[TC-I Call to Action]: Yale Global Social Entrepreneurship Course

[Via Ajaita Shah]: Yale is working to identify social entrepreneurs working in the public, private and NGO sectors in India and invites them to participate in a Fall 2009 program on Global Social Entrepreneurship at Yale.

A core goal of the program is to link teams of Yale students with mission-driven social entrepreneurs in India over a four-month long course designed to bring the students and social entrepreneurs together to develop a business plan which addresses a specific management challenge the social enterprise is facing.  Key attributes for the course commencing in the Fall of 2009 are:

–         Five teams of 4 to 6 students each will be dedicated to working with a different social enterprise on a project vital to its continued organizational development;

–         The selected social entrepreneurs will visit the Yale campus for an intensive week of faculty and student interaction specific to their challenge;

–         Student team members will visit India to get a more practical view of the challenge and to meet with (or present recommendations to) each social enterprise’s management, staff and trustees;

–         A two-day conference will be held in India at which students, faculty, Yale alumni, each social enterprise’s representatives, and invited guests will hear and discuss the plans and explore issues of broader import to social entrepreneurs.

They are actively seeking, and accepting applications from, social enterprises in India interested in collaborating with them in next Fall’s course.  A one-page description of the program and an application form (due no later than April 10, 2009) are here and here.

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[TC-I Call to Action]: MSME Business Plan Challenge – Sankalp 2009

IndiaPRwire helps announce the launch of yet another challenge; this time, focusing on micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) business plans. The nationwide challenge, titled Sankalp, is presented by India Development Gateway, a new portal “designed to overcome the barriers currently limiting flow of capital into social enterprise.”

Sankalp 2009 is a serious attempt at identifying social enterprise investment opportunities within the Indian MSME space. What makes this challenge unique is the force that powers it- the India Development Gateway (IDG) is an easily browsable website rich with information that helps entrepreneurs improve their concept and connect to an online community of mentors, experts and investors for networking. Sankalp 2009 effectively leverages the online platform and helps entrepreneurs make their plans investment worthy, link finance and expertise to business opportunities, and make high potential, socially relevant investable plans visible globally through the IDG platform.

The first round of the competition closes December 29, 2008. Rural Innovations Network plans to sponsor a special prize for the most innnovative business plan, in addition to cash prizes for the top winners. If you have an idea for a MSME, be sure to submit your business plan.