Video Interview: Solar Entrepreneur Talks About Bringing Light To India

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Rustam Sengupta, a clean energy social entrepreneur who recently visited the University of Michigan as part of the WDI Global Impact Speaker Series, sat down with WDI Senior Research Fellow Ted London for a one-on-one video interview.

During the conversation, Sengupta discussed what motivated him to start the solar access venture Boond, which provides clean-energy lighting solutions to 100,000 low-income individuals and small-scale enterprises in rural, northern states of India.

He also talked about the evolution of his business model over the past six years as Boond has gone from a small company offering solar lamps and simple home systems to one that now offers microgrids, mini grids and rooftop solar panels. (Learn more about Boond in this company-produced video.)

Sengupta spoke to U-M students on Nov. 30 at the Ross School of Business. Watch his classroom presentation here and read more about Sengupta and a preview of his talk here.

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