Sheila Dikshit to Present the ‘Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) India 2012’

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NEW DELHI: The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, in partnership with the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation announced today, that Smt. Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister, Government of NCT of Delhi will present ‘Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) India 2012’. The hon’ble Chief Minister will felicitate the winning social entrepreneur on November 6, 2012, in New Delhi. The other invited distinguished guests are eminent personalities from government, business, media and civil society.

The SEOY India has been held annually since 2006 to promote social innovation in India. It identifies and celebrates visionary social ventures that demonstrate large-scale transformative change.  These organisations are scaling or replicating their ideas across India and in other countries.

This year’s finalists were identified through an intensive outreach process. Post the record first round of applications received, they were selected after multiple rounds of evaluation and due diligence, involving on-site visits, background research, reference checks and multiple rounds of deliberation.

Congratulating the finalists, Shyam S. Bhartia, Chairman and Managing Director and Hari S. Bhartia, Co-Chairman and Managing Director – Jubilant Life Sciences and Founder Directors of Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, said, “It is an honour to have Smt. Sheila Dikshit for the award ceremony. We look forward to her support for recognition and encouragement of social ventures across the country.”

“Having a strong government presence at our award celebration shows that they are a crucial stakeholder in promoting social innovation in India,” said Hilde Schwab, Co-founder & Chairperson, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship

The three SEOY finalist of this year – Anshu Gupta from Goonj, Vanita Viswanath from Udyogini and Sameer Sawarkar  & Rajeev Kumar from Neurosynaptic Communications Private Limited (NCPL) are actively shaping new value chains and ecosystems to enable last-mile access to primary healthcare via technology (i.e. NCPL), markets via entrepreneurship (i.e. Udyogini), and material resources through community participation (i.e. Goonj).

Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, founded in 1998, is a not-for-profit and a sister organization of the World Economic Forum.  With the purpose of advancing social entrepreneurship as an important catalyst for societal progress, the foundation is under the legal supervision of the Swiss Federal Government and is headquartered in Geneva/Cologny, Switzerland.

Jubilant Bhartia Foundation (JBF), the social wing of the Jubilant Bhartia Group, was established in 2007 as a not-for-profit organization. JBF focuses on conceptualizing and implementing the Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives for the group.

Start Up! is a Delhi-based social enterprise which manages the outreach, due diligence and jury presentation of the SEOY India awards on behalf of the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation.

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