Saturday, June 26, 2010

India Social Entrepreneur Award of the Year - 2010

The Jubilant Bhartia Foundation and Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, in collaboration with The Hindustan Times and Mint, are inviting applications for the India Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2010. The Award aims to identify and celebrate visionary social entrepreneurs who have demonstrated large-scale, systems-change models and are at the stage of scaling/replication their ideas across India and in other countries.

The deadline for receiving applications is July 1, 2010.

Following an intensive search and selection process including expert reviews and site visits, four to five leading social entrepreneurs will be selected for the India Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The winner(s) will be announced in a ceremony coinciding with the India Economic Summit in November 2010.

The Award benefits for the winner(s) will include participation in the Regional Meetings of the World Economic Forum, inclusion in the Schwab Foundation network of leading social entrepreneurs, possible nomination to the Forum of Young Global Leaders and the Global Agenda Council, and eligibility to participate in the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

We request you to circulate this mail widely to your networks of social changemakers. The attached document details the criteria and other relevant information on the Awards. If you wish to apply, please visit

Start Up!, an incubator and advisor to social entrepreneurs,- will be managing the outreach and due-diligence of the India Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2010 on behalf of the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation. We will be happy to respond to your queries via mail. Please feel free to connect with us at or

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Social Entrepreneurs in the making

Check out these interesting men and women and their meaningful "next" lives
Rahul Verghese (Ex Motorola, gave up his high powered marketing job and started
"I started enjoying the tremendous psychological, health, and other benefits of running only after the age of 40. My mission is to help every man woman and child, unleash their personal potential by rekindling their joy of running. It's amazing what such a simple thing can do for you. It's no wonder that running is the most participative and fastest growing 'sport' in the world. Our goal is to get 200 million people to take up running"

Abodh Aras, (Abodh was formerly with the customer services and sales department of DHL Worldwide Express) now works with Stray dogs!

Chief Executive Officer, W.S.D (Welfare of Stray dogs), Mumbai

Manish & Arti Jain, Founders, (Manish is a Software Architect who built software in the US for several years, before returning to India. He is an IIT Roorkee and Texas Tech University alumni, who loves to read as much as he loves to code. is his labor of love.Arti has a BA in English from Delhi University, an MA in Mass Communication from Jamia and an MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University. Arti is an independent media professional in her "other" life.). They started up an online library from where books can be rented.