6th National Social Business Ideas Challenge by Azim Premji University won by students from PES University, B’lore

Students of PES University Bangalore have won the 6th edition of Azim Premji University National Level Social Enterprise Idea Challenge held at the University Campus Bangalore

Azim Premji University Social Enterprise Cell organizes the Idea Challenge event every year with the aim of providing students from colleges and universities across India with an opportunity to explore social entrepreneurship and share their innovative ideas with social impact in a rigorous and competitive way. The event also acts as a great networking platform for young minds to meet, exchange ideas and showcase their talents and skills to some of the early career mentors and funders.

In the 6th year of the event, over 100 teams participated and submitted their innovative social impact models in the first round. Submissions were generally in the areas of education, livelihoods, health, sustainability and governance. 16 teams were shortlisted for the final round held on the University campus on Saturday 30 April.

The judges for the event were 1) Dr Gayathri Vasudevan, Executive Chairman, LabourNet 2) Dr Suresh Nair, Senior Technology Advisor, Foundation for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship, an initiative of Tata Trust and 3) Dr Richa Govil, Director , School of Development, Azim Premji University.

Sitara Team from PES Bangalore University Won 1st Prize in 6th National Idea Challenge Event

Members of the team: 1. Shriya Shankar 2. Srushti Jayaraman 3. Ananya V

Summary of the idea: Sitara is proposed to be a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children in underserved communities become self-reliant, through equitable education. They want to leverage their processes through YouTube and WhatsApp, and use the power of local language communication, to improve children’s learning outcomes.

The 2nd prize was awarded to the Abyaan team from the College of Vocational Studies, University of Delhi


Members of the team: 1. Riddhi Oberoi 2. Shrutika Gambhir 3. Arsh Bhatia 4. Pranav Hoon

Summary of the idea: Abyaan project aims to solve the problem of disposing of used cooking oil
(UCO), which usually ends up clogging drain pipes or sewers, contaminating landfills leading to soil pollution. They aim to use it to make soaps and other products.

3rd Prize went to Team Khwab from Ramjas College, Delhi


Members of the team: 1. Manya Cuves 2. Vanshikha Gourisaria

Summary of the idea: Khwab aims to tackle the threat of plastic pollution and unsustainable consumption. They create a line of sustainable personal care products, dramatically reducing non-biodegradable waste. They make “zero waste” alternatives to everyday alternatives like shampoos, deodorants, etc.

Nazrul Haque, Mentor for Azim Premji University Social Enterprise Cell noted that “IIt is always encouraging to see that young students are disturbed by the social problems around them and not only complain but actively think about how they can contribute to finding solutions. Over the past 5 years, the Idea challenge event has become a brand in the social enterprise ecosystem.”

Of the 18 winning teams in the past 5 years, 11 have pursued their ideas after graduating. Those who pursue the entrepreneurial journey benefit from the media coverage and prize resulting from the competition and most have received additional financial or mentoring support from incubators and other organizations such as IIT Kanpur, IIM Bangalore, YCombinator, etc

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