National, November 21, 2020.
The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, the sister organisation of the World Economic Forum and the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, a not for profit organisation of Jubilant Bhartia Group are pleased to announce that Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, Hon. Minister of Women & Child Development & Textiles, Government of India will be the Chief Guest at the 11th Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) Award – India 2020 on November 26, 2020. The prestigious award will be presented by the Hon. Minister at a virtual award ceremony in presence of esteemed dignitaries and guests from different fields.
The winner of the SEOY Award – India 2020 will be chosen by a distinguished jury comprising industry stalwarts and eminent personalities from different backgrounds. The winner will join the world’s largest network of social enterprises affiliated with The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.
The following accomplished social innovators are competing for the coveted SEOY Award – India 2020:
- Sujay Santra, iKure, Kolkata – iKure has been working for a decade towards bringing quality, affordable and accessible healthcare at the doorstep of communities in India. It works with the vision of achieving zero mortality due to lack of primary healthcare.
- Sandeep Patel, NEPRA, Ahmedabad – With the notion that ‘waste is a commodity’, NEPRA endeavours to solve India’s dry waste management problem through its inclusive, transparent and tech-driven socio-business model.
- Ashraf Patel, Pravah & ComMutiny, New Delhi – Pravah has been facilitating the development of a generation of empathetic, sensitive youth change-makers in India through psycho-social interventions, helping them build more inclusive identities and societies bringing about revolutionary changes.
- Madhu Pandit Dasa, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, Bengaluru – Driven by the vision that ‘No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger,’ The Akshaya Patra Foundation has harnessed the might of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model to address a social cause on a massive scale, feeding more than 1.8 million school children every day.
These social-innovators have been selected from amongst over 100 diverse applications received this year from across 23 cities of India. They have been selected through a rigorous process of evaluation based on various parameters, including background research, personal and on-ground team interactions, impact assessment, expert reviews and reference checks among others. The efforts of these social-innovators are helping bridge the gap between the marginalised and the mainstream in India. For more information on the finalists, read here: https://www.jubilantbhartiafoundation.com/media/press-releases
Now celebrating its 11th year, the SEOY Awards – India has established itself as one of the most reputed and coveted awards for social entrepreneurs in India. In 2010, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation came together to promote social innovation in India through the Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) Award – India. The annual award recognises entrepreneurs who implement innovative, sustainable and scalable solutions to solve India’s social problems. These entrepreneurs address pressing issues faced by under-served communities.