Sam Pitroda To Deliver Keynote Address At Sankalp 2011

Top Quote To shed light on the 1000 crore national innovation fund. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) April 29, 2011 - Mumbai - Mr. Sam Pitroda, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations, and Chairman of the National Innovation Council is scheduled address over 500 social enterprise enthusiasts at the 3rd Annual Sankalp Social Enterprise and Investment Forum (, scheduled for May 5-6 at Taj Lands End in Mumbai.

    One of India's largest forum's dedicated to showcasing dynamic businesses, the Sankalp Forum is today synonymous as a platform that has catalyzed flow of capital into enterprises with a social and/or environmental impact. Addressing this large gathering via videoconference at 9.30 AM (IST) on May 5, Mr. Pitroda is expected to shed light on the proposed 1000Cr. National Innovation Fund that will be set up with the intent of fostering innovative businesses capable of promoting inclusive growth in India.

    Citing the need for a large scale enabling eco-system for such burgeoning enterprises, Mr. K. Sree Kumar, Chief Executive Officer of Intellecap, organizers of the Sankalp Forum, said "We are grateful to Sam Pitroda for agreeing to deliver the keynote address at Sankalp. Mr. Pitroda's presence will be a huge morale booster to the hundreds of entrepreneurs that attend Sankalp each year. What is especially encouraging for us has been the fact that today there is a nation-wide recognition of the need for infrastructure that can support the growth of businesses that are built with the intent of not only bringing change but also creating wealth for all stakeholders.'

    The Sankalp Forum each year is supported by over 25 partners including - The Rockefeller Foundation, TiE Mumbai, SIDBI Ventures, CIIE-IIM Ahemedbad, Villgro and Headstart Ventures. The forum this year will also witness some of big names like - Ms. RohiniNilekani (Chairperson of Akshara Foundation), Ms. MadhabiPuriBuch (MD & CEO, ICICI Securities), Mr. ShantanuPrakash (Founder, EduComp), Mr. Rashesh Shah (Chairman, Edelweiss Group) and many more in action.

    As is tradition, the Forum will showcase 30 highly scalable social business models across these two days. Interestingly, the forum will also be the first to host an Exclusive Social Business Investor-Investee Meet (hosted by Grassroots Business Fund and Intellecap) in the country. Other key interactions include the Deal Corner, Mentoring Pit Stop for Entrepreneurs and one to one interactions with experts.

    About Sankalp.
    Initiated in 2009, the Sankalp Social Enterprise and Investment Forum 2011 is one of India's largest platforms dedicated to catalyzing investments into social enterprises globally. Organized by Intellecap, the forum is supported by - The Rockefeller Foundation, Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), Aavishkaar, SIDBI Ventures, EdelGive Foundation, Villgro, Intellecash-Shell Foundation, CIIE-IIMA, RTBI, NSEF, Idobro, DASRA, Start-up, ISC, L-Pad, Headstart Ventures, TiE Mumbai, Mentor Edge, IndiaCo, KIST, Next Billion, VC Circle and Your Story.

    About Intellecap (Organizers)
    Intellecap an investment and consulting advisory firm, is a pioneer in providing innovative business solutions that help scale profitable and sustainable enterprises dedicated to social and environmental change. The company's unique positioning at the intersection of social and commercial business sectors, allows it to attract and nurture intellectual capital that combines business training of the commercial world with passion and commitment of the social world to create distinctive solutions that include best practices and principles of both cultures. For details visit -

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