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  • AFI is committed to building a strong, robust ecosystem that helps social entrepreneurs across India address their challenges. Our flagship program, the Vision 2020 Hub project aims to establish a nation-wide network of 20 hubs of social innovation, by the year 2020. Inspired by the Deshpande Foundation’s Sandbox Initiative, the Hubs offer mentorship, technical assistance, investment advisory and partnership support to the promising, ready-to-scale social businesses.


    Each Hub is anchored by a Hub Champion, who are well-established individuals, foundations, corporate entities, with a passion to create an enabling environment for enterprise growth in their region. The Network caters to both for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations working on a wide range of social challenges including water and sanitation, health care, access to clean energy, livelihood security and job creation.

By providing social enterprises with the resources required to scale, the AFI Hub model hopes to accelerate the growth of promising, high potential social enterprises in India.

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  • Held every year since 2012, the Annual Action For India Forum brings together leaders in ICT, banking, donors, government, and business to connect with leading social innovators. At the Annual Forum, social innovators have the opportunity to build on their knowledge and skills as well as gain from conversations, discussions and networking opportunities with industry leaders.

    The by-invitation event provides social enterprises with exposure to:

    • ideas and information shared by panelists cutting across various sectors and expertise.
    • financial, government, human and intellectual resources.
    • mentors to help provide long-term support to help them achieve scale.
    • partners such as technology product and services companies that can offer operational support.

    Learn more about our past events here.

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  • Held for the first time in 2014, the Silicon Valley Challenge is a nationwide competition that selects top social entrepreneurs across India for an all-expense paid 10 day trip to Silicon Valley, California.


    In Silicon Valley, Action For India provides participants with an immersive, experiential learning experience, by providing them with the opportunity to meet with leaders in technology companies, interact with business incubators, get face time with investors, and share their experiences with other like-minded start up businesses.
  • An all expense paid trip to Silicon Valley

  • A wholesome, immersive experience

  • Approach top incubators, VCs and mentors


  • AFI believes that a key component to the success of social businesses is in the way they use and leverage technology — be it a customized CRM, a mobile phone app, a logistics management software or setting up a call center.


    To enable the flow of resources and technical expertise, AFI has partnered with NASSCOM, the industry association of Indian IT companies. The AFI-NASSCOM collaboration is centered around providing mentorship, technical assistance and finance resources to “poised to scale” for-profit social enterprises across India, in a variety of sectors including education, healthcare, energy, livelihood, and agriculture.

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