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India to organize national contest to identify top 25 social innovations

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November 23, 2016: The Ministry of External Affairs of India along with Atal Innovation Mission is organizing a national contest to identify India’s top 25 social innovations.

The objective of the contest is to identify a pool of social impact innovators that have developed or are developing commercially feasible solutions to the socio-economic problems of India.

The initiative would facilitate the creation of a community of innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, grant bodies, and mentors to support the selected startups for commercialisation and scale up.

The key focus sectors for the contest will be cleantech, education, health, housing, public transport, skill development and livelihood, waste management, water and sanitation and women empowerment.

The 25 best innovative Start-ups with a social impact will be showcased to ‘Pravasis’ participating in the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas through an exhibition to be held in Bengaluru from January 7 to January 9 next year.

The exhibition will offer an excellent opportunity for the Indian diaspora to connect and interact with these social innovators and associate themselves with the social entrepreneurship movement in the country.