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Social Enterprise Idea Challenge

The National level Social Enterprise Idea Challenge completed 5 years in 2020. On that occasion, we have summarised some of the highlights, such as the basic details from each year; some commentary on the impact of this initiative for the winning teams and their current status; impact for our University as well as the Social Enterprise Cell; our reflections and thoughts on the way forward. You can download the document from here



The Azim Premji University Social Enterprise cell organises the “National level Social enterprise Idea challenge” among college and University students across India. The Cell organizes the Idea Challenge every year with a purpose to provide students an opportunity to explore social entrepreneurship and share their innovative ideas in a rigorous and competitive manner. This is also a great networking platform for young minds to meet each other, exchange thoughts and get noticed by some of the early stage mentors and investors. The winning teams are awarded with certificates and prize money.

The 4 th edition of the Idea Challenge will be announced in July 2019 – please visit this page for more details soon

First National level Social Enterprise idea challenge’16

Winning Teams

Name Of The Institution Name Of The Team members Rank Ideas
KJ Somaya Institute of Management Studies and Reserach, Mumbai Shashanka Sekhar FIRST A social healthcare based venture to bring about eco- friendly and commercially viable solutions for biomedical waste disposal, by transforming the unorganized field into an organized one.
NIT, Nagpur Anil Kumar Reddy SECOND Conceived a crowd-sourcing platform, named “Donatekart”, for social organizations where the later can run campaigns listing down the products that they are in need of, and donors can donate these products online
IRMA Divyang Panchal THIRD Was to build a social enterprise which makes handmade marriage invitation cards for upper middle class and upper class in urban areas
Montfort College Nitish J Bhagath THIRD Rise – a platform to bridge the gap in the mental health sector by providing public access

Second National level Social Enterprise idea challenge’17

Winning Teams

Name Of The Institution Name Of The Team members Rank Ideas
Indian Institution of Technology, Madras Akhilesh D S N FIRST "Modular Housing" An idea of foldable housing to address the need of Decent Temporary Shelter to rehabilitate the disaster affected victims.
Kumaraguru College Of Technology Ranjith kumar.P SECOND “Reinforced Acoustic Tiles” Utilization of Agro Waste Housing material using straw
Montfort College Nitish J Bhagath THIRD Portable water Filter Device
Angadi Institute Of Technology And Management Niranjan Karagi THIRD Rise – a platform to bridge the gap in the mental health sector by providing public access

Third National level Social Enterprise idea challenge’18

Winning Teams

Name Of The Institution Name Of The Team members Rank Ideas
M.I.T. Group of Institutes, Ujjain Jitendra Singh Choudhary FIRST Idea named " Shuddham". The Idea is proposing to address the crucial issue of water crisis in the world by developing a device which can filter waste water and make it re-usable for secondary purposes like washing and cleaning.
Kongu Engineering College Erode 1)V.Gowtham
2)N.Balaji
SECOND The idea is to recycle and reuse construction waste obtained from demolition of old concrete structures to produce sustainable building materials for the construction industry.
IIT Delhi Sannat Mengi THIRD “Project Titli” which sought to transform the way of imparting awareness on Menstruation with a fun – filled and engaging set of games.
Azim Premji University 1)Sanjeet Prakash Rao
2) Brihas Tiwari
THIRD “Less is Good: a sustainable alternative to paper and plastic cutlery” is to develop a sustainable business approach to reduce the usage of plastic, paper and styrofoam cutlery by providing clean steel cutlery to food vendors.

The winning social impact ideas in our 4th National Social Enterprise Idea Challenge 2019

Open Category

Christ College & PES University, Bangalore (1st Prize) The Farm Theory is an agri-tech start-up that aims to create a sustainable food system from farm to fork to eliminate food waste and end hunger.
Tata Institute of Social Science, Tuljapur (1st Runners -up) The idea is to provide sustainable educational means in rural areas along with the traditional education with the help of a STEM educational platform.
Institute of Rural Management, Anand (2nd Prize) A social enterprise which will provide affordable warehousing services for onion cultivators along with market leads for the stored produce.


Special Category prize "Waste, Water and Energy"

Institute of Engineering &Management, Kolkata The idea is to use concentrated solar power and geothermal Heat Sink for an efficient, quick, and economical conversion of waste water to fresh water.

Click here to download the brochure of Social Enterprise Idea Challenge 2019

5th National Social Enterprise Idea Challenge:

Response to COVID - 19 crisis

Winning Team: Jal Kumbi from University of Calcutta

– Aims to create floating gardens in ponds to cultivate organic vegetables and create employment for the Musahar community which consist mainly of landless labourers.

1st Runner Up: Enactus JMI from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi

– Aims to manufacture biodegradable face masks and sanitary napkins, both of which would be made from abaca fiber, to reduce the accumulation of waste and offer a cheap and effective alternative to disposable masks and sanitary napkins providing livelihood support to domestic violence survivors.

2nd Runner Up: De-Covify from IIT, Delhi.

– Solution for minimising direct and indirect transmission of COVID-19 through two products named ‘Visage’ and ‘Cov-Ring’. Visage consists of a cotton mask and a PET visor attached to it to prevent droplet transmission. Cov-Ring is a hand gear designed to prevent direct skin exposure to surfaces.

Watch the final presentations here :







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