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NASSCOM Foundation Launches 10th Edition of NASSCOM Social Innovation Forum in Partnership with Mphasis

A catalytic grant of INR 10 Lakhs will be given out to each of the winning solutions from across 5 thematic areas

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(L-R) Shrikant Sinha, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation; Meenu Bhambhani, VP & Head-CSR, Mphasis

NASSCOM Foundation, in partnership with Mphasis today announced the launch of the tenth edition of the NASSCOM Social Innovation Forum (NSIF) – India’s largest platform to foster innovative use of technology to create sustained social impact. The program instituted since 2008, identifies, honours and supports, innovative Information and Communications Technology (ICT) based projects, products and solutions that have the potential to address critical gaps in key developmental areas and contribute to inclusive growth.

Building on the solid foundation from the last nine years’ triumphs and learnings, NSIF is inviting entries from a diverse range of social innovators across NGOs, Social Enterprises and Social Start-ups.

With support from its donor partner - Mphasis, NSIF will award catalytic grants of INR 10 Lakhs each to the strongest tech innovations that are creating radical social impact in areas of Financial Inclusion, Healthcare, Environment, Education and Accessibility. The grants will be given to winners from across these thematic areas.

The projects will also be provided with a 12-month Support to Scale Mentoring by experts in the industry as well as access to NASSCOM Foundation’s network of tech for good leaders in the country. The Forum aims to drive CSR capital to encourage and scale innovations across relevant and topical themes in the country.

Key Highlights:

Total Grants available: INR 10 lakhs each + Mentoring Support

Funding Partner: Mphasis

Edition: 10th, One of India’s oldest and most trusted social innovation ecosystem support programs

Grants to be given out to social innovations in the areas of:

-          Financial Inclusion

-          Healthcare

-          Environment

-          Education

-          Accessibility

Last date for application: 31st Oct 2017

Last Year’s responses: Received interest from 1300+. 11 projects awarded and 4 projects were given catalytic grants

Srikanth Karra, Chief Human Resources Officer, Mphasis Limited said, “In the last 3 years of Mphasis support to NSIF, the program has scaled significant heights not only in terms of geography and number of applicants, but also in terms of high quality innovations being recognised, receiving follow-on funding and catalysing bigger social impacts. Mphasis is happy to have been part of this journey so far and hopes that the initiative will continue to gain further momentum this year again.”

Shrikant Sinha, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation said, “With active engagement with over 2000 innovators across sectors/verticals, from 25 states in the country, the NASSCOM Social Innovation Forum has become one of the strongest ecosystems encouraging tech-aided development in the country. As the NASSCOM Social Innovation Forum enters its 10th year, our goal is to become a driving force for technology for good and add momentum to the change-inspiring work of social innovators around the country. We are glad to continue our partnership with Mphasis to help us in our journey to solve the some of the most difficult social problems that currently plague us, thus improving the social fabric of our nation.”

Applications for NSIF are open from 21st September 2017 till 31st October, 2017. People who want to apply, please visit – www.nsif.in or write to the team at nsif@nasscomfoundation.org.

Once the applications are received, they will undergo a carefully designed 3 stage, shortlisting process with jury members consisting of the leaders from across industries. The winners will be announced and felicitated at the NASSCOM India Leadership Forum – NASSCOM’s flagship event.

To celebrate NSIF’s 10th year of supporting tech for good solutions, NASSCOM Foundation will also be hosting a special Innovation evening in March 2018 to share impact stories of technology as a transformative force across social areas & get insights from industry leaders on further driving technology revolution for good.



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