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  • 17 February 2020

    Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship & Jubilant Bhartia Foundation Presents the Hindustan Times Fellowship

    The Stanford Seed Transformation Program is a one-year certificate program that partners with entrepreneurs in emerging economies to build thriving enterprises that transform lives and communities. The high-touch program provides management training, one-on-one support and networking opportunities to empower business owners to lead their regions to greater prosperity.

    The Hindustan Times Fellowship will be granted to one or more person(s) per year to participate in the Seed Transformation Program in India. The fellowship will be offered for five years.

    Ms Hilde Schwab (Chairperson and Co-Founder, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship) said “We are excited to collaborate with Stanford Seed, Hindustan Times, and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation to expand the Stanford Seed Transformation Program’s impact in India. The practical knowledge that our members will gain through this immersive programme will allow them to sharpen their skills, broaden their reach and take their enterprises to the next level. We are grateful to all organizations for their commitment to the field of social innovation.”

    Mr Shyam S Bhartia (Founder and Chairman, Jubilant Bhartia Group) and Mr Hari S Bhartia (Co-Founder and Chairman, Jubilant Bhartia Group) said, “Starting with the Stanford Seed Transformation Program – India Class of 2021, a fellowship is being endowed and called ‘Hindustan Times Fellowship’. In combination with other philanthropic contributions, this fellowship will enable finalists of Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award (SEOY) to participate in the one-year Seed Transformation Program in India. We feel that this will go a long way to help social entrepreneurs gain the leadership and practical management skills.”

    “Companies that complete the Seed program not only grow their revenue, they create jobs and impact their communities at large. We are pleased to bring into our program India's Social Entrepreneur of the Year, thanks to the generous support of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation,” say Mr Darius F. Teter, Executive Director of Stanford Seed.”

    About the organisations

    Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship was co-founded by Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, and his wife Hilde. For twenty years, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship has supported the world’s leading social innovators in their efforts to create a more just, equitable, and sustainable world. The Schwab Foundation provides unparalleled platforms at the regional and global level to highlight and advance leading models of sustainable social innovation.

    Follow the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship on:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/schwabfound

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/schwabfound/

    Jubilant Bhartia Foundation (JBF), established in 2007, is the not-for-profit organisation of the Jubilant Bhartia Group. It focuses on conceptualising and implementing the Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives (CSR) for the Group. The Jubilant Bhartia Foundation’s activities include various community development work, healthcare programs, cultural and sports events, environmental preservation initiative, vocational training, women empowerment, educational activities and promotion of Social Entrepreneurship.

    Follow Jubilant Bhartia Foundation on:

    Twitter: @indiaseoy

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IndiaSEOY/

    Stanford Seed partners with entrepreneurs in emerging economies to build thriving enterprises that transform lives. The Seed Transformation Program is a one-year certificate program delivered by Stanford University through Stanford Graduate School of Business with locations in East Africa, Southern Africa, West Africa, and South Asia. The program provides management training, one-on-one support, and networking opportunities to growth-minded business owners and CEOs.

    Follow Stanford Seed on:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/StanfordSeed

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seedstanford

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Stanford.seed/

    LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/company/stanford-institute-for-innovation-in-developing-economies/

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxq_lXOUlvQCB_IGR5ERMLkxfDkIKpVGZ

  • 09 October 2019

    Shanti Raghavan & Dipesh Sutariya of EnAble India win the Social Entrepreneur of the Year - India Award 2019

    Shri Hardeep Singh Puri presents the Social Entrepreneur of the Year- India Award 2019

    New Delhi, October 03, 2019, – The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, the sister organisation of the World Economic Forum and the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation of Jubilant Bhartia Group today announced Shanti Raghavan & Dipesh Sutariya of EnAble India as the winner of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year India 2019 Award. The award was presented by Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs & Ministry of Civil Aviation and Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India in presence of over 250 participants in New Delhi. The award ceremony was a part of the India Economic Summit hosted by World Economic Forum in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Government of India.

    The SEOY India Award 2019 winner, has been instrumental in building an ecosystem of skilling, employment and entrepreneurship for persons with disabilities (PwDs) through the use of technology innovations, breakthroughs in skill trainings, new workplace solutions and behaviour change tools. EnAble India has positively influenced and changed the mind-set of 729 business houses and built the frameworks of inclusion in universities and government agencies for the employment of PwDs in formal and informal sectors across India.

    Over the years, SEOY India award has established itself as one of the most reputed and coveted award for social entrepreneurs in India. This year the award celebrates its 10th year. In 2010, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation came together to promote social innovation in India through the Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) India Award. The award has seen over 1500 applications in the last 10 years.

    The winner of SEOY India Award participates in the annual and regional meetings of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and will join the world’s largest network of social enterprises

    affiliated with The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. These meetings offer unprecedented opportunities to engage with global decision makers from the public,  corporate, media, academic and civil society sectors. The winner will be invited to join the Schwab Foundation’s global community of over 390 social innovators.

    Congratulating the winner and applauding the work of all finalists of this year’s SEOY India award, Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs & Ministry of Civil Aviation and Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India said, “I would like to express my appreciation, for the hosts of this evening, the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, who have for the last one decade provided a crucial platform to recognise the effects of the social entrepreneurs. Each one of them who have been featured here have done outstanding work.”

    “I am very happy to see how youngsters are becoming change agents in the society.”

     “The announcement of a Social Stock Exchange, in the Budget this year will help social enterprises access to finance. The Finance minister recently announced that Companies can now invest in social enterprises which are aligned with government supported incubation centres.”

    Appreciating the winner and the finalists, Mrs. Hilde Schwab, Chairperson and Co-Founder of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship said, “This year’s winner and finalists of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year India award all exemplify what our community is about – actors who have selflessly dedicated their lives to improving the state of the world around them. We mark the 10th year of our partnership with Jubilant Bhartia with an unprecedented number of finalists, all of whom have made significant contributions to their country by addressing a myriad of issues in innovative ways. We look forward to continuing our work with Jubilant Bhartia to identify, recognise and serve the country’s leading social entrepreneurs in the years to come.”

    Congratulating the winner and the finalists, Mr. Shyam S Bhartia, Chairman and Founder and Mr. Hari S Bhartia, Chairman & Co-Founder, Jubilant Bhartia Group and Founder Directors of Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, said, “The winner and finalists of the SEOY India award are the tech-enabled social entrepreneurs who are helping bridge the gap between the marginalised and the mainstream. In the last decade of this journey, we have witnessed diversity in social innovations coming from remote corners of India. Social entrepreneurs have been harnessing the vast untapped resources and investing time and resources to understand various underlying layers to social issues and create highly customised solutions. It has been a privilege to be partners with the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship in recognising social entrepreneurs in India for the last 10 years.”                                                                                                              

    The entries for this year’s SEOY India award were in categories including enterprise development, disability, water & sanitation, labour conditions, women empowerment, micro finance, housing, fair trade, energy, sustainable farming, communication media, clean technology and nutrition among others.

    This year’s jury members included Mrs. Hilde Schwab, Chairperson & Co – Founder, Schwab Foundation for Entrepreneurship; Ms. Shobhana Bhartia, Chairperson & Editorial Director,

    HT Media Ltd; Ms. Sudha Pillai, Former, Member Secretary, Planning Commission Government of India; Mr. Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, Government of India; Ms. Rohini Nilekani, Chairperson, Arghyam Foundation; Mr. Vikram Kirloskar, President, Confederation of Indian Industry; Ms. Prema Gopalan, Founder, Swayam Shikshan Prayog, Winner SEOY 2018; Mr. Vikram Singh Mehta, Chairman, Brookings India and Mr. P R Ganapathy,

    Regional Director, Stanford Seed India.

     

    About the winner

    Shanti Raghavan and Dipesh Sutariya       

    EnAble India, Bengaluru

    EnAble India (EI) is rapidly building the Indian eco-system of skilling, employment and entrepreneurship for persons with disabilities (PwDs) through technology innovations, breakthroughs in skill trainings, new workplace solutions and behaviour change tools. By changing the mindset of 729 business houses and building frameworks of inclusion in universities and government agencies, EI has created a robust business case for employing PwDs in formal and informal sectors across India.

    Over 20 years, Shanti, Dipesh and their teams have cumulatively transformed the lives of 2,20,000 individuals with disabilities and their families, community leaders and employers, across 28 states. Working across a wide bench of 14 disabilities, all EI trainees perform at par, and receive salaries at par with their non-disabled peers. Through partnerships with 200 non-profit organisations, EnAble India is set to transform one million PwDs as confident tax payers, active citizens and nation-builders over the next three years.

     

    Note to the Editors:

    Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship was co-founded by Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, and his wife Hilde. For twenty years, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship has supported the world’s leading social entrepreneurs in their efforts to create a more just, equitable, and sustainable world. The Schwab Foundation provides unparalleled platforms at the regional and global level to highlight and advance leading models of sustainable social innovation. Learn more at www.schwabfound.org and follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/schwabfound

     

    Jubilant Bhartia Foundation (JBF), established in 2007, is the not-for-profit organization of the Jubilant Bhartia Group. It focuses on conceptualizing and implementing the Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives (CSR) for the Group. The Jubilant Bhartia Foundation’s activities include various community development work, healthcare programs, cultural and sports events, environmental preservation initiative, vocational training, women empowerment, educational activities and promotion of Social Entrepreneurship. www.jubilantbhartiafoundation.com

    Learn more at www.jubilantbhartiafoundation.com and follow on twitter: @indiaseoy  
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IndiaSEOY/

  • 09 October 2019

    Shanti Raghavan & Dipesh Sutariya of EnAble India win the Social Entrepreneur of the Year - India Award 2019

    Shri Hardeep Singh Puri presents the Social Entrepreneur of the Year- India Award 2019

    New Delhi, October 03, 2019, – The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, the sister organisation of the World Economic Forum and the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation of Jubilant Bhartia Group today announced Shanti Raghavan & Dipesh Sutariya of EnAble India as the winner of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year India 2019 Award. The award was presented by Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs & Ministry of Civil Aviation and Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India in presence of over 250 participants in New Delhi. The award ceremony was a part of the India Economic Summit hosted by World Economic Forum in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Government of India.

    The SEOY India Award 2019 winner, has been instrumental in building an ecosystem of skilling, employment and entrepreneurship for persons with disabilities (PwDs) through the use of technology innovations, breakthroughs in skill trainings, new workplace solutions and behaviour change tools. EnAble India has positively influenced and changed the mind-set of 729 business houses and built the frameworks of inclusion in universities and government agencies for the employment of PwDs in formal and informal sectors across India.

    Over the years, SEOY India award has established itself as one of the most reputed and coveted award for social entrepreneurs in India. This year the award celebrates its 10th year. In 2010, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation came together to promote social innovation in India through the Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) India Award. The award has seen over 1500 applications in the last 10 years.

    The winner of SEOY India Award participates in the annual and regional meetings of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and will join the world’s largest network of social enterprises

    affiliated with The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. These meetings offer unprecedented opportunities to engage with global decision makers from the public,  corporate, media, academic and civil society sectors. The winner will be invited to join the Schwab Foundation’s global community of over 390 social innovators.

    Congratulating the winner and applauding the work of all finalists of this year’s SEOY India award, Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs & Ministry of Civil Aviation and Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India said, “I would like to express my appreciation, for the hosts of this evening, the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, who have for the last one decade provided a crucial platform to recognise the effects of the social entrepreneurs. Each one of them who have been featured here have done outstanding work.”

    “I am very happy to see how youngsters are becoming change agents in the society.”

     “The announcement of a Social Stock Exchange, in the Budget this year will help social enterprises access to finance. The Finance minister recently announced that Companies can now invest in social enterprises which are aligned with government supported incubation centres.”

    Appreciating the winner and the finalists, Mrs. Hilde Schwab, Chairperson and Co-Founder of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship said, “This year’s winner and finalists of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year India award all exemplify what our community is about – actors who have selflessly dedicated their lives to improving the state of the world around them. We mark the 10th year of our partnership with Jubilant Bhartia with an unprecedented number of finalists, all of whom have made significant contributions to their country by addressing a myriad of issues in innovative ways. We look forward to continuing our work with Jubilant Bhartia to identify, recognise and serve the country’s leading social entrepreneurs in the years to come.”

    Congratulating the winner and the finalists, Mr. Shyam S Bhartia, Chairman and Founder and Mr. Hari S Bhartia, Chairman & Co-Founder, Jubilant Bhartia Group and Founder Directors of Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, said, “The winner and finalists of the SEOY India award are the tech-enabled social entrepreneurs who are helping bridge the gap between the marginalised and the mainstream. In the last decade of this journey, we have witnessed diversity in social innovations coming from remote corners of India. Social entrepreneurs have been harnessing the vast untapped resources and investing time and resources to understand various underlying layers to social issues and create highly customised solutions. It has been a privilege to be partners with the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship in recognising social entrepreneurs in India for the last 10 years.”                                                                                                              

    The entries for this year’s SEOY India award were in categories including enterprise development, disability, water & sanitation, labour conditions, women empowerment, micro finance, housing, fair trade, energy, sustainable farming, communication media, clean technology and nutrition among others.

    This year’s jury members included Mrs. Hilde Schwab, Chairperson & Co – Founder, Schwab Foundation for Entrepreneurship; Ms. Shobhana Bhartia, Chairperson & Editorial Director,

    HT Media Ltd; Ms. Sudha Pillai, Former, Member Secretary, Planning Commission Government of India; Mr. Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, Government of India; Ms. Rohini Nilekani, Chairperson, Arghyam Foundation; Mr. Vikram Kirloskar, President, Confederation of Indian Industry; Ms. Prema Gopalan, Founder, Swayam Shikshan Prayog, Winner SEOY 2018; Mr. Vikram Singh Mehta, Chairman, Brookings India and Mr. P R Ganapathy,

    Regional Director, Stanford Seed India.

     

    About the winner

    Shanti Raghavan and Dipesh Sutariya       

    EnAble India, Bengaluru

    EnAble India (EI) is rapidly building the Indian eco-system of skilling, employment and entrepreneurship for persons with disabilities (PwDs) through technology innovations, breakthroughs in skill trainings, new workplace solutions and behaviour change tools. By changing the mindset of 729 business houses and building frameworks of inclusion in universities and government agencies, EI has created a robust business case for employing PwDs in formal and informal sectors across India.

    Over 20 years, Shanti, Dipesh and their teams have cumulatively transformed the lives of 2,20,000 individuals with disabilities and their families, community leaders and employers, across 28 states. Working across a wide bench of 14 disabilities, all EI trainees perform at par, and receive salaries at par with their non-disabled peers. Through partnerships with 200 non-profit organisations, EnAble India is set to transform one million PwDs as confident tax payers, active citizens and nation-builders over the next three years.

     

    Note to the Editors:

    Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship was co-founded by Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, and his wife Hilde. For twenty years, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship has supported the world’s leading social entrepreneurs in their efforts to create a more just, equitable, and sustainable world. The Schwab Foundation provides unparalleled platforms at the regional and global level to highlight and advance leading models of sustainable social innovation. Learn more at www.schwabfound.org and follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/schwabfound

     

    Jubilant Bhartia Foundation (JBF), established in 2007, is the not-for-profit organization of the Jubilant Bhartia Group. It focuses on conceptualizing and implementing the Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives (CSR) for the Group. The Jubilant Bhartia Foundation’s activities include various community development work, healthcare programs, cultural and sports events, environmental preservation initiative, vocational training, women empowerment, educational activities and promotion of Social Entrepreneurship. www.jubilantbhartiafoundation.com

    Learn more at www.jubilantbhartiafoundation.com and follow on twitter: @indiaseoy  
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IndiaSEOY/

  • 25 September 2019

    Celebrating a decade of partnership ‘Social Entrepreneur of the Year India Awards’

    Chief Guest: Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs & Ministry of Civil Aviation and Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry Government of India.

    New Delhi, September 25, 2019: The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, the sister organisation of the World Economic Forum and the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, a not for profit organisation of Jubilant Bhartia Group today announced the finalists of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY)- India 2019 award. The finalists were identified following an intensive search and selection process, including expert reviews, background research, reference checks and site visits.

    The seven finalists of the award are:

    • Gaurav Mehta of Dharma Life, New Delhi
    • Shanti Raghavan and Dipesh Sutariya of EnAble India, Bengaluru
    • Mukteshwari Bosco of Healing Fields Foundation, Hyderabad
    • Nand Kishore Chaudhary of Jaipur Rugs, Jaipur
    • Bijal Brahmbhatt of Mahila Housing SEWA Trust, Ahmedabad
    • Aakash Sethi of Quest Alliance, Bengaluru
    • Sanjeev Kumar of The Goat Trust, Lucknow

    Of the seven finalists, the winner will be chosen by a distinguished jury. Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs & Ministry of Civil Aviation and Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry Government of India will present the award at a special ceremony on Thursday, 3rd October, 2019 which is part of the India Economic Summit organised by World Economic Forum and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

    The winner of SEOY India will join the world’s largest network of social enterprises affiliated with The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.

    The finalists of the SEOY India award are the tech-enabled social entrepreneurs who are helping in bridging the gap between the marginalised and the mainstream, by working in fields of livelihood generation for rural women, livestock entrepreneurship, creating safe & sustainable habitats, improving rural health, empowering people with disabilities and art preservation through empowerment of artisans. These social entrepreneurs have brought disruption in their respective fields with their innovative ideas. They have demonstrated that through empowerment of marginalised rural women, people with disabilities, small livestock farmers and grassroots artisans, India can move closer to inclusive growth.

    Over the years, SEOY India award has established itself as one of the most reputed and coveted award for social entrepreneurs in India. This year the award celebrates its 10th year. In 2010, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation came together to promote social innovation in India through the Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) India Award. The annual award recognises entrepreneurs who implement innovative, sustainable and scalable solutions to solve social problems. These entrepreneurs address pressing issues faced by under-served communities.

    The SEOY India award 2019 opened in March this year and received over 120 applications from 19 cities. This year saw over 30 applications from women social entrepreneurs. The categories of intervention include enterprise development, disability, water & sanitation, labour conditions, micro finance, housing, fair trade, energy, sustainable farming, communication media, clean technology and nutrition. In this year’s applications, health sector (43%) lead the nomination tally followed by education (40%), environment (27%) and rural development (26%).

