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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 :

Social Enterprise Idea Challenge 2020 - Shortlist

The Azim Premji University Social Enterprise Cell invited Ideas from students to help institutions, communities and individuals to face and overcome many issues that are coming up with the COVID - 19 crisis. The COVID - 19 is far more than a health crisis; it has affected the economy and livelihood of people and has challenged our institutions, systems and the overall society. We are glad that in this 5th year of National level Social Enterprise Idea Challenge (Response to COVID 19) we have received 85 submissions from students all over India. Our Jury members shortlisted 11 teams for final presentations and selection of winners of the 5th National Social Enterprise Idea Challenge. Final presentations will happen in December. Below are the shortlisted teams:

Social Enterprise Idea Challenge – Agenda

Schedule and Webinar Links

Preliminary round : Starts at 09.30 am

Group-A Group-B

Jal Kumbhi, University of Calcutta | De Covify, IIT Delhi | Khud Kafil, Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, New Delhi | Anna Data, IIM Bangalore


Akshat, Indian Institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar | Enactus JMI, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi | ELSA, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi | The Global Thinkers, L'ecole Chempaka, Thiruvananthapuram

Webinar link

Webinar link

The Jury for the preliminary round are -- Manoj P, Registrar, Azim Premji University, Annapurna Neti, Vikas Maniar, Priyanshu Gupta - Faculty members, Azim Premji University

Final Round : Starts at 2:00 pm

Teams : Shortlisted from the Preliminary round

Webinar Link :

The Jury members for final round are:

  1. Venky Natarajan - Co-founder & partner at Lok Advisory Services. Prior to Lok, he was with Intel Corporation and Intel Capital doing early stage technology venture capital investments.
  2. Anuj Sharma - an entrepreneur himself; founder of ALSiSAR IMPACT. He is also a visiting faculty at TISS, involved with their social enterprise cell and his passion is to foster entrepreneurship across geographies & to facilitate future leaders and entrepreneurs specially from underprivileged background
  3. Richa Govil - Director, School of Development, Azim Premji University. She has worked for about 20 years in roles spanning business strategy, school education, agricultural interventions, social enterprises, teaching and training.

Teams Shortlisted for Finals of 5th National Idea Challenge
Team Name Team Members Institution Idea Name
The Achievers 2.0 Prieyasha
Rashi Vaidya
Azim Premji University, Bengaluru E- Chowk
ELSA Deepika
Anubhi Singh
Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi Re-Live - a one stop solution for Mental Wellness
Krati Gupta
Enactus Miranda House Akaanksha
Chetna Singh
Miranda House, New Delhi Project Kasira
Akshat Yashashree
Sailee Kada
Indian Insitute of Public Health, Gandhinagar Redressing MHR(My Health record)
Enactus JMI Nawaz
Ahmed Khan
Marufa Sabir
Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi Shrimati
W-GRASS Ambika
Nishat Anjum
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi Combined Biomass cum Cooking Plant
Jal Kumbhi Niwas Kumar
Likhin KV
University of Calcutta, Kolkata JalKumbhi for Good
AnnaData Kinjal Dhole
Namita Bhat
Siddarth Iyer
Indian Institute of Management, Bengaluru AnnaData - trying to addess the basic need of Indian Citizens i.e., food
De-Covify Suhani Gupta
Sanyam Jain
Ritika Jain
Bhaanu Ashok
Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi De-Covify: Personal Protection Equipments
Khud - Kafil Asmi
Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, New Delhi Khud Kafil
The Global Thinkers Vaanathi
L'ecole Chempaka International, Thiruvananthapuram EduHub

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
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.

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