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Finalists of SEOY award announced

delhi Updated: Oct 21, 2011 01:22 IST
HT Correspondent
Jubilant Bhartia Foundation

The Jubilant Bhartia Foundation and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship have announced the finalists of the India Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) Award, 2011.

The award celebrates visionary social entrepreneurs who have built systemic change models. The finalists are: Husk Power Systems (HPS), founded by Gyanesh Pandey, Industree Crafts Foundation/Mother Earth, founded by Neelam Chibber, Magic Bus, founded by Matthew Spacie and Waterlife India, founded by Sudesh Menon.

The winner will be announced in Mumbai on November 12. The jury will comprise eminent members of government, civil society and corporate world.

Congratulating the finalists, Shyam S Bhartia, chairman and managing director of Jubilant Life Sciences and founder director of Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, said: "Through these awards we have witnessed path breaking social entrepreneurship models that focus on building new eco-systems of change for bottom of the pyramid groups. Jubilant Bhartia Foundation looks forward to joining hands with them to lend momentum to their endeavour."

Hari S Bhartia, co-chairman and managing director of Jubilant Life Sciences and founder director of Jubilant Bhartia Foundation said: "The finalists have demonstrated their ability to engage local talent and knowledge for scaling up their initiatives and have the scope to forge partnerships across sectors-government, business, citizen groups as well as financial institutions."

Hilde Schwab, co-founder and chairperson of Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, said, "They are an impressive group of social innovators."

The four finalists are HPS, Waterlife India, Magic Bus and Industree Crafts Foundation.

n HPS has brought electricity to 350 villages in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh by setting up 25-100 KW mini power plants fuelled by bio-mass waste, like rice husk, corn cob and grass.

n Waterlife India has developed green and cost-effective water treatment technologies and has set up community water systems that has been catering to 1.1 million people in six states since 2008.

n Magic Bus has pioneered a Sport for Development curriculum that involves the extremely marginalised children. Till date, the programme has covered 250,000 children in five states.