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We conduct ‘Thinking Social’ seminars at various institutes to promote social entrepreneurship.

Thinking Social Seminar (Dibrugarh) – 26 September 2016

September 19, 2016

: Tata Social Enterprise Challenge (TSEC) – a joint initiative of the Tata group and the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC) held the first seminar series FY 2016-17, ‘Thinking Social’, at Dibrugarh University, Assam on 26th September 2016. 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 institutes in Assam. The speakers for the day comprised eminent social entrepreneurs, academicians and senior corporate executives working extensively in the Indian social entrepreneurship space.
The Seminar was formally inaugurated by Prof. Alak Kumar Buragohain – Vice Challancelor, Dibrugarh University. In his opening address, he emphasized that students should seriously think of taking social entrepreneurship as a career option and they should synergize and orient their thought process to benefit the weaker sections of the society. He also mentioned that they will partner with IIM Calcutta Innovation Park to set up a Technology Business Incubator at Dibrugarh University.

Mr. Subhrangshu Sanyal from IIM Calcutta Innovation Park shared with the audience IIMCIP’s vision, key activities related to social entrepreneurship and the evolution of TSEC. He concluded by saying, “The youth need to come up with innovative solutions that would address the challenges faced by our society in different sectors like education, healthcare, sanitation and livelihood. ”

Mr Vivekanandan T, Tata Trusts shared with the audience the vision of the TATA Group and also spoke about the Assam State Initiative led by the Tata Trusts in the North East part of the country. He also mentioned about Tata Trusts’s initiatives in promoting and nurturing social enterprises.
Mr Gaurav Kapoor , Innokul highlighted the societal challenges of India in the field of healthcare, sanitation and Education. He also spoke about his venture ‘Kolkata Sasthya Sankalp” which is determined to work for the cause of the poor and marginalized in the field of dialysis and avoidable blindness and blood donation by providing a safe, hygienic, effective treatment at low cost.

Mr Durlov Baruah, Founder – Kuhipaat Communications spoke about the problems in the society which we are facing like brain drain to the metro cities, poverty, social inclusion and women trafficking. He also voiced his concerns about the Economic Polarization of resources which is leading to all resources being concentrated in the metro cities.

Mr Manash Chaliha, Founder – Organic Majuli shared with the audience the different aspects of starting an enterprise and formation of a legal entity. He also discussed about the importance of creating a brand for your company. In his concluding remarks, Manash asked the audience to focus on the strengths of Assam like agriculture and food processing and start a venture in these fields.

Jonali Saikia, Founder – Heeya spoke about the weaving culture of Assam and the entire North East. Jonali spoke about creating the 3 Ps – Paisa, Product and Pride with the Assamese weavers – which is the idea behind Heeya. She stressed on the importance of the fact that, “We need to stop migration of people from the North East by creating local employment, infrastructure and an effective ecosystem.”

Concluding on a positive note, the seminar left the audience inspired by the various stories of change and impact shared enthusiastically by the speakers for the day. A sentiment that was a commonly shared among the participants and the speakers was the innate requirement for social entrepreneurs and the change that they can bring to society, and that such seminars are a vital platform in ushering in that change.

Thinking Social Seminar – 27th February 2016 (Greater Noida)

February 27, 2016

Tata Social Enterprise Challenge (TSEC) – a joint initiative of the Tata group and the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC) held the fourth seminar series, ‘Thinking Social’, at Shiv Nadar University (SNU), Greater Noida on 27th February 2016. 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 institutes in Delhi NCR. The speakers for the day comprised eminent social entrepreneurs, academicians and senior corporate executives working extensively in the Indian social entrepreneurship space.

The Seminar was formally inaugurated by Dr. Subhro Sen – Director of School of Management and Entrepreneurship & School of Extended Education and Professional Development, Shiv Nadar University. In his opening address, Dr. Sen emphasized on the importance and significance of social entrepreneurship in the current times for the balanced upliftment of all sections of society. He thanked the participants for their presence at the event and encouraged them to imbibe the rich knowledge that comes through experience, which was to be shared by an interesting ensemble of practicing social entrepreneurs, academicians and industry thought-leaders.

Mr. Sujoy Sen from IIM Calcutta Innovation Park shared with the audience IIMC’s key contribution of promoting social entrepreneurs through their incubation cell, the vision that the organization has for the promotion of social entrepreneurship and the evolution of TSEC. He also stressed on the importance of serving the bottom of the pyramid and the significance of boosting these sections of society.

Ms. Kirti Poonia, Head – Okhai, Tata Chemicals gave the audience an overview of the Tata Chemicals Rural Entrepreneurship Development Programme and Tata Steel’s Entrepreneurship and Skill Development Programme. She spoke about the Okhai Model for Women Empowerment in rural India and the training imparted to tribal women in their historic crafts such appliqué, embroidery and stiching. She shared with the students the learnings she could draw from her experience with Okhai. Besides, “Working in a social enterprise is not a purely selfless job, for you will gain leadership qualities that you can apply in any business – including realizing the importance of empathy, on the ground experience and business efficiencies – and find your passion.” In her concluding remarks she motivated the students by telling them about Jamsetji’s ethos of nation building and giving back to society, while running perfectly efficient businesses, and to “think social” before making every business decision.

