In a semester long partnership in 2009, five MBA students of the Yale School of Management, USA and Udyogini team conducted a feasibility study on bamboo mat weaving enterprise that to be organized by the former and operated by the rural women in Assam, northeast India. The GSE team worked with Udyogini to determine the viability of this potential bamboo-weaving business. Together they conducted research on the existing bamboo industry as well as regional supply and labor. The team developed a market analysis and financial model for the potential business.
Wes Morgan, a member of the Yale team says "Udyogini is doing great work impacting people's lives and livelihoods. My Yale School of Management team and I enjoyed interacting with Udyogini's knowledgeable and friendly staff. We now have deeper understanding of Indian culture and are proud to have partnered with an excellent organization."
In early 2009, the first year BBA students of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA worked in a distance mode with the BDS Manager, Jharkhand on a Social Return on Investment (SROI) calculation for the USE initiative in Jharkhand.
In early 2010, a student team from the School of Business, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA worked with our Madhya Pradesh team over the course of a semester to help with logistics-related tools for our supply chain there. These tools are now being used in VLSC in Jharkhand as well.