TATA Social Enterprise Challenge is a joint initiative by the TATA Sons and the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM Calcutta). This challenge aims to raise awareness about social entrepreneurship, promote social entrepreneurship and encourage the youth to step up to be the next generation of social entrepreneurs.
To promote social entrepreneurship and to expand the reach of the Tata Social Enterprise Challenge, “Thinking Social” initiatives were started in 2014. This initiative aims to create leaders in the social entrepreneurship domain, through a series of student seminars, industry roundtables and lecture series across India. Through these initiatives, Tata Sons and IIMC hope to explore more students from India’s best Institutes to the concept of Social Entrepreneurship.
The “Thinking Social Seminars” is now “The Spark Social Seminar”. The Seminars are aimed towards students and budding social entrepreneurs to familiarize them with the concept of social entrepreneurship.
The speakers of these seminars comprise eminent entrepreneurs, who have established their outstanding ventures in the Indian social entrepreneurship space.
The Tata Social Enterprise Challenge, launched in partnership with the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta in 2012, aims to create an ecosystem for social entrepreneurship and encourage sustainable, scalable and measurable social impact.
The challenge invites social entrepreneurs who have an early-stage venture (not older than three years) or a promising idea with a plan that could create a sustainable social impact in India. In addition, enterprises are required to demonstrate significant social impact through results or proof of concept.
The winners of the competition are to receive mentorship support, funding and an opportunity to be incubated at IIM Calcutta innovation Park.