Sankalp Forum triggered off the development of an enabling ecosystem for social enterprises in the 8 Low Income States of India – Bihar, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Jharkand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, in October 2012. This was in keeping with the Forum’s broad agenda to decentralize enabling activities and bring focus from large cities to underserved regions.
The Forum collaborated with Samriddhi, a social venture capital fund managed by SIDBI Venture Capital Limited; Department for International Development (DFID, UK); and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, for this endeavor. The initiative was a pioneering step for the industry towards taking the scouting efforts to as yet unpenetrated geographies.
Sankalp Forum - Samriddhi's daylong summit had over 200 delegates, and brought together government, investors and private sector entities to address pain points of entrepreneurs. It engaged over 20 partners for providing support services to social enterprises in the region, provided capacity building inputs to 10 enterprises, and brought to the fore 50 relevant social enterprises.
A publication called Ideas For Impact was also brought out to highlight 10 emerging social enterprises working in the region.