    Brief Descriptions of the Finalists:

    Gaurav Mehta
    Dharma Life, New Delhi (www.dharmalife.in)

    Echoing the belief that economically empowered women leads to empowered families; Dharma Life is providing women in rural India the opportunity to earn a livelihood while driving social change in their villages. These reformed women entrepreneurs, also referred as ‘Dharma Life Entrepreneurs’ (DLE) are changing the face of women empowerment in India..
    Determined to create the largest network of female change agents, Dharma Life has trained and engaged around 16,000 Dharma Life Entrepreneurs (76% women) across 13 states in India. By honing the entrepreneurial skills of rural women Dharma Life is optimising a woman led entrepreneur-based model that delivers critical products and services to low income households. This includes creation of livelihoods for the DLE, training and certification of the DLEs in rural sales entrepreneurship (certified by the National Skills Development Corporation (Government of India) and IFC), sustainable income creation for the Dharma Life Entrepreneurs as well as increased equity in society for them. Reached more than 1,50,000 households and over 1.3 million women with financial literacy campaign.
    It addresses key and interlinked levers of social change – livelihood creation, digital empowerment, water, hygiene & sanitation, menstrual hygiene & family planning, energy access & clean cooking and nutrition.

    Shanti Raghavan and Dipesh Sutariya
    EnAble India, Bengaluru (www.enableindia.org)

    EnAble India (EI) is rapidly building the Indian eco-system of skilling, employment and entrepreneurship for persons with disabilities (PwDs) through technology innovations, breakthroughs in skill trainings, new workplace solutions and behaviour change tools. By changing the mindset of 729 business houses and building frameworks of inclusion in universities and government agencies, EI has created a robust business case for employing PwDs in formal and informal sectors across India.

    Over 20 years, Shanti, Dipesh and their teams have cumulatively transformed the lives of 2,20,000 individuals with disabilities and their families, community leaders and employers, across 28 states. Working across a wide bench of 14 disabilities, all EI trainees perform at par, and receive salaries at par with their non-disabled peers. Through partnerships with 200 Page 3 of 5 non-profit organisations, EnAble India is set to transform one million PwDs as confident tax payers, active citizens and nation-builders over the next three years.

    Mukteshwari Bosco
    Healing Fields Foundation, Hyderabad (www.healing-fields.org)

    Healing Fields Foundation (HFF) is building vibrant eco-systems of rural health care in areas where basic health services are absent or severely deficient. It is doing so by transforming once- voiceless and marginalised women into community healthcare entrepreneurs and health leaders who have a stake in the well-being of their communities. Backed with training in basic health care and innovative technologies (including a health decision-support app), more than 5000 trained community health entrepreneurs have taken healthcare information to nearly 12,50,000 individuals in the most backward districts of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana and Jharkhand. 66% report a 100-200% income increase as a local health entrepreneur. HFF has also kept its eye on enhanced health outcomes. 98% of service users have reported improved health knowledge; 71% regularly practise positive health behaviours and 89% families are immunising their children. Additionally, 1000 school health champions trained by HFF across Telengana have reached 150,000 people with information on health education, nutrition and healthcare products. The HFF model is currently being replicated in Indonesia.

    Nand Kishore Chaudhary
    Jaipur Rugs Ltd., Jaipur Living, Jaipur Rugs Foundation
    Jaipur (www.jaipurrugs.com)

    Jaipur Rugs has catapulted more than 40,000 artisans (weavers and spinners) into artists, designers, entrepreneurs, teachers and quality control experts in the high-end, global, luxury carpet segment in 600 villages. By tripling incomes for women carpet weavers and enhancing their well-being and leadership, it has demonstrated that business success can combine as much meaning and purpose for customers, as it does for its rural and tribal artisans, and their families.

    Jaipur Rugs is an exclusive, handmade carpet and rugs company, serving consumers across 62 countries. Upturning the exploitative practises of the carpet weaving industry, it has integrated ethical business practices with grassroots women’s entrepreneurship and created a business culture of empathy and care. Sharing growth benefits with its artisans, Jaipur Rugs runs an exclusive line of ‘Artisan Originals’ where weavers are the designers of their own rugs, showcasing their artistic creation on national and international platforms.
    Impacted over 1,29,000 lives across Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand, Jaipur Rugs has put the locus of control back in the hands of village level bunkar sakhis and artisans not just through enhanced incomes, but also through leadership trainings, financial literacy and health services.

    Bijal Brahmbhatt
    Mahila Housing SEWA Trust (MHT), Ahmedabad (www.mahilahousingtrust.org)

    By putting poor women in charge of their neighbourhoods, Mahila Housing SEWA Trust (MHT) is changing the face of India’s sprawling urban slums. Viewing habitat as essential to the well-being of a person, MHT mobilises, organises and trains women leaders or ‘Vikasinis’, to participate, design and drive urban planning and the development of their areas. The women map infrastructure gaps, deploy clean energy solutions and partner with local governments and the private sector for basic services like water, sanitation, power, sewerage and advocate for tenure rights. By building the social and leadership capital of resource-poor urban women, MHT ensures they access secure habitats and a quality of life deserving to all citizens.
    Serving four lakh poor households, MHT has scaled its work to 34 cities across eight states in India. Reaching 1.7 million poor individuals, it has legalised power connections for nearly two lakh households, and potable water to 48,000. Close to 57,000 households have built toilets and 30,500 have invested in energy saving products. In a major win, 22,563 Households have secured registration of property titles, resulting in a tangible asset for the poor. With urban population set to increase by nearly 50% by 2030, the MHT model offers a solid women and citizen-led strategy for transforming India’s squalid slums into safe, clean, climate friendly, vibrant socio-economic hubs.

    Aakash Sethi
    Quest Alliance, Bengaluru (www.questalliance.net)

    65% of children starting school today will hold jobs that do not exist yet. They are likely to have four or five careers over the course of their working life. Additionally, technology is rapidly changing job roles and rendering trade-specific skill trainings irrelevant. For Quest Alliance, self-learning and 21st century skills are then, the new life skills that youth will need to thrive, not just survive, in fast digitising economies.

    Quest Alliance has integrated education technologies, curriculum and the culture and practise of self-learning and 21st century skills into India’s education and skill-training system. By doing so, it is transforming institutions, educators, skill trainers, while enabling unemployable youth to respond to a fast digitising economy, enhance their learnability and build rewarding career pathways.

    Through partnerships with 100 non-profit partners and state governments, the Quest Alliance model has been embedded in 5,000 government schools and 800 vocational training centres and ITIs across nine states. It has impacted 3,00,000 adolescent and youth (of which 50% are women) from rural, peri-urban, minority and other excluded communities. 70% of the youth who go through the Quest model are placed in jobs, with a majority reporting an average upward mobility of income of 170% (income compared to their current annual family incomes). A formal Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of India opened the pathway for more than five million adolescent and youth to be impacted by the Quest Alliance model over five years.

    Sanjeev Kumar
    The Goat Trust Group of Social Ventures (www.thegoattrust.org)
    Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
    The Goat Trust Group of Social Ventures is revitalising ailing, rural economies by transforming once marginalised and scattered women goat farmers into formidable network of small livestock entrepreneurs. Sanjeev and his team take a three-pronged approach for putting women in charge of small livestock husbandry: Innovations in micro-leasing (allowing a woman to lease and rear a goat); a network of 10000 ‘pashu sakhis’ or mature women goat farmers who offer scientific livestock rearing and veterinarian services for a fee; and innovative technologies, including a goat health app and an e-commerce platform for women farmers to connect with distant markets and access fair price for their livestock.
    Together, this approach has enabled 3,00,000 ultra-poor women from marginalised communities to scale their small livestock farming value chains. They have enhanced their annual incomes from upwards of Rs 70,000 to Rs 900,000. Collectively, they have organised into 25 producer organisations with annual turnover of Rs 500 million. The Goat Trust group has scaled its model in 18 states through the state rural livelihoods mission machinery, focussing on difficult agro climatic zone like dry lands, forest fringe villages and floodaffected areas. More than 84 non-profit organisations across India, West Africa and Afghanistan, have been trained in its ‘Goat Gurukul’ to create the groundswell of women small livestock husbandry leaders.

    Note to the Editors:
    Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship was co-founded by Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, and his wife Hilde. For twenty years, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship has supported the world’s leading social entrepreneurs in their efforts to create a more just, equitable, and sustainable world. The Schwab Foundation provides unparalleled platforms at the regional and global level to highlight and advance leading models of sustainable social innovation.
    Learn more at www.schwabfound.org and follow on: Twitter: https://twitter.com/schwabfound
    Jubilant Bhartia Foundation (J(JBF), established in 2007, is the not-for-profit organisation of the Jubilant Bhartia Group. It focuses on conceptualising and implementing the Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives (CSR) for the Group. The Jubilant Bhartia Foundation’s activities include various community development work, healthcare programs, cultural and sports events, environmental preservation initiative, vocational training, women empowerment, educational activities and promotion of Social Entrepreneurship. www.jubilantbhartiafoundation.com
    Learn more at www.jubilantbhartiafoundation.com and follow on: Twitter: @indiaseoy  
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/IndiaSEOY

  • 25 September 2019

    Celebrating a decade of partnership ‘Social Entrepreneur of the Year India Awards’

    Chief Guest: Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs & Ministry of Civil Aviation and Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry Government of India.

    New Delhi, September 25, 2019: The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, the sister organisation of the World Economic Forum and the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, a not for profit organisation of Jubilant Bhartia Group today announced the finalists of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY)- India 2019 award. The finalists were identified following an intensive search and selection process, including expert reviews, background research, reference checks and site visits.

    The seven finalists of the award are:

    • Gaurav Mehta of Dharma Life, New Delhi
    • Shanti Raghavan and Dipesh Sutariya of EnAble India, Bengaluru
    • Mukteshwari Bosco of Healing Fields Foundation, Hyderabad
    • Nand Kishore Chaudhary of Jaipur Rugs, Jaipur
    • Bijal Brahmbhatt of Mahila Housing SEWA Trust, Ahmedabad
    • Aakash Sethi of Quest Alliance, Bengaluru
    • Sanjeev Kumar of The Goat Trust, Lucknow

    Of the seven finalists, the winner will be chosen by a distinguished jury. Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs & Ministry of Civil Aviation and Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry Government of India will present the award at a special ceremony on Thursday, 3rd October, 2019 which is part of the India Economic Summit organised by World Economic Forum and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

    The winner of SEOY India will join the world’s largest network of social enterprises affiliated with The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.

    The finalists of the SEOY India award are the tech-enabled social entrepreneurs who are helping in bridging the gap between the marginalised and the mainstream, by working in fields of livelihood generation for rural women, livestock entrepreneurship, creating safe & sustainable habitats, improving rural health, empowering people with disabilities and art preservation through empowerment of artisans. These social entrepreneurs have brought disruption in their respective fields with their innovative ideas. They have demonstrated that through empowerment of marginalised rural women, people with disabilities, small livestock farmers and grassroots artisans, India can move closer to inclusive growth.

    Over the years, SEOY India award has established itself as one of the most reputed and coveted award for social entrepreneurs in India. This year the award celebrates its 10th year. In 2010, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation came together to promote social innovation in India through the Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) India Award. The annual award recognises entrepreneurs who implement innovative, sustainable and scalable solutions to solve social problems. These entrepreneurs address pressing issues faced by under-served communities.

    The SEOY India award 2019 opened in March this year and received over 120 applications from 19 cities. This year saw over 30 applications from women social entrepreneurs. The categories of intervention include enterprise development, disability, water & sanitation, labour conditions, micro finance, housing, fair trade, energy, sustainable farming, communication media, clean technology and nutrition. In this year’s applications, health sector (43%) lead the nomination tally followed by education (40%), environment (27%) and rural development (26%).

    Brief Descriptions of the Finalists:

    Gaurav Mehta
    Dharma Life, New Delhi (www.dharmalife.in)

    Echoing the belief that economically empowered women leads to empowered families; Dharma Life is providing women in rural India the opportunity to earn a livelihood while driving social change in their villages. These reformed women entrepreneurs, also referred as ‘Dharma Life Entrepreneurs’ (DLE) are changing the face of women empowerment in India..
    Determined to create the largest network of female change agents, Dharma Life has trained and engaged around 16,000 Dharma Life Entrepreneurs (76% women) across 13 states in India. By honing the entrepreneurial skills of rural women Dharma Life is optimising a woman led entrepreneur-based model that delivers critical products and services to low income households. This includes creation of livelihoods for the DLE, training and certification of the DLEs in rural sales entrepreneurship (certified by the National Skills Development Corporation (Government of India) and IFC), sustainable income creation for the Dharma Life Entrepreneurs as well as increased equity in society for them. Reached more than 1,50,000 households and over 1.3 million women with financial literacy campaign.
    It addresses key and interlinked levers of social change – livelihood creation, digital empowerment, water, hygiene & sanitation, menstrual hygiene & family planning, energy access & clean cooking and nutrition.

    Shanti Raghavan and Dipesh Sutariya
    EnAble India, Bengaluru (www.enableindia.org)

    EnAble India (EI) is rapidly building the Indian eco-system of skilling, employment and entrepreneurship for persons with disabilities (PwDs) through technology innovations, breakthroughs in skill trainings, new workplace solutions and behaviour change tools. By changing the mindset of 729 business houses and building frameworks of inclusion in universities and government agencies, EI has created a robust business case for employing PwDs in formal and informal sectors across India.

    Over 20 years, Shanti, Dipesh and their teams have cumulatively transformed the lives of 2,20,000 individuals with disabilities and their families, community leaders and employers, across 28 states. Working across a wide bench of 14 disabilities, all EI trainees perform at par, and receive salaries at par with their non-disabled peers. Through partnerships with 200 Page 3 of 5 non-profit organisations, EnAble India is set to transform one million PwDs as confident tax payers, active citizens and nation-builders over the next three years.

    Mukteshwari Bosco
    Healing Fields Foundation, Hyderabad (www.healing-fields.org)

    Healing Fields Foundation (HFF) is building vibrant eco-systems of rural health care in areas where basic health services are absent or severely deficient. It is doing so by transforming once- voiceless and marginalised women into community healthcare entrepreneurs and health leaders who have a stake in the well-being of their communities. Backed with training in basic health care and innovative technologies (including a health decision-support app), more than 5000 trained community health entrepreneurs have taken healthcare information to nearly 12,50,000 individuals in the most backward districts of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana and Jharkhand. 66% report a 100-200% income increase as a local health entrepreneur. HFF has also kept its eye on enhanced health outcomes. 98% of service users have reported improved health knowledge; 71% regularly practise positive health behaviours and 89% families are immunising their children. Additionally, 1000 school health champions trained by HFF across Telengana have reached 150,000 people with information on health education, nutrition and healthcare products. The HFF model is currently being replicated in Indonesia.

    Nand Kishore Chaudhary
    Jaipur Rugs Ltd., Jaipur Living, Jaipur Rugs Foundation
    Jaipur (www.jaipurrugs.com)

    Jaipur Rugs has catapulted more than 40,000 artisans (weavers and spinners) into artists, designers, entrepreneurs, teachers and quality control experts in the high-end, global, luxury carpet segment in 600 villages. By tripling incomes for women carpet weavers and enhancing their well-being and leadership, it has demonstrated that business success can combine as much meaning and purpose for customers, as it does for its rural and tribal artisans, and their families.

    Jaipur Rugs is an exclusive, handmade carpet and rugs company, serving consumers across 62 countries. Upturning the exploitative practises of the carpet weaving industry, it has integrated ethical business practices with grassroots women’s entrepreneurship and created a business culture of empathy and care. Sharing growth benefits with its artisans, Jaipur Rugs runs an exclusive line of ‘Artisan Originals’ where weavers are the designers of their own rugs, showcasing their artistic creation on national and international platforms.
    Impacted over 1,29,000 lives across Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand, Jaipur Rugs has put the locus of control back in the hands of village level bunkar sakhis and artisans not just through enhanced incomes, but also through leadership trainings, financial literacy and health services.

    Bijal Brahmbhatt
    Mahila Housing SEWA Trust (MHT), Ahmedabad (www.mahilahousingtrust.org)

    By putting poor women in charge of their neighbourhoods, Mahila Housing SEWA Trust (MHT) is changing the face of India’s sprawling urban slums. Viewing habitat as essential to the well-being of a person, MHT mobilises, organises and trains women leaders or ‘Vikasinis’, to participate, design and drive urban planning and the development of their areas. The women map infrastructure gaps, deploy clean energy solutions and partner with local governments and the private sector for basic services like water, sanitation, power, sewerage and advocate for tenure rights. By building the social and leadership capital of resource-poor urban women, MHT ensures they access secure habitats and a quality of life deserving to all citizens.
    Serving four lakh poor households, MHT has scaled its work to 34 cities across eight states in India. Reaching 1.7 million poor individuals, it has legalised power connections for nearly two lakh households, and potable water to 48,000. Close to 57,000 households have built toilets and 30,500 have invested in energy saving products. In a major win, 22,563 Households have secured registration of property titles, resulting in a tangible asset for the poor. With urban population set to increase by nearly 50% by 2030, the MHT model offers a solid women and citizen-led strategy for transforming India’s squalid slums into safe, clean, climate friendly, vibrant socio-economic hubs.

    Aakash Sethi
    Quest Alliance, Bengaluru (www.questalliance.net)

    65% of children starting school today will hold jobs that do not exist yet. They are likely to have four or five careers over the course of their working life. Additionally, technology is rapidly changing job roles and rendering trade-specific skill trainings irrelevant. For Quest Alliance, self-learning and 21st century skills are then, the new life skills that youth will need to thrive, not just survive, in fast digitising economies.

    Quest Alliance has integrated education technologies, curriculum and the culture and practise of self-learning and 21st century skills into India’s education and skill-training system. By doing so, it is transforming institutions, educators, skill trainers, while enabling unemployable youth to respond to a fast digitising economy, enhance their learnability and build rewarding career pathways.

    Through partnerships with 100 non-profit partners and state governments, the Quest Alliance model has been embedded in 5,000 government schools and 800 vocational training centres and ITIs across nine states. It has impacted 3,00,000 adolescent and youth (of which 50% are women) from rural, peri-urban, minority and other excluded communities. 70% of the youth who go through the Quest model are placed in jobs, with a majority reporting an average upward mobility of income of 170% (income compared to their current annual family incomes). A formal Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of India opened the pathway for more than five million adolescent and youth to be impacted by the Quest Alliance model over five years.

    Sanjeev Kumar
    The Goat Trust Group of Social Ventures (www.thegoattrust.org)
    Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
    The Goat Trust Group of Social Ventures is revitalising ailing, rural economies by transforming once marginalised and scattered women goat farmers into formidable network of small livestock entrepreneurs. Sanjeev and his team take a three-pronged approach for putting women in charge of small livestock husbandry: Innovations in micro-leasing (allowing a woman to lease and rear a goat); a network of 10000 ‘pashu sakhis’ or mature women goat farmers who offer scientific livestock rearing and veterinarian services for a fee; and innovative technologies, including a goat health app and an e-commerce platform for women farmers to connect with distant markets and access fair price for their livestock.
    Together, this approach has enabled 3,00,000 ultra-poor women from marginalised communities to scale their small livestock farming value chains. They have enhanced their annual incomes from upwards of Rs 70,000 to Rs 900,000. Collectively, they have organised into 25 producer organisations with annual turnover of Rs 500 million. The Goat Trust group has scaled its model in 18 states through the state rural livelihoods mission machinery, focussing on difficult agro climatic zone like dry lands, forest fringe villages and floodaffected areas. More than 84 non-profit organisations across India, West Africa and Afghanistan, have been trained in its ‘Goat Gurukul’ to create the groundswell of women small livestock husbandry leaders.

