Reminder: The Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2008 – INDIA

We have mentioned this opportunity before. But the folks from Nand & Jeet Khemka Foundation wanted us to throw in a reminder to our readers about the ‘Social Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award 2008. The deadline is for application is 5th June, 2008 and you can access the online application here.

Here are some basic details on the award:

The Nand & Jeet Khemka Foundation and The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship , in collaboration with United Nations Development Program (UNDP) are inviting applications for India’s Social Entrepreneur Of The Year Award 2008. Five finalists will be selected following an intensive search and selection process including expert reviews and site visits. The winner will be announced in a ceremony coinciding with the India Economic Summit in November 2008.

We have previously featured last year’s award recipient Harish Hande and his organization Selco.


3 Responses

  1. I just happened upon your blog and am very impressed with the great information and things I am coming across. Keep up the good work! I am also hoping that you could assist me.

    I work for a social venture think tank based in Hong Kong dedicated to engaging business leaders and policy makers on the challenges of globalisation. We run a programme called the Global Young Leaders Programme (YLP). The aim of the programme is to coach young corporate executives on leadership using experiential learning as part of their development. The YLP has been endorsed in the 2005 Clinton Global Initiative (

    In the experiential learning phase of the YLP, we bring about 20 young executives to a rural community to apply their skills to develop a business plan for the community or a local enterprise. We then subsequently takes the business plan to seek investment for the rural project. The programme adopts a commercially-oriented investment approach, but at the same time taking into account social and environmental issues. To date we have organized six YLPs, three in China, one in India, Cambodia and Laos with positive reviews.

    We are currently looking to partner with a social entrepreneur or business in India which promotes social objectives while using a business approach for one of our upcoming leadership development programs.

    I am hoping you or your readers can assist me in identifying some good social enterpreneurs in India. There is a lot of good work being done but we are specifically looking for a business/organization that has a strong foundation (e.g. good management, profitable yet achieves social objectives, business-oriented vs. aid dependent).

    You have mentioned a few on your blog (SELCO etc), but would love additional inputs.

    Thank you in advance.


  2. Hi Anita,
    We would be happy to help you out. Do writie to me at We manage the SEY Award and I think we could support you in your efforts.

  3. Dear Anita,
    Your work mis really excellant.
    I wish to get guidance and some support from you and those who read this mail.
    I have been working in rural community right from Melghat to sagar in madhyapradesh , i have seen the poverty and realized that only social entrepreneuship can solve the issuess.
    I wish to develop two villages as model.
    I have experience and man power can you find out who can support..You too can be a part of this project.
    We need only Rs.30 lacks for five years.
    Deatails can be mailed.My cell no. 9823206933 9890712688 and u may mai;l

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