Learning from Low Income Market-driven Innovations and Social Entrepreneurship in India

A social enterprise is one that uses innovation, finance and business acumen in a business setting to produce social outcomes such as poverty alleviation, health benefits or social inclusion. Social enterprises generate products and services for nearly 400 million marginal farming communities. This project will examine ongoing innovations and social enterprises that benefit small and marginal farming households across India. Researchers will collect, systematize and analyze knowledge on these enterprises, their capacity for innovation and the performance of their business models. In addition to adding to the global stock of knowledge on the subject, the study findings are expected to inform curriculum development activities at the leading technical and business schools in the country.

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Start Date

Monday, November 15, 2010

End Date

Thursday, May 15, 2014


36 months

IDRC Officer

Sayo, Phet

Total funding

CA$ 565,000


India, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Jessica Seddon


Villgro Innovations Foundation

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