Connect | Collaborate | Celebrate

As India continues to face the challenges presented by the rapidly changing social and technology ecosystem,
a vision of multi-stakeholder collaborations is emerging: an ecosystem where a positive impact is created through the efforts of all
stakeholders – industry, social entrepreneurs, educational institutions and civil society – unified in the common desire of innovating long-lasting solutions to the country’s socio-economic problems. 

At The Huddle 2018, our network of social entrepreneurs and key stakeholders in the ecosystem will explore different avenues to leverage connections, build new collaborations and celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit.


Is multi-stakeholder collaborations the solution? Will collaborations at various levels and across sectors drive large scale socio-economic impact?  
We address the relevance of such collaborations, the challenges and nuances involved, and how to leverage resources in order to propel positive social change and lead to long-term sustainable impact. 

Successful collaborations aimed to solve a problem at sectoral or systemic level are extremely challenging given the various dynamics at play.

What are the key elements that make or break a collaborative approach? What are the risks and constraints of collaboration? What are the key challenges on-ground? Does it always have to be a top-down (vertical) approach? Are obstacles faced at the conceptual or implementation levels? Is the effort undertaken for collaboration worth it? 

We address the real, hard-hitting questions about multi-stakeholder collaborations with individuals who have walked the talk.

A platform for practitioners, funders, experts to discuss sectoral problems, identify the areas of collaboration and the extent of each stakeholder’s contribution while highlighting the advantages of such endeavours. We look into the most critical sectors of our time - Agriculture, Education and Skilling. 

We explore the journey of moving from the support of family, friends, crowdfunding to institutional funding. The best way to learn is from success stories of senior entrepreneurs who have made the rounds and been able to raise institutional funding - insights on what works & what doesn't

The journey of a social entrepreneur is enriching, yet challenging - so many ups & downs, twists & turns. With immense perseverance and commitment towards a cause, social entrepreneurs overcome hurdles at every stage to bring their vision to life. It is in celebrating these social entrepreneurs - their journeys, their experiences - that we bring to light different perspectives and practices.

Just like all relationships, first impressions between funders and social entrepreneurs are lasting impressions. We think these need to be fun, quick and memorable. This Huddle, we create a space for our network of social entrepreneurs to make an elevator pitch to potential funders and investors.

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There has been much deliberation about the pros and cons of multi-stakeholder collaborations. We learn the true twists and turns from an organisation that has successfully collaborated with multiple stakeholders to scale impact.

A complex and multifaceted Government system often poses challenges yet social entrepreneurs can leverage their support to scale. We learn the workings of a strong relationship with the government from entrepreneurs and organisations that have grown through its support.

The most powerful tool for building engagement and support from various stakeholders around social issues is communication. We talk about how social entrepreneurs can create commendable on-ground impact while inspiring people, engaging stakeholders and spreading awareness through effective communication.

There is a growing pattern of funding flowing towards well-known and already established organisations while new or smaller organisations face entry barriers. We look into the possibilities of re-thinking the risk appetite of funders. How can the money be optimised more efficiently? What are the expectations of funders and organisations? As well as should early-stage social entrepreneurs look at different financial instruments? How equity is not the only answer, probably not even the right answer.

26th Sept, 2018

8:30 a.m.

St. Regis, Mumbai


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8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Registrations and Breakfast
9:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Welcome Note
Agents of Collaboration - To be or not to be
Speaker: Anshu Bhartia
Imperial Hall
10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Power of One - Collaborative leadership in action
Fireside chat: Pooja Taparia (Arpan) and Shridhar Venkat (The Akshay Patra Foundation)
Imperial Hall
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Breaking Barriers - Collaborations (de)Constructed
Facilitator: Pradeep Nair, Ford Foundation
Panel: Pritha Venkatachalam (The Bridgespan Group), Jerome D’Souza (Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives), Madan Padki (1Bridge), Anish Kumar (Transforming Rural India Foundation)
Imperial Hall
11:30 - 12:00 p.m.
Tea Break
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
CoLabs - Building Sector Collaborations in Education & Skilling
Facilitator: Maneesha Chadha (J.P.Morgan)
State Room 1
FunDating - Create that first impression!
UnLtd India Team
Imperial Hall
For the Successors by the Success-ers - How we cracked Institutional Funding
Facilitator: Santhosh Ramdoss (MSDF)
Panel: Vipin Sharma (Access Development Services), K Chandrasekhar (Forus Health)
State Room 2

Social Entrepreneurship - When life gives you lemons
Facilitator: Meera Shenoy (Youth4Jobs)
Panel: Dhruv Lakra (Miracle Courier), Vijaya Pastala (Under The Mango Tree)
State Room 2
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
CoLabs - Building Sector Collaborations in Agriculture
Facilitator: Ajit Kanitkar (VikasAnvesh Foundation)
State Room 1
FunDating - Create that first impression!
UnLtd India Team
Imperial Hall
Communicating Impact - If you’ve got it, Flaunt it!
Facilitator: Smarinita Shetty (IDR)
Devanshi Vaid (IDR)
State Room 2

For the Successors by the Success-ers - Celebrating notable Government Collaborations
Facilitator: Krishna Ramkumar, Avanti
Panel: Manmohan Singh (Kaivalya Foundation) Ved Arya (Srijan)
State Room 2
4:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Tea break
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Breaking Barriers - Let's talk about Money
Facilitator: Ingrid Sainath, Ashoka University
Panel: Reshma Anand (Unilever Foundation), Nehal Sanghavi (USAID), Ganesh Neelam (TATA Trusts)
Imperial Hall
5:30 - 5:45 p.m.
Closing Note
Akhil Shahani (The Shahani Group)
Imperial Hall

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