Frequently Asked Questions
Responsible Entrepreneurs are individuals who use innovative and sustainable business solutions to address society’s pressing social and environmental challenges. They are entrepreneurs who build enterprises that focus on a triple bottom line – people, planet and profit.
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Transforming India Initiative is a 2 year fellowship programme that will equip you to establish enterprises of scale that will solve the most pressing challenges that are facing the country today. Even as you create a successful and rewarding life for yourself, you will benefit the marginalised and work towards transforming India into a country where everyone has access to a decent life. If you are someone who does not want to settle for the ordinary, TII is the place for you.
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TII is looking for individuals with perseverance, passion, a learning outlook and an exploratory mind who are looking to chart their own path and earn a living, even as they are transforming the lives of the marginalized. All applicants should be graduates, with any additional education/experience being an advantage.
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While it is true that TII is a challenging programme, it ensures that fellows are well equipped to start their own enterprise at the end of the programme. And TII fellows are supported through the process by a peer mentor who will work with them on the ground and are guided by a team of experienced professionals. They will also be a part of a strong network of fellows who will navigate the programme together.
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TII fellowship is being launched in 2017 after 2 years of arduous research and study. The 2017-19 batch of fellows will be the first to graduate from the programme. Join now to be in the pioneering cohort of fellows and among the first to initiate change.
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With its unique design, curriculum and structure, TII is a one-of-its kind programme in many ways. But there are two critical ways in which TII is different from other academic institutions offering programmes in social entrepreneurship:
  • Integration of education & incubation: Academic programmes offer classroom oriented training on entrepreneurship and incubation programmes provide on the ground support to build an enterprise from an idea. TII integrates both into a programme that provides classroom training, experiential learning, practitioner interactions and also end-to-end incubation support, including seed funding, for setting up an enterprise.
  • Space to discover, dream and design: Most social entrepreneurship and incubation programmes expect you to have an innovative idea for a social enterprise as you enter the programme. But a lot of youngsters don’t yet have an idea beyond wanting to do some good and benefit society. TII gives such fellows the space to understand the challenges, develop an entrepreneurial solution, test and evolve the design and establish an enduring enterprise.
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TII provides an experience that works on educating the heart, mind, body and soul of the fellows. All the activities, practices and learning sessions in the fellowship have been designed with this guiding principle in mind.

TII fellowship will develop a unique andragogy unlike the current postgraduate or graduate education in the country as it is looking to operationalise self-directed experiential and exploratory learning. It is designed to provide fellows with practical experience of enterprise development. The fellows will learn at a pace comfortable to them, focus on their area of specialization, be placed with an enterprise in their preferred sector and be paired with a mentor who is aligned to their interests and aspirations. The programme will be designed to help fellows identify and follow their own path, within the framework of enterprise development.
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TII fellows will work on the ground with innovative and new enterprises, addressing some of the most pressing challenges in India, helping them grow in size and scale creating more jobs and adding more wealth for everyone.

And while doing so, fellows also gain entrepreneurial skills through practice-oriented training modules, reflective practice, and interactive sessions with practitioners and conversations with mentors in the field. In 24 months, you will have all the skills and mindsets required to be a responsible entrepreneur.
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On completion of the programme, a majority of the fellows will be expected to establish and run their own enterprises. They will continue to receive incubation support, including funding and mentoring for 6 years after the programme. The fellows will chart a path that will be similar to pioneering entrepreneurs such as Sumita Ghose, Anshu Gupta, Harish Hande and Saloni Malhotra. The remaining will work with organisations in the social enterprise ecosystem.
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Yes, you will receive an experience certificate from TII. You can definitely count the two years of fellowship as work experience.
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No, there is no stipend during the fellowship. The actual cost of the fellowship programme is Rs.9 lakhs. To reduce the cost of the programme for the fellows, part of the programme cost will be paid by the enterprises where they are placed, to the programme. The fellows will be paying for their learning, the same as with any other educational programme.
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The last date to apply for the programme is August 15, 2017.
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Applicants go through a four-step selection process:
  • Online Application
  • Psychometric and Aptitude Tset
  • Telephonic Interview
  • Two-day direct Assessment
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Any individual applying for TII is required to be a graduate. Other than that, we are looking for people and not their resume. We are looking at what you have learned and experienced, rather than where. So if you are passionate about making a difference, have grit and persistence, and want take the road less taken, you are an attractive candidate for TII.
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As part of the application process, candidates need to provide two recommendations from people who they have worked or studied with.
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No, the reputation/value of your educational institution will not affect your selection in any manner.
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The fees for the entire programme is Rs. 5.4 lakhs, including a contribution to the alumni fund that can be accessed by fellows who are in need of funds after the completion of the programme.
Details Cost
IRMA certified Six-Month Certificate Course Fee 2,00,000
DMI certified Eighteen Month Practicum Fee 2,50,000
Alumni Fund Contribution Per Participant 25,000
Service Tax 71,250
Total Fee Per Participant 5,46,250
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Yes, scholarships and full/partial tuition waivers are available for the right candidates. We encourage you to apply if you think you have what it takes to be a TII fellow. We can help you find a way to pay by facilitating:
  • - Crowd funding campaigns
  • - Education loans
  • - Scholarships
  • - Partial fee waiver
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Please check the dates on the selection page.
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In case of any clarification on the application, candidates are advised to contact TII’s admission cell at tiiadmissions@alcindia.org.
TII fellows are expected to have a minimum proficiency in English as the fellowship program will be delivered primarily in English this year.
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Yes, TII is offered in partnership with two premier academic institutes: the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) and Development Management Institute, Patna (DMI). The six month facilitated learning module is certified by IRMA and the 18 month practicum is certified by DMI.
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During the fellowship program, fellows will be placed with mid-level collective, women’s, social or green enterprises.
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The initial 6 month facilitated learning component will be conducted at the 20,000 sq. ft ALC India building in Hyderabad. The fellows will be placed in different rural/urban/semi-rural locations during the 18 month practicum. The placement location will be dependent on the enterprise where the fellow will be placed.
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The fellows will be mapped to the placement enterprise, based on their skills, strengths, interests and aspirations. Since this will be assessed during the initial six month facilitated learning module, fellows will find out their placement enterprise and location only towards the end of the six months.
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While the fellow’s preferences will be taken into account, TII cannot guarantee that fellows will be placed only in an enterprise of their choice. The fellows will be expected to join any enterprise in which they are placed.
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As part of TII, some social enterprises will receive acceleration support. If you are a mid-level social enterprise looking for acceleration support, please write to us at tiiacceleration@alcindia.org. And TII will provide incubation support to TII fellows for six years following the completion of the program. The incubation support is not open to other social enterprises.
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TII is designed for all round development of the fellows involving the mind, body and soul to create successful entrepreneurs. Keeping this in mind, TII fellows will be exposed to various extra-curricular activities like Parkour, Yoga, Rock climbing, and engagement with nature clubs among several others.
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Yes, during the initial six-month facilitated learning module, fellows will be provided with boarding and lodging facilities including food, free wifi, and library.