Category: Social Entreprenuership

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2016 Skoll Social Entrepreneurship Awards Announced

The Skoll Foundation announced the winners of it’s Social Entrepreneurship Awards for 2016 yesterday. The awards will be conferred on the 14th April 2016 at the Skoll World Forum. Every year Skoll Foundation invites applications from social entrepreneurs who are working for radical change at the grassroots across the globe. After a stringent screening process […]

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Interview with Ms Renee Bell, Micro Energy Credits

Q. Tell us a little about your professional background, how did you end up working at Micro Energy Credits (MEC)? I received my degree in Environmental Studies and began my career working at a climate change policy NGO. After gaining experience at the policy level, I wanted field experience and joined the US Peace Corps […]

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Invisible Heart of Markets : Report on Impact Investing

A report titled ” The Invisible Heart of Markets: How Impact Investing is Harnessing Innovation and Capital for Public Good” has been released by The Social Impact Taskforce, which was constituted by the governments of the G8 in June 2013. The report released last week outlines various recommendations that could potentially unleash billions of dollars […]

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Stanford Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship

The Graduate School of Business at Stanford University is now accepting applications for it’s Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship. The 5 Day residential program is designed to help social entrepreneurs take their social enterprises to the next level by leveraging innovative models. The 5 Day program is scheduled to be held from 08 – 13 […]

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Boond secures Series A Investment

Opes Impact Fund (Fondazione Opes) joined by two other members of the Ennovent Circle – Rianta Capital and Sumantra Roy – have closed a Series A equity investment round in North India-based clean energy access company, Boond Engineering & Development. This investment in Boond led by Opes is the seventh deal facilitated by the Ennovent […]

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India Inclusive Innovation Fund

In January 2014, the launch of the Indian Inclusive Innovation fund was announced by the National Innovation Council and the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. All these months the fund remained on paper, but now the newly elected Narendra Modi government has announced concrete steps that could see it becoming operational within this […]

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Ennovent Circle invests in Sudiksha

Ennovent Impact Investment Holding, Opes Impact Fund and Sadeesh Raghavan – all members of Ennovent Circle – closed a pre-series A investment round in Hyderabad based education enterprise Sudiksha Knowledge Solutions today. This investment was undertaken along with Pearson Affordable Learning Fund, First Light Ventures, Eleos Foundation and Village Capital. According to India’s 2011 census data, […]

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Master of Social Entrepreneurship in India

The Deshpande Educational Trust is accepting applications for the 2014 –  2016 Master of Social Entrepreneurship (MSE). MSE is a two-year residential program affiliated with Karnatak University Dharwad and approved by the Government of Karnataka. With a rigorous academic curriculum including more than twenty-five courses, MSE offers a world-class education taught by reputed faculty who […]


Upaya and Elrhino partner to create jobs, protect wildlife in Assam

Upaya Social Ventures ( has announced that it has begun work with Guwahati, Assam-based Elrhino ( – handcrafted luxury paper, stationery products, and packaging materials made from recycled rhinoceros and elephant dung and other natural waste. The company will receive seed capital and ongoing business development support from Upaya through the latter’s LiftUP Project framework. Elrhino manages […]

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DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia Semi-Finalists revealed

Improved education; better healthcare and sanitation; and eco-friendly technologies to tackle climate change. With hopes of turning such idealistic notions into concrete business plans, 418 teams have entered the inaugural DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia. Organised by NUS Enterprise, in partnership with DBS Bank, this is a regional start-up competition that aims to raise awareness […]

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Skoll Foundation Announces 7 awards for Social Entrepreneurship

The Skoll Foundation today announced the seven 2014 recipients of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. The Skoll Award distinguishes transformative leaders who are disrupting the status quo, driving large-scale change, and are poised to make an even greater impact on the world. “These are not lifetime achievement awards,” said Sally Osberg, President and CEO of the Skoll […]

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IFC and Goldman Sachs launch Rs 3600 Crore fund for women

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women program launched a $600 million (Rs 3600 crore) global facility that will increase access to finance to as many as 100,000 women entrepreneurs in emerging markets. Women Entrepreneurs Opportunity Facility The Women Entrepreneurs Opportunity Facility is the first of its kind to […]

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Richard Jefferson on Innovation Cartography at Skoll World Forum

Richard is a prominent molecular biologist, social entrepreneur and innovation systems strategist. He founded Cambia, an independent non-profit social enterprise to democratise problem solving using science-enabled innovation.  Richard developed the landmark hologenome theory of evolution, the Biological Open Source Movement (BiOS) and Patent Lens. Cambia was recently recognized among the top 100 NGO’s of the […]

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The Social Entrepreneur Award 2013

