Innovation. Design. Impact.
Creative. Co-Founder of Clap Global.
About.


Mark
Co-Founder 
Founded : 2015

Clap Global is a unique cultural platform that enables international travellers to visit local school classrooms and engage in meaningful and eye-opening conversations with students.

Through matching of available dates and city, an international traveller or foreign resident in India can get instantly matched with a local classroom. Clap aims to build a whole new generation that is far more compassionate towards personal, social and cultural differences.

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In 2015, after two years as a Creative Director at TBWA Mumbai, I moved on from advertising and co-founded Clap Global with education entrepreneur and my school friend, Aarti Chhabria (Business head at Clap). The concept emerged from my experiences of meeting people from around the world through work and travel during my 20s. My new global friendships made me question the many stereotypes about foreign cultures that I had unconsciously imbibed as a child. As I learnt to un-condition my mind, I often wondered, "Why should children wait to grow up before their stereotypes are questioned, before they discover new worlds?” Through Clap, it can begin at a young age. 
I conceptualised ‘Travellers in Classrooms’ as an automated platform with an aim to harmonise this into the global education and tourism systems.
This concept also received a warm and overwhelming response at a 2016 TEDx Talk in Mumbai I was invited to. In 2015, Clap was awarded a seed fund by the government of Chile and I spent six months in Santiago working amongst other innovators.

From 2015 to 2019, Clap has become a subject in local schools of 9 Indian cities, built a Clap Curriculum© of global competence, won a bunch of awards, loved by educators, attracted more than 1700 travellers from 129 countries into classrooms and engaged in eye-opening conversations with more than 23,000 students. As Aarti and our fabulous team continue to scale Clap Global to new heights, I move this April 2019 into an advisory position with Clap, to creating new things.


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Clap Map : While Clap Talks currently happen in India, they are expanding to other countries soon.




Communication that travellers see in hostels, hotels and on their timelines ︎ On signing up, they also receive a Clap Kit that includes, How to get matched with a classroom  /  How to prep  / A Peek into a Clap Talk.




A peek into the ‘Misconceptions’ campaign for travellers,
where kids shared what they associated with various countries across the world.
 


A Clap Traveller’s dashbobard





The Clap Curriculum©

Clap’s 15 level global competence curriculum divided into 5 age-groups, has been validated by educationists, curriculum setters and advisors to UNICEF and UNESCO.
Co-creating this with Shubhangi Swarup and observing its powerful transformational impact on the lives of students, travellers and educators, has been one of my greatest joys at Clap. 

Check it out ︎





A Clap School’s dashbobard




Awards, Recognition, Parterships

SuperStartUps Asia Award, 2019
Recognition of Excellence

Social Enablers - Top 100 Global Social Innovations, 2017

Clap Global was featured on the list at No.20 of the most compelling Social Innovations from around the world.


TEDx
Classrooms, Bagpackers and a Revolution - received an overwhelming response at TEDx, Mumbai Chapter, 2016.


Start up of the Year, 2016 - India
Social Messiah of the Year, 2016 - India

Clap Global was adjudged as ‘Start up of the Year’ and ‘Social Messiah of the Year’ by Exhibit Magazine’s 100 Hottest Start Ups 2016 award Jury, comprising members from NASSCOM, Kalaari Capital, NEA and Matrix Partners.

Government of Chile,
Clap Global was awarded a seed fund and 6 months of incubation by the Government of Chile, Start Up Chile - in Santiago, Chile


AIESEC
AIESEC is our official partner for their Youth Leadership Programme, LEAD.

Amnesty International
Amnesty partnered with Clap Global on the HRE (Human Rights Education) part of the Clap Curriculum ©, 2015-2016.


United Nations Youth Peace Ambassadors Network
Supported by the Council of Europe : Partnership, 2017


(AASI) Association of African Students in IndiaPartnership 2016

Round Glass Partners Our primary investors, are a socially conscious global firm, spurring innovation in wellbeing and meaningful living.






Children get to learn about different cultures through real stories and real people, and gradually develop an understanding of the world that is deeper than popular stereotypes. And travellers get to witness a slice of real life in a foreign land while making an actual difference to the lives of the people they meet.





Every student has the philosphy in their very own books of reflection, the Clap Passports.





Mark

Talks

TEDx, Mumbai 2016 : Classrooms, Bagpackers and a Revolution
Symbiosis University, as Chief Guest, Pune 2017
Startup Chile, Santiago 2015
Creative Beta Mornings, Mumbai 2013


I work with

Organisations and individuals
who seek to create positive change and impact on scale through lateral thinking, innovation and design. Who believe in revolutionising and in shaping new cultural landscapes of society.

What I love

Design thinking for problem solving
Mixed media
Branding, Brand building
Installation art
Urban planning
Design for public spaces
Product innovation
Film / cinema / video XR, VR, AR
Oceans / environment
Circular economy
Scuba diving

Swimming with the whales in the wild
Pole Fitness and gymnastics
Bagpacking

World Cinema
The confluence of science, design and spirituality