To celebrate the efforts of the social entrepreneurs, Jubilant Bhartia Foundation and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship have been honouring visionary social entrepreneurs who have demonstrated systems-change models and are at the stage of scaling/replicating their ideas across India and in other countries.
The group has instituted the India Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) Award in this regard.
For the India SEOY Award 2010, four finalists — Aajeevika Bureau (founded by Rajeev Khandelwal and Krishnavtar Sharma), AISECT (founded by Santosh Chaubey), LifeSpring Hospitals Pvt Ltd (founded by Anant Kumar) and Vaatsalya Healthcare Solution Pvt Ltd (founded by Ashwin Naik) —have been short listed from a total of 104 applicants.
These finalists, who are moving the fields of financial inclusion, health and rural education to their next curve of innovation and impact, will meet the jury of the India SEOY Award on November 12 in New Delhi. The winner will be announced on November 13.
"They are tenaciously developing solutions in key growth areas," Vivek Prakash, co-ordinator, Jubilant Bhartia Foundation said, adding, "We aim to collaborate meaningfully with the Awards finalists and support them with the linkages and networks that their models need to increase their impact and scale."
According to Vivian Gee, head of Asia, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, and associate director, World Economic Forum, “Aajeevika Bureau, AISECT, LifeSpring Hospitals and Vaatsalya demonstrate that inclusive growth which is precisely what social entrepreneurship achieves.”