Dhairya Pujara quit his corporate job on first day and join university’s international service learning program that take his to Africa.
Dhairya takes a bunch of university students to rural Mozambique town hospital for 5 months of work.
Dhairya works with local communities and realizes not all donations and charity are helpful. He started training doctors, nurses and technicians on how to use the donated medical devices and how to fix them.
Dhairya organizes the FIRST EVER TEDx conference in the country of Mozambique. To read more on how this innovative event came along despite the odds Click here.
Dhairya returns to USA with an amazing experience and the seed for Ycenter was planted. He spends next few months forming partnership, saving money, finding mentors to prepare for launch of company.
Ycenter was registered and officially incorporated in Philadelphia in USA. The first office and (current headquarters) are at Benjamin’s Desk in Philadelphia.
Ycenter wins the Philly DoGooder popular choice award. You can watch the full film onYouTube
Dhairya delivers an inspiring talk at the Wharton Business School sharing his thoughts on entrepreneurship. You may watch the video Youtube
Dhairya Pujara is selected as a 40 under 40 young leader by Drexel university.
Philadelphia Business Journal writes about Ycenter launch and Ycenter gets invited at the United Nations Social Innovation event in New York.
Ycenter along with Microsoft Bizspark launches Impactathon - a design thinking hackathon sprint to solve real world issues. This event led to creation of an SMS based technology company that delivers healthcare information to fight Malaria in remote places.
Ycenter collaborates with University of Pennsylvania for Hack the Change and Dhairya gets invited for a keynote at the Social Enterprise World Forum Seoul South Korea.
Dhairya gets awarded an O1A Visa by US government - a visa reserved for individuals of extraordinary ability.
Ycenter launches Entrepreneurship and Innovation program in Mozambique.
Project Aurora - an open source public health project that was aimed at creating accessible communication assets to teach about diseases like Malaria.
PYcenter launches Entrepreneurship and Innovation program in India in collaboration with K J Somaiya and their incubation RIIDL.
Ycenter launches Skills for Life program in India also collaborating with Urmi Foundation.
YCENTER was identified as one of the programs of distinction for its "Leadership and Experiential Learning activities" that should be benchmarked and evaluated to deliver on the promise of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by the Caux Round Table Report.
Ycenter collaboration with city government in Philadelphia launched comPACT - community impact program to train Philly based activities, non-profit professionals and entrepreneurs to train in design thinking and entrepreneurship. The event also called for collaboration with then Deputy Mayor of Philadelphia.
Ycenter collaborates with Global Classroom Project to work with high school students on teaching them about Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation.
Ycenter Founder invited for a keynote workshop at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
Ycenter launches first ever Agriculture Entrepreneurship in Kenya with CANIS at the University of Nairobi and Digital Opportunity Trust. 5 new ideas were created by the local youth to alleviate farmer’s poor efficiency and exploitative issues faced by them in their supply chain.
Ycenter students launch a Vaccination transportation system and Micro-finance projects in Mozambique.
Ycenter is invited at the first ever high level political forum - The Partnership Exchange - at the United Nations in context of Sustainable Development Goals.
Ycenter launches the second version of India’s NEXT 40 - a high impact Entrepreneurship program in Mumbai. 4 start-ups were created through this program.
Ycenter is invited at Brown University and Rhode Island school of Design for a workshop on Design Thinking for Social innovation at the Better World by Design.
Ycenter is invited by International Labor Organization in Turin. Italy as a contributing member to prepare charter for “Jobs for the Future” in the dynamic changing world.
4 week Startup program at Pennovation center also saw students from Wharton Business School
Ycenter Kenya launches Social Entrepreneurship for Agriculture program. Also initiates collaboration with GODAN and partners like RCMRD/NASA on how to effectively use Open Data and Open GIS tools for improving agro and nutritional outcomes.
Ycenter was invited for a workshop and a keynote at the 27th annual ebbf in Switzerland. Watch the full talk on YouTube
Ycenter India goes full throttle and launches 4 new offline programs and begins inception of an online platform
Ycenter collaborate with Leading with Vision for Corporate Leadership and Innovation program and gets invited to share his story at the TEDxIITBHU in India
Ycenter in India build a solid foundation.