Social Alpha
Entrepreneurs-for-Impact (E4i) Program A Tata Trusts fellowship


The Social Alpha Entrepreneurs for Impact (E4i) program– a Tata Trusts Fellowship is a year-long immersive program that equips passionate ‘entrepreneurs-in-the-making’ with end-to-end capacity building and resources to leverage India’s deep science, innovation and entrepreneurship environment.

It is anchored in grassroots problem solving, immersive development sector experience, technology scouting, business planning and venture building. The program is designed to bring together entrepreneurs and innovators, and foster collaboration amongst some of the top educational, technical and philanthropic institutions in the world.

Social Alpha promotes innovations and entrepreneurship with a mission to create large scale sustainable social, economic and environmental impact.

We recognise the need for a program aimed at budding entrepreneurs and innovators that:
  • is rooted in a practical, hands-on approach to solving societal problems
  • is tailored to attract talented and passionate individuals looking to venture into entrepreneurship
  • lowers the opportunity cost & entry barrier of starting a social business
  • allows latent entrepreneurs to experiment without ‘fear of failure’ and learn technology scouting
  • provides innovators and innovations within the Social Alpha ecosystem an opportunity & outlet to market
  • is anchored in social enterprise building and immersive development sector experiences
  • ‘Harnesses’ social entrepreneurs in India to build Social Enterprises for India!

Program Offerings

The E4i program supports and enables individuals to develop solutions through their entrepreneurial ventures.
Financial Support
  • A monthly stipend of INR 60,000
  • Access to our in-house resources free-of-cost
  • Opportunity to pitch for seed funding upto INR 50 lakh
Strategic & Business Support
  • 100+ hours of master classes on entrepreneurial know-how
  • Access to domain experts, mentors, entrepreneurs, and functional specialists
  • Checkpoint/ milestone-based progression
Innovation Support
  • Access to Social Alpha lab facilities for product development
  • Access to our partner organizations
Customized Support
  • Connections and immersion opportunity in interest area Experiential learning
  • Networking opportunities with investors, mentors and industry leaders

Program Eligibility

The E4i program is designed for passionate, empathetic and motivated individuals who are dedicated to creating impact and want to build a start-up that will solve India’s development challenges.
  • Final-year undergraduate students who are not scared to follow their own dreams and wants to start his/her company within
    12 months of graduation
  • Highly driven, self-starters, go-getters who are resilient and self-motivated to become a change-maker
  • Deeply focused on creating a business that changes society for the better and has an impact on the underserved population of India
  • Empathetic, passionate and have an ability to work with, as well as lead others
  • Committed to the dream of building their own successful company and will leverage every opportunity that comes their way

Program Structure

The E4i program is a full-time program designed to accelerate the idea-to-seed investment journey:
  • Induction
  • Immersion

    and social

  • Technology
  • Business
  • Product
    Piloting &
  • Investor
    Pitch Week
  • Understanding critical problems of poverty and development in the Indian context
  • On-ground interventions to contextualize the challenges faced by the poor and underserved
  • Developing an understanding of technology – relevance, adoption and commerialization
  • Imparting basic business skills needed to start an enterprise
  • Iterative process for arriving at minimum viable product core to the enterprise
  • Final pitch presentation to investment committee
Huddle I:

Problem Statements,
Need and Interventions

Huddle II:

Product – Market Fit

Huddle III:

Prototype to Solution

Huddle IV:

Market Readiness


Nov 2019- Jan 2020
Selection & Identification Process
May 2020
Program Start Date
Apr 2021
Program End Date

Selection &
Recruitment Approach

We are partnering with leading universities to help us identify and support the best entrepreneurial minds on-campus. Our favoured partners are universities that:
  • Encourage students to opt for entrepreneurship by instituting deferred placement options
  • Have an on-campus culture of entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Enable students to opt for fellowships and other alternate career opportunities
Our recruitment process involves:
  • Information session/ pre-placement talk/ interaction with the students
  • Recruitment Day: Interviews with Social Alpha stakeholders

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