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Theme for Conference: Leveraging Peers, Partners & Technology: Connect. Collaborate. Co-Create. Day 0-Venue: Jaaga - 5/1, Penthouse 01, 6th Floor, Rich Homes Apartments, Richmond Road Day 1 & Day 2-Venue: Banquet Hall, Building No. 50, Gate No. 2, Infosys Campus, Electronics City, Phase 1, Bangalore 100
7:30 to 10:00 pm

Speed Dating for Social Enterprises and, in partnership with, are hosting an Action For India pre-summit event: Speed Recruiting for Social Enterprises. The event will give social enterprises the opportunity to showcase their work, pitch their recruiting needs for primarily senior positions on stage, and participate in a speed-recruitment round with interested candidates later that evening. This is a great event for social enterprises looking to scale their teams, and even more exciting for individuals looking to make a career change.

This event is free and open to mid-to-senior level folks looking for a new gig but you must RSVP separately to

Bring a stack of resumes, your best game face, and get ready to be hired!

8:30 to 9:30 am Registration
9:30 to 10:30 am Inauguration: Lamp Lighting Ceremony, opening remarks and inagural address
Sanjay Kadaveru, Founder & President, Action For India
Sam Pitroda, Former Advisor, Prime Minister of India; Honorary Chairman, Action For India
Nandan Nilekani, Former Chairman, UIDAI
Keeping UIDAI as the background, the keynote address will focus specifically on the twin levers of technology and government to tackle mega social problems. The address will also create awareness about the various unsolved problems that social enterprises can address through the use of technology, and how to navigate the maze of a complex government machinery that includes bureaucracy, red tape and politics.
10:30 to 11:30 am Keynote Panel on Technology by NASSCOM
Opening remarks by Rentala Chandrashekhar, President, NASSCOM
Description: Creating an environment for a win-win for both NASSCOM and social entrepreneurs. What are the specific programs and initiatives that NASSCOM has through which it works with for-profit and non-profit social enterprises? How can they be applied for? What are the main needs for social enterprises that NASSCOM can work and help them with? What is the larger role of technology in creating impact? Can social entrepreneurs from sectors that are non-tech like water and sanitation and livelihoods also leverage technology? How?
Panelists: Krishnakumar Natarajan, CEO, Mindtree Consulting; Rajat Tandon, Senior Director, Nasscom 10,000 Startups; Amit Phadnis, Head, Cisco India;
Moderator: Ed Cutrell, Head, Technology for Emerging Markets, Microsoft Research
11:30 to 12 noon Break
12 to 1 pm Panel by The National Association of Social Entrepreneurs (NASE): The Day I nearly gave up
Senior social entrepreneurs talk about the importance of reaching out to peers, partners and maybe even competitors when they went through a tough time. Find out about the time they hit a wall in terms of finances, idea rejection, personal doubt or customer rejection and how they came through unscathed.
Panelists: Neelam Chibber, managing Director & Co-Founder, Mother Earth; Murali Vullaganti, co-founder & CEO, Rural Shores; Madan Padaki. Co-founder, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Head Held High Services; Amit Jain, Founder & CEO, eHealthpoint
Moderator: Ashwin Naik, co-founder & CEO, Vaatsalya Healthcare;
1 to 2 pm Lunch
2 to 3:30 pm
Parallel Sessions
Sector Specific Discussions
5 sessions on Education, Healthcare, Energy, Livelihoods and Agriculture
Topics of discussion per sector:
o Healthcare, Water & Sanitation: "Challenges & issues in building sustainable business in healthcare/sanitation & water and still serving BOP"
o Livelihood: "Skilling India: Stiff Headwinds and Strong Tailwinds"
o Agriculture: “Trends, Opportunities, Challenges and recommendations to Government”
o Energy: "Innovative, sustainable, participatory approaches for meeting the energy needs of the poor."
Panelists: Sector champions will facilitate discussions on trends, challenges, best practices, and finally, make recommendations to government. Each session will be moderated by the "Sector Champions" and will include a panel discussion featuring an investor, entrepreneur, corporate representative and government representative - with expertise in that particular sector.
Panliests for Energy
Ms Svati Bhogle, Mr Y B Ramakrishna, Mr. Kolluru Krishan, Dr. Vaman Acharya, Dr. Chanakya Hoysall, Mr. Srinagesh Kumble, Ms. Nalini Shekhar
Panelists for livelihood
Santanu Paul,Ananth Rao, Mayukh Choudhury, Atul Bhatnagar, TC Meenakshi Sundaram
Panelists for Healthcare, Water and Sanitation
Ashwin Naik, K Chandrashekar, Sameer S, Amit Kumar Rathi
Panelists for Education
Ramya Venkatraman, Bindi, Rajalakshmi Kamath
Panelists for Agriculture
