Who Are The Fellows?


Our programme selects ten highly action-oriented and cause-driven individuals from across the country for each cohort.
The fellows come from a variety of universities such as SASTRA, St. Joseph's College, Delhi University, National
Institute of Rural Development, Birla Institute of Technology, KIIT, NIT and many other prestigious institutes.
Several of them have also worked in corporates such as CISCO, Cognizant, NIIT Limited,
Infosys, AON, Robert Bosch etc.

The cohort is selected considering diversity in experience, ideas, interests and vision towards the impact they would
like to create through their entrepreneurial journey. The one thing that keeps them united is their strong desire
to work on entrepreneurial solutions to the most pressing problems facing the country today.

Practitioners

The first six months of the learning are facilitated by practitioners who have grassroots experiences in the development space. The practitioners are leaders and prominent members of organizations like UNDP, World Bank, Caspian Impact Investments, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Management, Institute of Rural Management Anand, St. Stephen's College, Great Lakes Institute of Management and many others.

Through a combination of practice, reflection and probing: the practitioners push the thoughts, beliefs and ideology of fellows. The practitioners use real-world application of skills to enhance the learning outcomes. By professionally engaging the fellows in the field, with enterprises and live interactions - the practitioner ensures that the skills and mindsets required for the future of social entrepreneurs are built.

Travel Workshops

The programme offers six travel workshops in the following six themes: Rural India, Urban Communities, Collective Societies, Green Enterprises, Women-Led Enterprises and self-discovery. The fellows travel across India to Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka and Pondicherry (Auroville) to experience the realities, context, challenges, innovations and also meet extraordinary individuals who have been continuously innovating in these areas.

Each travel workshop is a unique seven-day experience that provides a platform to maximize the entrepreneurial potential in any context. Over the course of the workshops, fellows will examine the economic, social and environmental impact of social-enterprises from a domestic and global perspective, and develop new entrepreneurial perspectives.

Social Entrepreneurship Workshops

For the programme to be effective in creating passionate and skilled social entrepreneurs, we give the fellows an opportunity to learn from experienced practitioners who are part of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. With this in mind, every Saturday is designed to be spent interacting with a social entrepreneur. During these workshops, the practitioners are expected to share their journey of establishing, growing and running their enterprise. Through this, the fellows also build a practical perspective and a network of ecosystem builders from all sectors, categories and demographics.

Our engagements so far had involved many individuals including: Mr. Vijay Mahajan (Founder of BASIX Groups), Sumita Ghose (Founder of RangSutra), Anish Andheria (President of Wildlife Conservation Trust), S. K. Shelgikar (Advisor for Yunus Social Business),  Ajit Kanitkar (Consultant to Tata Education and Development Trust) and Rajendra Joshi (Founder of Saath Livelihoods).

Engagement Activities

The role of Engagement Activities is to build the cohort into a collective that will together work towards a shared vision. During the Engagement Activities, the fellows come together to design, develop and implement (or be a part of) social-activities: supporting local NGOs, learning new skills, trying a different art, farming with locals or exploring a new travel destination.

As part of this, our fellows have engaged in cycling across Hyderabad for a day, used sustainable resources to build effective learning in low-income classrooms and orphanages, participated in a Music Festival and Heritage Walks.