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Social entrepreneurs: Submit a Project/Idea to Spark the Rise and win up to Rs. 40 lakhs!

Mahindra has launched a platform to connect social entrepreneurs across India—, and social enterprise can benefit from being a part of it.

Here’s why:

  • You can win a grant between 2-4 lakhs during their monthly rounds, and between 10-40 lakhs during their Grand Finale.
  • You can use to connect with volunteers, funders, donors, and experts
  • As a winner, you would receive high-level training and mentorship from top performing social entrepreneurs, and be connected to a pan-India network
  • As a winner, you could gain national visibility—some of their winners will be featured by major media outlets, such as Times Now

I encourage you to submit your idea/project (NGO, non-profit, for-profit) today! There are only a few days left for Round 1 of their entries. You can find more information on

(If you have any questions, you can reach out to


XLRI dream run

Seeking your help/ contribution for The XLRI Social Entrepreneurship Trust:


through XL Dream Run (Nov 16th, ’08):

(organised by XLANC, XL Sportscom, CII’s Young Indian Chapter @ XLRI, & XLRI Alumni Association)


240 XL students (including a few faculty!) have registered to participate in the XL Dream Run for this cause

Paypal Account is in place

– We even have some “Early Donors” who have given us a head-start with a kitty of $600+ !! :0)


The Cause:
The XLRI Social Entrepreneurship Trust is supporting 3 Social Entrepreneuship Ventures by XL students who have decided to take the “road less travelled” as a career option. These are nascent ventures, currently in the form of partnership firms. We are trying to provide them support through the initial incubation loans (thanks to the Rs 10.5lac contributions received from the XLRI batch of ’81 and from the Jamshedpur Alumni Chapter)


The details of the social venture projects approved to be funded by the Trust are available at:


Briefly, these are:

Parichay: a venture to connect the rural/tribal artisans & craftsmen to the market. It was covered here earlier this month:

Swavalamban: a venture to use “ox-driven generator” (patented technology) to provide electricity to rural India. It was covered here a few days back:

Dreams4Others: a venture to use online market-surveys to provide funds to NGOs.

To raise funds for these and other future activities of the XLRI Social Entrepreneurship Trust, we are organising the XL Dream Run ( , during the 5th Annual Alumni Homecoming (Nov 15-16), where the students will run for the cause, and the alumni can pledge money for the cause.

Thus this mail and a plea… If you can contribute (whatever amount) it will be our pleasure to have your name at:

Vote for Parichay as the Hottest Startup

This is a great cause folks. A social venture that seeks to revive local artforms and crafts for a profitable cause, Parichay needs your vote at the Tata NEN Hottest Startup awards.

Your vote may help them getting the publicity – and mentoring/ funding!

Parichay is a for-profit-social-venture reviving/promoting artforms/crafts that are nearly extinct due to lack of innovation and market-interface.The venture has been started by 2 XLRI students (Vikas Sharma and Siddharth Shah) while pursuing their regular BM course. 

They provide a more sustainable, non-migratory livelihood to our rural/tribal artisans. Parichay involves modern-professional designers to produce contemporary high utility products that address customer’s needs and create a regular sale-cycle. The USP at PARICHAY is the Fusion Art where various art forms are fused together to make a perfect blend and give a high perceived value product. To implement their plans they have established their first Design and Learning Center at Jamshedpur (housing six craft studios, Sales outlet and accommodation) which is first-of-its-kind in Jharkhand. 

Parichay inaugurated their “Design & Learning Center” for the rural/tribal artisans yesterday, and was covered in The Telegraph and Financial Express

Method 1: Online voting: Please visit the link as highlighted in blue for PARICHAY @ TATA NEN Hottest startups!

This link takes the visitor to our venture page directly and you can vote by registering on the website (the registration process is really short)

Method 2:
 The other more convenient method is using sms:

Type HOT<space>504 and send to 56767