ABOUT THE FORUM
The AFI Forum is the annual flagship vehicle of Action For India, bringing together 100 leading social innovators along with 100 “influencers” drawn from the realms of impact investment, philanthropy, civil services, technology experts and public policy. The Forum aims to benefit social entrepreneurs working in the following six sectors – agriculture, education, energy, healthcare, financial inclusion and livelihoods.
Since its inception five years ago, this unique, invite-only gathering has been a launch-pad for fruitful collaborations in the social enterprise space. Having hosted five earlier editions of the Annual Forum, we are gearing up to host the 6th edition on January, 24th & 25th, 2017 at the Indian Habitat Centre, New Delhi. As enabling technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, internet of things (IoT), big data and analytics unfold and make significant social impact, we have chosen “Technology for Transformation: Embracing the Future for Mega Impact” as the theme for this year’s forum.
In a short span of less than five years, Action For India has:
- Launched “Vision 2020”, AFI’s initiative to build a nation-wide learning network of 20 regional hubs of social innovation by the year 2020, modeled on the Deshpande Foundation’s Hubli Sandbox. Initial Hub Champions include Raju Reddy of the Kakatiya Sandbox (Nizamabad, AP) and Dilip Modi of Spice Mobility (Varanasi, UP)
- Built AFI’s Silicon Valley Leadership Circle – a distinguished group of investors, entrepreneurs, executives and academics who are interested in fostering links between Silicon Valley and India’s most promising social ventures
- Designed and conducted three “Silicon Valley Challenge” Treks – a 2 week intensive trip to the Silicon Valley for five of India’s leading social innovators to connect them with the leading investors, entrepreneurs and executives of the Valley.
- Hosted five successful annual Action For India Forums – assembling 100 of the leading social innovators from around the country and arranged interactions for them with distinguished government, business and technology leaders including Sam Pitroda, Desh Deshpande, Amitabh Kant, Ronnie Screwvala, Rentala Chandrashekhar and Arun Maira
AN AMBITIOUS VISION
With the momentum of the last five years behind it, AFI has ambitious plans to take on more projects on its march towards making “Vision 2020” a reality – creating a pan India network of 20 regional Hubs of Social Innovation by 2020.
In the next three years, AFI proposes to:
- Identify 100 promising Social Entrepreneurs and facilitate their scaling up by connecting them with investors, mentors, technology executives, decision makers in Government and Customers
- Set up 10 hubs across India as part of its march towards “Vision 2020”
- Launch an AFI Accelerator focused on early stage social enterprises
- Develop “Impact Investment Circles” to facilitate angel investments into social enterprises
- Build an AFI Mentor Network in the India US corridor spanning the domains of business, technology, and government