Events

Egiye Bangla boot camp @ IIMC

January 7 , 2016

IIM Calcutta Innovation Park organized a three day Boot-camp for all the shortlisted applicants of Egiye Bangla – A TV reality show on Entrepreneurship – with a view to groom them for the final round and TV show through an independent, intense, customised workshop at IIM Calcutta. The main objectives behind holding the Boot-camp were to impart them training on relevant skills like Preparing & Defending a Business Plan, How to prepare an Elevator Pitch, Protecting innovative ideas, Marketing Essentials, Funding Essentials, Financial essentials, Presentation Skills, Personal Grooming, Answering Investor questions, developing bonding among the teams, etc.

The Boot Camp started with session on “Expectation Setting and on How to Pitch” followed by sessions conducted by the Creative team from the TV Show Production partners on various tips to participants for making presentations in front of TV camera.

All the participants were required to make presentation of their respective business ideas in front of a panel of jury comprising experienced members from organizations like SIDBI, TiE, Total Start, Tata Capital, CII. Members from Creative team were also present in these sessions to evaluate the performance. The jury members individually assessed the performance of each applicant based on parameters viz. Originality of the Business Idea, Business Potential / Social Impact, Revenue Model & Sustainability, Leadership & Team and overall Presentation skill. On completion of these presentations, the jury deliberated the assessment scores and unanimously selected the group of top 45 participants, with first 40 applicants moving on to the TV show round and remaining 5 kept on stand-by.

These 45 participants were put through an intensive grooming session conducted by seasoned Mentors drawn from organizations in the start-up eco-system. They were given specific feedback on the presentations made and various inputs on fine-tuning the business plans, making strong pitch within a limited timeframe. Several mock sessions were held where the mentors closely worked with the group to get them prepared for the TV show shooting phase.

The participants greatly benefitted from the boot-camp which was corroborated by much improved performance by them at the end. They also acknowledged the efforts put in by the mentors during the boot-camp which helped them to a great extent to make their business plans more presentable and boosted their confidence to face the investor questions.

Read More

Jokathon

December 22 , 2015

IIM Calcutta witnessed its first ever Jokathon on 21st and 22nd of November. Joka’s very own Entrepreneurship Cell hosted this event and it provided fellow Jokars with an opportunity to give a slight nudge to their big crazy dreams and emerge as full-fledged business plans. Jokathon was conducted on the lines of a hackathon where teams gathered together for 48 hours, brainstormed and transformed a business idea into a well-structured business plan worth presenting in front of investors. Those without any idea but a dream to start-up an organization were welcome to join teams of their liking.

At first teams needed to give a 1-minute pitch showing the crowd the heart of their ideas. The 20 brilliant ideas sure ran a chill down everyone’s spine, as if it was the beginning of a revolution. The teams were then required to present their ideas on a chart paper, basically the coolest ways in which they could showcase their ideas. This phase saw an informal union of people from various backgrounds all working under the same roof. The room was full of breathtaking designs, which were to undergo a round of voting from all present there. This phase was to form 15% of the final score. After all the rush yummy “Wow Momos” & cakes from “Jab We Ate” came to the rescue. The storms of voting passed and then came the mentors, Mr. Mohnessh, Mr. Sanjay Chatterjeee, Mr Subhrangshu Sanyal and Professor Devi Vijay. Whatever doubts the teams had were to be resolved that day, whatever assistance they needed to move forward was to be provided that day. Now the teams were required to form a Business Model Canvas to structure their ideas further. This was 35% of the final score and the deliverable for day 1.

Day 2 was the finale where teams were to present their ideas to our jury panelists Kaushik Poddar, Sanjay Chaterjee and Joka’s very own beloved Professors Devi Vijay and C D Mitra. They started off with a briefing on what is required in the presentations and since it was a crisp 15 minutes presentation and 5 minutes Q&A session, mentors were available throughout to help the teams find their path to glory.

22nd November saw the Joka spirit in its full form with a session of awe-inspiring presentations. Everyone emerged as a winner but protocol told us to rank, hence we ranked. Agrodrivers emerged as the Jokathon winners with Warriors as the 1st runner-up and Paushtik as the 2nd runner-up.

Well, rank is just a number in the end of these 2 brain-churning days, if the entrepreneurial light was ignited even in a few hearts, Jokathon can pat its back and rest for a year.