    Note to the Editors:
    Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship was co-founded by Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, and his wife Hilde. For twenty years, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship has supported the world’s leading social entrepreneurs in their efforts to create a more just, equitable, and sustainable world. The Schwab Foundation provides unparalleled platforms at the regional and global level to highlight and advance leading models of sustainable social innovation.
    Learn more at www.schwabfound.org and follow on: Twitter: https://twitter.com/schwabfound
    Jubilant Bhartia Foundation (J(JBF), established in 2007, is the not-for-profit organisation of the Jubilant Bhartia Group. It focuses on conceptualising and implementing the Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives (CSR) for the Group. The Jubilant Bhartia Foundation’s activities include various community development work, healthcare programs, cultural and sports events, environmental preservation initiative, vocational training, women empowerment, educational activities and promotion of Social Entrepreneurship. www.jubilantbhartiafoundation.com
    Learn more at www.jubilantbhartiafoundation.com and follow on: Twitter: @indiaseoy  
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  • 16 July 2019

    A Decade of Social Entrepreneurship India Award

    Noida, July 16, 2019: Jubilant Bhartia Foundation and Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a sister organisation of the World Economic Forum, celebrate 10 years of a vibrant partnership in bringing the most coveted social entrepreneurship award in India. In 2010, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation came together to promote social innovation in India through the Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) India Award.

    The SEOY India award 2019 will be presented at a high-profile event in New Delhi on 3rd October this year coinciding with the ‘India Economic Summit’ of the World Economic Forum and Confederation of Indian Industry.

    • Social Innovation Takes Off in India: A total of over 1480 unique social innovation applications have been received in 10 years.
    • 10 years have seen a total of 497 women applications across India.
    • Women Change Makers: 5 out of 9 winners of the SEOY India award are women social entrepreneurs.
    • Turnover of participating social organisations range from Rs 1 million to Rs 600 million.
    • Stringent evaluation: Two new parameters for evaluation of social entrepreneurs – Market-based and Technology-enabled solutions added this year.
    • New Trends: In the recent years, sustainable farming and clean technology have emerged as new areas of social entrepreneurship

    The annual award recognises entrepreneurs who implement innovative, sustainable and scalable solutions. These entrepreneurs address pressing issues faced by under-served communities in an effort to make inclusive growth a reality in India. They work in diverse areas such as health, education, employment, water, clean energy, building identity & entitlements, financial literacy, access to information and technology among others. The applications are evaluated on the key parameters of Innovation, Sustainability, Direct Social Impact, Reach & Scope, Replicability. The year 2019 sees the addition of two new parameters of ‘Market-based’ and ‘Technology-enabled’ solutions. The finalists will be selected following an intensive search and selection process, including expert reviews and site visits. The winner is selected by a prominent Jury consisting of eminent leaders and professionals from Government, Business, Media and Civil Society.

    The winner of SEOY India will join the world’s largest network of social enterprises affiliated with The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, so as to engage, build and sustain their social enterprises. The winner is awarded by a prominent chief guest in a magnificent ceremony every year.

    • 2019 Applications Trend:
      • Over 120 applicants from 19 cities
      • Over 30 applications from women social entrepreneurs
      • Health sector with 43% applications leads the nomination tally followed by Education at 40%, Environment 27% and Rural Development following closely at 26%
      • Around 20% of the entries from Women Empowerment
      • Most active sectors are Education, Health, Livelihood, Environment, Technology, Women Empowerment
      •  New categories witnessed are Enterprise Development, Disability, Water & Sanitation, Labour Conditions, Micro Finance, Housing, Fair Trade, Energy, Sustainable Farming, Communication Media, Clean Technology and Nutrition

    The Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) India Award aims to promote and celebrate leading social entrepreneurs and their unique ventures in India that help in addressing the various gaps in our society and country. Through providing recognition, the SEOY India Award hopes to inspire many other potential social entrepreneurs in India every year.

    About Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship was co-founded by Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum and his wife Hilde. For twenty years, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship has supported the world’s leading social entrepreneurs in their efforts to create a more just, equitable, and sustainable world. The Schwab Foundation provides unparalleled platforms at the regional and global level to highlight and advance leading models of sustainable social innovation. Learn about us at www.schwabfound.org and follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/schwabfound.

  • 16 July 2019

    A Decade of Social Entrepreneurship India Award

    Noida, July 16, 2019: Jubilant Bhartia Foundation and Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a sister organisation of the World Economic Forum, celebrate 10 years of a vibrant partnership in bringing the most coveted social entrepreneurship award in India. In 2010, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation came together to promote social innovation in India through the Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) India Award.

    The SEOY India award 2019 will be presented at a high-profile event in New Delhi on 3rd October this year coinciding with the ‘India Economic Summit’ of the World Economic Forum and Confederation of Indian Industry.

    • Social Innovation Takes Off in India: A total of over 1480 unique social innovation applications have been received in 10 years.
    • 10 years have seen a total of 497 women applications across India.
    • Women Change Makers: 5 out of 9 winners of the SEOY India award are women social entrepreneurs.
    • Turnover of participating social organisations range from Rs 1 million to Rs 600 million.
    • Stringent evaluation: Two new parameters for evaluation of social entrepreneurs – Market-based and Technology-enabled solutions added this year.
    • New Trends: In the recent years, sustainable farming and clean technology have emerged as new areas of social entrepreneurship

    The annual award recognises entrepreneurs who implement innovative, sustainable and scalable solutions. These entrepreneurs address pressing issues faced by under-served communities in an effort to make inclusive growth a reality in India. They work in diverse areas such as health, education, employment, water, clean energy, building identity & entitlements, financial literacy, access to information and technology among others. The applications are evaluated on the key parameters of Innovation, Sustainability, Direct Social Impact, Reach & Scope, Replicability. The year 2019 sees the addition of two new parameters of ‘Market-based’ and ‘Technology-enabled’ solutions. The finalists will be selected following an intensive search and selection process, including expert reviews and site visits. The winner is selected by a prominent Jury consisting of eminent leaders and professionals from Government, Business, Media and Civil Society.

    The winner of SEOY India will join the world’s largest network of social enterprises affiliated with The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, so as to engage, build and sustain their social enterprises. The winner is awarded by a prominent chief guest in a magnificent ceremony every year.

    • 2019 Applications Trend:
      • Over 120 applicants from 19 cities
      • Over 30 applications from women social entrepreneurs
      • Health sector with 43% applications leads the nomination tally followed by Education at 40%, Environment 27% and Rural Development following closely at 26%
      • Around 20% of the entries from Women Empowerment
      • Most active sectors are Education, Health, Livelihood, Environment, Technology, Women Empowerment
      •  New categories witnessed are Enterprise Development, Disability, Water & Sanitation, Labour Conditions, Micro Finance, Housing, Fair Trade, Energy, Sustainable Farming, Communication Media, Clean Technology and Nutrition

    The Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) India Award aims to promote and celebrate leading social entrepreneurs and their unique ventures in India that help in addressing the various gaps in our society and country. Through providing recognition, the SEOY India Award hopes to inspire many other potential social entrepreneurs in India every year.

    About Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship was co-founded by Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum and his wife Hilde. For twenty years, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship has supported the world’s leading social entrepreneurs in their efforts to create a more just, equitable, and sustainable world. The Schwab Foundation provides unparalleled platforms at the regional and global level to highlight and advance leading models of sustainable social innovation. Learn about us at www.schwabfound.org and follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/schwabfound.

  • 11 October 2018

    Social Entrepreneur of the Year - India Award 2018

    Prema Gopalan of Swayam Shikshan Prayog is Social Entrepreneur of the Year - India Award 2018 Winner
    Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog presents the Social Entrepreneur of the Year- India Award 2018

    New Delhi, India, 11 October 2018 – The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, the sister organisation of the World Economic Forum and the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation of Jubilant Bhartia Group today announced Prema Gopalan of Swayam Shikshan Prayog as the winner of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year India 2018 Award. The Award was presented by Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, National Institution for Transforming India, NITI Aayog, Government of India in the presence of over 150 participants in New Delhi.

    The SEOY India Award 2018 winner, is revitalizing rural economies by putting women in charge. Working in areas affected by global climate change, it has unleashed women farmers, entrepreneurs and grassroots business leaders who are solving the problems of their communities through small businesses. Prema Gopalan and her team have built vibrant eco-systems to enable 145,000 women to succeed in remote and ailing markets. The SSP model comprises four ventures: a federated network of 5000 SHGs; a resilience fund for women-led businesses; a rural school of entrepreneurship and leadership for women; and a market aggregator that provides warehousing, branding, marketing and distribution services to last-mile business women. In addition, it has catalyzed the government, investors, financial institutions and Indian and global corporations to partner directly with grassroots women business leaders.

    The SEOY India Award promotes social entrepreneurs in India by recognising organisations that work to promote inclusive growth and contribute to bring change in the society through their entrepreneurial vision. The winner of SEOY India Award participates in the annual and regional meetings of the World Economic Forum (WEF). These meetings offer unprecedented opportunities to engage with global decision makers from the public, corporate, media, academic, and civil society sectors. The winner will be invited to join the Schwab Foundation’s global community of over 300 social innovators. The finalists are evaluated on key parameters of Innovation, Sustainability, Scalability, Reach and Direct Social Impact.

    Applauding the work of the two finalists of this year SEOY India award, Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, National Institution for Transforming India, NITI Aayog, Government of India said, “India is at the forefront of social entrepreneurship and the Social Entrepreneur of India Award, in my view, is the platform where real transformation is taking place. Social Entrepreneurs are the people who are doing well by doing good and are creating long-term value with their work. Social Entrepreneurs are devoted to serving the underserved and I feel privileged to be here at the award ceremony.”

    Congratulating the winner, Dr. Rajiv Kumar said, “I congratulate Ms. Prema Gopalan of Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP) for winning this prestigious award and hope that she will continue the good work in creating value by building resilient communities.”

    “The World Economic Forum has long championed gender equality on the global agenda,” said Hilde Schwab, Chairperson and Co-Founder of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. “The 2018 winner, Prema Gopalan of Swayam Shikshan Prayog, has demonstrated that investing in rural women is a good investment. Female entrepreneurs are critical actors to help bring about the transformation that India seeks!” added Ms. Schwab.

    Congratulating the winner, Shyam S Bhartia, Chairman & Founder Jubilant Bhartia Group and Founder Director of Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, said, “We are entering 10th year of partnership with Schwab Foundation. In the last 9 years, we received more than 1400 applications for this award. The response is indeed overwhelming and the quality of the applications very competitive. We are glad to see how SEOY India Award is able to identify and bring to the forefront the enterprises who are achieving social impact at a larger scale. We hope that this year’s SEOY India Award winner will serve as an inspiration to future generations of social innovators.”

    This year, the SEOY India Award received over 100 applications of exceptional quality which were evaluated on key parameters of innovation, sustainability, scalability, reach and direct social impact. An independent panel of distinguished jury selected the winner. This year’s jury members included Ms Hilde Schwab, Co-founder & Chairperson, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship; Ms Shobhana Bhartia, Chairperson & Editorial Director, HT Media Ltd; Mr Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, Government of India; Mr Sunil Kant Munjal, Chairman, Hero Enterprise; Ms. Urvashi Sahni, Study Hall Educational Foundation, Winner SEOY 2017; Mr Srivatsan Rajan, Chairman, Bain & Company, India; Ms Chetna Sinha, Founder, Manndeshi Group of Ventures, Winner SEOY 2013 and Mr Paul Basil, Founder & CEO, Villgro Innovation Foundation.

    About the winner

    PREMA GOPALAN
    SWAYAM SHIKSHAN PRAYOG (SSP)
    Pune, Maharashtra

    The SEOY India Award 2018 winner, Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP), is revitalizing rural economies by putting women in charge. Working in areas affected by global climate change, it has unleashed women farmers, entrepreneurs and grassroots business leaders who are solving the problems of their communities through small businesses.

    Prema Gopalan and her team have built vibrant eco-systems to enable 145,000 women to succeed in remote and ailing markets. The SSP model comprises four ventures: a federated network of 5000 SHGs; a resilience fund for women-led businesses; a rural school of entrepreneurship and leadership for women; and a market aggregator that provides warehousing, branding, marketing and distribution services to last-mile business women. In addition, it has catalyzed the government, investors, financial institutions and Indian and global corporations to partner directly with grassroots women business leaders.

    Over two decades, this has had a domino effect in 2000 climate-threatened villages across 6 states of India. 97,874 women in drought and flood-affected villages have set up enterprises in clean energy, sanitation, basic health services, nutrition and safe agriculture. They have transitioned from self-employment to diversify their ventures, aggregate into value chains and mentor thousands of others to get on the path of entrepreneurship. 46,750 women have claimed their identities as farmers. A majority have land deeds in their name. 900 women are recognized locally as climate resilience leaders and 500 are playing a role in local governance. Family incomes have increased by 45%- 55%. 30,000 acres of arid land have been converted for organic farming and cultivation of food crops.

    SSP’s grassroots women entrepreneurs are taking their communities forward as part of their business success. As SSP partners with the government to scale its model, it is demonstrating that investing in rural women entrepreneurs can be a solid strategy for transforming India.

    Note to the Editors:

    Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship was co-founded by Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, and his wife Hilde. For twenty years, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship has supported the world’s leading social entrepreneurs in their efforts to create a more just, equitable, and sustainable world. The Schwab Foundation provides unparalleled platforms at the regional and global level to highlight and advance leading models of sustainable social innovation. Learn about us at www.schwabfound.org and follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/schwabfound

    Jubilant Bhartia Foundation (JBF), established in 2007, is the not-for-profit organization of the Jubilant Bhartia Group. It focuses on conceptualizing and implementing the Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives (CSR) for the Group. The Jubilant Bhartia Foundation’s activities include various community development work, healthcare programs, cultural and sports events, environmental preservation initiative, vocational training, women empowerment, educational activities and promotion of Social Entrepreneurship. www.jubilantbhartiafoundation.com

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  • 09 April 2018

    Entries open for ‘Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY)-India Award 2018’

    Noida, Monday, April 9, 2018: Jubilant Bhartia Foundation in collaboration with The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a sister organization of the World Economic Forum, announces opening of entries for the annual competition –Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) India Award 2018. The applications will be accepted till April 30, 2018. Interested candidates may submit the application form available at jubilantbhartiafoundation.com or can email the filled form to jbf_seoy@jubl.com or india@schwabfound.org
    The winner will be announced during a high-profile ceremony to be held in the month of October.

    The SEOY India Award promotes social entrepreneurs in India by recognizing organizations that work to promote inclusive growth and contribute to bring change in the society through their entrepreneurial vision. The winner of SEOY India Award earns a chance to participate in the annual and regional meetings of the World Economic Forum (WEF).  These meetings offer unprecedented opportunities to engage with global decision makers from the public, corporate, media, academic, and civil society sectors.

     

    SEOY India Award- Selection Process

    Step 1: Assessment of applications key parameters of innovation, sustainability, reach, replicability and social and environmental impact

    Step 2: Due diligence process- expert reviews, site visits, shortlisting of semi-finalists

    Step 3: Selection of finalists basis the due diligence report

    Step 4: Jury consisting of eminent professionals from different walks of life selects the winner

    Step 5: Winners are announced at a high-profile event in New Delhi

    This year, SEOY ventures into its 9th successive edition, commemorating the partnership between Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, by building and sustaining an ecosystem to promote social entrepreneurship in India. Last year, Ms. Urvashi Sahni of Study Hall Educational Foundation, Lucknow was conferred this prestigious award for her exceptional contribution in the field of education, empowering and building leaders among India’s most disadvantaged girls. She was felicitated for her work by Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Minister of Commerce & Industry, Government of India in the presence of over 300 distinguished guests at a high-level celebration in New Delhi.

     

    The SEOY India award celebrates and applauds social entrepreneurs and their ventures that implement innovative, practical and sustainable solutions to address poverty and the lack of basic services and resources in ‘Bottom of the Pyramid’ and ultra-poor communities, i.e., health, education, job creation, water, clean energy and access to information and technology. Social entrepreneurs develop a revenue stream through the sale of products, services, fees or develop key partnerships to stay sustainable.

    Quick Links:
    Download the application form: SEOY India 2018
    Applicants can email the filled form to: runa_pathak@jubl.com, jbf_seoy@jubl.com & india@schwabfound.org

    Note to the Editors:
    The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship is a not-for-profit, independent and neutral organization, co-founded in 1998 by Prof. Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, and his wife, Hilde. The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship provides unparalleled platforms at the regional and global level to highlight and advance leading models of sustainable social innovation. It identifies a select community of social entrepreneurs and engages it in shaping global, regional and industry agendas that improve the state of the world in close collaboration with the other stakeholders of the World Economic Forum.
    Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/schwabfound


    World Economic Forum: Committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

    Jubilant Bhartia Foundation (JBF): Established in 2007, is the not-for-profit organization of the Jubilant Bhartia Group. It focuses on conceptualizing and implementing the Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives (CSR) for the Group. The Jubilant Bhartia Foundation’s activities include various community development work, healthcare programs, cultural and sports events, environmental preservation initiative, vocational training, women empowerment, educational activities and promotion of Social Entrepreneurship. www.jubilantbhartiafoundation.com

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  • 09 April 2018

    Entries open for ‘Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY)-India Award 2018’

    Noida, Monday, April 9, 2018: Jubilant Bhartia Foundation in collaboration with The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a sister organization of the World Economic Forum, announces opening of entries for the annual competition –Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) India Award 2018. The applications will be accepted till April 30, 2018. Interested candidates may submit the application form available at jubilantbhartiafoundation.com or can email the filled form to jbf_seoy@jubl.com or india@schwabfound.org
    The winner will be announced during a high-profile ceremony to be held in the month of October.

    The SEOY India Award promotes social entrepreneurs in India by recognizing organizations that work to promote inclusive growth and contribute to bring change in the society through their entrepreneurial vision. The winner of SEOY India Award earns a chance to participate in the annual and regional meetings of the World Economic Forum (WEF).  These meetings offer unprecedented opportunities to engage with global decision makers from the public, corporate, media, academic, and civil society sectors.

