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When: 9/18/2014
5:00 PM
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5.00 pm

Introduction by PR Ganapathy, President (India), Villgro

5.10 pm

Setting the context by Jessica Seddon,
Founder, Okapi Research

5.20 pm

Sneak peek into the Report byLina Sonne,
Lead Researcher, Okapi Research

5.35 pm

Keynote Speech

6.00 pm

Panel Discussion

7.00 pm

Official Report Launch

7.15 pm

High Tea


Over six months, Villgro worked with Okapi to research nine cities in India – Pune, Patna, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Bhopal, Guwahati, Bhubaneswar, Thiruvananthapuram, Lucknow – in parallel with Villgro’s Unconvention|L social enterprise events conducted in these cities, incorporating both conventional research methods such as observation and surveys, and also a focus on understanding local entrepreneurs’ perspective through dialogue and discussion.

The research provides insights into the current state of regional social enterprise ecosystems – the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities to invest in support ecosystem – and also highlights the gaps, and priorities for filling those gaps, as felt locally. It is especially relevant in light of the Indian government’s recent slew of measures to promote entrepreneurship in the country, including running district-level incubation and accelerator programmes.

This could also be the first step towards decentralizing the social enterprise ecosystem in India, and provide the opportunity for collaboration and support that currently exist mainly in the major metros, to social enterprises and start-ups in smaller cities and towns across India.


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