Read More

Thinking Social Roundtable – Kolkata

November 30 , 2015

The second Roundtable of the “Thinking Social” series, organized by IIM Calcutta Innovation Park (IIMCIP) and Ennovent, was held on 30th November 2015 at the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata under the aegis of Tata Social Enterprise Challenge (TSEC) 2015-16. The theme of the Roundtable was ‘”Social Enterprises in India”.
The British Council has commissioned a baseline study on the Social Enterprise Landscape in India, which is being conducted by Ennovent. The aim of the study is to provide a summary of the current size and scale of the social enterprise sector and give stakeholders a clear picture of the existing landscape and help them identify areas in which their support is most needed. The aim of the baseline study is to provide a summary of the current size and scale of the social enterprise sector in India. The survey will contribute to the improvement of the social enterprise ecosystem by obtaining currently unavailable numbers on various indicators, giving stakeholders a clear picture of the existing scenario and helping them identify areas in which their support is needed.
The objective of the roundtable was to disseminate the findings of the Landscape Survey of Social Enterprises in India captured through survey responses and interviews conducted so far, with a specific focus on East India. The audience mainly comprised of eminent social entrepreneurs, academicians and NGOs mainly from the Eastern part of the country.

The discussion was initiated by Juhi from Ennovent who shared with the audience the findings of the survey which they had conducted. The following points were discussed:

Distribution of Social Enterprises by State

The panel discussed that a lot of innovative business models exist at the ground level but they often go unnoticed because they do not have access to communication services like the internet. They also decided to do a search on the operational presence of SEs and conduct the survey in regional languages.

Distribution of Social Enterprises by Sector

The panel decided that methodology of framing sectors need more work as there are alot of activities which were not talked about. It was also pointed out that there should be a break up of skill development activities into non-farm livelihood and non-traditional livelihood.

Barriers to growth and Funding Challenges

Discussions took place regarding the lack of skilled manpower and training institutes is the biggest challenge for social enterprises. Also, there needs to be a more focussed sectorial analysis which needs to be carried out so that it gives us the dta about the most emerging areas in the SE space.

Feedback on the Study Report and Analysis

The survey should add an option of Lack of Training and Skill development institutes under the barriers to growth. It should also remove Micro Finance Institutes from the database. A proper definition about Social Enterprise must be formulated which would define the enterprise as a business which aims to be financially viable and creates an impact for the people at the BOP.

Read More

Thinking Social Roundtable – Delhi

October 16 , 2015

The first event of the “Thinking Social” series of roundtables, organized by IIM Calcutta Innovation Park (IIMCIP), was held on 16th October 2015 at the India International Center, Delhi under the aegis of Tata Social Enterprise Challenge (TSEC) 2015-16. The theme of the Roundtable was ‘”Enhancing Quality and Affordability of Education through Technology”. The discussion was centered on three broad themes – Quality, Access, and Affordability of education for the masses. The overarching focus was the use of technology in meeting these three objectives.

The thematic Roundtable included an overview on Thinking Social, an interactive Panel discussion followed by Q&A and presentations from two social entrepreneurs working in the education domain.
The speakers for the day comprised eminent entrepreneurs and academician who have rich experience in the Education sector in India. The audience (a strong presence of 40 participants) comprised of Professionals, entrepreneurs, Impact investors, innovators, NGOs and students mainly from the Education sector.

In the inaugural session, Subhrangshu Sanyal – CEO, IIM Calcutta Innovation Park introduced the theme and shared with the audience IIMC’s journey on entrepreneurship, IIMCIP’s vision & activities and how TSEC emerged as one of the biggest platform for the social entrepreneurs in India.

Prof Raghabendra Chattopadhyay, IIM Calcutta moderated the Panel discussion and requested all the Panelists to share their thoughts on the challenges and opportunities around the theme.

Read More

Seminar on Thinking Social

October 3 , 2015

Tata Social Enterprise Challenge (TSEC) – a joint initiative of the Tata Group and the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC) held the second seminar series, ‘Thinking Social’, at Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication (PG), Pune on 3rd October 2015. The day-long seminar sought to introduce students from top professional colleges in India to the spirit of social entrepreneurship in a rapidly evolving global economy and addressed the concerns of young, budding entrepreneurs belonging to reputed B-Schools such as Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communications (SIMC), Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIMB) and Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). The speakers for the day comprised eminent social entrepreneurs, academicians and senior corporate executives working extensively in the Indian social entrepreneurship space.

The event kick-started with Prof. Chandan Chatterjee, Director, SIMC Pune, delivering the inaugural address and welcoming all the dignitaries. Highlighting the institute’s keenness towards inculcating a spirit of social sensitivity and proactivity amongst its students, he spoke of the student-initiated and driven Social Responsibility Cell called SIMCare, the acronym CARE standing for Compassion, Appreciation, Respect and Empathy.

