TATA Social Enterprise Challenge 2016 for Social Entrepreneurs across India.

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Application Deadline: October

TATA Social Enterprise Challenge, is a joint initiative by the TATA group and the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM Calcutta), a National Level challenge to find India’s most promising social enterprises. Also aimed at raising awareness about Social Entrepreneurship, TATA Social Enterprise Challenge aims to encourage the youth to step up to be the next generation of social entrepreneurs.

The Tata Social Enterprise Challenge is being supported by some of the biggest Venture Capitalists in the Social Entrepreneurship space.

The B-Plan Contest has three stages:

  1. Impact Proposal Round – In this round, teams will need to submit an ‘Impact Proposal’ through our website. Impact proposal is a detailed business plan format that we have developed to capture the needs and the impact created by any social venture.
  2. Semi-Finals – On clearing the Impact Proposal Round, a maximum of twenty teams will be invited to pitch to a panel of esteemed judges consisting of Social VCs, Social Entrepreneurs and faculty from IIM Calcutta.
  3. The Grand Finale – A maximum of ten teams will be selected for the Grand Finale and will pitch to a panel of esteemed judges, consisting of TATA Business Leaders, CEOs/Founders of Social VCs, Social Entrepreneurs and faculty from IIM Calcutta.

Eligibility Requirements

  • The challenge will invite social entrepreneurs from across India, who either have an early stage venture or an idea with a proof of concept.
  • The proposed venture needs to have a sustainable business model that creates social impact.
  • There is no restriction on the business model and it can be for-profit, not for profit or even a hybrid model.


  • The teams are required to submit a detailed Impact Proposal for the event based on which teams will be shortlisted for a 3-week mentorship program which includes mentorship at IIM Calcutta campus.
  • Social entrepreneurs identified through the competition will be offered mentorship support, awarded cash grants and have an opportunity to pitch for funding and incubation at IIM Calcutta.


Cash Grants

The top 3 winners of the competition will win cash grants up to 2 lakhs,each, to be invested in their ventures.


The teams which make it to the grand finale will be given an opportunity to pitch for incubation at IIM Calcutta.

Funding Opportunity

All teams shortlisted for the semi-finals and finals will have an opportunity to pitch to India’s largest social VCs for seed funding.


3 week mentorship support provided to all short-listed teams leading up to a two-day residential mentorship program on IIMC campus.

  • The incubation programme offers the following facilities / benefits to the incubatees.
    1. Dedicated Mentorship: Mentor pool comprising of IIMC Alumni, Faculty,
      Entrepreneurs, and investors with expertise on different domains
    2. Funding Connect: Connect incubates to various funding sources including funding schemes floated by IIMCIP (in association with investors), funding partners, Government seed / venture fund, Collateral free Bank loan (if eligible).IIMCIP aims at organizing seed funding to all incubatees and ensuring successful exit in 18-24 months timeframe.
    3. Plug and Play workspace: With computer, internet, printing and conferencing facility
    4. Support Services: Legal, Secretarial, IT Infrastructure support, HR & Payroll, Travel and Logistics services provided by competent service providers who provide the services at preferential rates.
    5. IIMC student support: Engage IIMC students with the incubatees and help in solving some of the challenges faced by the startups.
    6. Training program on various aspects of entrepreneurship at IIMC campus

Apply Now for the TATA Social Enterprise Challenge 2016

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the TATA Social Enterprise Challenge

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