The Tata Social Enterprise challenge is a joint initiative of the Tata Group with the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM-C) started in 2012. The Challenge endeavours to find India’s most promising early stage social enterprises, and create an ecosystem for social entrepreneurship – encouraging sustainable, scalable and measurable social Impact.
The top 3 winners of the competition will win cash grants up to 2 lakhs,each, to be invested in their ventures.
The teams which make it to the grand finale will be given an opportunity to pitch for incubation at IIM Calcutta.
All teams shortlisted for the semi-finals and finals will have an opportunity to pitch to India’s largest social VCs for seed funding.
3 week mentorship support provided to all short-listed teams leading up to a two-day residential mentorship program on IIMC campus.
The Business plan contest (B-Plan Contest) invites social entrepreneurs who have an early stage venture (not older than three years) or a promising idea with a plan that could create sustainable social impact in India. In addition, the enterprise is required to demonstrate significant social impact through results or proof of concept.
The team can be represented in the competition by a maximum of two members
There is no restriction on the age or background for applicants
If the submission is an idea, a proof of concept (E.g. prototype) is required.
If the submission is a venture, the venture must not have been in existence for more than three years
The entries received will be recognized by the “name” of the venture/idea
The applicants may or may not be Indian Nationals, however, the social venture should be aimed at creating social impact in India.
Enterprises that were selected as Semi-finalists in previous year’s Tata Social Enterprise challenge will not be eligible for selection
Business plans for the competition will be invited for all sectors including the following focus areas : Agriculture, Food and Dairy ,Healthcare, Water and Sanitation ,Technology and Development, Education,Housing, Handicrafts, Energy, Microfinance/Financial Inclusion
Eligible Regions: India
The applicants have to apply for this opportunity by filling up an online form.