Subhrangshu Sanyal, CEO – IIM Calcutta Innovation Park (IIMCIP) shared with the audience IIMC’s journey on entrepreneurship, IIMCIP’s vision & activities and how TSEC emerged as one of the biggest platform for the social entrepreneurs in India. He stressed on the importance of involving fresh minds in solving some of the social challenges faced by India. He motivated the students by saying, “Young minds like you can provide innovative solutions to our current problems”.

Read More

Seminar on “Thinking Social” at Guwahati

August 29 , 2015

Tata Social Enterprise Challenge (TSEC) – a joint initiative of the Tata Group and the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC) held the second edition of the student seminars, ‘Thinking Social’, at IIT Guwahati on 29 August 2015.

The day-long seminar had about 90 participants and it sought to introduce students to the concept of social entrepreneurship and inspire them to start their own venture that solves some of the challenges faced by the society. The speakers for the day comprised eminent entrepreneurs, who have established their own outstanding ventures in the Indian social entrepreneurship space and sought to address the concerns of young, budding entrepreneurs.

Mr Subhrangshu Sanyal, CEO IIM Calcutta Innovation Park, welcomed the participants for this event and explained the objective of the seminar on “Thinking Social.”

Mr Biswanath Sinha, Associate Director of Tata Trusts addressed the audience by presenting the core values of the TATA group. He gave an overview of the activities conducted by TATA trusts to support social enterprises that benefit the community and the country. Concluding his speech he said “I hope many young entrepreneurs will emerge from this region and make changes which are beneficial to the society.”

Read More

Startup Weekend Kolkata

July 30 , 2015

July 24th 2015, Friday evening, in spite of the heavy monsoon downpour, the IIM C campus was buzzing with activities and excitement. Some of the most innovative minds flocked together with the mission to get ideas into action and launch their statups in 54hrs over the weekend.

Organized for the first time in Eastern India, the Startup Weekend was hosted by IIM Calcutta Innovation Park (IIMCIP) to promote entrepreneurship and innovation in the region. To ensure success of this event, IIMCIP roped in some of the key stakeholders in the startup ecosystem namely – TiE, Calcutta Angels, Nasscom, CII and Innokul.

The event attracted tremendous participation from young students and working professionals and long queue of participants eager to pitch their ideas was a sight to witness. Forty Eight participants presented their startup ideas through a 60 second pitch. Almost equal numbers of participants were waiting to join as cofounders and take these ideas forward. Based on popular choice fifteen teams were selected for the finals. The participants formed teams and worked on their ideas over the weekend to create an outline of the minimum viable product. Fun filled three days at the campus coupled with some serious brainstorming and non-stop activities was definitely to look out for. After idea generation and finalization on the first day, eminent mentors conducted one-on-one advisory sessions on the second day and helped the participants to structure the ideas and explore strategies and feasibility options.

The last day was the Grand Finale where one could see all ideas come alive. The event was judged by an eminent panel comprising of different stakeholders of the startup ecosystem. The ideas were evaluated with respect to the business model, customer validation and execution & design.

There emerged three winners – ComBuyN, Hephaestus Techno and Yello!. Two social enterprises received special recognition in the event – iJustice and Garbage to Gold. The Entrepreneurship cell of IIM Calcutta will support all the teams to shape their ideas and firm up their business model and the top teams will also get an opportunity to pitch for incubation at IIMCIP.

The event ended with a bang, with smiles and great outcomes. It encouraged and inspired young people to bring their idea into action and take the first step towards their entrepreneurship journey. It was indeed an event to witness, to participate, to learn and to grow.

Read More

Shilpa Shibir

May 11 , 2015

IIM Calcutta Innovation Park is organized a Capacity Enhancement Programme (Shilpa Shibir 2015) for the District Industries Centre (DIC) Officers of the West Bengal MSME Department and the Industrial Development Officers to support District-Level Entrepreneurship Development.

The workshop was conducted in 4 batches from 11 May 2015 to 09 June 2015 covering 260 officials from 19 districts of West Bengal.

This programme had a focus on interactions, discussions & ideation sessions, group exercises, role play, shared learning and practical approach rather than a classroom style lecture. It focused on making participants more familiar and adept at using the key processes, systems, tools and techniques that will enable their transition from regulators to supportive facilitators of entrepreneurship in the districts of West Bengal.

