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The Wadhwani Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (WCED) at the Indian School of Business (ISB), the Net Impact Club at ISB and the Central University of Bihar (CUB) jointly organised “Diffusion 2011,” a workshop aimed to impart basic business and management skills to nonprofit organisations. The workshop was conducted in Patna, Bihar on October 3-4, 2011. This was the first time such a workshop was conducted in Patna. 

Bihar, with the largest number of youth under 25 years, has recently emerged as one of the centres of growth in India, and is witnessing major activity and support from non-government agencies. However, given the magnitude of its current and anticipated challenges, there is a need for nonprofit organisations to adopt innovative models and entrepreneurial approaches in order to solve the state’s problems. 
The participants at the event included senior and middle-management level employees of various NGOs, as well as students and faculty from various educational institutions. The workshop was a blend of case studies, lectures, and panel discussions encompassing various aspects of management practices that the participants can leverage upon when building scale and efficiency in their organisations. The workshop curriculum included topics such as governance and metrics, fund raising and revenue generation, marketing and branding as well as disaster management. 
As part of the event, a panel discussion on “Entrepreneurial Approaches for Development” was also organised. The panelists were Professor Janak Pandey, Vice Chancellor at CUB, Professor P P Ghosh, a faculty at the Asian Development Research Institute and three young entrepreneurs working in the social sector. The discussion was moderated by Jagdeep Singh Gambhir, Net Impact Club, ISB. 
The course content for “Diffusion 2011” was developed and delivered by students in the Class of 2012, ISB. The team plans to make this model of training more sustainable and self-driven, and is working towards expanding its reach in the future.