India’s First Social Enterprise and Investment Forum: Sankalp 2009

Shital had written in last November about Sankalp 2009, a business plan competiton for Medium, Small and Micro Enterprises (MSMEs) organized by India Development Gateway, in partnership with Rural Innovations Network (RIN) and National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).

Turns out the business plan competition has now developed into India’s first ever Social Enterprise and Investment Forum, with additional support from the Rockefeller Foundation.

Sankalp (English: Pledge or Determination) is conceived as a South Asia Social Enterprise and Investment Forum with the primary goal of bringing together various stakeholders sharing a common conviction that capital should be invested to create multiple bottom-line returns (financial, social and environmental) and not exclusively financial (profit-maximizing) or social (philanthropic) returns.Sankalp 2009 along with partners such as The Rockefeller Foundation, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) and the Rural Innovation Network (RIN) is the region’s first investment forum for emerging enterprises as well as ideas that aim to solve pressing issues of the day in a sustainable and profitable manner. Sankalp is an initiative of IDG (India Development Gateway).

Sankalp 2009 is an effort to discover, connect and support the most investible social MSMEs (Micro, Small and Medium enterprises) operating in high impact sectors such as:

The event will represent the culmination of months of nation-wide search to recognize the most Emerging models & High Impact Social Enterprises.
  • You can find more info on Sankalp 2009, here
  • Nominate your enterprise for the Sankalp 2009 Award [Deadline: 15 Feb, 2009]
  • Register as a Delegate here [Registrations open: 1 Feb, 2009]
Keep watching this space for more updates on the event. 

4 Responses

  1. Your work looks great. I have experience from setting up and would like to work with you.

    I am coming to India to find social enterprise innovators to collaborate
    with. I will be based in Kerala and was hoping you could tell me who I
    should contact to collaborate on innovation for the common good?

    I am very interested in visiting projects that are
    trying to do good as I am working on setting up
    websites for charities and not for profits and was
    hoping to visit some in India. Do you know of any?

    Either restaurants that give profits to good causes or
    schools that encourage young people to make artwork.


  2. Hi, I am interested in starting an innovative concept in rural banking but do not know whom to contact please get in touch with me regarding the same

  3. Dear Ed,

    Thank you for your words of appreciation! We encourage you to read through some of our posts under the “Education” tag. You might be interested in learning more about LifeLines Education or Kanavu. There are many other Education related NGOs in India such as Pratham, which we recommend would be a good place to start for more specific information re: education ventures in India. Additionally, you could get in touch with Teach for India, as they would have a broader understanding of the education context in India.

  4. Dear Thomas,

    A good place to start might be SKS Microfinance or other MFIs in the region – Basix, SHARE, Bandhan, SEWA Bank, Adhikar, etc. I assume these would be good starting points, as most of these institutions have some experience with rural banking, and might give you the context required to conduct your work.

    Best Regards,

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