It included workshops on technical aspects like – how to create a good business plan and how to evaluate bank loan applications. There was an interactive session with local entrepreneurs from different domains, who spoke to the officers regarding their entrepreneurship journey and the support which they expect from the government.

A session on the importance of effective communication was conducted which stressed on the need to develop the right attitude.

The workshop included an informal session with the Principal Secretary, Department of Micro and Small Scale Enterprises & Textiles, Government of West Bengal, where the Principal Secretary shared the new initiatives taken up by the MSME department. He also appreciated the efforts put in by IIMCIP in supporting these new initiatives and promoting entrepreneurship in the state.

Read More

Thinking Social Seminar Tiruchirapalli

March 21 , 2015

Tata Social Enterprise Challenge (TSEC) – a joint initiative of the Tata group and the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC) held the fourth in the series of student seminars on ‘Thinking Social’ seminar series, organized by IIM Calcutta Innovation Park (IIMCIP), on March 21st 2015 at Tiruchirapalli, with the National Institute of Technology- Tiruchirapalli, as the host Institution. The day-long seminar was attended by around 100 strong audience representing the students, academia and NGOs/Institutions.

The speakers of the day comprised of Prof Satyajit Majumdar from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences; eminent social entrepreneur Sriram V Ayer, founder of Nalanda Way Foundation; local social entrepreneur Dr Ajay Kumar Tannirkulam, Founder of Magasool, Prof G. Kannabiran from NIT-Trichy and Prof Chandradeep Mitra from IIM Calcutta. Connecting the youth to social enterprise, the speakers shared their perspective on the key challenges, opportunities and learning’s in the social entrepreneurship space.

Read More

Thinking Social Roundtable Mumbai

February 27 , 2015

The third thematic roundtable of “TSEC Thinking Social Roundtable” series, organized by IIM Calcutta Innovation Park (IIMCIP), was held on 27th February 2015 in Mumbai, under the aegis of Tata Social Enterprise Challenge (TSEC).

The Mumbai Chapter of IIM Calcutta Alumni Association was instrumental in supporting the Roundtable. The theme of the Roundtable was ‘Bridging the Education Gap’. The main objective of this roundtable was to provide a platform, for the champions of education entrepreneurship ecosystem to exchange their experiences and ideas thereby perhaps create a set of best practices for the industry to emulate.

The thematic TSEC Roundtable was structured with an introductory address from IIP and the TATA Groups followed by Panel discussion with subsequent Q&A round and ending with a valedictory and thanking note from the IIMC Alumni Mumbai Chapter.

Read More

E-Summit

February 7 , 2015

The Entrepreneurship cell at IIM Calcutta, in association with IIM Calcutta Innovation Park (IIMCIP) held the 8th International Entrepreneurship Summit (IES 8) on 7th Feb 2015. The theme for IES 8 was ‘2015: The Year of the Entrepreneur

The event invited visionaries and renowned entrepreneurs across the globe to share their experiences and knowledge in fields of expertise.

The event aims at bringing together our students, alumni, established entrepreneurs and academia to foster the spirit of entrepreneurship. Over the years, E-Summit has fostered inspiration, skills, ideas and networks with its rich line up of guest speakers and this year is no exception. Students from various management schools of Kolkata participated to learn nitty gritty of starting a venture. This year the focus was on Entrepreneurship as a whole, and ways to develop skill set among individuals to start up any field of their liking. Unorthodox entrepreneurs who came from various fields like fashion, movie, food, legal, venture capitalist etc were invited.

Mr. Deepak Jalan, MD of linc pens was the key note speaker who spoke on ‘Opportunities for young entrepreneurs’. Mr. Praveen Sinha, Founder of Jabong, talked about creating an e commerce brand of your own. Famous motivational speaker Mr. Akash Gautam received a standing ovation from crowd for his session on ‘Lag gai: How we screw our lives’.

Workshops on ‘Legal issues of startup’ by Pankaj Jain, Rishad Madora, Barnik Ghosh, ‘Financial aspect of start ups’ by Pritimoy Chakraborty, Sagar Daryani , ‘Marketing for start ups’ by Dheeraj Agraval, Swarup Ghosh were very insightful for every budding entrepreneur and were appreciated by all the participants.