     

    SEOY India Award- Selection Process

    Step 1: Assessment of applications key parameters of innovation, sustainability, reach, replicability and social and environmental impact

    Step 2: Due diligence process- expert reviews, site visits, shortlisting of semi-finalists

    Step 3: Selection of finalists basis the due diligence report

    Step 4: Jury consisting of eminent professionals from different walks of life selects the winner

    Step 5: Winners are announced at a high-profile event in New Delhi

    This year, SEOY ventures into its 9th successive edition, commemorating the partnership between Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, by building and sustaining an ecosystem to promote social entrepreneurship in India. Last year, Ms. Urvashi Sahni of Study Hall Educational Foundation, Lucknow was conferred this prestigious award for her exceptional contribution in the field of education, empowering and building leaders among India’s most disadvantaged girls. She was felicitated for her work by Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Minister of Commerce & Industry, Government of India in the presence of over 300 distinguished guests at a high-level celebration in New Delhi.

     

    The SEOY India award celebrates and applauds social entrepreneurs and their ventures that implement innovative, practical and sustainable solutions to address poverty and the lack of basic services and resources in ‘Bottom of the Pyramid’ and ultra-poor communities, i.e., health, education, job creation, water, clean energy and access to information and technology. Social entrepreneurs develop a revenue stream through the sale of products, services, fees or develop key partnerships to stay sustainable.

    Quick Links:
    Download the application form: SEOY India 2018
    Applicants can email the filled form to: runa_pathak@jubl.com, jbf_seoy@jubl.com & india@schwabfound.org

    Note to the Editors:
    The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship is a not-for-profit, independent and neutral organization, co-founded in 1998 by Prof. Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, and his wife, Hilde. The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship provides unparalleled platforms at the regional and global level to highlight and advance leading models of sustainable social innovation. It identifies a select community of social entrepreneurs and engages it in shaping global, regional and industry agendas that improve the state of the world in close collaboration with the other stakeholders of the World Economic Forum.
    Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/schwabfound


    World Economic Forum: Committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

    Jubilant Bhartia Foundation (JBF): Established in 2007, is the not-for-profit organization of the Jubilant Bhartia Group. It focuses on conceptualizing and implementing the Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives (CSR) for the Group. The Jubilant Bhartia Foundation’s activities include various community development work, healthcare programs, cultural and sports events, environmental preservation initiative, vocational training, women empowerment, educational activities and promotion of Social Entrepreneurship. www.jubilantbhartiafoundation.com

    Follow Jubilant Bhartia Foundation on:
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  • 04 October 2017

    Urvashi Sahni of Study Hall Educational Foundation (SHEF) is Social Entrepreneur of the Year India 2017 Award Winner

    ~ Winner gets a chance to enter the World Economic forum network, enhance the learning curve with course opportunities at Harvard University, Stanford University, INSEAD and benefit from dialogues with the industry stalwarts for funding and business opportunities ~

    New Delhi, India, 4 October 2017 – The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a sister organization of the World Economic Forum, in partnership with the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation announced Urvashi Sahni of Study Hall Educational Foundation (SHEF) as the winner of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year India 2017 Award. The Award was conferred by Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Minister of Commerce & Industry, Government of India in the presence of over 300 participants at a high-profile gathering in New Delhi. The award ceremony also served as the welcome dinner of the India Economic Summit organized by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

    Applauding the work of all the three finalists of this year SEOY award, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Minister of Commerce & Industry, Government of India said “Social Entrepreneurs deal with different aspects and challenges that exists in the society. They are bringing technology with their commitment and passion to transform lives of many people. I firmly believe that changing lives is far more important than anything else and hence to have a happier society we need many more social entrepreneurs like we have seen today.”

    Social entrepreneurs are the change agents who are addressing the needs of underserved communities in both scalable and sustainable ways. The winner of SEOY India 2017 Award was able to impress the eminent jury by scoring high on the parameters of Innovation, sustainability, Direct Social Impact, Reach & Scope and Replicability. The winner qualified as a candidate who is actively bringing social change by transforming traditional practice and is apt to be a role model for future social entrepreneurs and the general public.

    “This year’s three finalists are all working to address different aspects of the education ecosystem – mid-day meals to help students focus in school, increasing girls’ enrolment in marginalized areas, and helping to change attitudes and culture around gender roles through schools. Our three finalists are operating at significant scale across India, pioneering advances in technology, community engagement, and learning methodology to build a strong educational foundation that will enable India’s future as a prosperous, innovative, and inclusive society”, said Hilde Schwab, Chairperson & Co-founder, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.

    Congratulating the winner, Shyam S Bhartia, Chairman & Founder and Hari S Bhartia, Co-Chairman & Founder, Jubilant Bhartia Group and Founder Directors of Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, said, “We feel inspired by the passion of all the three finalists. High technology can brighten potential of India's social entrepreneurs and this has been proved by this year’s finalists by their use of modern technology in implementing change. The last eight years of organising the SEOY India Award has been an insightful and enriching experience for us. Even for the winners, the SEOY India platform has offered several opportunities to network, identify new avenues for funding and enhancement in their learning curve.  We are glad to see that the platform of SEOY India Award has evolved to become one of the most distinguished honor for social entrepreneurs in our country.”

    Urvashi Sahni of Study Hall Educational Foundation (SHEF) was awarded for her exceptional contribution in the field of education that includes, empowers and builds leaders among India’s most disadvantaged girls. Aided by technology, policy push and partnerships with the state governments of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, SHEF has scaled its model of education to 900 government schools, trained 5000 government teachers and impacted 1,50,000 girls directly and 2,70,000 girls indirectly in the hotbeds of poverty and gender discrimination.

    Schwab Foundation and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation warmly congratulate the finalists and for their outstanding contributions. This year’s SEOY India Award winner, Urvashi Sahni of Study Hall Educational Foundation (SHEF)  will be invited to join the Schwab Foundation’s global community of over 300 social innovators.

    Of over 100 applicants received for this year’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year selection process for India, three finalists emerged after several stages of rigorous assessment. An independent panel of distinguished jury selected the winner. This year’s jury members included Ms Hilde Schwab, Chairperson & Co founder, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship; Ms Shobhana Bhartia, Chairperson & Editorial Director, HT Media Ltd; Ms Sudha Pillai, Board Member, Jubilant Life Sciences Limited & Former Member Secretary, Planning Commission, Government of India; Mr Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, Government of India; Mr Sunil Kant Munjal, Chairman, Hero Enterprise; Mr Paul Basil, Founder & CEO, Villgro Innovation Foundation; Mr Neichute Doulo, Founder, Entrepreneur Associates & Winner SEOY 2016 and Ms Neelam Chhiber, Founder, Industree Crafts Foundation & Winner SEOY 2011.

    The SEOY Awards have been in existence in India for 13 years now. 2017 celebrates eighth year of partnership between the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation.

    Note to the Editors:
    Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship was co-founded by Prof. Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, and his wife, Hilde. The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship provides unparalleled platforms at the regional and global level to highlight and advance leading models of sustainable social innovation. It identifies a select community of social entrepreneurs and engages it in shaping global, regional and industry agendas that improve the state of the world in close collaboration with the other stakeholders of the World Economic Forum.

    Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/schwabfound

    World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

    Jubilant Bhartia Foundation (JBF), established in 2007, is the not-for-profit organization of the Jubilant Bhartia Group. It focuses on conceptualizing and implementing the Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives (CSR) for the Group. The Jubilant Bhartia Foundation’s activities include various community development work, healthcare programs, cultural and sports events, environmental preservation initiative, vocational training, women empowerment, educational activities and promotion of Social Entrepreneurship. www.jubilantbhartiafoundation.com
    Follow Jubilant Bhartia Foundation on:
    Twitter @indiaseoy | Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Social-Entrepreneur-of-the-Year-India-Award

  • 04 October 2017

    Urvashi Sahni of Study Hall Educational Foundation (SHEF) is Social Entrepreneur of the Year India 2017 Award Winner

    ~ Winner gets a chance to enter the World Economic forum network, enhance the learning curve with course opportunities at Harvard University, Stanford University, INSEAD and benefit from dialogues with the industry stalwarts for funding and business opportunities ~

    New Delhi, India, 4 October 2017 – The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a sister organization of the World Economic Forum, in partnership with the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation announced Urvashi Sahni of Study Hall Educational Foundation (SHEF) as the winner of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year India 2017 Award. The Award was conferred by Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Minister of Commerce & Industry, Government of India in the presence of over 300 participants at a high-profile gathering in New Delhi. The award ceremony also served as the welcome dinner of the India Economic Summit organized by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

    Applauding the work of all the three finalists of this year SEOY award, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Minister of Commerce & Industry, Government of India said “Social Entrepreneurs deal with different aspects and challenges that exists in the society. They are bringing technology with their commitment and passion to transform lives of many people. I firmly believe that changing lives is far more important than anything else and hence to have a happier society we need many more social entrepreneurs like we have seen today.”

    Social entrepreneurs are the change agents who are addressing the needs of underserved communities in both scalable and sustainable ways. The winner of SEOY India 2017 Award was able to impress the eminent jury by scoring high on the parameters of Innovation, sustainability, Direct Social Impact, Reach & Scope and Replicability. The winner qualified as a candidate who is actively bringing social change by transforming traditional practice and is apt to be a role model for future social entrepreneurs and the general public.

    “This year’s three finalists are all working to address different aspects of the education ecosystem – mid-day meals to help students focus in school, increasing girls’ enrolment in marginalized areas, and helping to change attitudes and culture around gender roles through schools. Our three finalists are operating at significant scale across India, pioneering advances in technology, community engagement, and learning methodology to build a strong educational foundation that will enable India’s future as a prosperous, innovative, and inclusive society”, said Hilde Schwab, Chairperson & Co-founder, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.

    Congratulating the winner, Shyam S Bhartia, Chairman & Founder and Hari S Bhartia, Co-Chairman & Founder, Jubilant Bhartia Group and Founder Directors of Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, said, “We feel inspired by the passion of all the three finalists. High technology can brighten potential of India's social entrepreneurs and this has been proved by this year’s finalists by their use of modern technology in implementing change. The last eight years of organising the SEOY India Award has been an insightful and enriching experience for us. Even for the winners, the SEOY India platform has offered several opportunities to network, identify new avenues for funding and enhancement in their learning curve.  We are glad to see that the platform of SEOY India Award has evolved to become one of the most distinguished honor for social entrepreneurs in our country.”

    Urvashi Sahni of Study Hall Educational Foundation (SHEF) was awarded for her exceptional contribution in the field of education that includes, empowers and builds leaders among India’s most disadvantaged girls. Aided by technology, policy push and partnerships with the state governments of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, SHEF has scaled its model of education to 900 government schools, trained 5000 government teachers and impacted 1,50,000 girls directly and 2,70,000 girls indirectly in the hotbeds of poverty and gender discrimination.

    Schwab Foundation and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation warmly congratulate the finalists and for their outstanding contributions. This year’s SEOY India Award winner, Urvashi Sahni of Study Hall Educational Foundation (SHEF)  will be invited to join the Schwab Foundation’s global community of over 300 social innovators.

    Of over 100 applicants received for this year’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year selection process for India, three finalists emerged after several stages of rigorous assessment. An independent panel of distinguished jury selected the winner. This year’s jury members included Ms Hilde Schwab, Chairperson & Co founder, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship; Ms Shobhana Bhartia, Chairperson & Editorial Director, HT Media Ltd; Ms Sudha Pillai, Board Member, Jubilant Life Sciences Limited & Former Member Secretary, Planning Commission, Government of India; Mr Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, Government of India; Mr Sunil Kant Munjal, Chairman, Hero Enterprise; Mr Paul Basil, Founder & CEO, Villgro Innovation Foundation; Mr Neichute Doulo, Founder, Entrepreneur Associates & Winner SEOY 2016 and Ms Neelam Chhiber, Founder, Industree Crafts Foundation & Winner SEOY 2011.

    The SEOY Awards have been in existence in India for 13 years now. 2017 celebrates eighth year of partnership between the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation.

    Note to the Editors:
    Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship was co-founded by Prof. Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, and his wife, Hilde. The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship provides unparalleled platforms at the regional and global level to highlight and advance leading models of sustainable social innovation. It identifies a select community of social entrepreneurs and engages it in shaping global, regional and industry agendas that improve the state of the world in close collaboration with the other stakeholders of the World Economic Forum.

    Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/schwabfound

    World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

    Jubilant Bhartia Foundation (JBF), established in 2007, is the not-for-profit organization of the Jubilant Bhartia Group. It focuses on conceptualizing and implementing the Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives (CSR) for the Group. The Jubilant Bhartia Foundation’s activities include various community development work, healthcare programs, cultural and sports events, environmental preservation initiative, vocational training, women empowerment, educational activities and promotion of Social Entrepreneurship. www.jubilantbhartiafoundation.com
    Follow Jubilant Bhartia Foundation on:
    Twitter @indiaseoy | Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Social-Entrepreneur-of-the-Year-India-Award

  • 13 September 2017

    Finalists for Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) India 2017 Award

    The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, the sister organisation of the World Economic Forum and the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation of Jubilant Bhartia Group today announced the finalists of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY)- India 2017 Award. The finalists for the Award were identified on the basis of rigorous due diligence process. The finalists are:

    • Madhu Pandit Dasa, Akshaya Patra, Bengaluru
    • Safeena Husain, Educate Girls, Mumbai
    • Urvashi Sahni, Study Hall Educational Foundation, Lucknow

    The SEOY India Award puts a spotlight on the most remarkable change makers from the country. The finalists are addressing the needs of underserved communities in both scalable and sustainable ways. Their efforts span poverty, hunger, gender inequality, women empowerment and education.  The efforts of all the finalists are aligned with United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. This year’s SEOY winner will be chosen by a distinguished jury and announced at an Award ceremony in the first week of October in New Delhi. The event coincides with the India Economic Summit organized by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

    SEOY India Award has emerged as one of the longstanding recognition of global repute for country’s social entrepreneurs. The Award celebrates the finest model in social entrepreneurship and the entrepreneur who dream of creating value for their community. The three finalists of 2017 are working through government as well as private partnerships to bring grassroot changes through their enterprise model.

    According to Mrs Hilde Schwab, Co-founder & Chairperson, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, “The work of social entrepreneurs is more important than ever in a world marked by rapid change, and I congratulate the impressive achievements of the three finalists for the Social Entrepreneur of the Year India 2017 Award. Their work represents a strong commitment to make a lasting impact on issues like healthcare and education in India, and we hope that these entrepreneurs will serve as an inspiration to future generations of social innovators in India and beyond.”

    Congratulating the finalists, Mr. Shyam S Bhartia, Chairman & Founder and Mr. Hari S Bhartia, Co-Chairman & Founder, Jubilant Bhartia Group and Founder Directors of Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, said, “We are proud to be associated with the Schwab Foundation for last eight years in bringing this prestigious Award to India.  The finalists of this year have overcome several challenges and addressed some deep-rooted social issues. We are committed to promote social innovation and hope that the annual Social Entrepreneur of the Year India Award continues to spark more entrepreneurs to find innovative solutions that drive transformative change and serve communities.”

    The SEOY India 2017 Award opened in March this year and received over 100 applications of exceptional quality. Through a five-stage selection process, the finalists were shortlisted after on-site visits, background research, reference checks and multiple rounds of deliberations.

    Brief Descriptions of the Finalists

    Madhu Pandit Dasa
    Chairperson
    Akshaya Patra Foundation (AP)

    Founded in 2000, with a mission that “no child in India should be deprived of education because of hunger”, Akshaya Patra (Sanskrit for ‘inexhaustible vessel’) provides nutritious, and hygienic meals to children in government schools through India’s ambitious mid-day meal scheme (MDM). In less than a decade, it has established itself as the world’s largest MDM provider – feeding 1.6 million children a day across 12 states.

    To deliver meals on time with the highest quality of hygiene, nutrition and culinary preferences across urban geographies, Akshay Patra has designed kitchen that operate on the backbone of technology to produce 100,000 meals per day, with minimum human handling. 13 out of AP’s 26 urban kitchens are ISO 22000:2005 certified for excellence in Food Safety Management System (FSMS). Improvement strategies like Kaizen, Continual Improvement Projects and Six Sigma are constantly being implemented in APs’ kitchens to ensure food safety, efficiency and cost reduction.

    For its founder Madhu Pandit Dasa, every child in school is a child free from labour. Under his leadership AP has scaled rapidly, setting an ambitious target to feed 5 million children by 2020.

    Safeena Husain,
    Educate Girls (EG)
    Mumbai, Maharashtra

     

    Safeena Husain and her venture, Educate Girls are working indefatigably to address the gender inequality in education.

    At the heart of EG’s model is a highly motivated, mission driven cadre of 10,000 volunteers called ‘Team Balika’.  Drawn from the village community, they are local role models, going door-to-door to identify out of school girls and convincing parents through multiple strategies to send them to school. Tackling the issue of poor infrastructure, they work with School Management Committees to prepare school improvement plans, including building toilets for girls. Trained by EG to deliver its creative learning and  life skills kits, they promote girls leadership through lifeskills training.

    From a pilot project in Pali and Jalore districts in Rajasthan, EG has grown in ten years into a 16000+ schools program, with over 1,50,000 girls enrolled in school till date (with 90% retention), and reaching over 3.8 million total beneficiaries.  Safeena is also piloting the Development Impact Bond – an innovation that has the power to transform how government, business and civil society invest in the long-term to ensure that no girl is out of school in India.

    Urvashi Sahni,
    Study Hall Education Foundation (SHEF)
    Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

     

    Study Hall Education Foundation has shaped and scaled a model of education that includes, empowers and builds leaders among India’s most disadvantaged girls. SHEF runs a network of schools, based on two critical innovations. The first is ‘feminist pedagogy’ or a gender- empowering method of education. Delivered through ‘critical dialogue’, it enables girls and boys to go beyond academics, understand and build the agency needed to transform their worlds. SHEF’s second innovation is the Universe of Care practice. Recognizing that care itself is a vehicle for empowerment, SHEF creates classrooms where teachers and learner are held in relationships of respect, trust and empathy; where teacher and student are equal and learning is conducted through dialogue; where art, music, sport are integral to schooling.  

    To ensure that women from ultra-poor communities have the resources to keep their daughters in schools, Urvashi Sahni has spun off Didi’s – a catering and tailoring venture that
    is run by urban poor women. Didi’s has captured the Lucknow market for corporate meals and has doubled the incomes of its women employees.

    Aided by technology, policy push and partnerships with the state governments of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, SHEF has scaled its model of education to 900 government schools, trained 5000 government teachers and impacted 1,50,000 girls directly and 2,70,000 girls indirectly in the hotbeds of poverty and gender discrimination. More than 1412 videos of transformative classroom sessions, created by SHEF are being accessed and practiced across remote rural government and private schools of India.

