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Event Name: Unconvention
   
Event Description: WHERE PATH BREAKERS MEETS PATH MAKERS

Villgro, the pioneers in championing rural innovation, present a one-of-a-kind signature event that will provide a common meeting ground for innovators of all hues, ideators who wish to translate their dreams to reality, social entrepreneurs who’ve been-there-done-that, domain experts, opinion leaders and leading lights the NGO ecosystem.

Befittingly christened UNCONVENTION, the event will specifically focus on catalyzing and celebrating socially useful breakthroughs and leveraging social entrepreneurship to change lives of the Rural Poor.

The Summit

The first day of the Summit is design with panel discussions while on the second day will be the mix of workshops and entrepreneur sharing sessions. The discussions will focus on brainstorming ideas that have social impact.

Innohub

The other major attraction of the Unconvention is Innohub – an Innovation fair showcasing highly market-worthy innovations- both products and technologies handpicked by Villgro. Innohub also facilitate face-to-face meetings to forge partnerships between entrepreneurs and innovators.

Wantrapreneur

Wantrapreneur, the Business Plan Competition. Last year we received an impressive 44 applications in the Agriculture, Dairy, Water and Energy categories, of which 10 were short-listed for the finals. Beating all hurdles, Mr. Inir Pinheiro of Grassroutes, a network of village tourism destinations owned & run by local communities, was awarded the first prize under the start-up category. The award for Early Growth was given to Mr. Kaushalendra & Mr. Anuj Kumar of Samriddhii Green Carts which is working to reinvent the fresh vegetable supply chain.

Investor Forum

The newest addition to the event, based on feedback from last year’s event, was the Investor Forum. This platform provides an opportunity for investors looking for deals in the sector to interact with social entrepreneurs looking for investments. The forum not only opene up investment opportunities but also provided ample learning ground for investors and investees as they interacted directly during the pitche .

Villgro Awards

The Villgro Awards will be given out in seven categories to celebrate and recognize individuals and organizations that have influenced society through their work and last year Mr. Mohammad Haque won the Grassroots Innovator Award for his Paddy Thresher, and SELCO, India won the Best Social Enterprise Award. The Jury included Dr. Ashok Jhunjunwhala, Head-RTBI, Ms. Bindu Ananth, President-IFMR Trust, Mr. Solomon Prakash, Country Director-ASHOKA & Ms. Valerie D’Costa, Program Manager-Infodev, World Bank.

Event Details
Start Date: 2 December 2011 (All day)
End Date: 3 December 2011 (All day)
Location:
Chennai IIT Madras
City: Chennai
Open To: Social Enterprise , Investors,Incubators, Govt Agency and Students
Organised by: Deepti Arya
Contact Person: Deepti Arya
Email: [email protected]
Phone No: 9381064969

   
Event Date/Time: Friday 2 December 2011 from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
   
Venue: IIT Madras
   
Location: , India
   
Industry: Education Management
   
Event Type: Seminars
 
 
 
 
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