Read More

i2i

February 6 , 2015

Ideas to Implementation, popularly known as I2i is an International Business Plan competition which endeavours to provide an ideal platform for budding entrepreneurs to realize their dreams by making them connect to ideas, money and people who matter. The core philosophy behind this event has always been not to judge a ‘b-plan’ but to make a robust plan ready to spread its wings. I2i today has emerged as one of the largest and the most serious national process of its kind, both in scale and scope, attracting serious entrepreneurs via the Pan IIM and IIT alumni networks, the National Entrepreneurship Network and a large base of working professionals.

With cash prizes, Incubation support at IIP (IIM Calcutta Innovation Park) and with seed funding of 50 lacs by GOVIN Holdings in store for the prospective winners, the event got a huge response with 300+ entries coming in from all over the country for Round 1 conducted in the month of November 2014.

While Round 1 needed submissions to be made in form of an executive summary, Round 2 required the 60 shortlisted teams to submit a ppt pertaining to their B-Plan. Mentors were allotted to these teams for further guidance before they were ready to make their round of presentations. The Semi-final and Finals for the event were conducted at Campus on 6th February 2015.

Magasool, Freedu and Semantic reviews emerged out as the winners of the competition. They have been assured a seed funding of 50 lacs (to be divided in a certain deterministic ratio) by Mr. Anand Govindaluri of GOVIN Holdings. Also, commitment of 5-year long funding of 10 lacs each for the top 10 teams was made.

Read More

TSEC 2014-15

January 17 , 2015

Tata Social Enterprise Challenge 2014-15 kicked-off on August 25, 2014 and invited social entrepreneurs who either had an early stage venture (not older than three years) or a promising idea with a plan that could create sustainable social impact in India. Impact proposals (detailed business plans) were invited in the areas of education, health, agriculture, technology, sanitation, and handicrafts, among others.

These proposals were to be judged on three parameters – business model, social impact and sustainability. The last day to submit them online was November 15, 2014.

All the top 20 teams which were selected were mentored by Ashoka Innovators for the Public and Villgro, and the IIM Calcutta faculty. The social VC partners of the initiative were Acumen, Ankur Capital, Yunus Social Business and Ennovent. The teams also had an opportunity to network with mentors, experts and fellow social entrepreneurs.

The ceremony featured special talks by M Anshu Gupta, Founder Goonj, Dr SP Gon Chaudhuri, founder of India’s first renewable energy college – NB Institute for Rural Development (NBIRT), Dr Sabahat Azim, Founder Glocal and Dr NS Rajan, Member – Group Executive Council and Chief Group Human Resources Officer, Tata Sons.

The winners of the contest were announced during the grand finale which was held on 17 January 2015 at the IIM Calcutta campus. SAANS from Bangalore (Winner), Godavari Women Weaver’s Services Producer Company (GWWSPC) from Mandapeta, Andhra Pradesh (first runners-up) and Ultrasafe Ultrasound from Kolkata (second runners-up) emerged as the top three most promising social ventures, winning prize money of Rs 2 lakhs, Rs 1.5 lakhs and Rs 1.25 lakhs, respectively.

Read More

Thinking social seminar Noida

December 13 , 2014

Tata Social Enterprise Challenge (TSEC) – a joint initiative of the Tata group and the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC) held the third in the series of student seminars on ‘Thinking Social’ seminar series, organized by IIM Calcutta Innovation Park (IIMCIP), on December 13 2014 at Noida, with the School of Management & Entrepreneurship, Shiv Nadar University, as the host Institution. Fulfilling the main objective of these TSEC “Thinking Social” seminars of connecting youth to social enterprise there was a strong student presence at the TSEC “Thinking Social” seminar in Noida, with many amongst them budding entrepreneurs.

The day-long seminar was attended by almost 100 students from across colleges in NCR. The speakers for the day comprised eminent social entrepreneurs like Ms. Kamini Prakash, Board Member, Pravah and Ms. Meenu Vadera, Director, Sakha Consulting Wings Pvt. Ltd. and Trustee, Azad Foundation who have established their own outstanding ventures in the Indian social entrepreneurship space. They shared their experience as social entrepreneurs with those present and addressed the issues and concerns of the young, budding entrepreneurs in the audience.

Read More

Thinking Social Seminar Pune

November 29 , 2014

The second “Thinking Social” seminar series, organized by IIM Calcutta Innovation Park (IIMCIP), was held on November 29th 2014 at Pune, with Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication (Pune), a constituent institute under Symbiosis International University as the host Institution under the aegis of Tata Social Enterprise Challenge (TSEC). As the main objective of these TSEC “Thinking Social” seminars is to connect youth to social enterprise it was very heartening to see a strong student presence at the TSEC “Thinking Social” seminar in Pune.

