Chandigarh, January 22, 2016: The mission of Action For India (AFI), a not for profit with presence in New Delhi and Silicon Valley, USA, is to stimulate social enterprises in India. The upcoming 5th edition of the AFI Annual Forum at IIT-Delhi will bring together 100 leading social entrepreneurs from around the nation to interact with 100 key influencers at the intersection of business, technology, entrepreneurship and social impact. The influencers include eminent personalities from diverse sectors including donors, investors, IAS officers, technology executives and policy analysts.
The Forum will witness sector-specific, cross-sectorial intensive discussions along with speed-dating sessions between social entrepreneurs and influencers. The Forum will also host a unique Silicon Valley Challenge where 5 leading social entrepreneurs will win a 2 weekall-expense paid trip to Silicon Valley, California to interact with leading investors, executives and entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley.
The forum will be graced by the presence of Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship &Parliamentary Affairs. Other thought leaders who will be speaking at the Forum include: Sam Pitroda, Former adviser to Prime Minister of India & Honorary Chairman, AFI; Desh Deshpande, Former Advisor to the US President, Barack Obama andFounder of Deshpande Foundation; R. Chandrashekhar, President, NASSCOM; Ashish Dhawan, Founder & CEO, Central Square Foundation; Rajeev Gowda, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha; and NagarajaPrakasam, Co-Founder IAN Impact.
AFI Forum 2016 will also feature several panel discussions on themes such as “Leveraging Technology for scaling impact”; “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”; “Vision 2020” – AFI’s pan India network of Regional Social Innovation Hubs; Impact Investment and a special panel on “Startup India – Impact Bharat.”
The invitees to the Forum, both social entrepreneurs and influencers, are selected through a rigorous evaluation process to ensure quality interactions and to maximize chances of fruitful collaborations for growth of the social enterprises. Interactions at the past Forums have benefited more than 350 social enterprises with 400 influencers coming together to encourage their ventures.
Friday, January 22, 2016