Learning and Networking

Silicon Valley Challenge (SVC) Trek 2021

The Silicon Valley Challenge (SVC) is our annual business plan competition that selects 5 high-potential social enterprises from India for an immersive, experiential learning program held in Silicon Valley, California. 

Winners of SVC get to participate in a 2 week long, all-expense-paid trip to Silicon Valley to engage with leading technology companies, business incubators, investors and other like-minded businesses.



We are happy to invite our Silicon Valley Challenge Trek Winners for the Trek to be held between 15th-19th February 2021.

This years' trek is an immersive once in a lifetime opportunity to virtually connect with leaders from Silicon Valley, California to catalyze resource and knowledge sharing among the brightest minds in India.

After a challenging and rigorous business challenge among our talented social entrepreneurs during the AFI Annual Forum, 5 entrepreneurs are cherry-picked as winners by an eminent jury. They are awarded a chance to gain access, exposure, and knowledge from the world’s leading entrepreneurs, institutions, and thought-leaders.

AFI SVC Trek 2021 - Agenda from Feb 15th - Feb 19th.

About AFI SVC Trek 2021.



SVC Fellows 2021

Sukhmeet Singh

Sukhmeet Singh

A2P Energy Solution,
Sector-Energy
Chandigarh

Anupam Sinhal

Anupam Sinhal

BookMyBai,
Sector-Livelihoods
Mumbai

Anil Kumar

Anil Kumar Reddy

Donatekart,
Sector-Crowdfunding
Hyderabad

Benjamin Raja

Benjamin Raja

Farmagain,
Sector-Agriculture
Coimbatore

Abhilash Haridas

Abhilash Haridass

WEGoT Utility Solutions,
Sector-Water
Chennai

Gaurav Mittal

Gaurav Mittal

GingerMind Technologies,
Sector-Healthcare
Bangalore

Yashwant Suthar

Yashwant Suthar

Lootel,
Sector-Livelihoods
Indore

Manoj Sanker

Manoj Sanker

Nemocare Wellness,
Sector-Healthcare
Bangalore

Arun Prakash Murugesan

Arun Prakash Murugesan

Guvi geek Network,
Sector-Education
Chennai

Aniket Doegar

Aniket Doegar

Haqdarshak,
Sector-Misc
Pune


Speakers at SVC Trek 2021

SMT Heena Gavit

Smt. Heena Gavit

Lok Sabha, Member
of Parliament
Maharashtra

Kanwal Rekhi

Kanwal Rekhi

Co-founder, TiE MD,
Inventus Capital Partners
Punjab

MR Rangaswami

MR Rangaswami

Founder, Indiaspora
Forum
San Francisco

Shri Krishna Lavu

Shri Krishna Lavu

Lok Sabha, Member
of Parliament
Andhra Pradesh

Shri Rajeev Gowda

Shri Rajeev Gowda

Ex-Member of
Parliament, Lok Sabha
Bangalore

Radhika Shah

Radhika Shah

Co-President, Stanford
Angels & Entrepreneurs
Silicon Valley

Mark Kahn

Mark Kahn

Managing Partner,
Omnivore
Maharashtra

Ramraj Pai

Ramraj Pai

Ceo, Impact
Investors Council
Chennai

Shri Jayesh Ranjan

Shri Jayesh Ranjan

Principal Secretary
Telangana

Smita Siddhanti

Smita Siddhanti

SIG, Lead
United States

Shanti Mohan

Shanti Mohan

Founder,
LetsVenture
Bengaluru

Sam Pitroda

Dr. Sam Pitroda

Honory Chairman,
Action for India
Odisha

AGK Karunakaran

AGK Karunankaran

President & Ceo,
MulticoreWare
Silicon Valley

Cole Wilbur

Cole Wilbur

Trustee, The David &
Lucile Packard Foundation
San Franscisco

Raju Reddy

Raju Reddy

Entrepreneur,
Angel Investor
California

Asha Jadeja

Asha Jadeja

Founder, Motwani
Jadeja Foundation
Silicon Valley

Srini Akkaraju

Srini Akkaraju

Managing General Partner,
Samsara BioCapital
Telangana

Radhika Malpani

Radhika Malpani

Founder,
Google Images
Chennai

Kumar Ganapathy

Kumar Ganapathy

Co-founder &
Partner, BiPartners
Chennai

Highlights


Engage

Engage

Engage with Silicon Valley Leadership Circle Members including Impact angel investors, technology leaders and foundations to build strong networks.

Learn

Learn

Learn entrepreneurial acumen and get insights from the successes of business leaders.

Partner

Partner

Partner with mentors who can help in scaling these social enterprises through funding and mentoring support.


Past Expeditions

Interactions facilitated with leaders from Google, Facebook, Cisco, Twitter and professors at Stanford, Berkeley and Santa Clara.

Since 2014, we have conducted 6 treks and helped entrepreneurs interact with the Silicon Valley experts. Our stringent selection process helps us select the most promising candidates out of the hundreds of applications.

AFI's SVC Selection Pipeline

AFI SVC selection pipeline




Learning Expeditions


AFI intends to start learning expeditions with a view to providing an immersive experience. Initial expeditions will focus on having delegates from the US and Europe which would enable them to get a first-hand view of the happenings in the Indian Social Enterprise space besides providing opportunities to share experiences, foster collaborations, and possible funding avenues.

These expeditions will also provide our Entrepreneurs with an opportunity to take their innovations to different geographies. Stay tuned for further updates.