Tata Trusts and Social Alpha have launched a 12-month fellowship programme for entrepreneurs who are aiming to create impactful and successful ventures with their innovative and unique ideas.
The first group of up to eight entrepreneurs, under the Social Alpha Entrepreneurs for Impact (E4i) programme, will be selected to solve problems in areas such as water, sanitation, health, agriculture, energy and environment.
All throughout, Social Alpha will provide support to the E4i finalists through a network of experts from public and private sectors, non-profit entities and foundations. Established in 2016, Social Alpha is a joint initiative of Tata Trusts and the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.
“It’s a 12-month programme that equips passionate entrepreneur-in-making to leverage India’s deep science, innovation and entrepreneurship environment,” the company said.
The objective of this initiative is to create an avenue for passionate, emphatic and mission-driven change makers to scout for potential technologies, create co-founding teams, build and test their ways and convert them into impactful ventures.
Social Alpha Chief Executive Officer Manoj Kumar said, “Today, a farmer has to go miles in order to get soil tested, but tomorrow, if the entrepreneurs come up with some idea, the facility could be provided at the farmer’s doorstep.”