SEOY 2013

Social Entrepreneur of the Year Awards (SEOY) 2013

The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a sister concern organization of the World Economic Forum, in partnership with the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation announced Chetna Vijay Sinha, Mann Deshi Mahila Sahakari Bank and Mann Deshi Foundation, as the winner of the 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY)India award. The award was presented by P. Chidambaram, Finance Minister of India, in New Delhi last night, at a well-attended award ceremony.

Winner Chetna getting the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Mr P Chidambaram, Finance Minister of India.

Mann Deshi Mahila Sahakari Bank and Mann Deshi Foundation, headquartered in Mhaswad, Maharashtra, aspires to create 1 million rural women entrepreneurs in India by 2020.The group manages three institutions that together create alternate livelihoods and incomes for rural women:

  • A women-owned rural cooperative bank that extends a range of financial services
  • A rural mobile MBA school that offers skill and entrepreneurship training
  • A chamber of commerce that facilitates market and policy linkages

Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder & Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum, announced the winner & congratulated all the finalists.

Over 200 applicants entered the ninth annual Social Entrepreneur of the Year selection process for India, and four finalists emerged after several stages of rigorous assessment. An independent panel of pre-eminent judges met on 11 November to select the winner. This year’s Jury Members included:

  • Sudha Pillai, Former Member Secretary, Planning Commission, India
  • ShobhanaBhartia, Chairperson and Editorial Director, HT Media, India
  • Harish Hande, Managing Director, SELCO Solar Light, India, and a Ramon Magsaysay Award winner for year 2011
  • Hilde Schwab, Chairperson and Co-Founder, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, Switzerland
  • KavitaRamdas, Representative, Ford Foundation, India
  • Anshu Gupta, Founder and Director, Goonj, India, and last year’s winner of the award
  • RohiniNilekani, Chairperson, Arghyam Foundation, India

ShereenBhan, Managing Editor, CNBC -TV18, showcased short filmson all four finalists before the winners were announced.

The winner will be invited to join the Schwab Foundation’s global community of over 250 social innovators. Social Entrepreneurs are driven by their mission to create substantial social change and promote inclusive growth, developing new products and service models that benefit underserved communities.

Other Finalists

MallikaDutt, Breakthrough.

MallikaDutt,Breakthrough uses media, arts and popular culture to cope with the attitudes and behaviors thatpromote gender-based violence and human rights violations. It combines large scale public service campaigns with local community projects, partnerships and youth training to encourage individuals and communities to act against violence. For 15 years, Breakthrough campaigns such as ‘Bell Bajao’ (Ring the Bell) have reached more than 130 million Indian viewers in multiple phases and won international awards, and have been adopted by governments and civil society organizations in six countries.

 

L-R Mrs Hilde Schwab, Co founder & Chairperson, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship; Ms Mallika Dutt, President & CEO Breakthrough; Mr Shyam S Bhartia, Director, Jubilant Bhartia Foundation & CMD, Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd; Mr P Chidambaram, Finance Minister of India and Prof.Klaus Schwab, Co-Founder, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship & Founder & Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum

 
Shelly Batra, Operation ASHA

Operation ASHA, an initiative by Shelly Batra works on improving the last mile access and efficacy of India’s TB control programme. It offers a lowost, high-quality door-to-door TB detection and treatment service through a network of local entrepreneurs trained as professional TB counsellors. Its portable biometric patient identification system ensures rigorous tracking of patients and reduces defaulters count.

In eight years, Operation ASHA has reached 6 million TB patients in India and Cambodia, treated patients with a 90% success rate and reduced the cost of treatment by 15 times compared to other treatment initiatives.

 

L-R Ms Shereen Bhan, Managing Editor, CNBC -TV18 ; Dr Shelly Batra, President, Operation ASHA; Mr Shyam S Bhartia, Director, Jubilant Bhartia Foundation & CMD, Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd and Mr P Chidambaram, Finance Minister of India

 
Mrinalini Kher and Kishor Kher, Yuva Parivartan

An initiative by MrinaliniKher and KishorKher,YuvaParivartan is aimed at making skill training affordable and accessible to the large segment of India’s BPL (Below Poverty Line) youth through its web of Livelihoods Development Centres and mobile training camps that penetrate deep into inaccessible tribal and Naxaliteaffected areas. For over fourteen years, YuvaParivartan has skilled 400,000 youth in 18 states; of those, 60% has obtained jobs or set up their own ventures. YuvaParivartan is now pursuing a rapid scale-up strategy through partnerships, and aims to train 10, 00,000 youth by 2015.

 

L-R Mr Kishor Kher, President & Trustee, Yuva Parivartan; Mrs Mrinalini Kher, Trustee & Hon. Secretary, Yuva Parivartan; Mr Shyam S Bhartia, Director, Jubilant Bhartia Foundation & CMD, Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd; Mr P Chidambaram, Finance Minister of India and Prof. Klaus Schwab, Co-Founder, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship & Founder & Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum and Mr Hari S Bhartia

Director, Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, Co-Chairman & Managing Director, Jubilant Life Sciences Limited