“The first - the most obvious test of a true social entrepreneur - is that they are possessed, really possessed by an idea...” – Bill Drayton
Kalpavriksha 2014, the 9th edition of the highly coveted flagship event of Iris, continues its legacy as the flag bearer of social upliftment and empowerment. Poised as a platform that encourages students and social enterprises to come up with sustainable business plans, it will also provide them with an opportunity to be mentored by field experts and have their initiatives jump started with seed funding.
Kalpavriksha has lived through an illustrious history of creating success stories that made their mark on society. We have fostered ideas that are honest, sustainable and are now going live across the world.
The essence of Kalpavriksha is reinforced with the belief that sound business acumen, coupled with an innate passion to implement, culminates in a powerful agent of change. This is why we are on the lookout for the socially aware, brilliant minds of this country to take the dais, present their b-plan, and take a step forward towards transforming the world.
After all, the spark of an idea is enough to illuminate the path to transformation.
The event will comprise of four phases. It is open for both students and corporate (category 1) and 0-2 years old social enterprises (category 2). In phase 1, the teams will have to submit an executive summary of the business plan for a self-sustainable social venture. At the end of phase 1, we would select 10 teams from each category. In Phase 2, the business plans from 20 teams would be invited and 3 teams from each category move to the mentor stage, which is phase 3. In phase 4, these six teams would present their business plan to a panel of investors and industry experts who decide the final winner from each category.
Description of Categories
Category 1 – Mainly comprises of any socially relevant business idea. Participating team can be from any recognized institute or corporate team.
Category 2 – Any 0-2 year old social enterprise, including student enterprises started and/or incubated in IITs and similar institutions.
Registration Closes - 14th October 2014 Results of Phase 1 - 22nd October 2014 Results of Phase 2 - 3rd November 2014 Mentor Allocation (Phase - 3) Begins - 6th November 2014 Final Presentation at IIM Indore campus (Phase 4) - 13th November 2014
Students pursuing full time graduation in Universities or post-graduation in management are eligible to participate in this competition.
The event is also open to corporate & other social enterprises (0-2 years)
Each team will comprise of maximum 3 members. All the members should be from the same institution.
Multiple entries from a single institution are allowed.
An applicant cannot be a part of more than one team.
One member of each team should be nominated as the team representative (POC) and the same should be communicated to the Kalpavriksha team at the time of the initial submission. All communication from Kalpavriksha will be directed to this representative
The teams will get free access to LivePlan.com which will help them improve their B-plan during the phase 2.
For entries from outside India, phase 3 and 4 will be conducted through video conferencing using Skype.
Teams who do not adhere to any of the rules and guidelines will be disqualified at any phase of the event.
All the entries will be evaluated by faculties, seasoned entrepreneurs and consultants.Their decision shall be final and binding.
All mails for Kalpavriksha are to be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
RULES OF PHASE 1
The first phase of the contest involves submission of an Executive Summary of the plan for a self-sustainable social venture. It begins on 5th October 2014.
Interested team needs to register using the Register link on the page.
Executive summary should be submitted as a two Word documents (.doc or .docx format) – One which is the cover page (a doc/docx) and the second which is a 2 page summary of your idea(doc/docx).
The summary should be in 11 point font, 1 line spacing and 1 inch margin on each side.
Executive summary should not exceed 2 pages. Exhibits, if any, can be included in one additional page
The name of the institute and the names of the participating members, email ids and phone numbers are to be mentioned only on the cover page document. It should not appear anywhere else in the body of the document. Also highlight the name of the team representative (POC) for the group. There should be no mention of your institute or the name of the contestants anywhere else in the document.
The file should be named as Kalpavriksha_ < Institute Name > _ < Team Name > _cover and Kalpavriksha_ < Institute Name > _ < Team Name > _summary.
The document should be mailed to email@example.com by 14th October, 2014.
The Executive Summary is expected to address the following areas:
The problem or condition being addressed
A brief account of the issue and its present status.
Implications of the same on society.
Statement of the initiative.
Details of the execution plan.
Feasibility and sustainability of the idea.
Magnitude of impact on the society.
Novelty and scalability of the Idea
How is your initiative unique?
Is your plan replicable?
Any feature of the idea that requires special attention.
Cash / Cheque of INR 25,000. Winner of category 1 - Prizes worth up to Rs. 25,000
Cash / Cheque of INR 50,000. Winner of category 2 - Prizes worth up to Rs. 50,000