Apni Shala, an organization founded by alumni of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences won the inaugural Eduprenuer Quest competition. Apni Shala works with schools to build life skills in children through storytelling. Edupreneur Quest, a partnership of Teach For India (TFI), Central Square Foundation (CSF) and Villgro Innovations Foundation, is a business plan competition for entrepreneurs designing solutions to improve access to quality education among marginalized communities. Members of Apni Shala include Amrita Nair, Anukriti Goyal and Swetha Ranganathan.
Central Square Foundation and Villgro Innovations Foundation are now considering each of the seven finalists for their Entrepreneur-in-Residence programs. “The intense clinics that were held through the selection process were just one of the many unique aspects of this program. Finalists can expect to be fast-tracked for evaluation into one or more of Villgro’s programs,” said PR Ganapathy, COO of Villgro.
Runners up were Kalpana Aravamuthu, Nomita Sikand, and Reena Johnson from Team Wrighters of Azim Premji University. They are developing multi-lingual literacy modules for schools in Bangalore.
TFI, CSF, and Villgro jointly forged this partnership as a means to promote social entrepreneurship among India’s brightest aspiring leaders who are passionate about working in education. “Edupreneur Quest represents more support for really strong entrepreneurial ideas that promise to have serious impact. With guidance and financial support, the strongest ideas will get the impetus they need to thrive”, said Shaheen Mistri, CEO, Teach for India.
For more information on the Edupreneur Quest, please visit: http://www.centralsquarefoundation.org/edupreneur-quest/