    Note to the Editors:
    Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship was co-founded by Prof. Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, and his wife, Hilde. The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship provides unparalleled platforms at the regional and global level to highlight and advance leading models of sustainable social innovation. It identifies a select community of social entrepreneurs and engages it in shaping global, regional and industry agendas that improve the state of the world in close collaboration with the other stakeholders of the World Economic Forum.
    Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/schwabfound

    World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

    Jubilant Bhartia Foundation (JBF), established in 2007, is the not-for-profit organization of the Jubilant Bhartia Group. It focuses on conceptualizing and implementing the Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives (CSR) for the Group. The Jubilant Bhartia Foundation’s activities include various community development work, healthcare programs, cultural and sports events, environmental preservation initiative, vocational training, women empowerment, educational activities and promotion of Social Entrepreneurship. www.jubilantbhartiafoundation.com
    Follow Jubilant Bhartia Foundation on:
    Twitter @indiaseoy  | Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Social-Entrepreneur-of-the-Year-India-Award-252375598433808/

    Start Up! is a Delhi-based social enterprise which manages the outreach, due diligence and jury presentation of the SEOY India awards on behalf of the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation.

  • 28 March 2017

    Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY)-India Award 2017

    • Apply before April 30, 2017 to India’s most coveted award for social entrepreneurs
    • Assessment on key parameters of innovation, sustainability, reach, replicability & social impact

    The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a sister organization of the World Economic Forum, in partnership with the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation announces opening of entries for the annual competition –Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) India Award 2017. The applications will be accepted till April 30, 2017. Interested candidates may submit the application form available at jubilantbhartiafoundation.com or can email the filled form to jbf_seoy@jubl.com or india@schwabfound.org

    The SEOY India Award promotes social entrepreneurs in India by recognizing organizations that work to promote inclusive growth and contribute to bring change in society through their entrepreneurial vision. The winner of SEOY India Award earns a chance to participate in the annual and regional meetings of the World Economic Forum (WEF).  These meetings offers unprecedented opportunities to engage with global decision makers from the public, corporate, media, academic, and civil society sectors.

    2017 celebrates eighth year of partnership between Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation. Last year, Mr. Neichute Doulo of Entrepreneurs Associates (EA) from Nagaland was awarded the Social Entrepreneur of the Year India Award for his work in promoting entrepreneurship and peace building in north-eastern India by Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping of India in the presence of over 300 distinguished guests at a high-level celebration in New Delhi.

    SEOY India Award- Selection Process

    • Step 1: Assessment of applications key parameters of innovation, sustainability, reach, replicability and social impact.
    • Step 2: Due diligence process- expert reviews, site visits, shortlisting of semi-finalists
    • Step 3: Selection of finalists basis the due diligence report
    • Step 4: Jury consisting of eminent professionals from different walks of life selects the winner
    • Step 5: Winners are announced at a high-profile event in New Delhi

    The award celebrates and applauds leading social entrepreneurs and their ventures that implement innovative, practical and sustainable solutions to address poverty and the lack of basic services and resources in ‘Bottom of the Pyramid’ and ultra-poor communities (i.e. health, education, job creation, water, clean energy and access to information and technology). Social entrepreneurs develop a revenue stream through the sale of products, services, fees or develop key partnerships to stay sustainable.

    Quick Links:

    Download the application form: SEOY India 2017
    Applicants can email the filled form to: runa_pathak@jubl.com, jbf_seoy@jubl.com & india@schwabfound.org

    Note to the Editors:

    Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship was co-founded by Prof. Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, and his wife, Hilde. The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship provides unparalleled platforms at the regional and global level to highlight and advance leading models of sustainable social innovation. It identifies a select community of social entrepreneurs and engages it in shaping global, regional and industry agendas that improve the state of the world in close collaboration with the other stakeholders of the World Economic Forum.

    Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/schwabfound

    World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

    Jubilant Bhartia Foundation (JBF), established in 2007, is the not-for-profit organization of the Jubilant Bhartia Group. It focuses on conceptualizing and implementing the Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives (CSR) for the Group. The Jubilant Bhartia Foundation’s activities include various community development work, healthcare programs, cultural and sports events, environmental preservation initiative, vocational training, women empowerment, educational activities and promotion of Social Entrepreneurship. www.jubilantbhartiafoundation.com

    Follow Jubilant Bhartia Foundation on:
    Twitter at https://twitter.com/indiaseoy and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Social-Entrepreneur-of-the-Year-India-Award-252375598433808/

  • 06 October 2016

    Neichute Doulo, Entrepreneurs Associate (EA) is India’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2016

    New Delhi, India, 6 October 2016 – The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a sister organization of the World Economic Forum, in partnership with the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation announced Neichute Doulo, Entrepreneurs Associate (EA) as the winner of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year- India 2016. The awards were conferred by Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping of India in the presence of over 300 participants at a high-level celebration in New Delhi. The award ceremony also served as the welcome dinner of the India Economic Summit organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the World Economic Forum (WEF).

    Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road, Transport, Highways and Shipping said "Politics is an instrument of social and economic reforms. There is a need to create awareness on social consciousness and social responsibility." He applauded the work done by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation in recognising and rewarding the efforts of the social entrepreneurs over the years. He also congratulated the finalists and all the social entrepreneurs for working towards a greater cause at the grassroot level."

    Neichute Doulo of Entrepreneurs Associate (EA) was awarded for his work in promoting entrepreneurship and peace building in north-eastern India. The Naga movement, one of the oldest unresolved armed conflicts in the world, has hampered economic development in the region. For over 20 years, EA has successfully launched the first generations of Naga and Manipuri entrepreneurs, built up vibrant local markets, catalysed local production, generated local jobs, activated financial institutions and steered government will to demonstrate that entrepreneurship can be the route to peace building.

    Of over 100 applicants considered at this year’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year selection process for India, five finalists emerged after several stages of rigorous assessment. An independent panel of distinguished jury selected the winner. This year’s judges included Ms Shobhana Bhartia, Chairperson & Editorial Director of HT Media Ltd; Ms Hilde Schwab, Chairperson and Co-Founder, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship; Ms Sudha

     Pillai, Board Member Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd and Former Member Secretary of Planning Commission, Govt. of India; Mr Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog, Govt. of India; Mr Harish Hande, Managing Director,  Selco Solar Light Ltd; Ms Poonam Bir Kasturi, Founder, Daily Dump & Winner SEOY 2015; Ms Rohini Nilekani, Chairperson, Arghyam Foundation; Mr Sunil Kant Munjal, Chairman, Hero Corp. Services Private Limited; Mr Vikram Gandhi, Founder and CEO, VSG Capital Advisors & Mr William Bissell, Managing Director, Fab India Overseas Pvt. Ltd.

    Commenting on the finalists, Hilde Schwab, Chairperson and Co-Founder of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, said, “We are delighted to see that this year’s finalists are all strong contributors to the key social priorities of the Government of India. They are all operating at significant scale across regions including north-eastern India and supporting social and economic inclusion in many ways – by creating access to basic services, skills and digital connectivity.”

    Congratulating the winner, Mr. Shyam S Bhartia, Chairman & Founder and Mr. Hari S Bhartia, Co-Chairman & Founder, Jubilant Bhartia Group and Founder Directors of Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, said, “Jubilant Bhartia Foundation is committed to promoting social entrepreneurship in the country. SEOY India Award aims at rewarding passion, dedication to a cause and the ability to drive change through innovation and modern technology. We congratulate all the participants for their efforts in addressing social problems and bringing about transformational change.”

    Neichute Doulo will be invited to join the Schwab Foundation’s global community of over 300 social innovators. Social Entrepreneurs are driven by their mission to create substantial social change and promote inclusive growth, developing new products and service models that benefit underserved communities.

    Note to the Editors:
    The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship was co-founded by Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, and his wife, Hilde. Since its inception in 2000, the Foundation has been identifying the world’s leading social entrepreneurs and involves the community of 300 award winners in advancing the field of social innovation in collaboration with corporate, government and academic stakeholders. Selected social entrepreneurs of the Schwab Foundation network participate in World Economic Forum events, thus providing unique opportunities for them to connect with business, political and media leaders. Find out more about the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship on our website. Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/schwabfound

     The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

    Jubilant Bhartia Foundation (JBF), established in 2007, is the not-for-profit organization of the Jubilant Bhartia Group. It focuses on conceptualizing and implementing the Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives (CSR) for the Group. The Jubilant Bhartia Foundation’s activities include various community development work, healthcare programs, cultural and sports events, environmental preservation initiative, vocational training, women empowerment, educational activities and promotion of Social Entrepreneurship. www.jubilantbhartiafoundation.com

  • 06 October 2016

    Neichute Doulo, Entrepreneurs Associate (EA) is India’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2016

    New Delhi, India, 6 October 2016 – The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a sister organization of the World Economic Forum, in partnership with the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation announced Neichute Doulo, Entrepreneurs Associate (EA) as the winner of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year- India 2016. The awards were conferred by Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping of India in the presence of over 300 participants at a high-level celebration in New Delhi. The award ceremony also served as the welcome dinner of the India Economic Summit organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the World Economic Forum (WEF).

    Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road, Transport, Highways and Shipping said "Politics is an instrument of social and economic reforms. There is a need to create awareness on social consciousness and social responsibility." He applauded the work done by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation in recognising and rewarding the efforts of the social entrepreneurs over the years. He also congratulated the finalists and all the social entrepreneurs for working towards a greater cause at the grassroot level."

    Neichute Doulo of Entrepreneurs Associate (EA) was awarded for his work in promoting entrepreneurship and peace building in north-eastern India. The Naga movement, one of the oldest unresolved armed conflicts in the world, has hampered economic development in the region. For over 20 years, EA has successfully launched the first generations of Naga and Manipuri entrepreneurs, built up vibrant local markets, catalysed local production, generated local jobs, activated financial institutions and steered government will to demonstrate that entrepreneurship can be the route to peace building.

    Of over 100 applicants considered at this year’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year selection process for India, five finalists emerged after several stages of rigorous assessment. An independent panel of distinguished jury selected the winner. This year’s judges included Ms Shobhana Bhartia, Chairperson & Editorial Director of HT Media Ltd; Ms Hilde Schwab, Chairperson and Co-Founder, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship; Ms Sudha

     Pillai, Board Member Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd and Former Member Secretary of Planning Commission, Govt. of India; Mr Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog, Govt. of India; Mr Harish Hande, Managing Director,  Selco Solar Light Ltd; Ms Poonam Bir Kasturi, Founder, Daily Dump & Winner SEOY 2015; Ms Rohini Nilekani, Chairperson, Arghyam Foundation; Mr Sunil Kant Munjal, Chairman, Hero Corp. Services Private Limited; Mr Vikram Gandhi, Founder and CEO, VSG Capital Advisors & Mr William Bissell, Managing Director, Fab India Overseas Pvt. Ltd.

    Commenting on the finalists, Hilde Schwab, Chairperson and Co-Founder of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, said, “We are delighted to see that this year’s finalists are all strong contributors to the key social priorities of the Government of India. They are all operating at significant scale across regions including north-eastern India and supporting social and economic inclusion in many ways – by creating access to basic services, skills and digital connectivity.”

    Congratulating the winner, Mr. Shyam S Bhartia, Chairman & Founder and Mr. Hari S Bhartia, Co-Chairman & Founder, Jubilant Bhartia Group and Founder Directors of Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, said, “Jubilant Bhartia Foundation is committed to promoting social entrepreneurship in the country. SEOY India Award aims at rewarding passion, dedication to a cause and the ability to drive change through innovation and modern technology. We congratulate all the participants for their efforts in addressing social problems and bringing about transformational change.”

    Neichute Doulo will be invited to join the Schwab Foundation’s global community of over 300 social innovators. Social Entrepreneurs are driven by their mission to create substantial social change and promote inclusive growth, developing new products and service models that benefit underserved communities.

    Note to the Editors:
    The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship was co-founded by Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, and his wife, Hilde. Since its inception in 2000, the Foundation has been identifying the world’s leading social entrepreneurs and involves the community of 300 award winners in advancing the field of social innovation in collaboration with corporate, government and academic stakeholders. Selected social entrepreneurs of the Schwab Foundation network participate in World Economic Forum events, thus providing unique opportunities for them to connect with business, political and media leaders. Find out more about the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship on our website. Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/schwabfound

     The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

    Jubilant Bhartia Foundation (JBF), established in 2007, is the not-for-profit organization of the Jubilant Bhartia Group. It focuses on conceptualizing and implementing the Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives (CSR) for the Group. The Jubilant Bhartia Foundation’s activities include various community development work, healthcare programs, cultural and sports events, environmental preservation initiative, vocational training, women empowerment, educational activities and promotion of Social Entrepreneurship. www.jubilantbhartiafoundation.com

  • 23 September 2016

    SEOY 2016- Finalist announcement - 23 September 2016

    Excellence in Social Entrepreneurship
    Five outstanding social entrepreneurs, representing high impact social ventures are finalists of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year-India 2016 Award

    ~ Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road, Transport, Highways and Shipping to give away the awards ~

    New Delhi, Friday, September 23, 2016
    Following a rigorous due diligence process, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, the sister organization of the World Economic Forum and the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation today announced the finalists of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY)- India 2016 Award. The finalist are:

    • Shanti Raghavan and Dipesh Sutariya of EnAble India, Bengaluru
    • Neichute Doulo of Entrepreneurs Associate, Kohima
    • Vikas Shah of WaterHealth India Pvt Ltd, Hyderabad
    • Mrinalini Kher of Yuva Parivartan/ Kherwadi Social Welfare Association, Mumbai
    • Hilmi Quraishi and Subhi Quraishi of ZMQ, New Delhi

    The winner will be chosen by a distinguished jury and announced at an awards ceremony on October 6, 2016 in New Delhi. Mr Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road, Transport, Highways and Shipping will be the Chief Guest and present the award. This year the SEOY award ceremony is part of the India Economic Summit organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the World Economic Forum (WEF).

    The finalists of the SEOY India – 2016 Awards are building vibrant eco-systems in the fields of disability; skilling, employment and entrepreneurship; health; water sanitation and hygiene; and technology for development. They are working to equip isolated and marginal communities & to change behaviours and take charge of their own lives. All five enterprises are working through government partnerships to bring fresh ideas in flagship initiatives of the country such as Smart City, Skill India, Start Up India and Digital India.

    According to Mrs Hilde Schwab, Co-founder & Chairperson, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, “We are delighted to see that this year’s finalists are all strong contributors to the key social priorities of the Government of India. They are all operating at significant scale across regions including north eastern India, and supporting social and economic inclusion in many ways – by creating access to basic services, skills and digital connectivity.”

    Congratulating the finalists, Mr. Shyam S Bhartia, Chairman & Founder and Mr. Hari S Bhartia, Co-Chairman & Founder, Jubilant Bhartia Group and Founder Directors of Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, said, “We are happy that over the last seven years we have been able to create an annual platform, where social entrepreneurs across the country are recognized. The winner gets a chance to join the world’s largest network of social enterprises affiliated with The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. This enhances their professional linkages and offers them an opportunity to learn from peer groups. This year, the finalists have shown a dedication towards diverse social issues like inclusion of specially able people, mainstreaming of youths in conflict areas through Entrepreneurship, Technology for development, employability, drinking water etc. which require urgent attention.”

    The SEOY Awards, India 2016 opened in March this year and received over 100 applications of exceptional quality. Through a five-stage selection process, the finalists were shortlisted after on-site visits, background research, reference checks and multiple rounds of deliberations.

  • 23 September 2016

    SEOY 2016- Finalist announcement - 23 September 2016

    Excellence in Social Entrepreneurship
    Five outstanding social entrepreneurs, representing high impact social ventures are finalists of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year-India 2016 Award

    ~ Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road, Transport, Highways and Shipping to give away the awards ~

    New Delhi, Friday, September 23, 2016
    Following a rigorous due diligence process, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, the sister organization of the World Economic Forum and the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation today announced the finalists of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY)- India 2016 Award. The finalist are:

    • Shanti Raghavan and Dipesh Sutariya of EnAble India, Bengaluru
    • Neichute Doulo of Entrepreneurs Associate, Kohima
    • Vikas Shah of WaterHealth India Pvt Ltd, Hyderabad
    • Mrinalini Kher of Yuva Parivartan/ Kherwadi Social Welfare Association, Mumbai
    • Hilmi Quraishi and Subhi Quraishi of ZMQ, New Delhi

    The winner will be chosen by a distinguished jury and announced at an awards ceremony on October 6, 2016 in New Delhi. Mr Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road, Transport, Highways and Shipping will be the Chief Guest and present the award. This year the SEOY award ceremony is part of the India Economic Summit organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the World Economic Forum (WEF).

    The finalists of the SEOY India – 2016 Awards are building vibrant eco-systems in the fields of disability; skilling, employment and entrepreneurship; health; water sanitation and hygiene; and technology for development. They are working to equip isolated and marginal communities & to change behaviours and take charge of their own lives. All five enterprises are working through government partnerships to bring fresh ideas in flagship initiatives of the country such as Smart City, Skill India, Start Up India and Digital India.

    According to Mrs Hilde Schwab, Co-founder & Chairperson, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, “We are delighted to see that this year’s finalists are all strong contributors to the key social priorities of the Government of India. They are all operating at significant scale across regions including north eastern India, and supporting social and economic inclusion in many ways – by creating access to basic services, skills and digital connectivity.”

    Congratulating the finalists, Mr. Shyam S Bhartia, Chairman & Founder and Mr. Hari S Bhartia, Co-Chairman & Founder, Jubilant Bhartia Group and Founder Directors of Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, said, “We are happy that over the last seven years we have been able to create an annual platform, where social entrepreneurs across the country are recognized. The winner gets a chance to join the world’s largest network of social enterprises affiliated with The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. This enhances their professional linkages and offers them an opportunity to learn from peer groups. This year, the finalists have shown a dedication towards diverse social issues like inclusion of specially able people, mainstreaming of youths in conflict areas through Entrepreneurship, Technology for development, employability, drinking water etc. which require urgent attention.”

    The SEOY Awards, India 2016 opened in March this year and received over 100 applications of exceptional quality. Through a five-stage selection process, the finalists were shortlisted after on-site visits, background research, reference checks and multiple rounds of deliberations.

  • 29 June 2016

    Over 100 inspiring models of sustainable social innovation to compete in the Social Entrepreneur of the Year India Award 2016

    ~ Education, Health, Environment and Rural Development emerges as top agenda for country’s social innovators ~

    Noida, Wednesday, June 29, 2016: The country’s coveted award, Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) India Award, 2016, is set to witness intense competition this year. Over 100 inspiring Social Entrepreneurs, have applied to one of the most prestigious award. The winner of SEOY India gets a chance to join the world’s largest network of late-stage social enterprises affiliated with The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, the sister organization of the World Economic Forum. 

