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2013-2014 USC Marshall Society and Business Lab Lunch & Learn Series
Can business models END POVERTY? Spotlight on the Business of Food
Base of the Pyramid (BoP) Product Design
Jean Shia, Vice President of Business Operations, Driptech
Date: Thursday, November 21st, 2013
Time: 12:30 - 1:50 PM
Location: MHP 101
Driptech is a privately held, for-profit social enterprise that designs and manufactures low-cost drip irrigation systems for small-plot farmers in the developing world. Recognizing the need for less costly and more effective ways for small-plot farmers to use their meager water supplies efficiently, Driptech systems fulfill a large unmet need for drip irrigation tailored to the 500 million small farmers with landholdings of less than five acres. The company distributes its products through local governments, corporate partners, and NGOs in India and China. Their mission is to alleviate poverty by creating extremely affordable, water efficient irrigation solutions for small-plot farmers in developing nations.
Jean Shea is Driptech's Vice President of Business Operations. She was previously a project manager for the investment and development group at Avant Housing, a double bottom line real estate fund. She has also worked for several years as a consultant to economic and international development agencies. She received a BS in Urban Studies from Cornell University and an MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.
Spotlight on the Business of Food: This year's Lunch & Learn Series exposes the USC Community to organizations that play a role in food production and distribution around the world as a means to end poverty.
Complimentary lunch is served!
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