Team: Wonder Grass

Advisors

1. Mr. Ravikumar N.

2. Mr. Paul Basil, CEO, Villgrow, Chennai

Venu Bharati Foundation

'Venu Bharati Foundation' is a Charitable Trust with the primary objective of promoting the cause of bamboo, with its focus on research, documentation-compilation and publication of the various aspects of bamboo.'Venu Bharati Foundation' is registered as 'Charitable-Trust', with Charity's Commissioner Nagpur in June'2006, Registration number E-1999, dated 18th of February' 2005.
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The Artisan Pool

Wonder Grass is probably one of the few if not only organisation to have a skilled workforce with sound experience in implementing bamboo-based conatruction. Years of involvement with bamboo-based construction, has also helped us develop a large network of artisans across the country, who are skilled in execution of building project with bamboo as the primary material using our construction technology.

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Team - Innovation

1. Sandip Gadekar, Administration officer
Sandip who has seen Wonder Grass through many ups-and-downs holds a key responsibility of coordinating efforts and activities of the Nagpur office. A graduate in Marathi literature, Sandip has learnt the neuances of an enterprise building bamboo houses on-the-job. He takes care of administrative, artisan coordination and related functions at Nagpur office.

2. Udayan Kayande
A veteran in the copper-wire industry of more than 20 years, Udayan has moved away from the mainstream manufacturing industry to explore more sustainable and eco-conscious lifestyle. He consults and provides inputs on bringing in process-innovation and assembly line production in the Wonder Grass fabrication facility.

Incubation Support

1. NS Raghavan Center for Entrepreneurial Learning, IIM Bangalore (NSRCEL, IIMB)
Wonder Grass was incubated at NS Raghavan center for Entrepreneurial learning at IIM Bangalore. This opportunity helped us establish the concept and take it to our potential customers. It also helped us in enlarging the view of a business potential that bamboo housing in general held and how can we structure the enterprise to bring our vision into the reality.
2. Villgrow
A financial support in the form of interest free debt to develop a technology for rural housing and further to explore its market potential by building couple of prototype housing units played a very essential role in refinement of the building methods developed by Wonder Grass. A focus on affordable housing for rural areas also helped in exploring strategies for bringing down the cost of the bamboo houses.