In 2013, Sankalp Forum expanded in to Africa with the ambition of accelerating enterprise growth and building a South-South corridor to promote greater learning and partnerships between developing countries. Sankalp in Africa launched with an emerging SME Awards program and an industry convening.
Case Studies: Sankalp Forum
From Apr 9-11 2014, our initiative Sankalp Forum organized its annual Sankalp Unconvention Summit with 1,000 delegates from 422 organizations like Unilever, Bosch, Google, DFID UK, USAID and social enterprises like Kinaara Capital and Avani Bio.
It placed the spotlight on three pillars – social enterprises, investors and large corporates, with a theme to 'Explore Impact Through Business & Capital', and facilitated over 100 mentoring sessions, 120 outcome focused business meetings and 17 commitments from investors towards due diligences into social enterprises.
Forus Health develops affordable technology solutions to make healthcare accessible to the BOP. The Company's core focus is preventing eye diseases among the underserved consumers through '3nethra', a low-cost portable pre-screening ophthalmology device. In 2012, Sankalp nominated Forus Health to the CNBC TV18 Samsung Innovation Quotient (SIQ) where the Company was selected as the winner from a pool of 100+ innovations. Forus received USD 10,000 as cash prize and an exclusive coverage on the Indian national television.
Jaipur Rugs manufactures handmade carpets, and specialize in creating hand-woven carpets. Headquartered in Jaipur, the company has over 20 branches in ten states of India, and manages a producer network of more than 40,000 artisans. Its products are available in over 30 countries around the world.
GIBSS seeks to create ‘Zero Net Energy Buildings’ - buildings that can harvest energy to meet their own demand. The Company provides geothermal, hot water cogeneration and lighting technologies that help buildings reduce operational costs by 60-80%. Such reduction and optimisation in demand will help make supply side solutions more affordable and commercially viable.
NationWideDocs aims to revive the age-old concept of 'family doctors' in India. The Company’s clinics focus on bridging the gap between the very fragmented General Practitioner (GP) services and highly expensive super-speciality hospital care in India. NationWideDocs creates a single-point of medical care for the patient's everyday healthcare needs through personalised GP and paediatric care to individuals, families, and corporate groups in the community.
Vaatsalya provides affordable healthcare services through hospitals and clinics in semi-urban and rural areas. The Company created India's first hospital network focused on Tier II and Tier III towns. Vaatsalya received the Annual Sankalp Award in 2009 and since then has grown to become an organisation that employees 1,500 people offering 1,400 beds to patients in 17 locations in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and treats around 500,000 patients a year.