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XSM to host 8th National Conference on Social Entrepreneurship at XLRI, Jamshedpur


XSM to host 8th National Conference on Social Entrepreneurship at XLRI, Jamshedpur.

Xavier School of Management is to host the ‘8th National Conference on Social Entrepreneurship’ from 29th to 31st January, 2016 at XLRI Campus in Jamshedpur.

Mumbai | Red Newswire | By Rica Bhattacharyya, ET Bureau | 19 Dec, 2015, 00:02 AM IST.

The theme of this year’s conference is – “Social Innovations: Changing Lives and Society”.

The essence of social entrepreneurship is to identify gaps in the provision of social goods and services, and to design innovative and scalable/ replicable solutions to bridge those gaps, said Prof Madhukar Shukla, Ccairperson of XLRI’s Fr Arrupe Center for Ecology & Sustainability and the coordinator for the conference. “By addressing the issues which are relevant to the society, these social innovations make an impact on the lives of people,” he said.

“The conference aims to provide a platform for showcasing, knowledge sharing and building the social entrepreneurship ecosystem,” said Shukla.

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The 3-day conference expects to witness around 150-170 social entrepreneurs, development sector professionals, academicians and students who would share their experiences, issues and challenges.

Sessions would be held on inaugural panel: support ecosystem for social innovations, ICT for people and development, innovations in education delivery, interventions for youth transformation, innovations in farm support, collectives as entrepreneurs, livelihoods on the fringe of society, and investing in development.

Speakers and panelists at the event to include – Ajith Basu (Chief Program Executive, Agastya International Foundation), Anshu Gupta (Founder & Director, GOONJ), Biplab Ketan Paul (Director, Naireeta Services), Dhruv Lakra (Founder & CEO, Mirakle Couriers), Franz Gastler (Founder & ED, Yuwa India), Nalini Shekar (Co-Founder, Hasiru Dala Wastepickers’ Collective), Nitin Agrawal (COO & CFO, Intellegrow), Dr. Pradip Sarmah (Founder, Rickshaw Bank & ED, Center for Rural Development), PR Ganapathy (President, Villgro Innovation Foundation), Dr Rangan Varadan (Founder, Micrograam), Umadevi Swaminathan (Managing Director, RUDI Multi Trading Company Ltd) among others.

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The conference is organized by Fr Arrupe Centre for Ecology and Sustainability (FACES) and SIGMA, XLRI’s students’ committee for social initiatives.

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