India has most innovative social entrepreneurs
Thursday, November 2, 2006
India is a key country to look for leading social entrepreneurs, says Klaus Schwab, executive chairman and founder of the World Economic Forum (WEF), as his Schwab Foundation prepares to shortlist a winner for the Indian Social Entrepreneur Award for the second year.
“India has some of the most advanced and innovative social entrepreneurs. We believe and already see that many of the models developed in India, for instance rainwater harvesting for schools pioneered by Barefoot College, are exported around the world. India is therefore a key country to look for leading social entrepreneurs,” Klaus Schwab said in an exclusive interview.
Last year the first Social Entrepreneurship Award in India went to leading cardiologist Devi Prasad Shetty, founder of Narayana Hrudayalaya in Bangalore.
The awards are given with a view to highlighting social entrepreneurship as a key element to advance societies and address social problems in a pioneering way. This year there were close to 100 applicants, eight of whom have since been short-listed before a final decision is taken.
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