    The year 2016 marks the 12th year of existence for the SEOY Awards in India. Over the past few years, quality of applications to SEOY India awards has improved tremendously, making India stand out in the growing global movement of social entrepreneurship.

    The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, the sister organization of the World Economic Forum, partnered with the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation in 2010 to organise competition for India. Year 2016 celebrates seventh year of partnership between the two organisations. As next steps to the applications received, The Schwab Foundation and experts from the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation will review the applications. The applicants are evaluated on key parameters of innovation, sustainability, scalability, reach and social impact. Finalists will be selected following an intensive search and selection process, including expert reviews and site visits. The winner is selected by a prominent Jury consisting of eminent professionals from different walks of life. The award will be presented at a high-profile event in New Delhi in October.

    Additional information on Social Entrepreneur of the Year India Award

    • 2016 applications trend:
      • Education sector (55%) leads the nomination tally followed by Health (52%), Environment (43%) & Rural Development (42%). More than half of the applicants having education as an agenda is an evidence of growing consciousness about Social Entrepreneurship in that sector.
      • The sectors which participated most actively were Education, Health, Environment, Rural Development, Enterprise Development, Technology, Water sanitation, communication/media, Microfinance respectively.
      • Other than these sectors Fair Trade, Research, life skill Development & Training, Women Empowerment, Labor Condition, Human Rights, Agriculture, Climate Change etc. like sectors have also applied for the SEOY India Award
      • North region displayed enthusiastic participation with maximum applications
    • Highlights of previous SEOY India Award
      • Year 2015 was the year of all women finalists; Ms Poonam Bir Kasturi of Daily Dump (Bengaluru) was awarded as the Social Entrepreneur of the Year India Award 2015 by Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy Government of India. Daily Dump, has brought together design thinking, traditional pottery and the science of composting to develop more than 50 aesthetic products and services that enable urban Indians to compost their waste at home and be part of the solution to the country’s waste management. The other three finalists were: Ashraf Patel (Pravah and Commutiny Youth Collective, New Delhi), Prema Gopalan (Swayam Shikshan Prayog, Pune) and Suparna Gupta (Aangan Trust, Mumbai)
      • Over the last seven years, since Schwab Foundation and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation joined hand, over 1000 applications have been evaluated. The pool comprises of projects across the sectors such as Skill development, Financial Inclusion, Renewable Energy, Women Empowerment, Sanitation and Healthcare.
      • Some of the projects that stood out during these past few years are of the SEOY India winners, which are:
        • Rajiv Khandelwal & Krishnavtar Sharma, Aajeevika Bureau, Udaipur (Winner SEOY India 2010)
        • Neelam Chhiber, Industree Crafts, Bengaluru, (Winner SEOY India 2011)
        • Anshu Gupta, Goonj, New Delhi (Winner SEOY India 2012)
        • Chetna Vijay  Sinha, Mann Deshi, Satara (Winner SEOY India 2013)
        • Dr H Sudarshan, Karuna Trust, Bengaluru (Winner SEOY India 2014)

    About the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship
    The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship was co-founded by Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, and his wife, Hilde. Since its inception in 2000, the Foundation has been identifying the world’s leading social entrepreneurs and involves the community of 200 award winners in advancing the field of social innovation in collaboration with corporate, government and academic stakeholders. Selected social entrepreneurs of the Schwab Foundation network participate in World Economic Forum events, thus providing unique opportunities for them to connect with business, political and media leaders. http://www.schwabfound.org Follow the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship on Twitter at www.twitter.com/schwabfound

    Jubilant Bhartia Foundation (JBF), an initiative of the Jubilant Bhartia Group, is committed to contribute towards inclusive growth. The foundation’s objectives include various community development work, health care, cultural & sports, environment preservation initiative, vocational training, women empowerment and educational activities. www.jubilantbhartiafoundation.com
    Follow Jubilant Bhartia Foundation on Twitter at https://twitter.com/indiaseoy

  • 29 June 2016

    Over 100 inspiring models of sustainable social innovation to compete in the Social Entrepreneur of the Year India Award 2016

    ~ Education, Health, Environment and Rural Development emerges as top agenda for country’s social innovators ~

    Noida, Wednesday, June 29, 2016: The country’s coveted award, Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) India Award, 2016, is set to witness intense competition this year. Over 100 inspiring Social Entrepreneurs, have applied to one of the most prestigious award. The winner of SEOY India gets a chance to join the world’s largest network of late-stage social enterprises affiliated with The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, the sister organization of the World Economic Forum. 

    The year 2016 marks the 12th year of existence for the SEOY Awards in India. Over the past few years, quality of applications to SEOY India awards has improved tremendously, making India stand out in the growing global movement of social entrepreneurship.

    The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, the sister organization of the World Economic Forum, partnered with the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation in 2010 to organise competition for India. Year 2016 celebrates seventh year of partnership between the two organisations. As next steps to the applications received, The Schwab Foundation and experts from the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation will review the applications. The applicants are evaluated on key parameters of innovation, sustainability, scalability, reach and social impact. Finalists will be selected following an intensive search and selection process, including expert reviews and site visits. The winner is selected by a prominent Jury consisting of eminent professionals from different walks of life. The award will be presented at a high-profile event in New Delhi in October.

    Additional information on Social Entrepreneur of the Year India Award

    • 2016 applications trend:
      • Education sector (55%) leads the nomination tally followed by Health (52%), Environment (43%) & Rural Development (42%). More than half of the applicants having education as an agenda is an evidence of growing consciousness about Social Entrepreneurship in that sector.
      • The sectors which participated most actively were Education, Health, Environment, Rural Development, Enterprise Development, Technology, Water sanitation, communication/media, Microfinance respectively.
      • Other than these sectors Fair Trade, Research, life skill Development & Training, Women Empowerment, Labor Condition, Human Rights, Agriculture, Climate Change etc. like sectors have also applied for the SEOY India Award
      • North region displayed enthusiastic participation with maximum applications
    • Highlights of previous SEOY India Award
      • Year 2015 was the year of all women finalists; Ms Poonam Bir Kasturi of Daily Dump (Bengaluru) was awarded as the Social Entrepreneur of the Year India Award 2015 by Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy Government of India. Daily Dump, has brought together design thinking, traditional pottery and the science of composting to develop more than 50 aesthetic products and services that enable urban Indians to compost their waste at home and be part of the solution to the country’s waste management. The other three finalists were: Ashraf Patel (Pravah and Commutiny Youth Collective, New Delhi), Prema Gopalan (Swayam Shikshan Prayog, Pune) and Suparna Gupta (Aangan Trust, Mumbai)
      • Over the last seven years, since Schwab Foundation and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation joined hand, over 1000 applications have been evaluated. The pool comprises of projects across the sectors such as Skill development, Financial Inclusion, Renewable Energy, Women Empowerment, Sanitation and Healthcare.
      • Some of the projects that stood out during these past few years are of the SEOY India winners, which are:
        • Rajiv Khandelwal & Krishnavtar Sharma, Aajeevika Bureau, Udaipur (Winner SEOY India 2010)
        • Neelam Chhiber, Industree Crafts, Bengaluru, (Winner SEOY India 2011)
        • Anshu Gupta, Goonj, New Delhi (Winner SEOY India 2012)
        • Chetna Vijay  Sinha, Mann Deshi, Satara (Winner SEOY India 2013)
        • Dr H Sudarshan, Karuna Trust, Bengaluru (Winner SEOY India 2014)

    About the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship
    The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship was co-founded by Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, and his wife, Hilde. Since its inception in 2000, the Foundation has been identifying the world’s leading social entrepreneurs and involves the community of 200 award winners in advancing the field of social innovation in collaboration with corporate, government and academic stakeholders. Selected social entrepreneurs of the Schwab Foundation network participate in World Economic Forum events, thus providing unique opportunities for them to connect with business, political and media leaders. http://www.schwabfound.org Follow the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship on Twitter at www.twitter.com/schwabfound

    Jubilant Bhartia Foundation (JBF), an initiative of the Jubilant Bhartia Group, is committed to contribute towards inclusive growth. The foundation’s objectives include various community development work, health care, cultural & sports, environment preservation initiative, vocational training, women empowerment and educational activities. www.jubilantbhartiafoundation.com
    Follow Jubilant Bhartia Foundation on Twitter at https://twitter.com/indiaseoy

  • 18 March 2016

    Entries open for ‘Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY)-India Award 2016’

    - Apply before April 30, 2016 to India’s prestigious award for social entrepreneurs

    - Winners to participate at the annual meeting and regional meetings of the World Economic Forum (WEF)

    Noida, Friday, March 18, 2016: The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a sister organization of the World Economic Forum, in partnership with the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation announces opening of entries for the annual competition –Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) India Award 2016. SEOY India searches for leading social entrepreneurs from the country. The applications will be accepted till April 30, 2016. Those interested may submit the application form available at jubilantbhartiafoundation.com or can email the filled form to jbf_seoy@jubl.com or india@schwabfound.org

    The applicants are evaluated on key parameters of innovation, sustainability, reach and social impact. Finalists will be selected following an intensive search and selection process, including expert reviews and site visits. The winner is selected by a prominent Jury consisting of eminent professionals from different walks of life. The award will be presented at a high-profile event in New Delhi. The winners of ‘Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) India Award 2016’ will participate in the annual and regional meetings of the World Economic Forum, which provides unprecedented opportunities to engage with global decision makers from the public, corporate, media, academic, and civil society sectors.

    The Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) India Award, organized annually by Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, attracts hundreds of social entrepreneurs from all over the country. The award celebrates leading social entrepreneurs and their ventures that implement innovative, practical and sustainable solutions to address poverty and the lack of basic services and resources in ‘Bottom of the Pyramid’ and ultra-poor communities (i.e. health, education, job creation, water, clean energy and access to information and 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. The award promotes social entrepreneurs in India by recognizing organizations that work to promote inclusive growth and contribute to bring change to society through their entrepreneurial vision.

    2016 celebrates seventh year of partnership between Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation. Last year, Ms Poonam Bir Kasturi of Daily Dump (Bengaluru) was awarded as the Social Entrepreneur of the Year India Award 2015 by Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy Government of India.

    Quick Links:
    Download the application form: SEOY India 2016
    Applicants can email the filled form to: runa_pathak@jubl.com, jbf_seoy@jubl.com & india@schwabfound.org

    About the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship
    The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship was co-founded by Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, and his wife, Hilde. Since its inception in 2000, the Foundation has been identifying the world’s leading social entrepreneurs and involves the community of 200 award winners in advancing the field of social innovation in collaboration with corporate, government and academic stakeholders. Selected social entrepreneurs of the Schwab Foundation network participate in World Economic Forum events, thus providing unique opportunities for them to connect with business, political and media leaders. http://www.schwabfound.org Follow the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship on Twitter at www.twitter.com/schwabfound

    Jubilant Bhartia Foundation (JBF), an initiative of the Jubilant Bhartia Group, is committed to contribute towards inclusive growth. The foundation’s objectives include various community development work, health care, cultural & sports, environment preservation initiative, vocational training, women empowerment and educational activities. www.jubilantbhartiafoundation.com
    Follow Jubilant Bhartia Foundation on Twitter at https://twitter.com/indiaseoy

  • 18 March 2016

    Entries open for ‘Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY)-India Award 2016’

    - Apply before April 30, 2016 to India’s prestigious award for social entrepreneurs

    - Winners to participate at the annual meeting and regional meetings of the World Economic Forum (WEF)

    Noida, Friday, March 18, 2016: The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a sister organization of the World Economic Forum, in partnership with the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation announces opening of entries for the annual competition –Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) India Award 2016. SEOY India searches for leading social entrepreneurs from the country. The applications will be accepted till April 30, 2016. Those interested may submit the application form available at jubilantbhartiafoundation.com or can email the filled form to jbf_seoy@jubl.com or india@schwabfound.org

    The applicants are evaluated on key parameters of innovation, sustainability, reach and social impact. Finalists will be selected following an intensive search and selection process, including expert reviews and site visits. The winner is selected by a prominent Jury consisting of eminent professionals from different walks of life. The award will be presented at a high-profile event in New Delhi. The winners of ‘Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) India Award 2016’ will participate in the annual and regional meetings of the World Economic Forum, which provides unprecedented opportunities to engage with global decision makers from the public, corporate, media, academic, and civil society sectors.

    The Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) India Award, organized annually by Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, attracts hundreds of social entrepreneurs from all over the country. The award celebrates leading social entrepreneurs and their ventures that implement innovative, practical and sustainable solutions to address poverty and the lack of basic services and resources in ‘Bottom of the Pyramid’ and ultra-poor communities (i.e. health, education, job creation, water, clean energy and access to information and 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. The award promotes social entrepreneurs in India by recognizing organizations that work to promote inclusive growth and contribute to bring change to society through their entrepreneurial vision.

    2016 celebrates seventh year of partnership between Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation. Last year, Ms Poonam Bir Kasturi of Daily Dump (Bengaluru) was awarded as the Social Entrepreneur of the Year India Award 2015 by Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy Government of India.

    Quick Links:
    Download the application form: SEOY India 2016
    Applicants can email the filled form to: runa_pathak@jubl.com, jbf_seoy@jubl.com & india@schwabfound.org

    About the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship
    The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship was co-founded by Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, and his wife, Hilde. Since its inception in 2000, the Foundation has been identifying the world’s leading social entrepreneurs and involves the community of 200 award winners in advancing the field of social innovation in collaboration with corporate, government and academic stakeholders. Selected social entrepreneurs of the Schwab Foundation network participate in World Economic Forum events, thus providing unique opportunities for them to connect with business, political and media leaders. http://www.schwabfound.org Follow the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship on Twitter at www.twitter.com/schwabfound

    Jubilant Bhartia Foundation (JBF), an initiative of the Jubilant Bhartia Group, is committed to contribute towards inclusive growth. The foundation’s objectives include various community development work, health care, cultural & sports, environment preservation initiative, vocational training, women empowerment and educational activities. www.jubilantbhartiafoundation.com
    Follow Jubilant Bhartia Foundation on Twitter at https://twitter.com/indiaseoy

  • 03 November 2015

    Poonam Bir Kasturi Honoured as India’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2015

     

    • Poonam Bir Kasturi of Daily Dump named Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 for India by Piyush Goyal, Minister of State for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy, Government of India, at a high-level award celebration in New Delhi
    • Learn more about the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship at www.schwabfound.org

     

    Noida, Tuesday, November 3, 2015 – The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a sister organization of the World Economic Forum, in partnership with the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation announced Poonam Bir Kasturi of Daily Dump, as the winner of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year- India 2015 Awards. The awards were conferred in New Delhi at a high-level celebration, in the presence of Piyush Goyal, Minister of State for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy, Government of India, and over 250 participants.

    According to government estimates, homes generate 75% of all organic waste produced in urban India. Daily Dump targets to manage this waste right where it is generated – within families. Daily Dump, has brought together design thinking, traditional pottery and the science of composting to develop more than 50 aesthetic products and services that enable urban Indians to compost their waste at home and be part of the solution to the country’s waste management.

    Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy Government of India complimented the winner, Poonam Kasturi and other finalists- Ashraf Patel, Prema Gopalan and Suparna Gupta, for their outstanding contribution to the society. They deserve the highest accolades for the work they are doing and are the true women of substance. He also appreciated Schwab Foundation and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation for their efforts in recognizing social entrepreneurs in India.

    Over 150 applicants entered the eleventh annual Social Entrepreneur of the Year selection process for India, and four finalists emerged after several stages of rigorous assessment. An independent panel of pre-eminent judges met on 3 November to select the winner. This year’s judges included Mr Sunil Kant Munjal, Joint Managing Director of Hero Moto Corp; Ms Shobhana Bhartia, Chairperson & Editorial Director of The Hindustan Times; Ms Rohini Nilekani, Chairperson of Arghyam Foundation, Ms Hilde Schwab, Co-founder & Chairperson of Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship; Mr Anshu Gupta, Founder Director, Goonj; Ms Sudha Pillai, Board Member Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd and Former Member Secretary of Planning Commission, Government of India; Dr H Sudarshan, Winner SEOY 2014 and Founder, Karuna Trust and Mr Ajit Mahadevan, Country Director, Acumen India.

    Commenting on the finalists, Hilde Schwab, Chairperson and Co-Founder of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, said “We are delighted that we have four women finalists for the Social Entrepreneur of the Year India 2015 Awards – all four entrepreneurs are working on social priorities high on India’s policy agenda including skilling, entrepreneurship promotion, and sanitation.”

    Congratulating the winner, Mr. Shyam S Bhartia, Chairman & Founder and Mr. Hari S Bhartia, Co-Chairman & Founder, Jubilant Bhartia Group and Founder Directors of Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, said, “SEOY India award acknowledges contributions of social entrepreneurs in addressing social problems and bringing about transformational change. In the last six years of organising SEOY in India, we have received and evaluated over 1000 applications from across India. We are delighted to see an increase in number of applications and the passion that these entrepreneurs bring to the fore.”

    The winner will be invited to join the Schwab Foundation’s global community of over 300 social innovators. Social Entrepreneurs are driven by their mission to create substantial social change and promote inclusive growth, developing new products and service models that benefit underserved communities.

    Finalists

    Ashraf Patel, Pravah, Delhi, India
    Pravah is building vibrant eco-systems across India to launch young social entrepreneurs, changemakers and active citizens and propel their models of positive social change. Pravah has pioneered a unique youth-centric approach to development called the ‘5th Space’. The 5th space rejects the instrumentalization of youth for political, economic and development gains. Instead, it focuses on transforming the youth and building their leadership potential to then transforming society through them.

    Prema Gopalan, Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP), Pune, India
    Working with the most vulnerable communities of climate change and disaster-affected areas, the SSP group of ventures is building a new generation of disaster-resilient women entrepreneurs and grassroots women community leaders. Over two decades, it has equipped more than 70,000 women to partner with global and local businesses and architect sustainable rural social businesses - in clean energy, sanitation, basic health services, nutrition and safe agriculture. This has opened up new markets, non-traditional livelihood incomes, tripled household incomes and revitalized ailing village economies.

    Suparna Gupta, Aangan Trust, Mumbai, India
    Aangan Trust is converting India’s hot spots of child violence into communities that are safe and responsive to children. It works with the full range of actors and institutions that a vulnerable child encounters – both before and after the occurrence of harm- and transforms them into child protection champions. In communities marked by intense poverty and violence, Aangan sets up local, child safety circles that are powered by unusual allies- parents, government officials and young change makers.

    To nominate a social entrepreneur or apply for the 2016 award, please visit www.schwabfound.org.

