As a growing economy, India offers a plethora of challenges and opportunities for social entrepreneurship to flourish and achieve socio-economic solutions. However, the social sector itself has remained nascent and unprovoked.
The concept of Social Enterprise Mela (SEM) arose to meet this gaping hole with an initiative to create a platform for networking between entrepreneurs and students, while also developing an interest in pursuing entrepreneurship in the social sector.
The first edition of SEM hosted more than 10 promising and budding social entrepreneurs to present their ideas, stories, and entrepreneurial experiences. The event saw two panel discussions from prominent philanthropists, incubators, industry experts and social change veterans.
The event intended to give students of Azim Premji University and other universities around Bengaluru an opportunity to network, share knowledge, learn, and be encouraged to take a step towards realising their goals of starting their social enterprise.
Social Enterprise Mela 2023 was a day-long event conducted at Azim Premji University, Bengaluru, on Friday, 10 February 2023, with more than 400 students and members from the University and outside visiting the stalls and engaging in the event.
Highlights from the event
- More than 10 social enterprises across India from different sectors such as education, food, and rural development exhibited their work on solutions to different issues in these sectors. They set up stalls featuring their products. Students and members from the University and other visiting institutions interacted closely with fellow entrepreneurs and students.
- Two panel discussions on ‘Incubation and innovation in the social sector for public health’ and ‘Starting and sustaining a social venture’
- Stalls by local Self Help Groups (SHGs) and students of Azim Premji University to showcase and sell their products.
- Launch of the book Scaling technology innovations in healthcare: A handbook for social enterprises by author Anil Misquith, our alumni, and Satya Prakash Dash, former Head of Strategy, Partnerships and Entrepreneurship Development, DBT-BIRAC.
Glimpses from Social Enterprise Mela 2023
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