Wednesday, January 15, 2014

World’s largest Social Enterprise focused gathering, the Sankalp Unconvention Summit, will be held on April 9-11, 2014 in Mumbai

Registrations open for the 6th Sankalp Forum’s 6th Annual Summit

World’s largest Social Enterprise focused gathering, the Sankalp Unconvention Summit, will be held on April 9-11, 2014 in Mumbai

January 14, Mumbai: Sankalp Forum, an Intellecap initiative, announced the opening of registrations for the 2014 edition of Sankalp Unconvention Summit (SUS). It is world's largest social-enterprise focused gathering and brings together a diverse group of actors focused on addressing social and environmental issues through business. The Summit attracts large corporates, global development finance institutions, policy-makers and small and growing businesses.

“Sankalp Unconvention Summit is a platform that recognizes few of the most high-impact social enterprises from India and other developing markets such as Africa. The Summit is also one of the most powerful convening of global influencers, practitioners and stakeholders that are shaping inclusive development globally,” said Aparajita Agrawal, Director – Sankalp Forum.

In its previous edition, the Sankalp Unconvention Summit (2013) saw over 1,000 delegates, with 120+ investment ready social enterprises, and participants from 22 countries. Some of the renowned past speakers included President Abdul Kalam, UTV’s Ronnie Screwvala, impact investorAnthony Bugg-Levine, Jayanth Sinha of Omidyar, Ben White of VC4Africa and Anil Sinha of IFC. SUS 2013 peeled back the layers and moved beyond the conventional definition of impact.

This year, SUS2014 is gearing up to get more global, more democratic and more interactive; in view of a landmark partnership with SOCAP to align the Global North and Global South, and an extremely successful expansion in Africa in late 2013. This Summit is a convergence of global knowledge, investment and dialog geared towards building a more inclusive ecosystem for high impact, pro-poor businesses. Each year, it brings several social enterprises to the forefront, and connects them to enablers, mentors and crucial networks.

Furthermore, the finalists of Sankalp Awards 2014 will have the opportunity to make their investment pitch to a global audience of donors, investors, foundations & enablers at the world's largest social enterprise event, the Sankalp Unconvention Summit 2014. Winners will also be declared at the Summit, and stand to win up to USD 70,000.

A few months ago, Sankalp Forum expanded to Africa. The maiden conference there is expected to bring together over 300 people from around the world into Nairobi from Feb 12-13. This effort is supported by UKAid and Mara Foundation among others. 

About Intellecap

Intellecap is a pioneer in providing innovative business solutions that help build and scale profitable and sustainable enterprises dedicated to social and environmental change. Intellecap provides a broad range of Investment Banking, Consulting and Knowledge Services to clients around the world.

Our unique positioning at the intersection of social and commercial business sectors allows us to attract and nurture intellectual capital that combines the business training of the commercial world with the passion and commitment of the social world to shape distinctive solutions. Founded in 2002, we have worked with more than 60 clients on over 250 engagements across 15 countries.

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About Sankalp Forum

Sankalp Forum, an Intellecap initiative, recognizes & supports innovative, sustainable, high impact social enterprises. It builds an enabling ecosystem for early-stage businesses, channels impact investments, and engages over 11,000 stakeholders globally through collaborative year-round initiatives. It mobilizes a community of entrepreneurs, investors, enablers and policy-makers to encourage innovation, facilitate scalability, and drive consensus on matters that aid social enterprise development.

Sankalp’s Annual Summit is the largest social enterprise focused gathering in the world, and in 2013 it partnered with Unconvention to become the Sankalp Unconvention Summit. The Summit brings together more than 1,000 delegates, thought leaders, industry experts, policy makers from around the world to voice, discuss, debate issues, trends and solutions that aid social enterprise development.

Sankalp Awards have sourced over 450 sustainable enterprises, enabled 200 mentoring connections and facilitated over USD 120Mn of equity investments into more than 30 enterprises. Vetted through a rigorous 3-month process by a panel of global investors, the Awards bring recognition to the most sustainable and scalable social enterprises that are doing business across India.

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