    Notes to Editors

    Visit our website at http://www.schwabfound.org
    Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/schwabfound
    Visit our blog http://www.forumblog.org/socialentrepreneurs
    Visit our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/schwabfound

    Nominate a social entrepreneur through our website

    About the Schwab Foundation

    The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship was co-founded by Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, and his wife, Hilde. Since its inception in 2000, the Foundation has been identifying the world’s leading social entrepreneurs and involves the community of 200 award winners in advancing the field of social innovation in collaboration with corporate, government and academic stakeholders. Selected social entrepreneurs of the Schwab Foundation network participate in World Economic Forum events, thus providing unique opportunities for them to connect with business, political and media leaders.

    http://www.schwabfound.org. Follow the Schwab Foundation on Twitter at www.twitter.com/schwabfound

    The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

    Incorporated as a not-for-profit foundation in 1971 and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the Forum is tied to no political, partisan or national interests (www.weforum.org).

    Jubilant Bhartia Foundation (JBF), an initiative of the Jubilant Bhartia Group, is committed to contribute towards inclusive growth. The foundation’s objectives include various community development work, health care, cultural & sports, environment preservation initiative, vocational training, women empowerment and educational activities. www.jubilantbhartiafoundation.com

  • 03 November 2015

    Poonam Bir Kasturi Honoured as India’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2015

     

    • Poonam Bir Kasturi of Daily Dump named Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 for India by Piyush Goyal, Minister of State for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy, Government of India, at a high-level award celebration in New Delhi
    • Learn more about the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship at www.schwabfound.org

     

    Noida, Tuesday, November 3, 2015 – The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a sister organization of the World Economic Forum, in partnership with the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation announced Poonam Bir Kasturi of Daily Dump, as the winner of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year- India 2015 Awards. The awards were conferred in New Delhi at a high-level celebration, in the presence of Piyush Goyal, Minister of State for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy, Government of India, and over 250 participants.

    According to government estimates, homes generate 75% of all organic waste produced in urban India. Daily Dump targets to manage this waste right where it is generated – within families. Daily Dump, has brought together design thinking, traditional pottery and the science of composting to develop more than 50 aesthetic products and services that enable urban Indians to compost their waste at home and be part of the solution to the country’s waste management.

    Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy Government of India complimented the winner, Poonam Kasturi and other finalists- Ashraf Patel, Prema Gopalan and Suparna Gupta, for their outstanding contribution to the society. They deserve the highest accolades for the work they are doing and are the true women of substance. He also appreciated Schwab Foundation and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation for their efforts in recognizing social entrepreneurs in India.

    Over 150 applicants entered the eleventh annual Social Entrepreneur of the Year selection process for India, and four finalists emerged after several stages of rigorous assessment. An independent panel of pre-eminent judges met on 3 November to select the winner. This year’s judges included Mr Sunil Kant Munjal, Joint Managing Director of Hero Moto Corp; Ms Shobhana Bhartia, Chairperson & Editorial Director of The Hindustan Times; Ms Rohini Nilekani, Chairperson of Arghyam Foundation, Ms Hilde Schwab, Co-founder & Chairperson of Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship; Mr Anshu Gupta, Founder Director, Goonj; Ms Sudha Pillai, Board Member Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd and Former Member Secretary of Planning Commission, Government of India; Dr H Sudarshan, Winner SEOY 2014 and Founder, Karuna Trust and Mr Ajit Mahadevan, Country Director, Acumen India.

    Commenting on the finalists, Hilde Schwab, Chairperson and Co-Founder of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, said “We are delighted that we have four women finalists for the Social Entrepreneur of the Year India 2015 Awards – all four entrepreneurs are working on social priorities high on India’s policy agenda including skilling, entrepreneurship promotion, and sanitation.”

    Congratulating the winner, Mr. Shyam S Bhartia, Chairman & Founder and Mr. Hari S Bhartia, Co-Chairman & Founder, Jubilant Bhartia Group and Founder Directors of Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, said, “SEOY India award acknowledges contributions of social entrepreneurs in addressing social problems and bringing about transformational change. In the last six years of organising SEOY in India, we have received and evaluated over 1000 applications from across India. We are delighted to see an increase in number of applications and the passion that these entrepreneurs bring to the fore.”

    The winner will be invited to join the Schwab Foundation’s global community of over 300 social innovators. Social Entrepreneurs are driven by their mission to create substantial social change and promote inclusive growth, developing new products and service models that benefit underserved communities.

    Finalists

    Ashraf Patel, Pravah, Delhi, India
    Pravah is building vibrant eco-systems across India to launch young social entrepreneurs, changemakers and active citizens and propel their models of positive social change. Pravah has pioneered a unique youth-centric approach to development called the ‘5th Space’. The 5th space rejects the instrumentalization of youth for political, economic and development gains. Instead, it focuses on transforming the youth and building their leadership potential to then transforming society through them.

    Prema Gopalan, Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP), Pune, India
    Working with the most vulnerable communities of climate change and disaster-affected areas, the SSP group of ventures is building a new generation of disaster-resilient women entrepreneurs and grassroots women community leaders. Over two decades, it has equipped more than 70,000 women to partner with global and local businesses and architect sustainable rural social businesses - in clean energy, sanitation, basic health services, nutrition and safe agriculture. This has opened up new markets, non-traditional livelihood incomes, tripled household incomes and revitalized ailing village economies.

    Suparna Gupta, Aangan Trust, Mumbai, India
    Aangan Trust is converting India’s hot spots of child violence into communities that are safe and responsive to children. It works with the full range of actors and institutions that a vulnerable child encounters – both before and after the occurrence of harm- and transforms them into child protection champions. In communities marked by intense poverty and violence, Aangan sets up local, child safety circles that are powered by unusual allies- parents, government officials and young change makers.

    To nominate a social entrepreneur or apply for the 2016 award, please visit www.schwabfound.org.

    Notes to Editors

    Visit our website at http://www.schwabfound.org
    Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/schwabfound
    Visit our blog http://www.forumblog.org/socialentrepreneurs
    Visit our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/schwabfound

    Nominate a social entrepreneur through our website

    About the Schwab Foundation

    The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship was co-founded by Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, and his wife, Hilde. Since its inception in 2000, the Foundation has been identifying the world’s leading social entrepreneurs and involves the community of 200 award winners in advancing the field of social innovation in collaboration with corporate, government and academic stakeholders. Selected social entrepreneurs of the Schwab Foundation network participate in World Economic Forum events, thus providing unique opportunities for them to connect with business, political and media leaders.

    http://www.schwabfound.org. Follow the Schwab Foundation on Twitter at www.twitter.com/schwabfound

    The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

    Incorporated as a not-for-profit foundation in 1971 and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the Forum is tied to no political, partisan or national interests (www.weforum.org).

    Jubilant Bhartia Foundation (JBF), an initiative of the Jubilant Bhartia Group, is committed to contribute towards inclusive growth. The foundation’s objectives include various community development work, health care, cultural & sports, environment preservation initiative, vocational training, women empowerment and educational activities. www.jubilantbhartiafoundation.com

  • 14 October 2015

    Four outstanding women social entrepreneurs are finalists of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year- India 2015 Awards

    ~ Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy, Government of India, to give away the awards ~

    Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a sister organization of the World Economic Forum, in partnership with Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, an initiative of the Jubilant Bhartia Group, today announced ‘all women’finalists of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY)- India 2015 Awards. Following a rigorous due diligence process, four social entrepreneurs emerged as finalists and they are:

     

    • Ashraf Patel (Pravah and Commutiny Youth Collective, New Delhi)
    • Poonam BirKasturi(Daily Dump, Bengalaru)
    • PremaGopalan(SwayamShikshanPrayog, Pune)  and
    • Suparna Gupta (Aangan Trust , Mumbai)

     

    Winner, amongst these finalists, will be chosen by a distinguished jury and announced at an awards ceremony scheduled for November 03, 2015, in New Delhi. Mr. Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy, Government of India, has kindly agreed to be the Chief Guest and give away the awards.

    The finalists of the SEOY-India 2015 Awardsare shaping change in the fields of youth development, urban waste management, rural livelihoods and child protection. They are unleashing the extraordinary power of ordinary citizens to build catalytic and change-making communities across India. All four ventures are building large-scale movements through behaviour change and collaborations with unusual allies.

    According to Mrs.Hilde Schwab, Co-founder & Chairperson, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, "We are delighted that applications to the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in India grow every year and consistently demonstrate significant innovation and scale. This year, we are also happy to have an all-women finalist pool, each entrepreneur working on social priorities high on India’s policy agenda including skilling, entrepreneurship promotion and sanitation”.

    Congratulating the finalists, Mr. Shyam S Bhartia, Chairman & Founder and Mr. Hari S Bhartia, Co-Chairman &Founder, Jubilant Bhartia Groupand Founder Directors of Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, said, “Our country is experiencing tremendous growth of social entrepreneurs, who are looking at disruptive ways of innovation, to bring about social change. Our ‘all women finalists’ are role models, who possess strong will-power to redefine ethos of social development.Jubilant Bhartia Foundation is deeply involved in social development work, especially in healthcare, education and livelihood. We are delighted to, once again, partner with Schwab Foundation in this endeavour.”

    The SEOY-India 2015Awards, which opened in April this year, received 154 applications of exceptional quality. Through a five-stage selection process, four finalists were shortlisted after on-site visits, background research, reference checks and multiple rounds of deliberations.

    SEOY has established itself as the prestigious event in India with a legacy of over 14 years. The Schwab Foundation has been selecting and recognizing social entrepreneurs globally since year 2001. Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, partnered with Schwab Foundation in the year 2010, to conduct the Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) Awards in India.  This year marks the sixth year of partnership between Schwab Foundation and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation to bring together country’s most coveted awards for Social Entrepreneurship.

    Brief Descriptions of the Finalists
    Ashraf Patel
    Pravah and Commutiny-The Youth Collective (CYC)
    Field: Education, Public Service, Leadership and Governance
    Headquartered at: New Delhi
    Year of Establishment:Pravah 1993. (CYC 2008)
    Legal Form of Business:Registered Society
    Website: www.pravah.org
     

    Pravah and CYC are building vibrant eco-systems across India to launchyoung social entrepreneurs, changemakers and active citizens and propel their models of positive social change.

    The organizations have pioneered a unique youth-centric approach to development called the ‘5thSpace’. The 5th space rejects instrumentalizingthe youth for political, economic and development gains. Instead, it focuses as much on transforming the youth and building their leadership potential, as on transforming society through them.

    By design, 5th spaces are co-created and led by the youth. They are safe spaces of learning and active experimentation to shape social change. Here, the youth engage with diversity and the ‘other’, only to discover and transform their own selves. The 5th space sees the young as leaders of today, not of the future. In a country with the world’s largest and fastest growing youth demographic, the 5th Space opens up possibilities of building a vast and empathetic youth human capital. It also offers pedagogies, psycho-social tools and platforms to put the youth in charge of transforming India, positively.

    The construct of the 5th Space was crystallized by Pravah on the back of two decades of intensive work with adolescent and youth across various stages of their lifecycle. Pravah worked in schools, colleges, communities and other youth hang-out zones to design and deploya vast repertoire of processes, experiences and tools that enabled young people to build their own 5th Space communities. These included self-awareness workshops, citizenship and social entrepreneurship education, leadership trainings, internships, learning journeys, campaigns, media and cultural engagements, incubation services, mentoring and seed funds. As an avalanche of youth changemakers and social entrepreneurs started to emerge, CYC was architected to scale this movement.

    Over 22 years, Pravah and CYC have collectively worked with 6,78,900 youth across rural and urban India to train them in the principles and processes of the 5th Space. They have launched 57,500 young leaders and incubated 300 young social entrepreneurs across 20 states. They are now visibilizing this movement and creating an architecture for collaboration by building a country-wide network of 5th Space changemakers. Currently, more than 400 organizations are being facilitated by Pravah and CYC to adopt the 5th Space principles to design to launch

    youngchangemakers in their geographies. Led by Ashraf Patel, the two entities are also using the 5th Space compass to shape the national youth policy of India.

    Daily Dump
    Field: Waste Management
    Headquartered at: Bangalore, Karnataka
    Year of Establishment: 2006
    Legal Form of Business:Private Limited Company
    Website: www.dailydump.org
     

    According to government estimates,homes generate 75% of all organic wastes produced in urban India. Daily Dump targets to manage this waste right where it is generated – within families.

    Calling herself “compostwali” Poonam BirKasturi, founder of Daily Dump, has fused design thinking, traditional pottery and the science of composting to develop more than 50 aesthetic products and services that enable urban Indians to compost their wasteat home and be part of the solution to India’s monumental trash nightmare.

    Its flagship product is the terracotta pots known as ‘Khambas’. They fit into small apartments and come in different versions to match the family size and volumes of kitchen waste generated.  With no foul smell emanating and easy maintenance, the pot converts kitchen waste into compost over two months.Larger apartment blocks and residential colonies are buying into Daily Dump’s community waste management product called the 'AAGA' to do collective composting. Thus, the Khamba and the Aagas are transforming the relationship of families with their waste, urging them to shrug off apathy, re-shape their behaviours and make segregation an unobtrusive part of their daily lives.

    The growing demand of the ‘Khamba’ is tripling the incomes of the potter communities that manufacture them.   The enhanced product differentiation and value has spurred potterentrepreneurs across India to re-cast their traditional vocation into a new technology. Daily Dump has also catalyzed new networks of ‘waste evangelists’ or urban compost entrepreneurs across 17 cities. They retail Daily Dump products and related ‘green’ services, making way for ethical and conscious consumer behaviours, strengthening circular economies and reducing the solid waste footprint of waste generators.

    With over 25,000 committed users, including families, businesses and other institutions, Daily Dump’s products have directly impacted more than 2 lakh individuals. The humble terracotta pots has created impact at multiple levels – keeping more than 20,000 tons of organic waste out of landfills per day, contributing to safer working conditions for informal waste collectors, sustaining a dying craft and increasing incomes of potter communities.

    Prema Gopalan SwayamShikshanPrayog (SSP) Group of Ventures
    Field: Women Empowerment, clean energy, health, micro finance and entrepreneurship
    Headquartered at: Pune, Maharashtra
    Year of Establishment: 1998
    Legal Form of Business: Registered Trust
    Website: www.sspindia.org
     

    Working with the most vulnerable communities of climate change and disaster-affected areas, the SSP group of ventures is building a new generation of disaster-resilient women entrepreneurs and grassroots women community leaders. Over two decades, it has equipped more than 70,000 women to partner with global and local businesses and architect sustainable rural social businesses - in clean energy, sanitation, basic health services, nutrition and safe agriculture. This has opened up new markets, non-traditional livelihood incomes, tripled household incomes and revitalized ailing village economies.

    The SSP group of ventures is a network of five enterprises that together nurture the entrepreneurial eco-systems and value chains needed for women to succeed in remote and excluded areas. These include a federated network of 5000 Self Help Groups (SHGs); a Microfinance Institution (MFI) that offers financial services and loans to women-led businesses; a rural school of entrepreneurship that functions as a business incubator and training hub and; asocial enterprise that provides dedicated branding, marketing and distribution services to grassroots business women.

    The continuum of a SHG, a MFI, a rural business school and a rural marketing enterprise has created dynamic hubs of informed women consumers, producers, savers, borrowers, entrepreneurs and community leaders across 2000 villages in 4 states. It has also galvanized investors, product manufacturers, enterprise trainers and government schemes and policies that last-mile and opaque markets need to accelerate livelihoods. 

    SSP has also twinned disaster resilience and livelihoods at the policy level. It partnered with the National Disaster Management Association of India (NDMA) to set up the first Community Disaster Resilience Fund- that catalyzed women entrepreneurs to build local innovative market-linked disaster resilience and risk-reduction solutions. This initiative has further replicated to 7 Indian states and 3 Asian countries through strategic partnerships.

    Over two decades, SSP has launched more than 70,000 women entrepreneurs with a total consumer base of 773000 families and cumulative earnings of INR 20 crores per month. These include 45,000 women who engaged for the first time productive activities. By unleashing new market-linked livelihoods, the SSP group of ventures has increased household incomes of entrepreneurs by INR 3000-5000 per month. More than 500 women leaders from the SSP federation have fought and won Panchayat elections.

    Suparna Gupta
    Aangan Trust
    Field: Child protection
    Headquartered at: Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Year of Establishment: 2000
    Legal Form of Business: Registered- Not for profit
    Website: www.aanganindia.org
     

    Aangan Trust is converting India’s hot spots of child violence into communities that are safe and responsive to children.  It works with the full range of actors and institutions that a vulnerable child encounters – both before and after the occurrence of harm- and transforms them into child protection champions.

    In communities marked by intense poverty and violence, Aangan sets up local, child safety circles that are powered by unusual allies- parents, government officials and young changemakers. These hubs are led by barefoot, home grown child protection experts. Trained rigorously by Aangan, these ‘champions’ harness technology, tap into community intelligence and deploy behavior change tools to prevent the occurrence and recurrence of harm to their children (such as child marriage, trafficking, hazardous employment).

    In shelters and institutions (that mostly function as over-crowded holding cells for children rescued after serious harm), Aangan trains the staff in management systems, technical acumen, communication methods and operational tools. This equip them to execute child protection laws, policies and programs, speedily, effectively and empathetically. The systems-change approach gradually minimizes the staying period of children in the homes, thereby minimizing subsequent cycles of violence.

    Since 2002, Aangan has worked across 39 hot spots of child violence in six states to train 310 barefoot child protection experts. They, in turn have impacted more than 57,000 at-risk children in last-mile communities. Further, officials of 642 institutions and shelters across 17 states have trained in Aangan’s child safety management systems, positively impacting 150,000 children who have been residents of their homes. A majority have embedded Aangan’s approach in their institutional blue prints. More than 20 government orders have been passed, based on Aangan’s tools, to professionalize India’s institutions and shelters for children.

    As more ground-up, community-led child protection circles emerge, and institutions become empathetic and responsive, Aangan aims to plug both the formal and informal systems into an India-wide web of child safety solutions.

    Note to the Editors:
    The Schwab Foundationfor Social Entrepreneurship, founded in 1998, is a not-for-profit and a sister organization of the World Economic Forum.  With the purpose of advancing social entrepreneurship as an important catalyst for societal progress, the foundation is under the legal supervision of the Swiss Federal Government and is headquartered in Geneva/Cologny, Switzerland.www.schwabfound.org

    Jubilant Bhartia Foundation (JBF), an initiative of the Jubilant Bhartia Group, is committed to contribute towards inclusive growth. The foundation’s objectives include various community development work, health care, cultural & sports, environment preservation initiative, vocational training, women empowerment and educational activities.www.jubilantbhartiafoundation.com

  • 28 July 2015

    Over 150 Social Entrepreneurs in the fray for the Social Entrepreneur of the Year India Award 2015

    Jubilant Bhartia Foundation and Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship announced the nominations for the Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) India Award, 2015. In an overwhelming response, over 150 social enterprises across India will be competing for one of the most coveted award in India for social entrepreneurship.

