ennovent has partnered with leading networks and organizations from across India and the world keeping in mind the mutual goal of creating impact at the BoP.
The Artha Platform is the initiative of a single family office and impact investor focused on India, and aims to accelerate the flow of capital to sustainable enterprises operating at the base of the pyramid (BOP). It seeks to contribute to a network of social investors and stakeholders interested in collaborating on impact investment deal flow in India. The Platform is an investor-facing, by invitation-only portal designed to provide an online collaboration tool for due diligence among investors, while providing a foundation from which entrepreneur support organizations (umbrella organizations and incubators) and third parties (ground-level, in-country intermediaries) may maximize their exposure to funders. The platform also profiles best practices in social business in India and creates awareness around outstanding social enterprises, while focused on reducing the transaction costs of conducting diligence around project pipelines that are frequently difficult and costly to manage from outside the country.
Artic Holdings is an early stage venture incubator and accelerator with focus on social and sustainable businesses. The flagship program is the Brightest Young Leaders platform, which started in 2010 as Brightest Young climate leaders and is being re–launched as Brightest Young Sustainable Leaders 2011–12. With offices in India and Australia they have worked with a wide variety of clients from early stage ventures to established media houses and are passionate about entrepreneurship and growing businesses to their full potential.
IIM Ahmedabad ´s Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) is a collaborative effort between IIM Ahmedabad, Department of Science and Technology (Government of India) and Gujarat Government to foster innovation-driven entrepreneurship across the country. CIIE is focused on 3 broad areas: incubation & investment, ecosystem development and training. CIIE is the preferred partner for incubation and entrepreneurship related activities in India.
CII-ITC works to create a conducive, enabling climate for Indian businesses to pursue sustainability goals. It promotes thought leadership, builds capacity and generates awareness on corporate sustainability across a broad spectrum of issues. The Centre is a market creator and premier service provider for Corporate Sustainability Management in the Indian context. The Centre fulfils its mission through a series of initiatives which include: Policy Advisory, Research and Advocacy; consulting; Sustainability events and awards; and executive education.
Dasra is India's leading strategic philanthropy foundation, deploying $9 million of funding and working with over 200 non-profit organizations and social businesses since 1999. They believe that if philanthropists and social entrepreneurs are given the skills, support and networks that enable them to become more effective, then systemic change will occur moving more people out of poverty faster. Dasra works hands on with both philanthropists and social entrepreneurs to scale non-profit organizations and social businesses.
Echoing Green is a nonprofit social venture fund that identifies, invests in, and supports some of the world’s best emerging social entrepreneurs—society’s change agents. Because they believe human capital is the most important asset class, and understand the difficulties faced by social innovators who challenge the status quo with bold ideas for a better world, they invest deeply in these next generation change agents as well as work to create an ecosystem around them that supports and celebrates social innovation as a high-impact strategy for social change.
IndiaMART Leaders of Tomorrow Awards 2011 is aimed at according due recognition to the small scale enterprises that have proved to be the growth drivers for the Indian economy. These awards will acknowledge the contribution of entrepreneurs in 13 different categories along with two special recognition awards on Woman Entrepreneur of the Year and SME of the Year. They have brought on board Ernst & Young as winner determination process validator and tabulator of all jury processes. They will also be featuring a series of inspiring successful stories for 28 weeks on ET NOW to highlight the importance of MSMEs in the Indian business fraternity.
iDiya is ISBâ€™s national Social Venture Ideas Competition that aims to stimulate, enable and develop high-impact, self sustaining social businesses in India. iDiya is targeted exclusively at working professionals in India and focuses on business ideas that create measurable social impact. The winners are invited to ISB for an intensive one week boot camp. Industry experts, ISB faculty and entrepreneurs train iDiya winners for challenges they would face in bringing their ideas and ventures to realization. Teams are interfaced with potential investors and are matched with entrepreneurs and organizations that will mentor them post-boot camp.
ID is a Boston based investment management firm focused on scalable innovations for emerging markets. Their mission is to support and create enterprises that fill the gaps in the global marketplace. ID created and manages the BSP Fund and BETA initiative. The BSP Fund is a seed-stage investment fund committed to supporting entrepreneurs with radically affordable innovations in alternative energy and mobile technologies. BETA provides pre-seed support and co-creates enterprises with innovators whose technologies fit the BSP Fund focus areas.
The Low Smoke Chulha is a low-tech solution to enable healthy indoor cooking. This stove has been developed to fight the ill-effects of indoor air-pollution, it can be produced and assembled locally with the help of resources available on www.lowsmokechulha.com
Established in 1993, MART is a pioneer in the rural domain and over the years has also developed a leading consultancy and knowledge based organization on BoP and Emerging Markets. MART’s vision is to become the most respected, employee owned organization in the emerging markets creating innovative and effective solutions to help the poor improve their quality of life.
NASSCOM Foundation pioneered the NASSCOM Social Innovation Honours in 2008, to recognise innovation in the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for social development. The Annual Honours aims to showcase projects that demonstrate best practices through exemplary use of ICT in areas of social transformation. It aims to identify projects where innovation could be in the form of a process or an application or product. The Foundation aims to understand systems based on transfer and sharing of knowledge across the public, private and nonprofit sectors.
New Ventures (NV) is the World Resources Institute′s center for environmental entrepreneurship – providing business development services to environmentally–focused small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in emerging markets. The New Ventures program in India (NVI) promotes sustainable growth by accelerating the transfer of talent and capital to businesses that deliver social and environmental benefits. In its 5 years of operation NVI has selected, mentored and showcased 50 of the most exciting green businesses as a part of its portfolio and has so far facilitated INR 121.88 Cr/ USD 30.59 million worth of investments into 15 portfolio companies.
National Social Entrepreneurship Forum is India’s premier youth platform for social innovations, bridging the talent inequity in the social sector and foster ecosystems where social change catalysts are supported. Since inception, NSEF has undertaken social entrepreneurial activities in several academic institutes and cities; helped social enterprises to address their challenges by connecting them to talent equipped with right skills and mindsets and has created a multiplier effect by supporting young social entrepreneurs.
Start Up is an angel investor, incubator and consultant to social entrepreneurs. They launch, strengthen, and scale social ventures. As angel investors, they invest non-financial resources (i.e. time, expertise and networks) to incubate seed and early stage social enterprises. Since 2009, they have incubated and invested in 5 social enterprises in the domain of women and livelihoods, community tourism, rural entrepreneurship, disability, and created an incubation hub in Mumbai for social entrepreneurs. As consultants, they have engaged with established not-for-profit organizations and mature for-profit social enterprises to launch their next phase of growth, impact, and sustainability.
The TiE Delhi-NCR Chapter in the last 10 years has emerged as the forum of choice for startups, serial entrepreneurs, VC and angel investors, policy makers and academia. It conducts over 60 events every year covering aspects of entrepreneurship like funding & finance, marketing and sales, expanding into new geographies and business & organization management. The chapter has over 1500 members representing a diverse set of industries. The chapter has Special Interest Groups around Education & Training, Cleantech, Internet, Retail, Women entrepreneurship & Social Entrepreneurship.
Villgro is a not for profit company and incubator empowering rural development by actively identifying and incubating innovations that have the potential to cause social impact on rural markets. In its effort to impact rural life, Villgro actively promotes social entrepreneurship and works with different stakeholders to create and support an eco-system that empowers social entrepreneurship by means of seed funding, mentoring, networking and recognition.