Win a business mentorship program worth US$ 7200 ! The Entrepreneurs Institute is currently giving away one exclusive social entrepreneur award to attend ILab 2013 which is Asia’s first ever resort based social entrepreneur accelerator and incubator program. To apply visit :   WHAT IS ILAB: Held in Bali between 20th August – 18th September, […]

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The Social Benefit Corporation – News Digest

In the United States, a new form of incorporation – The Social Benefit Corporation is gaining ground. Delaware Gov. signs landmark social entrepreneurship law Social entrepreneurship made a huge step forward this month, as Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed legislation creating a new corporate form, the public benefit corporation, that enables companies to “do well […]

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Sankalp Forum launches Online Course On Business Modelling

Sankalp Forum is launching a free online course on business modelling and fundraising for 40 social entrepreneurs with sharp ideas, business plans and/or pilots. Top 5 graduates stand the chance to become semi-finalists at Sankalp Awards 2014, and will also get the opportunity to pitch for incubation support. Starting on Aug 12, 2013, the Course will offer […]

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12th Five Year Plan (2012-2017) – Hackathon

The Planning Commission and the National Innovation Council are organising the first ever Hackathon on the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17) on 6th – 7th April 2013. The Hackathon will invite citizens to innovatively communicate the Plan through creative visualizations and software applications. The 12th Plan is the product of unprecedented participation from Indian citizens […]

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Interview with Aparajita Agrawal, Co-Founder – Intellecap

CNBC TV18 recently featured an in depth interview with Aparajita Agrawal, Co-founder of Intellecap. Interview with Aparajita Agarwal , Intellecap Aparajita Agrawal is on a mission to change India through the pier of entrepreneurship and enterprise. She is part of the founding team of Intellectual Capital Advisory Services or Intellecap. Aparajita has worked closely with […]

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Free Online Certificate course on Global Poverty from MIT

MIT professors Abhishek Banerjee and Esther Duflo are offering a FREE course on “The Challenges of Global Poverty” at the MIT educationX portal. Classes began in mid february but enrollments are still open. All students who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of accomplishment from MIT. You can enrol today at Challenges of Global […]

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10 Upcoming Female Social Entrepreneurs of India – News Digest

The 10 Upcoming Female Social Entrepreneurs of India With social entrepreneurship exploding in popularity all over the world, it becomes hard to identify true future leaders. Here we identify 10 of the upcoming female social entrepreneurs we’re watching. Read more here Top 5 Tips For Social Entrepreneurs We spoke to Sara about entrepreneurs’ responsibility for […]

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Upaya Social Ventures invests in Justrojgar

Delhi-based Justrojgar has announced that it has secured an initial equity investment from Upaya Social Ventures.Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The partnership coincides with the launch of, India’s first-ever integrated on-line employment exchange for the service sector. The company envisions the website as a complement to its other efforts to recruit, train, place, […]

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Sankalp Forum – Samridhi Regional Summit and Award Winners 2012

Kanungo Insitute of Diabetes Speciality wins grand prize and Greenway Grameen wins in Women Impact. Eminent political leaders congregate along with social entrepreneurs and investors to boost economic development activity in the poorest states of India The Sankalp Forum-Samridhi Regional summit was held in Ptna on October 16, 2012. This initiative, organized by Intellecap, a social […]

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Intellecap launches Samridhi Social Enterprise Recognition Forum

Impact investing advisory firm Intellecap has teamed up with DFID UK, to launch a regional forum that will address sustainable and scalable business ventures in the country’s eight low-income states of Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. GIZ is also supporting this initiative, which has been named as the […]

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Social Enterprise : Start-Up School India 2012

What is it ? Social Enterprise Magic Bus is a transformative international learning experience in real-life social entrepreneurship. This unique program turns the field into a classroom, delivering lectures “on the bus” in between field-based research and exercises. SE Magic Bus’s learning-by-doing approach emphasizes personal growth, leadership development, and skills acquisition. SE Magic Bus inspires […]

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EdelGive Social Innovation Honours 2012 finalists announced

The EdelGive Social Innovation Honours (ESIH) 2012 received an overwhelming response where over 250 NGOs applied for the Awards. ESIH 2012 aims to identify and reward organizations that are innovating to empower women in India. The objective is to showcase and support organizations with unique approaches to tackle challenges faced by women. The final winners will […]

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Unitus Seed Fund invests in Bodhicrew, Hippocampus and Milaap Social Ventures

Unitus Labs, an international non-profit focused on reducing global poverty through economic self-empowerment, is launching today the Unitus Seed Fund (, a new seed stage venture fund that invests in Indian startup businesses with potential for large-scale poverty impact. Unitus Seed Fund has also announced its first three investments in Indian startups Bodhicrew Services, Hippocampus […]