Rikin Gandhi, Richa Govil, Richa Natrajan, Belinda, Kartik Srivatsa, Lokesh Makam
3:30 - 4:00 pm Break
4 to 5:00 pm Panel on Swachh Bharat
"The Prime Minister is leading the charge to end open defecation in the country by 2019. This is a grand national challenge. More than 100 million toilets will need to be built at a run-rate atleast 3 times more than has ever been achieved so far.
It is unlikely that past ways of working will be sufficient to make this happen. What are the bottlenecks in the way toilets are being built today that will need to be rethought? Will we need to reinvent the toilet? Where are we in the handling of human waste coming out of the toilet ? And in the rush to build toilets let us also give a thought to what it will take to change behavior of people away from open defecation. We will address these questions in the session and see where social entrepreneurship of the sort we are discussing here, fits in"
Panelists: Ravi Mantha, Advisor to PM’s office on sanitation related projects; S Damodaran, Founder Chairman of Gramalaya; ; Smt. Vijaylaxmi Joshi, Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation
Moderator: S Vishwanath, Director, Biome Environmental Services
4:30 to 6:30 pm Silicon Valley Challenge - Semi Finals Stage (closed door pitch sessions for selected social entrepreneurs)
5:00 to 5:45 pm Keynote Address by Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge)
Q & A with Audience
5:45 to 6:45 pm Mentorship Session 1.
Connect with mentor of choice, the matching will be facilitated by an online mentorship platform. List of mentors will be made available ahead of the event
Mentors: List of mentors will be made available ahead of the event
7:30 to 9:30 pm Networking dinner: Continue interaction in a relaxed atmosphere.
9:30 to 10 am Keynote Address by Ramji Raghavan, Founder & Chairman, Agastya
10:00 to 10:30 am Keynote Address by Harish Hande, Founder, Selco
10:30 to 11:30 am Impact investing Panel
Perspectives from both impact investor and social enterprises that have raised funding: The different kinds of investors alongwith various stages of investing (angel, seed, Series A and so on). What do investors look when making an investment (good idea, pilot done, generating revenue, large customer base and team complete)? What should social enterprises focus on when they are looking for funding? What should be deal-breakers?
Panelists: Srikrishna Ramamoorthy, Unitus Seed Fund; Satya Bansal, Barclays India; Manoj Kumar, Social Business Fund; Sandeep Farias, Elevar Equity
Moderator: Sean Blagsvedt, CEO, BabaJob
11:30 am to to 12:00 noon Break
12:00 to 1: 00 pm Mentorship Session - 2
Connect with mentor of choice, the matching will be facilitated by an online mentorship platform. List of mentors will be made available ahead of the event
1:00 to 2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 to to 3:00 pm "Vision 2020" - AFI's initiative to build a nation-wide network of 20 regional hubs of social innovation by the year 2020.
Opening remarks by Desh Deshpande, Founder, Deshpande Foundation
Panelists: Desh Deshpande; Naveen Jha, Deshpande Foundaion; Sangita Reddy, Apollo Hospitals; Nagaraja Prakasam, IAN Impact; Murali Vullaganti, Rural Shores
Moderator: Mahesh Kanumury
3:00 to 3:30 pm Break
3:30 to 4:00 pm Moderator: Vishnu Swaminathan, Ashoka India
4:00 to 5:00 pm Silicon Valley Challenge Finals
10 Finalists pitch to the audience, and to a jury, which will include Sam Pitroda and Desh Deshpande. 5 winners will win a trip to Silicon Valley.
Q & A With Jury & Audience
5:00 to 6:00 pm Keynote Panel: State of Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation in India
Social entrepreneurship is in its painful adolescence stage and its gearing up for a push into young adulthood. Looking back, what are the factors that have contributed to success so far? Is there a model for success -- if yes, what are its main elements? Going forward: How can the current pace of social innovation gallop to meet the gargantuan development challenges that India faces? Is it technological advancement, increase in number of philanthropists, government policy, public mindset change, more funding, media awareness, tax subsidies, better talent or learning from other countries.
Panelists: Desh Deshpande, Rohini Nilekani, Founder Chairperson, Arghyam; Peggy Dulany, Founder & Chair, Synergos
Moderator: To be confirmed
This panel will be moderated by a TV anchor and broadcast on national television
6:00 to to 6:15 pm Vote of Thanks
6:15 to 6:30 pm Announcement of SVC Winners


Banquet Hall, Building No. 50, Gate No. 2, Infosys Campus, Electronics City, Phase 1, Bangalore 100

How to reach

Taxi: You could take an airport taxi and reach electronics city. Approximate fare - 1000 INR

Bus: You could take the AC Volvo Bus KIAS-8 from the airport to Infosys Campus Gate. Fare 300 INR