10th Sankalp Global Summit 2018 concludes successfully with debate and discussions on serving the underserved 3 Billion People

Key Dignitaries including IT industry icon Mr. N.R. Narayana Murthy, Founder, Infosys; the US Consul General Mr. Edgar D Kagan; NITI Aayog CEO Mr. Amitabh Kant; Ayushman Bharat CEO Dr. Indu Bhushan; Mr. Nitin Prasad, Chairman, Shell were among the 1000 delegates who convened in Mumbai for the Summit

– The two-day Summit was attended by Entrepreneurs, Innovators, Investors, Corporates, Academics,
Policymakers, and other thought leaders from around the world
– USAID India, FHI360, and mSTAR were the strategic partners for the Summit
– Sankalp Global Summit recognised emerging social entrepreneurs and announced the winners of Sankalp Awards 2018

Mumbai, December 12, 2018: The two-day 10th Sankalp Global Summit 2018 by Sankalp Forum, an initiative of Intellecap and one of the world’s fastest growing inclusive development platform concluded successfully today at NESCO Goregaon in Mumbai to debate and discuss this year’s theme of “Agenda 3 Billion – Building Entrepreneurial Ecosystems” to serve the underserved 3 Billion people at the bottom of the pyramid.

The 10th edition of the Sankalp Global Summit in strategic partnership with USAID India, FHI360 and mStar engaged stakeholders from across the entrepreneurial ecosystem in 5 different focus areas – Agriculture, WASH & Healthcare, Livelihoods, Digital Financial Services and Clean Energy and arrived at solutions that can enable quality of life to become a human right specifically for the underserved 3 billion across the globe.

The 10th edition of the Summit also recognised emerging social entrepreneurs through Sankalp Awards which saw participation from 180 plus social enterprises out of which after careful analysis the jury selected five deserving winners across the five high priority sectors (Agriculture, WASH & Healthcare, Livelihoods, Digital Financial Services and Clean Energy) based on their impact and business models. These five winners across 5 categories are Y-Cook (Agriculture), Frontier Markets (Clean Energy), FTcash (Financial Services), WeGot (Healthcare) and Simulanis (Livelihood and Gender).

Speaking about the 10th Sankalp Global Summit, Vikas Bali, CEO Intellecap said, “As the world chases ambitious Social Development Goals, the Summit shifts the focus on the questions that the world collectively desires to address. The summit brought together a confluence of entrepreneurs and businesses, curated conversations and inspired learnings, all of which will have a substantial contribution in addressing and answering complex challenges. We are grateful to our partners who joined us for the summit.”

Speaking about the Summit, US Consul General Edgar D Kagan said, “Sankalp demonstrates the strength and power generated when citizens and private sector organizations work together with foundations and government to serve the poor and vulnerable populations. The U.S. government looks forward to continuing to support the important work on universal financial inclusion in India and the region.”

Speaking at the opening plenary, Mr. Narayana Murthy, Co-Founder, Infosys said, “The most important thing that India needs is cultural transformation marked by qualities such as honesty and discipline. There are 4 aspects to being a successful entrepreneur- most important is to master the art of selling, second finance- getting better returns for their investors; third a team with complementary strengths including technology and finally luck as without it is difficult to succeed.”

The summit saw participation from close to 1000 carefully curated entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, corporates, partners, academics, policy makers, and other thought leaders across the world. The Summit built on the UN sustainable development goals and featured compelling tracks, sessions with inspiring leaders, renowned experts, fireside chats and freewheeling conversations. These were aimed to drive essential content around technology, disruption, innovation and social entrepreneurship, with a focus on ideas that can improve the lives of 3 billion people at the bottom of the pyramid.

There were 100 plus speakers across 40 plus interactive sessions around the five focus areas who shared their invaluable insights and thoughts around the theme ‘Agenda 3 Billion – Building Entrepreneurial Ecosystems’. Some of the key speakers included Mr. N. R. Narayana Murthy, Founder, Infosys; Mr. Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog; Mark A. White, Mission Director, USAID; Mr. Shardul Sheth, Co-Founder, AgroStar; Ms. Gayathri Vasudevan, CEO, LabourNet; Mr. Gurjit Singh, Former Ambassador, Government of India; Mr. Andrew Shaw, Senior Advisor on Financial Inclusion and Fintech, FMO(Netherlands Development Finance Company); Mr. Anil Nair, Head Reforms, Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy; Ms. Anna Mori, SheTrades Programme Officer, International Trade Centre; Mr. Arindom Datta, Asia Head Sustainable Banking, RaboBank Group; Mr. Arun Maira, Former Member, Planning Commission of India.