This article is part of the series called Startup Hatch, about incubators and accelerators in the startup ecosystem.Social enterprise incubator, Villgro Innovations Foundation, has launched Unconvention 2011, its annual, Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship conference. Unconvention 2011, offers value based events, workshops and panels for the stakeholders of the Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship ecosystem, primarily, social entrepreneurs, social investors, social incubators, policy makers, innovators, academicians and students. The event is scheduled for December 2 & 3, 2011, at IIT Madras Research Park, the support partner of Unconvention 2011. Unconvention 2011 is sponsored by The Lemelson Foundation, USA.
The components of this action packed event would be:
Plenary: The foremost panel would be on the topic of Social Entrepreneurship 2020. The panel discussion will peek into the next 10 years and will provide insights on patterns which will emerge in the next decade. The panel representation will be from a variety of ecosystem players like Mr. Vineet Rai, CEO – Aavishkaar, Ms. Sushmita Ghosh, President emeritus Ashoka – Innovators for the Public and others. The panel composition will highlight movement in areas of research, talent, impact investing, governance, corporate involvement & entrepreneurship.
Summit: The Summit 2011 is aimed at addressing the challenges faced by social entrepreneurs and will constitute panels & workshops around the theme of ‘Attracting & Retaining Talent in the SocEnt space’. Partners such as ThirdSector Partners, iVolunteer and MentorEgde have been roped in.
The other sessions of the Summit include Roundtable Session on Growing the Incubation Movement, Roundtable Session to present Research in the Sector, to be organized by CSIE-IITM (Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship, IIT Madras)
Impact Law Ventures would present a Legal Clinic for the benefit of social enterprises. A session on ‘Leveraging Media for Social Enterprises’ will be driven by television partner, ET NOW.
Summit will also include a showcase of successful social enterprises who have been able to mainstream in the sectors of Energy, Health & ICT, being presented by Innovation Alchemy
Villgro Awards: Villgro Awards will felicitate deserving individuals, enterprises and institutions in the Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship ecosystem. The categories include, Lifetime Achievement, Social Enterprise, Social Incubator, Social Investor, Grass root Innovator, Academic Contribution, Journalist and Media House. Dr.Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Chairman, RTBI & Professor, Electrical Engineering, IITM, Mr.Harish Hande, Magsaysay Awardee, Founder & CEO, SELCO India, Mr.K.Ananth Krishnan, CTO, Tata Consultancy Services will constitute the panel.
Investor Forum: Villgro will be partnering with Sankalp, an initiative of Intellecap & IITM’s Rural Technology & Business Incubator (RTBI-IITM) to organize an Investor Forum, which will serve to be a connecting platform for social investors and growth stage entrepreneurs.
Wantrapreneur: The finals of the social business plan competition will see the shortlisted enterprises from startup and early growth stages, presenting their companies to a jury constituting Mr. P.V.Ramachandran, GM(retd), NABARD, Consultant, Ministry of Agriculture, Ajay Maniar from Aavishkaar and others will constitute the jury. The winners stand a chance to win cash prizes up to Rs.10 lakhs.
For tickets log on to: http://www.unconvention.co.in