The speakers for the day comprised eminent entrepreneurs, who have established their own outstanding ventures in the Indian social entrepreneurship space and sought to address the concerns of young, budding entrepreneurs. The speakers shared their immense knowledge on social entrepreneurship with around 200 strong audience representing the students, academia and NGOs/ institutions.

Read More

Thinking social Roundtable Bangalore

November 28 , 2014

The maiden thematic roundtable of “TSEC Thinking Social Roundtable” series, organized by IIM Calcutta Innovation Park (IIMCIP), was held on 28th November 2014 in Bengaluru, under the aegis of Tata Social Enterprise Challenge (TSEC).

The Bengaluru Chapter of IIM Calcutta Alumni Association was instrumental in supporting the Roundtable. The theme of the Roundtable was ‘Providing Affordable Healthcare’. The main objective of this roundtable was to provide a platform, for the champions of healthcare entrepreneurship ecosystem to exchange their experiences and ideas thereby perhaps create a set of best practices for the industry to emulate.

The thematic TSEC Roundtable was structured with an introductory address from IIMCIP and the TATA Groups followed by Panel discussion with subsequent Q&A round and ending with a valedictory and thanking note from the IIMC Alumni Bengaluru Chapter.

Read More

Thinking social seminar Guwahati

November 1 , 2014

The first “Thinking Social” seminar series, organized by IIM Calcutta Innovation Park (IIMCIP), was held on 1 November 2014 at IIT Guwahati as the host Institution under the aegis of Tata Social Enterprise Challenge (TSEC).The primary objective of the seminar was to create awareness about social enterprises among the students and showcase the pioneering efforts of the social entrepreneurs in North East.

The list of speakers included noted social entrepreneurs like Mr. Anshu Gupta, the founder of Goonj, Ms. Hasina Kharbhih, the founder of the Impulse NGO Network and Impulse Social Enterprises, Mr. Neichute Doulo, the Founder of Entrepreneurs Associates in Nagaland, and a team from Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research.

Read More

TSEC 2013-14

January 17 , 2014

The second edition of the Tata Social Enterprise Challenge began in November 2013 with Impact Proposals (detailed Business Plans) being invited in the areas of agriculture, food and dairy, healthcare, water and sanitation, technology and development, education, housing, handicrafts, energy and microfinance/financial inclusion. The last day to submit the impact proposal (business plan) online was 21 November 2013.

This year’s edition attracted over 160 entries from across India and Bulgaria, showing wide interest in the area of social entrepreneurship.

The challenge included special session by Dr Harish Hande, co-founder and MD, SELCO India and Shankar Venkateswaran, chief, Tata Sustainability Group. There was also a one-day themed workshop organised between the semi-finals and finals of the challenge. The workshop was not only for the participants but also to other social entrepreneurs and people with a general interest in the social enterprise sector.

The winners of the contest were announced during the grand finale which was held on 17 January 2014 at the IIM Calcutta campus. MicroXlabs (winner), Bodhi Health Care (first runners-up) and Green Agrevolution Pvt Ltd (second runners-up), emerged as the top three most promising social ventures, winning prize money of Rs 1.75 lakh, Rs 1.25 lakh and Rs 1 lakh, respectively.

Read More

TSEC 2012-13

June 20 , 2013

The first edition of the Tata Social Enterprise challenge commenced in December 2012 with entries received from around the world. The shortlisted Top 20 teams were given a platform to experience first-class mentorship and training at the IIM-C campus as a part of the challenge.

Overall top 20 promising ventures, including the 2 winning entries, were selected from a pool of 164 impact proposals, submitted entries, from across multiple sectors, namely education, health, agriculture, energy, technology, housing, handicrafts and microfinance, amongst others. The entries received were from different corners of the world, including the US, the Netherlands, Nigeria and South Africa. The bulk of the entries were from India, including places like Delhi, Dehradun, Nainital and Tehri Garhwal in the north; Chennai, Pollachi, Coimbatore, Mysore and Trichy in the south; Jaipur, Aurangabad, Nagpur, Pune and Mumbai in the west; and Bhubaneshwar, Patna and Kolkata in the east.

IIM Calcutta hosted the grand finale event of the first Tata Social Enterprise Challenge on 20 January 2013 followed by a Social Entrepreneurship Conference where the winners were felicitated. Greenway Grameen Infra and Ottoclave were declared winners of the first edition of Tata Social Enterprise Challenge, winning prize money of Rs 1.5 and Rs 1 lakh respectively

Read More