    This award provides a unique platform for the winner to interact with leading global & Indian social entrepreneurs, build global network and meet the industry leaders at the World Economic Forum events. It also provides the winner with unprecedented opportunities to engage in a dialogue with global decision makers from the public, corporate, media and academic sectors.
    The winner of the SEOY India Award, 2015 would be selected through a stringent selection procedure which will involve expert reviews and site visits by the distinguished jury comprising of eminent members of the government, civil society and the corporate world. The winner will be announced at a high-profile award event on November 3, 2015 in New Delhi with many business leaders and other distinguished guests in attendance.

    Some of the Key Highlights of SEOY India Awards 2015 nominations are:

    • 59% of first round applicants are first time applicants reaffirming that each year the Award reaches out to a newer pool of candidates.
    • West region leads the nominations with 35% applications witnessing marginal increase from last year which was only 29%. North and South follow suit with 24% nominations from each region. The East has also seen a peripheral increase with 14% nominations which is an evidence of the growing consciousness about Social Entrepreneurship in that region.
    • Maharashtra and New Delhi accounts for 23% of the nominees, followed by Gujarat with 8%.
    • Majority of the candidates are from the Education sector (55%), followed by the Health sector (51%). Education, Health, Rural Development, Environment, Water and Enterprise Development are the top six sectors in order of their ranking.
    • 56% of the applications have on-ground experience of more than 10 years. Only 1% of the applications received are 1-2 years old. This indicates that 99% of the applications demonstrate large scale impact in their fields and that represents the evangelization in society.
    • This year also witnessed an upsurge from the Water and Sanitation sector which is reflective of the momentum that the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan program has generated in this sector
    • The other major sectors represented amongst the pool of candidates are Environment (41%) and Rural Development (44%). Other sectors that have emerged are Technology, Fair trade, and Labour conditions.

    The Jubilant Bhartia Foundation partnered with the Schwab Foundation in the year 2010 to conduct the Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) Award in India.  2015 marks the sixth year of partnership between Schwab Foundation and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation to recognize promising and successful social entrepreneurs, with excellence in large-scale, system change models.

    For more information, please email us at:
    india@schwabfound.org, jbf_sey@jubl.com, and seyawards@startup-india.org.

    About Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship
    www.schwabfound.org
    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 peer global community of social entrepreneurs.

    About Jubilant Bhartia Foundation
    www.jubilantbhartiafoundation.com
    Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, established in 2007, is the not-for-profit organization of the Jubilant Bhartia Group. It focuses on conceptualizing and implementing the Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives (CSR) for the Group. The Jubilant Bhartia Foundation’s activities include various community development work, health care programs, cultural and sports events, an environmental preservation initiative, vocational training, women empowerment and educational activities.

  • 28 July 2015

    Over 150 Social Entrepreneurs in the fray for the Social Entrepreneur of the Year India Award 2015

    Jubilant Bhartia Foundation and Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship announced the nominations for the Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) India Award, 2015. In an overwhelming response, over 150 social enterprises across India will be competing for one of the most coveted award in India for social entrepreneurship.

    This award provides a unique platform for the winner to interact with leading global & Indian social entrepreneurs, build global network and meet the industry leaders at the World Economic Forum events. It also provides the winner with unprecedented opportunities to engage in a dialogue with global decision makers from the public, corporate, media and academic sectors.
    The winner of the SEOY India Award, 2015 would be selected through a stringent selection procedure which will involve expert reviews and site visits by the distinguished jury comprising of eminent members of the government, civil society and the corporate world. The winner will be announced at a high-profile award event on November 3, 2015 in New Delhi with many business leaders and other distinguished guests in attendance.

    Some of the Key Highlights of SEOY India Awards 2015 nominations are:

    • 59% of first round applicants are first time applicants reaffirming that each year the Award reaches out to a newer pool of candidates.
    • West region leads the nominations with 35% applications witnessing marginal increase from last year which was only 29%. North and South follow suit with 24% nominations from each region. The East has also seen a peripheral increase with 14% nominations which is an evidence of the growing consciousness about Social Entrepreneurship in that region.
    • Maharashtra and New Delhi accounts for 23% of the nominees, followed by Gujarat with 8%.
    • Majority of the candidates are from the Education sector (55%), followed by the Health sector (51%). Education, Health, Rural Development, Environment, Water and Enterprise Development are the top six sectors in order of their ranking.
    • 56% of the applications have on-ground experience of more than 10 years. Only 1% of the applications received are 1-2 years old. This indicates that 99% of the applications demonstrate large scale impact in their fields and that represents the evangelization in society.
    • This year also witnessed an upsurge from the Water and Sanitation sector which is reflective of the momentum that the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan program has generated in this sector
    • The other major sectors represented amongst the pool of candidates are Environment (41%) and Rural Development (44%). Other sectors that have emerged are Technology, Fair trade, and Labour conditions.

    The Jubilant Bhartia Foundation partnered with the Schwab Foundation in the year 2010 to conduct the Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) Award in India.  2015 marks the sixth year of partnership between Schwab Foundation and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation to recognize promising and successful social entrepreneurs, with excellence in large-scale, system change models.

    For more information, please email us at:
    india@schwabfound.org, jbf_sey@jubl.com, and seyawards@startup-india.org.

    About Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship
    www.schwabfound.org
    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 peer global community of social entrepreneurs.

    About Jubilant Bhartia Foundation
    www.jubilantbhartiafoundation.com
    Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, established in 2007, is the not-for-profit organization of the Jubilant Bhartia Group. It focuses on conceptualizing and implementing the Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives (CSR) for the Group. The Jubilant Bhartia Foundation’s activities include various community development work, health care programs, cultural and sports events, an environmental preservation initiative, vocational training, women empowerment and educational activities.

  • 01 April 2015

    Entries open for 2015 India ‘Social Entrepreneur of the Year’ (SEOY) Awards

    • India’s much acclaimed award to recognize Social Entrepreneurs, organized by Schwab Foundation in partnership with Jubilant Bhartia Foundation
    • 2015 marks sixth year of partnership between Schwab Foundation and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation to bring together country’s most coveted awards in Social Entrepreneurship
    • A unique platform for the winner to interact with leading social entrepreneurs, build global network and meet the stalwarts at World Economic Forum

    The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a sister organization of the World Economic Forum, in partnership with the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of entries for the much coveted 2015 India 'Social Entrepreneur of the Year' (SEOY) Awards. The applicants are evaluated on key parameters of innovation, sustainability, reach and social impact. The applications will be accepted till May 31, 2015. Finalists will be selected following an intensive search and selection process, including expert reviews and site visits. The winner will be announced at a high-profile award event in New Delhi.

    The India Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award, organized annually by Schwab Foundation and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, celebrates leading social entrepreneurs and their ventures that implement innovative, practical and sustainable solutions to address poverty and the lack of basic services and resources in ‘Bottom of the Pyramid’ and ultra-poor communities (i.e. health, education, job creation, water, clean energy and access to information and 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.The award promotes social entrepreneurs in India by recognizing organizations that work to promote inclusive growth and contribute to bring change to society through their entrepreneurial vision.

    The winners of the ‘Social Entrepreneur of the Year’ India 2015 Awards will join the global community of Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs, and will participate in the annual and regional meetings of the World Economic Forum, which provides unprecedented opportunities to engage with global decision makers from the public, corporate, media, academic, and civil society sectors.

    SEOY has established itself as the prestigious event in India with a legacy of over 14 years. The Schwab Foundation has been selecting and recognizing social entrepreneurs globally since year 2001. The Jubilant Bhartia Foundation partnered with the Schwab Foundation in the year 2010 to conduct the Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) Awards in India.  2015 marks the sixth year of partnership between Schwab Foundation and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation to bring together country’s most coveted awards in Social Entrepreneurship.

    Dr. H Sudarshan of Karuna Trust, the winner for 2014 India Social Entrepreneur of the Year, was awarded by Shri Arun Jaitley, Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, at a well-attended ceremony in New Delhi. The winners are selected by a prominent Jury consisting of eminent professionals from different walks of life. 

    To find out more about the selection criteria and to download the application form for Social Entrepreneur of the Year India 2015 Awards, please visit:
    http://www.jubilantbhartiafoundation.com/recognising-social-entrepreneurs.html

    For more information, please email us at:
    india@schwabfound.org, jbf_sey@jubl.com, and seyawards@startup-india.org.

    About Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship
    www.schwabfound.org
    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 peer global community of social entrepreneurs.

    About Jubilant Bhartia Foundation
    www.jubilantbhartiafoundation.com
    Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, established in 2007, is the not-for-profit organization of the Jubilant Bhartia Group. It focuses on conceptualizing and implementing the Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives (CSR) for the Group. The Jubilant Bhartia Foundation’s activities include various community development work, healthcare programs, cultural and sports events, an environmental preservation initiative, vocational training, women empowerment and educational activities.

    About Start Up!
    Start Up! is an angel investor, incubator and consultant to social entrepreneurs. It manages the candidate outreach, shortlisting, due diligence and jury presentation for the award on behalf of the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation

  • 01 April 2015

    Entries open for 2015 India ‘Social Entrepreneur of the Year’ (SEOY) Awards

    • India’s much acclaimed award to recognize Social Entrepreneurs, organized by Schwab Foundation in partnership with Jubilant Bhartia Foundation
    • 2015 marks sixth year of partnership between Schwab Foundation and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation to bring together country’s most coveted awards in Social Entrepreneurship
    • A unique platform for the winner to interact with leading social entrepreneurs, build global network and meet the stalwarts at World Economic Forum

    The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a sister organization of the World Economic Forum, in partnership with the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of entries for the much coveted 2015 India 'Social Entrepreneur of the Year' (SEOY) Awards. The applicants are evaluated on key parameters of innovation, sustainability, reach and social impact. The applications will be accepted till May 31, 2015. Finalists will be selected following an intensive search and selection process, including expert reviews and site visits. The winner will be announced at a high-profile award event in New Delhi.

    The India Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award, organized annually by Schwab Foundation and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, celebrates leading social entrepreneurs and their ventures that implement innovative, practical and sustainable solutions to address poverty and the lack of basic services and resources in ‘Bottom of the Pyramid’ and ultra-poor communities (i.e. health, education, job creation, water, clean energy and access to information and 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.The award promotes social entrepreneurs in India by recognizing organizations that work to promote inclusive growth and contribute to bring change to society through their entrepreneurial vision.

    The winners of the ‘Social Entrepreneur of the Year’ India 2015 Awards will join the global community of Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs, and will participate in the annual and regional meetings of the World Economic Forum, which provides unprecedented opportunities to engage with global decision makers from the public, corporate, media, academic, and civil society sectors.

    SEOY has established itself as the prestigious event in India with a legacy of over 14 years. The Schwab Foundation has been selecting and recognizing social entrepreneurs globally since year 2001. The Jubilant Bhartia Foundation partnered with the Schwab Foundation in the year 2010 to conduct the Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) Awards in India.  2015 marks the sixth year of partnership between Schwab Foundation and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation to bring together country’s most coveted awards in Social Entrepreneurship.

    Dr. H Sudarshan of Karuna Trust, the winner for 2014 India Social Entrepreneur of the Year, was awarded by Shri Arun Jaitley, Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, at a well-attended ceremony in New Delhi. The winners are selected by a prominent Jury consisting of eminent professionals from different walks of life. 

    To find out more about the selection criteria and to download the application form for Social Entrepreneur of the Year India 2015 Awards, please visit:
    http://www.jubilantbhartiafoundation.com/recognising-social-entrepreneurs.html

    For more information, please email us at:
    india@schwabfound.org, jbf_sey@jubl.com, and seyawards@startup-india.org.

    About Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship
    www.schwabfound.org
    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 peer global community of social entrepreneurs.

    About Jubilant Bhartia Foundation
    www.jubilantbhartiafoundation.com
    Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, established in 2007, is the not-for-profit organization of the Jubilant Bhartia Group. It focuses on conceptualizing and implementing the Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives (CSR) for the Group. The Jubilant Bhartia Foundation’s activities include various community development work, healthcare programs, cultural and sports events, an environmental preservation initiative, vocational training, women empowerment and educational activities.

    About Start Up!
    Start Up! is an angel investor, incubator and consultant to social entrepreneurs. It manages the candidate outreach, shortlisting, due diligence and jury presentation for the award on behalf of the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation

  • 04 November 2014

    Dr. H Sudarshan of Karuna Trust Honoured as India’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2014

    Dr. H Sudarshan of Karuna Trust Honoured as India’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2014

    New Delhi, India, 4 November 2014 – The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a sister organization of the World Economic Forum, in partnership with the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation announced Dr. H Sudarshan, Karuna Trust, as the winner of the 2014 India Social Entrepreneur of the Year awards. The awards were conferred in New Delhi at a high-level celebration, in the presence of Arun Jaitley, Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs and Defence, Government of India, and over 200 participants.

    Karuna Trust is transforming dysfunctional government primary healthcare centers (PHCs) into professional hubs of ‘last mile’ healthcare service delivery. It works through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model – the government invests in upgrading infrastructure and efficient running of the PHCs; Karuna Trust brings healthcare management systems and disruptive health innovations; village health councils hold PHCs accountable for reporting higher health outcomes and functioning as zero-corruption zones. Karuna Trust has served more than one million patients and reported health outcomes that are amongst the highest in the country.

    Over 180 applicants entered the tenth annual Social Entrepreneur of the Year selection process for India, and three finalists emerged after several stages of rigorous assessment. An independent panel of pre-eminent judges met on 4 November to select the winner. This year’s judges included Ms Shobhana Bhartia, Chairperson & Editorial Director of HT Media Ltd; Ms. Sudha Pillai, Board Member Jubilant Life Sciences Limited and Former Member Secretary of Planning Commission, Government of India; Mr David Aikman,Managing  Director, Head of New Champions, World Economic Forum; Ms Neelam Chhiber, Managing Director, Industree Crafts Pvt Ltd, Industree Crafts Foundation and Mother Earth; Dr Harish Hande, Managing Director of Selco Solar Light Ltd ; Mr Sunil Kant Munjal, Joint Managing Director of Hero Moto Corp; Mr. Ronnie Screwvala, First Generation Entrepreneur/ Founder - Unilazer Ventures Ltd, Founder Trustee - Swades Foundation and Ms Chetna Vijay Sinha, Winner SEOY 2013, Founder of Mann Deshi Group of Ventures.

    Commenting on the finalists, Hilde Schwab, Chairperson and Co-Founder of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, said “We are inspired by the three finalists of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year India 2014 Awards – all three entrepreneurs are leading initiatives that seek fundamental changes in delivery systems and demonstrate a strong commitment to collaboration and co-creation with the community and other stakeholders. We hope these entrepreneurs and their work will serve as an inspiration to many more social innovators, especially among the country’s youth”.

    Congratulating the winner, Shyam S Bhartia, Chairman & Managing Director and Hari S Bhartia, Co Chairman & Managing Director, Jubilant Life Sciences and Founder Directors of Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, said, “We congratulate the winner of India SEOY 2014 Award. The social entrepreneurs undergo numerous operational challenges and yet stay committed in their mission with an objective to bring positive impacts and drive inclusive growth. They are the dreamers, the innovators, the doers and most importantly, they are the

    pragmatic visionaries. Jubilant Bhartia Foundation looks forward to collaborating and supporting them with linkages and networks to increase their impact and scale.”
    The winner will be invited to join the Schwab Foundation’s global community of over 250 social innovators. Social Entrepreneurs are driven by their mission to create substantial social change and promote inclusive growth, developing new products and service models that benefit underserved communities.
    Jubilant Bhartia Foundation (JBF) joined hands with the Schwab Foundation in 2010 for Social Entrepreneurship to launch the Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) Award in India. The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation are dedicated to promoting social innovation in India. In recognizing social entrepreneurs who address the needs of under-served communities in both scalable and sustainable ways, JBF’s aim is to make inclusive growth in the country a reality.

    Brief Descriptions of the Finalists

    Dr. H Sudarshan, Karuna Trust, India

    Karuna Trust is transforming dysfunctional government primary healthcare centers (PHCs) into professional hubs of ‘last mile’ healthcare service delivery. It works through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model – the government invests in upgrading infrastructure and efficient running of the PHCs; Karuna Trust brings healthcare management systems and disruptive health innovations; village health councils hold PHCs accountable for reporting higher health outcomes and functioning as zero-corruption zones. Karuna Trust has served more than one million patients and reported health outcomes that are amongst the highest in the country.

     

    Matthew Spacie, Magic Bus, India

    Magic Bus delivers a ‘Sport for Development (S4D)’ curriculum that harnesses the transformative power of sport  to enable children from impoverished communities to tap into their potential, reflect on their life choices, and take positive development decisions for themselves with regard to education, health, livelihoods and leadership – factors that are critical for their growth as active citizens. Till date, the S4D curriculum to 500,000 children in the age group of 7-18 years across 19 Indian states through a trained network of 8,000 Community Youth Leaders. 50% of all Magic Bus participants constitute girls from disadvantaged families.

     

    Yogendra Bhushan, Bodh Shiksha Samiti, India

    Bodh works with ultra-poor communities to transform their villages and slums into centers of education excellence. It has pioneered the common schools movement, where schools (called Bodhshalas) are built, managed and co-owned by mostly Below Poverty Line (BPL) communities in areas untouched by the government education system. Bodh has impacted more than 2 million students and 80,000 teachers in the state of Rajasthan. Additionally, Bodh’s best practices in improving education quality was adopted in 20,500 government schools in Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Jharkhand and 100 social ventures have partnered with Bodh to scale the common school model to 13 states.

     

    To nominate a social entrepreneur or apply for the 2015 award, please visit www.schwabfound.org

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    About Jubilant Bhartia Foundation

    www.jubilantbhartiafoundation.com

    The Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, established in 2007, is the not-for-profit arm of the Jubilant Bhartia Group. It focuses on conceptualizing and implementing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives for the Group. The Jubilant Bhartia Foundation’s activities include various community development works, healthcare programs, cultural and sports events, environmental preservation initiatives, vocational training, women empowerment and educational activities.

    About the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship

    www.schwabfound.org

    The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship was co-founded by Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, and his wife, Hilde. Since its inception in 2000, the Foundation has been identifying the world’s leading social entrepreneurs and involves the community of 200 award winners in advancing the field of social innovation in collaboration with corporate, government and academic stakeholders. Selected social entrepreneurs of the Schwab Foundation network participate in World Economic Forum events, thus providing unique opportunities for them to connect with business, political and media leaders.

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