CHENNAI, February 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
Villgro announces Unconvention|L, an event that seeks to unearth and nurture social entrepreneurs, in four cities in the next two months.
We are looking for innovative entrepreneurs with businesses or ideas that have social impact to present at our business plan pitch competition to a panel of experts and investors, in return for valuable feedback and guidance. Winners will also get cash awards worth Rs 1 lakh, and have the opportunity to be supported by Villgro, which includes mentoring, networks and funding of up to Rs 65 lakh.
This February and March, Unconvention|L is being held in Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Pune and Patna. Each day-long event offers extensive opportunities to network with an eco-system of people and resources that includes incubators like Villgro investors, professionals, service providers and entrepreneurs.
Attendees will get to hear about the startup journeys of other entrepreneurs like Sameer Segal Gupta, Founder of Artoo, Ratul Narain, Founder of Bempu, Sabarinath C, Co-founder of Skillveri, Abhishek Sen, Co-founder of Biosense and more.
"The social enterprise landscape in India is developing well with impact investors and incubators like us, all looking for innovative businesses to support. India has a tremendous startup culture already and with Unconvention|L we are hoping to translate that into a thriving social enterprise startup culture," says PR Ganapathy, President (India), Villgro.
"In many of the cities we go to, the concept of social enterprise is not well known and Unconvention|L is the first event of its kind. It is great to see the appetite of the entrepreneurs who pitch their ideas and forge connections locally and with the wider eco-system," says Michelle Abraham, Co-founder of Villgro's Unconvention platform.
February 15, 2015 - Unconvention|L Ahmedabad
February 28, 2015 - Unconvention|L Lucknow
March 7, 2015 - Unconvention|L Pune
March 14, 2015 - Unconvention|L Patna
Unconvention|L is a series of 15 events being organised by Villgro all over India. Now in its third year, Unconvention|L has seen 21 events, over 1300 attendees, 60 speakers and 45 partners. For more information, visit: http://unconvention.co.in/unconvention-l
Villgro Innovations Foundation is one of India's oldest and foremost social enterprise incubators, supporting innovators and social entrepreneurs during their early stages of growth. Since 2001, Villgro has incubated 103 such enterprises, generated around 4000 jobs, secured Rs 873 million in follow-on funding, and touched over 6.8 million rural lives.
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