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Villgro announces its “unconventional” program to foster social entrepreneurship in Delhi

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Social entrepreneurship conferences are an invaluable learning opportunity for professionals. Focusing on this arena, British Council, Villgro and TiE Delhi announce Unconvention Delhi, an annual social enterprise conference that seeks to unearth and nurture social entrepreneurs in Delhi, and grow the social enterprise movement in India. The event will take place on September 9, 2016 at British Council Division. The event Unconvention Delhi is part of a series of eight event being organised by Villgro all over India. Since 2012, Villgro has hosted 43 Unconventional events in 22 cities, with 60+ partners, 4000+ attendees, 40+ pitch winners and Rs 30+ lakh disbursed in prize money.

The social enterprise landscape in India is developing well with impact investors and incubators like us all looking for innovative businesses to support. India has a tremendous startup culture already and with Unconvention we are hoping to translate that into a thriving social enterprise startup culture.

said PR Ganapathy, President (India), Villgro.

The event will see the awards ceremony for Unconvention Delhi pitch, a pitch contest for innovative entrepreneurs with businesses that have social impact. The winner gets Rs 1 lakh cash grant and the opportunity to be incubated by Villgro, which includes mentoring, networks and funding of up to Rs 65 lakh.

Attendees will get to hear from our keynote speaker Manish Sisodia (Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi),Venkatesh Malur (President, Sampark Foundation),Paul Basil (Villgro and Menterra),Geeta Goel (Director, Mission Investing, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation) and more. Entrepreneurs also get to network with investors, incubators and other stakeholders and find an ecosystem of support.

Unconvention Delhi is part of a series of eight events being organised by Villgro all over India. Since 2012, Villgro has hosted 43 Unconvention events in 22 cities, with 60+ partners, 4000+ attendees, 40+ pitch winners and Rs 30+ lakh disbursed in prize money.

Villgro Innovations Foundation is one of India’s oldest and foremost social enterprise incubators, supporting innovators and social entrepreneurs during their early stages of growth. Since 2001, Villgro has incubated 119 such enterprises, generated around 4000 jobs, secured Rs 1195 million in follow-on funding, and touched over 15 million rural lives.


 


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