The Social Innovation Award

This Award recognizes an individual who is an innovative leader who finds solutions to expand economic opportunities, relieve poverty, or increase the financial inclusion of marginalized communities. These is for the individuals who attract, support and inspire some of the most innovative, high-impact social entrepreneurs in India.


Gender:  Any

Age Group: 20 to 45 years

Assessment Criteria

Innovation: The best entries will demonstrate a creative approach to the challenge they tackle and the solution they propose. Their innovative approach is driven by original, groundbreaking ideas or being implemented in a way that will make a new significant difference to the community they are operating in.

Measurable Impact: Entries should explain how their initiative delivers positive social, economic, and/or environmental impact, using both quantitative and qualitative data. They would be tackling a significant sustainability issue and will have the potential of making a big difference by being expanded to new markets, sectors, or geographies.


Disclaimer: The decision of the jury in the shortlisting process is final and binding on all participants and we will not entertain any queries on the same.

How to Apply

Please send in your nominations with a detailed description of your work & its achievements at

Also, please send photographs, videos or any such supporting documents to showcase the purpose, journey and milestones of the community work.
Please mention in Subject : <name> : and The Social Innovation Award
Nomination forms must be completed and submitted by February 5, 2018 at

Past Recipients

2017 : Abhijit Sinha

Abhijit started DEFY amidst many learning experiments he developed in a small village in rural Karnataka. These experiments have led him to believe that learning (or education) must be defined by the learner, based
on his/her own context, instead of the top down practice that exists currently in mainstream education. He was able to create a first learning space where learners designed their own education based on curiosity and interest.
These spaces are called Nooks. Abhijit and his team has created three Nooks, in India and Uganda, and are taking the concept to the rest of the world.
Abhijit has also developed several other social innovations, most notable among them being Bodacart – a $500 ambulance in Uganda.

  2016 : Supreet Singh, Safecity

The recipient, Supreet Singh, is a Director with Safecity which aims to make cities safer by encouraging equal access to public spaces for everyone especially women, through the use of crowdsourced data and technology.

2015 : A. Muruganthanam

Arunachalam Muruganantham, the recipient, an Entrepreneur & Inventor, has given women from low income groups in India dignity, by making it possible for them to afford sanitary towels and provide them with income at the same time. From a poor background himself, he created the world’s first low-cost machine to produce sanitary towels. More than 1300 machines made by his start-up company, Jayaashree Industries, are installed across 27 states in India and 7 other countries.