We believe that social entrepreneurship is the panacea to tackle the dual challenges of poverty and sustainability we face with growing concern in India today. Inequality has doubled in the last 20 years and 400 million people live on less than a dollar a day. Rapidly depleting natural resources means alternative measures must be adopted immediately for environmental sustainability. And yet, Indians are known for ‘jugaad’, that singular ability to adapt, invent and innovate to change life for the better. Increasingly, social enterprises are seen as units of business acumen committed to identifying and implementing sustainable and profitable solutions to local problems. For effective social growth and reforms, social enterprises cannot act in a vacuum but must develop in tandem with improved public sector services, and responsible business. Vikasa International Center is doggedly committed to championing the cause of social entrepreneurs, and tying this in with corporate investments in social business ventures.