Prof. Devi Vijay of IIM Calcutta gave an overview about social entrepreneurship. She spoke about the Social Entrepreneurship Academic Programme being conducted at IIM Calcutta which gives the students an opportunity to understand and solve challenges in this space. Prof. Devi Vijay spoke about the Engagements between academics, students and social enterprises. She explained how the student groups work with different social organizations to solve live problems while applying concepts learnt during their tenure at IIMC

Ms. Sumita Ghose , Founder – Rangsutra which is a social enterprise connecting more than 2000 women artisans, emphasized the importance of persistent efforts in order to pursue the cause that you deeply and firmly believe in. Citing examples from the evolution of her company, she stressed the importance of helping women to find their self-confidence and financial independence. She also stressed the importance of involving the people at the base level in the decision making process, as this allows them to be in control in deciding the course of the business.

The next speaker was Mr. Rustam Sengupta, founder and CEO – Boond. In an electrifying speech, Mr Sengupta shared with the audience how he started his entrepreneurship journey after quitting his high-paying corporate job. The audience thoroughly enjoyed listening to his story of developing his “just a dream” into a sustainable high impact enterprise.

Two budding entrepreneurs, Prantik Sinha and Ashutosh Burnwal, whose enterprises – Agasthya Buoyant Pvt Ltd and Buddy4Study which are proposed for incubation at IIM Calcutta innovation Park demonstrated how an idea can be transformed into a viable business venture. Through the story of becoming entrepreneurs they demonstrated that it is the presence of sheer passion and commitment that will help achieve the impact on society that you wish to create.

The final session was handled by Ms. Manisha Gupta, Founder and CEO -StartUp! She cited social entrepreneurs as visionary individuals who identify a social interactive problem and figure out an innovative solution that enables a change to happen. Manisha emphasized the importance of value creation and the pursuit of happiness as fundamental building blocks for any social entrepreneur trying to make a difference.

Concluding the event, Prof. Partha Sarathi Roy of SNU thanked the speakers for sharing their inspiring stories with the students. A sentiment that was a commonly shared among the participants and the speakers was the innate requirement for social entrepreneurs and the change that they can bring to society, and that such seminars are a vital platform in ushering in that change.

Thinking Social Seminar – 22 February 2016 (Mizoram)

February 22, 2016

Tata Social Enterprise Challenge (TSEC) – a joint initiative of the Tata group and the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC) held the third seminar series, ‘Thinking Social’, at Mizoram University, Aizwal on 22nd February 2016. 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 institutes in Aizwal. 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. R Lalthanluana, Vice Chancellor of Mizoram University, 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 that they are in the process of setting up an incubator called the “Innovation Club” which would nurture startups from that region.
B Lalrinkima, Tata Trusts spoke about the work Tata Trusts have been doing in Mizoram. They are looking are supporting the livelihood sector in the state as that is where the enhancement of income can happen. Speaking about startups from Mizoram he said, “I think it’s the right time for Mizoram to start these initiatives because unlike other states in the North East, Mizoram is very peaceful. People here want to start their own ventures and I hope to see more startups from this region in the next 4-5 years.”

Suman Mukhopadhyay, Director – Banglanatak.com motivated the students to take social entrepreneurship as a career option. He explained how he left his successful corporate career and joined Banglanatak.com –a social enterprise HQed in Kolkata that works on culture-based development. He concluded by telling the students to, “Find a problem in the society, look for a solution and see if you can make money out of it.”

R Ramhmangaiha, Founder of Hnam Chhantu impressed the audience with his journey as a social entrepreneur and how he created his enterprise from scratch by sheer hard work and devotion. He has used the agricultural produce of bamboo in Mizoram and turned this into different forms of art and utility products, which is now been used by many people across the world.

Prof Margaret Ch Zama, Professor at Mizoram University and a patron of the Spastic Society of Mizoram, spoke about the efforts put in by the people to set up their society and how they are helping children with special needs, not only with their education, but also with making them self sufficient by utilizing their skills to manufacture paper cups, plates and glass made from paper.

Hasina Kharbhih, Founder of Impulse Social Enterprises, inspired the students with her motivational speech where she talked about the passion to do something different and change the world. When people have passion and when they believe in something, they can go to any extent and do what they believe in. She urged the audience to look into social issues and translate them into a business. Getting a job should not be an ultimate career choice, but the outlook should be to create jobs. She gave the example of her own area of work where she created jobs for many people in North East India thus preventing the migration of people from their homes.

Concluding on a positive note, the seminar left the audience of about 400 people, a great many of whom were students, inspired by the various stories of change and impact shared so enthusiastically by the speakers on that day. Many students said that this was the first time they learned something about social entrepreneurship, which till now was unknown to them, and that this could be a career option for them.

Seminar on “Thinking Social” at SIMC Pune – 3 October 2015

September 8, 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”.

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Seminar on Thinking Social – IIT 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.”

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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.

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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 (IIP), 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.

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Thinking Social Seminar Pune

November 29, 2014

The second “Thinking Social” seminar series, organized by IIM Calcutta Innovation Park (IIP), 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.

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Thinking social seminar Guwahati

November 1, 2014

The first “Thinking Social” seminar series, organized by IIM Calcutta Innovation Park (IIP), 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.

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