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MUMBAI : NASSCOM Foundation, in partnership with Mphasis has announced the launch of the tenth edition of the NASSCOM Social Innovation Forum (NSIF). 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.
NSIF is inviting entries from a diverse range of social innovators across NGOs, Social Enterprises and Social Start-ups.
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 projects will also be provided with a 12-month Support to Scale Mentoring by experts in the industry as well as access to NASSCOM FoundationÂs network of tech for good leaders in the country.
Srikanth Karra from Mphasis said ÂIn 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.Â
Shrikant Sinha, CEO, NASSCOM said, ÂWith 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.”
Applications for NSIF are open from 21 September – 31 October, 2017.
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.