Through our training program, called Ruban Shakti, we transform low literate rural youth into English speaking, computer savvy, knowledge economy individuals using innovative methods in a short time span.

Salient features of Ruban Shakti are:

  • Skilling rural youth: We provide courses for school & college drop-outs only from rural areas
  • Intensive, immersive program delivery: Intensive, immersive, residential, 1000-hour program to effect transformation in 4-6 months, with a strong thrust towards peer learning
  • Hire local talent for training: We tap into locally available MBA/MSW graduates from the same rural areas, who may have never taught before – and train them to become trainers for RubanShakti
  • Strong linkage to rural careers: We focus on placing graduates in non-metro locations in companies across sectors like finance, health care, education,etc
  • Entrepreneurial thinking: RubanShakti encourages entrepreneurial skills that help rural youth not only be job seekers, but become job creators as well

Service Name: Rural marketing services
Service description:

Our rural marketing services, called “Ruban Bridge”, delivers last mile reach to corporates, bringing their products and services to rural consumers. It also builds capacity in rural entrepreneurs. This platform directly supports rural entrepreneurs by providing them access to products, services from the markets, giving a platform to connect, share and learn access to resources. Corporates get an access to indigenous talent as dealers and distributors as well as access to rural market information. For the rural community, it speeds up job creation, regular supply of goods and services through local skills and access to products and services for better education, livelihood, health and lifestyles.

Impact

  • Transformed over 1000 rural youth through our skill training services
  • Enrolled over 500 entrepreneurs in the entrepreneurship training program
  • Partnered with over 20 corporates to provide them market access & business support services

Team

Madan Padaki, Co-founder, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

Madan’s passion and drive have created an ‘Industry’ for Assessments in India that did not exist before. Apart from all the other things that he is well known for, as a Co-founder and Chairman of Head Held High, Madan has been driving much of the organization’s initiatives through his ability to create, drive and scale-up new ventures. He was recently heading Strategy & Innovation for Manipal Global Education. Madan also serves on the Governing Council of TiE Bangalore.

 

Rajesh Bhat, Co-founder

He worked as a software engineer at a mobile VAS company, OnMobile, before he co-founded Head Held High. Rajesh hails from a remote village in Sirsi, Karnataka and he came up with the idea of outsourcing work to rural India on one of his visits to his village in 2007 and started reaching out to like-minded people. After working with his co-founders and the initial success of the pilot, Rajesh quit his job in 2008, and has been working on the vision ever since. Rajesh has been honored with numerous awards and recognitions for his pioneering work – including representing Head Held High on CNN-IBN Real Heroes in 2011.

 

Sunil Savara, Co-founder & the Managing Trustee

A serial entrepreneur and a visionary who dreamed and took a stand for eliminating poverty in India – which led to idea of Head Held High. Sunil’s passion is to catalyze transformation and he has made a difference in hundreds of people’s lives through the transformational workshops that he created and has been running for more than a decade, called “Perspectives”. He is also an evangelist of the Business Process Management Industry and brings over two decades of experience in the Industry to Head Held High Foundation and its subsidiaries.

Clients/Partners

  • Facilitated business processes for clients such as Genpact, Mphasis, and DIAC (UK) and tasks related to agriculture, health, financial inclusion, education, consumer and Government services via RubanSource.
  • We are the business transaction platform for clients such as Barefoot Power, Greenway, Duran Solar, Third Wave Power and many more.

Recognition

  • We were a partner at Sankalp Unconvention Summit, one of Asia’s largest social enterprise conferences.
  • Madan Padaki, our CEO and MD, spoke at the Global Conference on Financial Inclusion and Payment Systems held  in New Delhi.

How can you partner with us?

Companies can partner with us for supporting our skill training and employment programs for rural youth, as part of their CSR agenda. We can also replicate our model in a specific local community where the company has its operations. Other than CSR initiatives, we can also help companies in providing last mile distribution network for selling their products/services in rural markets of India.