If you’ve ever wanted to sit among doers, creators and influencers to brainstorm over strategies that make a social impact amid beautiful locations in India, you need to know about The Beachhouse Project.
In March, 2017, The Beachhouse Project got a group of young, bright, entrepreneurial minds together on Goan shores to understand and solve a problem that the Goan community had been facing in the recent past – a shortage of coconut pluckers. The entrepreneurs that collected came from Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and the US with varied backgrounds including artificial intelligence, fashion travel, tech, and creative domains.
After two successful editions (including one in Kochi in 2016), the upcoming destination selected for the 2017 Beachhouse Project is in the hills of Shillong, Meghalaya – the wettest place in India. While the social challenge they are looking to resolve this year has not been defined yet, it will be held between 14th and 20th July.
India is the third largest startup base in the world, according to the Nasscom-Zinnov startup report, and is touted to be only marginally behind the UK. However, given that these entrepreneurial minds are seldom saturated in a single location or even near by, there is very little scope for collaborations and discussions. This is what makes the Beachhouses Project such a sought-after experience, yet it is the only entrepreneurs-residency project in the country.
During the week-long creative residency all of the attendees are engaged in conceiving and designing strategies to answer local social issues. It is designed to encourage the exchange of ideas between the handpicked creators who are strangers to each other – encouraging one to step outside their comfort zone and indulge in creativity. Yet, the over-all idea is to generate a networking web of imaginative entrepreneurs that cuts across the length and breadth of our country, and even overseas, through conversation and collaboration.
Those attending the Shillong chapter will be hosted in an 18th century British Bungalow that belonged to the Nawab of Dacca. It dates back to over a century and is now used as a heritage residence. Participants will be able to immerse themselves in the region’s natural beauty that is dotted with waterfalls amid mountain forests.
So if you are seduced by learning and exchanging productivity, living with hand-picked, like-mined people where you get to collaborate with diverse creative entrepreneurs in an 18th Century bungalow in the midst of forests in one of the wettest places on earth for an entire week – apply here. Applications close on 20th June.