Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, in collaboration with Tata Group, has planned to popularise social entrepreneurship model among the companies for utilisation in their CSR initiatives. Both the groups together have been organising yearly competitions for social entrepreneurs since 2012.
Professor Ashok Banerjee, Dean (New Initiatives and External relations) of IIM-C, stated “We have expanded the scope and reach of Tata Social Entrepreneurship Challenge (TSEC) to include three more elements – conducting seminars, round tables and a revamped TSEC website to create a repository of all information on social entrepreneurship in India. In future, all the activities of TSEC will be held under the umbrella of IIM Calcutta Innovation Park – the newly formed incubator at IIM-C.
A nation-wide awareness campaign – ‘Thinking Social’ was also launched to include students and budding social entrepreneurs. For this campaign four seminars will be held in a year – one in each region in a tier II city. The first seminar has already taken place in IIT Guwahati on 1st November.
The round table series, establishing link between CSR and social enterprises, will also kick off in New Delhi shortly.
IIM-C also planned to provide its professional expertise in CSR delivery, reporting and monitoring for the companies. Moreover, IIM-C would be responsible for monitoring, reviewing and certification for the social entrepreneurs who would contribute companies on CSR assignments. Meanwhile, TSEC has invited detailed business plan for its 2014-15 edition from early-stage (not older than three years) social enterprises or people with actionable ideas in the different areas.