Monday, 4 June 2012

Join us on June 06, 2012 @2pm IST for Ashoka Changemakers and Action For India’s #SocEntChat on ‘Scaling Innovations’ …

Save the date! Ashoka Changemakers® together with Action For India will host a #SocEntChat on scaling innovations particularly for early stage social entrepreneurs or aspiring innovators on Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. IST (@ Indian Standard Time). To join, log on to twitter and use hashtag #scalinginnov. 

Topic of the #SocEntChat: Scaling Early Stage Social Innovations in India  
Shortcut to the tweet room: 

Scaling ventures is a challenge that all entrepreneurs face. This challenge becomes vital to social enterprises where the scale of their impact becomes imperative to the success of their social mission. Ashoka Changemakers along with Action For India is organizing a Twitter based virtual forum (#scalinginnov) to explore various aspects that surrounds growth challenges for early stage social enterprises. We will be looking at some of the challenges associated with resources and strategies in an Indian context.

Join us on June 06, 2012 @2pm IST as we hear from successful social and green entrepreneurs who have managed to scale their impact and grown despite the challenges they face. They will share the tools and strategies they used to achieve this growth. The conference will also see participation from industry experts who will share the role of technology in scaling socially responsible ventures.  
Action for India has launched the Growth Prize Competition on Ashoka Changemakers platform for Indian Social Innovators and enterprises. The purpose of the Growth Prize Competition is to identify social entrepreneurs who demonstrate constant success or progress in scaling—or preparing to scale—their ventures and impact. The Competition deadline is now extended until June 18, 2012. The Competition is open for social entrepreneurs working in the field of education, healthcare, agriculture, energy and livelihoods. 

One Winner in each category will receive INR 5,00,000 in funding, plus a bundle of free IT, legal, financial and consulting services. All participants would also benefit from the competition process and engagement plan during the next six months and will be invited to the 2013 AFI National Forum.

If you are a young social innovator with an idea, product or enterprise that addresses a social problem in India, we want to hear from you!  Connect with AFI on twitter at #scalinginnov and ask for more information. Visit Action For India Community at to set up a Changeshop, and participate in the Growth Prize Competition before June 18th, 2012, 5pm EST. Don’t wait... GET STARTED NOW!

What is #SocEntChat and how does it work? 

A #SocEntChat is a real-time, Twitter-based discussion about social entrepreneurship that focuses on various issues, areas, themes, and events. It is designed for current and aspiring social entrepreneurs, funders, journalists, and supporters to share their ideas, discuss the state of the field, identify the latest innovations, and pinpoint areas requiring deeper exploration.

Joining the conversation is easy. Just log-in to Twitter at 2 p.m. IST on June 06, 2012 and then:

  • Use the #SocEntChat hashtag to make your comments visible in the stream. During #SocEntChat use or an application like Tweetdeck ( or thwirl ( to follow the #SocEntChat hashtag and keep up with the conversation. We recommend using Tweetchat, an application that makes taking part in a Twitter chat easy.
  • Introduce yourself and take a minute to get to know the other chatters when you join.
  • Send your questions to @changemakers with the hashtag #scalinginnov 

Please remember to use the #scalinginnov hashtag, stay on topic, be respectful, and have fun! And be sure to invite your friends and followers to join the discussion, too. Here is a sample tweet:

Tweet 1: Join @changemakers on June 06 @2pm for an intriguing #SocEntChat on Scaling Social Enterprises. 
Tweet 2: Spread the word & save the date – June 06 @2pm IST, #SocEntchat on #scalinginnov. Do join in and invite others. 

If you are unable to attend the live event, a recap of this online event and a transcript of the conversation will be made available at 

Catch you all on Twitter:

P.S. Don’t forget to enter the AFI’s Growth Prize Competition at before June 18, 2012, 5pm EST. 

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