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Tata Social Enterprise Challenge

Pitch for Seed Capital Up to Rs 1.00 Crore

Take part in India's largest social enterprise challenge. Get empowered to empower others. Details below.

October 2020

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Tata Social Enterprise Challenge, a joint initiative by the Tata group and the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM Calcutta), is a national level challenge to find India’s most promising social enterprises. 

The challenge is also aimed at raising awareness about social entrepreneurship and to encourage Indian youth to step up to be the next generation of social entrepreneurs.

Who can participate

We invite social entrepreneurs from across India who either have an early stage venture or an idea with a proof of concept. The proposed venture needs to have a sustainable business model that creates social impact. There is no restriction on the business model and it can be for-profit, not-for-profit or even a hybrid model.

What's on offer

The top three winners of the competition will win cash grants of Rs 6.00 lakh. All teams that make it to the grand finale will have an opportunity to apply for incubation and seed capital support upto Rs 1.00 crore at IIM Calcutta Innovation Park. This year, Tata Sons is contributing Rs 25.00 lakh as a rotating seed fund.

A 3-week mentorship support will be provided to all short-listed teams leading up to a two-day residential mentorship program on IIMC campus. All teams shortlisted for the semi-finals and finals will have an opportunity to pitch to India’s largest social VCs for seed funding


The teams are required to submit a detailed impact proposal for the event based on which teams will be shortlisted for a 3-week program which includes mentorship at the IIM Calcutta campus. Social entrepreneurs identified through the competition will be offered mentorship support, awarded cash grants and have an opportunity to pitch for funding and incubation at IIM Calcutta.

Last date

The last date for application is 15 November 2020

More information and registration

Start your application here.

Or read more details on the Tata Social Enterprise Challenge website.

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