Social Entrepreneurs


The Social Entrepreneur of the Year - India Award is a joint initiative that has been introduced through a collaboration between Jubilant Bhartia Foundation and Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship(a sister organisation of the World Economic Forum)

The award is given with the objective of recognizing promising and successful social entrepreneurs, with excellence in large-scale, system change models. The social entrepreneurs are one of the key enablers of inclusive growth who implement practical and sustainable solutions to address challenges in numerous areas including health, education, and environment, access to technology and job creation.

The application process for the Award starts every year in March.

Selection Criteria

  • Market-based: leverages market forces, strategic partnerships, and business practices wherever possible, e.g. charges fees for products or services or for some subset of them.
  • Tech-enabled: Uses technology to create, communicate, deliver, or monitor the adoption of its products or services.
  • Demonstrated Impact: beyond proof of concept; has a monitoring and evaluation system in place; can provide compelling impact metrics
  • Scalability/ Potential to scale: has the potential to be successfully expanded nationally or internationally, either by branch expansion or via replication partners.
  • Candidate as an Ambassador: able to interact on a peer-to-peer level with top business and political leaders and willing to contribute time and expertise to building the global community.
  • Aligned with the World Economic Forum System Initiatives

Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2023

Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2022

Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2021

Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2020

Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2019

Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2018

Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2017

Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2016

Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2015

Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2014

Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2013

Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2012

Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2011

Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2010


Exclusive Benefit:

  • WINNER OF SEOY India will get an opportunity to apply for the Hindustan Times Fellowship for Stanford Seed Transformation programme.
  • SEOY Awardee will be announced at the World Economic Forum’s Sustainable Development Impact Summit in September 2020 and participate in a three-year structured programme to help them scale their solutions to collectively reach millions of people worldwide

Three-Year Programme Core Benefits:

  • Access to the world’s most influential network: Awardees will have the opportunity to connect with key partners at Forum regional and global summits, and on our digital platform TopLink, to learn sector-specific best practices and scale their solution through partnerships.
  • Capacity building: We build the leadership capacity of awardees by strengthening their organisational and business strategies through executive education programmes at top universities, practitioner-oriented research, and curated programming at global and regional meetings.
  • Global media exposure: We showcase awardees’ solutions to the highest level of decision-makers through award ceremonies, media campaigns, videos and speaking roles
  • Community-based support: We create spaces for reflection and peer-to-peer mentoring to equip awardees with the support systems to lead their organisation and drive trust-based collaborations.
  • Personalized engagement: Throughout the three year program, our staff proactively ensures that awardees’ engagements with the Schwab Foundation and the World Economic Forum are well aligned with their short and long term goals.

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