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Sankalp Award winners announced in Mumbai

Apr 22, 2013

The most sought after social enterprise recognition in India - the Sankalp Social Enterprise Awards announced winners in 5 high-impact sectors in Mumbai. These are enterprises that work across India to create impact in the areas of healthcare, education, clean energy (renewable), technology for development and agri-businesses.

The Honourable Minister for Social Welfare, Government of Bihar, Parveen Amanullah gave away the awards and addressed delegates at the Sankalp Forum at Renaissance Powai, Mumbai. The Sankalp Forum is the largest aggregation of social enterprises in the world.

At the Sankalp Forum, addressing rural impact enterprises, policy makers and enablers, she said, "Public confidence is at its lowest in post independence India. "no criminals in politics" campaigns were big in 2004 and 2009 elections. If government fails to perform its functions, do citizens have recourse to action?"

The Winners for 2013 were Barrix Agro Sciences in the Agriculture, Food & Rural Business category, Green Power Systems in the Clean Energy/Technology category, Best First Step Education/IQST in the Education & Vocational Training category, Banka Bio Loo in the Healthcare, Water & Sanitation category and Awaz De in the Technology for Development.

Awaz De also won the Sankalp-Artha Grand prize of USD 40,000, being jointly chosen by Prakash Bakshi Chairman Nabard, William Hammink, the Mission Director of USAID/India and Sunil Kaushal, Regional Chief Executive, India & South Asia, Standard Charted.

InVenture won the second edition of DFID Samridhi-Sankalp Recognition for Women Empowerment. The winner was felicated by Parveen Amanullah, Bihar’s Minister of Social Welfare and received a cash grant of INR 5 Lakh.

Sakhi Unique Rural Enterprises won The Sankalp Forum and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves’s Sankalp –Alliance Award for Innovation in Clean Cooking Solutions. Sakhi received a cash grant of USD 15,000 along with the opportunity to be considered for the Alliance’s Spark Fund.

Representatives from over 30 countries thronged the Sankalp Forum this year, including USAID, IFC, Village Capital, Villgro, Department of Industrial Development, (DFID, UK) GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)) , Akshaya Patra, Deshpande Foundation, Ashoka Singapore Advisory Council, Legatum and several other stakeholders in the social enterprise space.

Day one of the Sankalp Forum hosted the G-20 Inclusive Business Workshop.The event marked the Asia leg of the G20 Inclusive Business Workshop series, and was organised by the Governments of Germany and Saudi Arabia, as co-facilitators of the G20 Pillar “Private Investment and Job Creation”. At the event were Ms Susanne Dorasil from the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation & Development (BMZ), Amitava Chattopadhyay – Chaired Professor of Marketing & Innovation, INSEAD, SahbaSobhani, Acting Programme Manager, Business Call to Action, UNDP.

Aparajita Agrawal, Director – Sankalp Forum stated, “We at Intellecap started the Sankalp awards to discover and recognize the best social enterprise models.Since 2009, we have sourced over 450 social enterprises, enabled 200 mentoring connections and facilitated over USD 120Mn of equity investments into more than 30 enterprises.We congratulate this year’s winners and look forward to continuing our work to find and support high potential social enterprises – with a special focus on low income and North Eastern states of India this year.”


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