An initiative to nurture social entrepreneurs
School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) India started in 2016 to support individuals who wanted to build social enterprises and community organisations through unique action-learning courses. This April, SSE India welcomed its second cohort of Social Start-Up Fellowship, where PwC was actively involved in the selection process of 18 budding social entrepreneurs.
These 18 fellows came together for their first coaching session, Learning Programme. To encourage the second cohort, four fellows from the first cohort joined the witness panel and shared their journey at SSE India. They also shared their journey as social entrepreneurs who were building an enterprise that focussed on creating social change.
Coming from a diverse background, these 18 fellows are determined to address the challenges of health, education, community well-being and skill and livelihood faced by people from across India. They will reach out to tribal people, artisans, senior citizens, children, women and communities living in urban- peri-urban and rural parts of India. PwC through the Learning Programme, will help SSE India to develop their business models, define and measure social impact, build networks and other relevant business skills.
Shalabh Mittal, Chief Executive of SSE India thanked PwC for their support in this programme. Gowri Ishwaran, a Padma Shri awardee, an innovative educationist and the Chief Executive of the Global Education & Leadership Foundation; along with Bani Paintal Dhawan, Head of Education at Google India released the profiles of the 2017 cohort and welcomed them over a dinner event on 27 April 2017. The supporters of SSE India also attended the event. Gowri believes that social entrepreneurship in India is an emerging concept; therefore, it is very important for SSE India to encourage their fellows in taking small steps towards this initiative.
Understanding the eco-system in India, Bani Dhawan encouraged the fellows and said: “The failures should not be letting your spirits down, instead failures should help strengthen your determination and give you the zeal to move forward.”
Sunil Ganesh, Partner - Advisory who had supported SSE India in the first cohort, visited SSE second cohort and took a session on ‘The art of storytelling’. This session was informative to the fellows and helped them learn how to distinguish the emotion of their listener, how to lay emphasis on the story and how to express and connect to the listener.
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