This is the last in a series of profiles on the student finalists in SAI’s Seed For Change Competition. On May 6, finalists will pitch their ideas to a judging panel for the chance to with a $40,000 grant to implement their idea in India.
Friday, May 6, 3:15PM: Seed For Change Finalists Presentations
Soujanya Ganig, Ed. M Candidate at Harvard Graduate School of Education and SAI Student Coordinator, recently spoke with Francesco Wiedemann about gomango, which provides low-cost refrigerated transport to food producers in India.
SAI: Can you tell us the story behind how you first developed the idea of gomango?
Francesco Wiedemann: Naren [another GoMango team member] and I met in the Design Thinking class of Prof. Srikant Datar in the fall term 2015. We both had a background in engineering and were excited to work on something tangible and meaningful over the term – originally as a class project. Naren, due to his roots, knew about the extensive lack of cold supply in India first hand, and I, having a background in supply chain and logistics, was eager to apply my knowledge. So very quickly the idea of gomango was born: we wanted to help India transport its perishable goods affordably, efficiently, and sustainably.
Through our extensive interviews with experts and potential customers in India, and as a product of rapid prototyping, we soon realized that this idea had the potential to become more than a class project. So we actually started to go through further prototyping and writing a business plan for our startup: gomango.
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