SEOY 2018

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Social Entrepreneurs are innovators, who implement practical and sustainable solutions to address challenges in numerous areas including health, education, environment, job creation and access to technology. Whether they are set up as for-profit entities, hybrid social ventures or not-for-profit organizations, their primary focus is transformational social change. Social entrepreneurs develop a revenue stream through the sale of products, services, fees or develop key partnerships to achieve sustainability.

About the Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) India Award

The Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award celebrates mature-stage social entrepreneurs and their organizations  that  implement innovative, sustainable and large-scale solutions to address poverty, indignity and the lack of basic services and resources  in ‘Bottom of the Pyramid’ and ultra-poor communities. They work in areas as diverse as health, education, job creation, water, clean energy and building identity and entitlements and access to information and technology. Whether they set up social businesses, hybrid social ventures or not-for-profit organizations, the primary focus of social entrepreneurs is large-scale, transformational impact.


The Jubilant Bhartia Foundation collaborates with the Schwab Foundation to provide unparalleled platforms at the national level for leading social innovators that highlight social entrepreneurship as a key element for inclusive growth. The finalists chosen are amongst those developing solutions in key growth areas. The Jubilant Bhartia Foundation aims to collaborate meaningfully with them by supporting them with linkages and networks to increase their impact and scale.

About Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship

Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship is a sister organization of the World Economic Forum. The Foundation provides unique regional and global platforms to promote social entrepreneurship as a key element to advancing societies and addressing social problems innovatively and effectively. It also fosters a close-knit community of social entrepreneurs for idea exchange and replication of best practices.

Award Benefits

World Economic Forum Events

This is a unique opportunity to connect with business executives, key government leaders, civil society members and media representatives of the region. The Winner(s) will be announced at an Award Celebration in  New Delhi. The registration fee, flight and lodging for all Finalists will be covered.

The Schwab Foundation Network

The Winner(s) will be included in the Schwab Foundation network. Benefits include access to a peer community of social entrepreneurs, services such as pro-bono consulting and legal advice, as well as scholarships to executive education courses at world-class institutions such as Harvard Business School and INSEAD. In addition, the registration-fee for network social entrepreneurs invited to all regional and global World Economic Forum meetings is waived.

Selection Criteria

Download the selection criteria   Selection Criteria.pdf

Winners of Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award

  • Ms Urvashi Sahni of Study Hall Educational Foundation, Lucknow : SEOY - 2017
  • Mr Neichute Doulo of Entrepreneur Associates, Kohima : SEOY- 2016
  • Ms Poonam Bir Kasturi of Daily Dump, Bangalore : SEOY- 2015
  • Dr H Sudarshan of Karuna Trust, Bangalore: SEOY- 2014
  • Ms Chetna Vijay Sinha of Manndeshi Group of Ventures, Satara: SEOY-2013
  • Mr Anshu Gupta of Goonj, Delhi: SEOY-2012
  • Ms Neelam Chhiber of Industree, Bangalore: SEOY-2011
  • Mr Rajiv Khandelwal & Mr Krishnavtar Sharma of Aajeevika Bureau, Udaipur: SEOY-2010