Social Alpha Quest for Entrepreneurs for Impact

Are you ready to embark on an entrepreneurial journey?
ABOUT E4i - ENTREPRENEURS FOR IMPACT

The Social Alpha Entrepreneurs for Impact (E4i) program is a year-long immersive program that equips passionate ‘entrepreneurs-in-the-making’ with end-to-end capacity building and training to leverage India’s deep science, innovation and entrepreneurship environment.

It is anchored in grassroots problem solving, immersive development sector experience, technology scouting, business planning and venture building.

The program is designed to bring together entrepreneurs and innovators, and foster collaboration amongst some of the top educational, technical and philanthropic institutions in the world.The program completes the lab-to-market journey by enabling entrepreneurs to commercialize existing deep science-based innovations in labs.

We are looking for passionate, empathetic and motivated individuals who are dedicated to creating impact. We believe that an E4i can be from any background and walk of life. Whether you have a corporate or government experience, fresh out of college or an experienced professional – if you believe you can help India tackle critical social, economic and environmental challenges, we want you!

E4i SECTORS
The first cohort of the E4i program will focus on finding solutions across a few high priority areas like water, sanitation, health, agriculture, energy and environment. Finalists will be encouraged to adopt a problem statement in one of these focus sectors, and identify or develop a solution that has the potential to create impact at scale while remaining financially sustainable.

01.

WATER & SANITATION
  1. Rural household / community water filters and purification devices
  2. Access to clean drinking water
  3. Sewage sludge treatment

02.

HEALTH
  1. Diagnostic devices
  2. Early prevention and detection
  3. Prosthetics and assistive technology
  4. Non-communicable diseases
  5. Primary healthcare delivery

03.

AGRICULTURE
  1. Increasing farm productivity/ yield
  2. Reducing post-harvest losses
  3. Price discovery, transparency and maximization

04.

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
  1. Energy efficient appliances
  2. Clean cooking
  3. Edge of grid technologies & storage
  4. Low carbon technologies
  5. Micro-grids & smart meters
  6. EV & Bio-fuel innovations
  7. Municipal waste to value
VISION OF E4i
The Social Alpha Entrepreneurs for Impact (E4i) Program:
Is rooted in a practical hands-on approach to solving societal problems
Is tailored to attract talented and passionate individuals looking to venture into entrepreneurship
Lowers the opportunit cost & entry barrier of starting a social business
Allows latent enterpreneurs to experiment without 'fear of failure' and learn technology scouting
Provides innovators and innovations within the social alpha ecosystem an opportunity and outlet to market
Is anchored in social enterprise building and immersive development sector experiences
‘Harnesses’ social entrepreneurs in India to build social enterprises for India!
MISSION
Our Philosophy

Established in 2016, supported by the Tata Trusts and the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, Social Alpha is an evolving ecosystem that bridges the gaps in every social entrepreneur’s journey.

At Social Alpha, we believe social entrepreneurship and innovation are critical for solving complex development challenges in emerging economies. We stand for the creation of a new category of empathetic capital that focuses on high early-stage risk, holds low returns expectations, and has long-term exit timelines.

Our aim is to enable disruptive innovations that lead to the creation of deep and irreversible impact.

We believe there is a need for an avenue to draw in passionate, empathetic, and talented changemakers to form, reform, and transform their ideas into impactful interventions through harnessing the power of technology and social enterprise

Partners
PROGRAM OFFERINGS

01.

UNDERSTANDING OF ENTREPRENEURIAL ACTIVITIES
  1. Cohort-building exercises
  2. Experiential learning
  3. Peer-learning activities
  4. Problem statement analysis
  5. Mentoring sessions
  6. Design Thinking & Product development
  7. Entrepreneurial stint
  8. Technology scouting
  9. Exposure to key social sector problems in India

02.

DEVELOPMENT OF KEY BUSINESS SKILLS
  1. Market research
  2. Business plan development
  3. Financial management and accounting
  4. Legal framework for social enterprises
  5. Sales & marketing
  6. Fundraising
  7. Developing pitch presentations
  8. Team building and hiring

03.

EXPOSURE TO A WIDE ARRAY OF STAKEHOLDERS
  1. Grassroots challenges & potential beneficiaries
  2. Development sector (NGOs)
  3. Social enterprises & entrepreneurs
  4. Academic institutions
  5. Investors & funding organizations
  6. Innovators
  7. Sector Experts
  8. Mentors
OUR SELECTION PROCESS

Rigorous selection process for creating a cohort of up to 8 E4i entrepreneurs

1. Written Application

2. Group Interview

3. Case Study + One-on-One Interview

Timeline
  • 13 Nov, 2018

    Application Open

  • 06 Jan, 2019

    Last Day for Applications

  • 04 Feb-16 Mar, 2019

    Interview and Evaluation

  • 06 May, 2019

    Start of Social Alpha E4i Program

  • 27 Apr, 2020

    End of Social Alpha E4i Program

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