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College of Business GSSE program producing entrepreneurs

June 10, 2009

Entrepreneurs continue to emerge from the Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise master's program at Colorado State University.

Affordable and efficient irrigation

Recent GSSE graduate Mitesh Gala has begun the process to incorporate a class project into an enterprise called the Small Engines for Economic Development, or SEED. His market? The 600 million small farmers with two acres or less who lack access to affordable and efficient irrigation facilities.

Gala on Tuesday presented professors, students and potential investors with plans to build a company that sells a more efficient and cheaper two-horsepower pump system, called a pumpset, for irrigation purposes. Farmers in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and India told students conducting research last summer that they wanted a smaller pumpset because it would be less expensive and more portable.

Sustainable business practices 

In May, Gala graduated with a Master of Science in Business Administration degree in Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise – a program that teaches students to use entrepreneurial, sustainable approaches to address great global challenges of poverty, environmental degradation and poor health.

The first cohort of students has already produced one incorporated business: PowerMundo LLC & SAC. PowerMundo manages a global distribution network for healthy and affordable technologies to empower people in developing countries. The company sells items such as LED lights, small solar panels, solar radios and other products that can save people money and improve people's health.

Return to Bangladesh to test pumpsets

Gala is working with Paul Hudnut, business advisor, Anthony Marchese, technology advisor and Carl Hammerdorfer, director of the GSSE program on the project. He’s also working with a Mechanical Engineering student, Josh Schmitt, at the Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory.

“We’re improving the design of the pumpset so overall the operational costs are lowered,” he said.

He hopes to return to Bangladesh this summer to begin testing as many as 20 pumpsets.

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