From 16th to the 18th of March we were present at the first NGO India 2012 Exhibition in Gurgaon. The event was organized by UBM India, a reputed event organizer. The main objective was to bring non-governmental organizations and CSR professionals together. NGOs could present themselves to the visiting corporate houses who in turn got introduced to grassroot-level NGOs.
On the first day of the exhibition, this promise was fullfilled. We interacted with many CSR professionals from different corporate houses. After this first day we learned that especially youth employabiity and affordable housing were trending topics in CSR world. Most corporates were based in Delhi, but many of them had projects in Gujarat. Since we have a lot of expertise in especially youth employability, future alliances look very promising!
On the second day, the exhibition was predominated by NGO’s looking for partnerships and funders. We interacted with many NGOs for possible future partnerships. Although we were hoping for more corporate houses, the interactions turned out to be fruitful, since we are looking to expand to other states.
The third day of the exhibition was open to all public. the audience was a mix of corporates, NGOs and individuals. Many individuals looked for volunteering opportunities. We got in touch with some consultants that were interested in working for us as e-volunteers. Since most people were based in Delhi or Gurgaon, e-volunteering is a good way to bridge the distance to Gujarat.
The exhibition turned out the be a very inspiring event. Allthough we hoped for more corporate houses looking for CSR activities, we did meet up with many inspiring persons from a wide array of fields. Currently we are busy following up on the contacts that we have made during the exhibition: 27 individuals, 105 NGOs and 45 corporate houses. Ofcourse we will keep you updated about any new initiatives that will sprout from this event!
We’re looking forward to the next NGO India event in Mumbai!
Chetasi & Simea
PS We would like to give our compliments to UBM India for the smooth organization of this event. From hotel to venue, it was organized perfectly!