Full steam ahead on the train of awakening

In India, entrepreneurship is rolling along nicely. Every year since 2008, the Jagriti Yatra (Journey of Awakening, in Hindi) has taken 500 young entrepreneurs, aged 20 to 27, on a 15-day, 8,000 km journey around the sub-continent. At each stage of the journey, they meet leading figures in social entrepreneurship, visit the places where the India of tomorrow is being created, and get to know their fellow travelers. “The guiding concept is to inspire these young people to put their entrepreneurial spirit to work for the country,” explains Dinh-Long Pham (H. 19), who boarded the first train as a volunteer organizer. By the time the journey ends, the alchemy has worked, and the yatris go home with their heads full of plans. “What impressed me the most was that everyone was brimming with ideas. There is a great spirit of competition.”