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Inspiring Change: Catalist 2014 opened to a packed hall, with attendees from across India making it to the event
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Doing Business For Good
Six years ago, in an attempt to counter competition and present differentiated content, Outlook Business decided to highlight the stories of social entrepreneurs as part of an annual issue.
COMMENTS PRINT
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE
A new class of entrepreneurs are walking the tightrope between profit and social impact by forging strategic tie-ups with corporates, NGOs and the government. And they are here to stay
Rajat Ubhaykar
catalist 2014
In a social enterprise you can see the impact of what you are doing in the face of your customer in a very short time.
Ajay Piramal
catalist
I have seen a variety of people with and without this guilt. Those who don’t have it really end up prospering. And those who have it invariably move out of the radar.
K Ramkumar
catalist 2014
If you don’t have character as a company, it is very difficult to move beyond satisfaction to trust.
D Shivakumar

Six years ago, in an attempt to counter competition and present differentiated content, Outlook Business decided to highlight the stories of social entrepreneurs as part of an annual issue. Reporters journeyed across the country in search of changemakers who had a sustainable business model and a vision. They travelled to remote villages out of reach of concrete roads in the north and to communities perched atop steep ghats in the northeast. The result is a diverse mix of nearly 150 social enterprises, close to half of whom arrived in Mumbai on November 10 to celebrate the spirit of social transformation as part of Outlook Business Catalist 2014, presented by the ICICI Foundation. The principal associate sponsor for the event was Frederique Constant, with Aosta Cucine, Marc, Roka and Da Milano being the co-sponsors and Intellecap along with Samhita chipping in as the knowledge partners.

The event was well-attended by renowned Indian business leaders, investors, social venture consulting firms and successful social entrepreneurs, and was kicked off with a keynote address by Ajay Piramal, chairman, Piramal Group, on the nature of social entrepreneurship. This was followed by an informative keynote speech by D Shivakumar, chairman and CEO, PepsiCo India, on how companies need to move beyond CSR.

Of the social enterprises featured since 2009, six were selected on the basis of their stories, revenue models and impact as part of Showcase 2014. This was followed by a panel discussion to enlighten the entrepreneurs present about the available models to scale their enterprises. The event drew to a close with K Ramkumar, president, ICICI Foundation, pointing out that enterprises need to scale up to have any observable impact.

COMMENTS PRINT
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE
A new class of entrepreneurs are walking the tightrope between profit and social impact by forging strategic tie-ups with corporates, NGOs and the government. And they are here to stay
Rajat Ubhaykar
catalist 2014
In a social enterprise you can see the impact of what you are doing in the face of your customer in a very short time.
Ajay Piramal
catalist
I have seen a variety of people with and without this guilt. Those who don’t have it really end up prospering. And those who have it invariably move out of the radar.
K Ramkumar
catalist 2014
If you don’t have character as a company, it is very difficult to move beyond satisfaction to trust.
D Shivakumar
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